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SAN ANTONIO FC ADVANCES TO WESTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINALS WITH WIN OVER ROUGHNECKS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 10/21/17, 10:15PM CDT

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SAFC Will Host OKC Energy FC Next Saturday at Toyota Field

San Antonio FC beat Tulsa Roughnecks FC 2-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday night, securing their spot in the USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals. Goals from Cesar Elizondo and Ever Guzman propelled the team to a come-from-behind win in front of 7,019 in the club's first-ever USL playoff match.

The Alamo City club will now host Oklahoma City Energy FC at Toyota Field in the USL Cup Playoffs Western Conference Semifinals on Saturday, Oct. 28 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for the match are on sale now, and fans can purchase tickets by visiting SanAntonioFC.com or calling 210-444-5MLS.

"This team has shown resilience all year through several different situations," SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. "You can't be prouder of the players. They fought until the last second."

The Roughnecks opened the scoring in the 23rd minute after midfielder Paris Gee collected the ball at the top of the box following a corner kick and placed a shot in the top corner of the net for the 1-0 lead.

Elizondo then leveled the score in the 61st minute after deflecting a shot from midfielder Omar Gordon into the visitors' net. The goal marked Elizondo's fifth of the season and first since his brace at Portland Timbers 2 on April 28. The assist marked Gordon's third of the season.

The Alamo City club was then awarded a penalty kick in stoppage time after midfielder Billy Forbes was taken down in the box. Guzman then converted from the spot to earn the 2-1 win. The goal marked Guzman's fifth in the last four matches. Guzman has tallied five goals and one assist in all competitions since joining the Silver and Black in August.

Scoring Summary:

Roughnecks: 0-1, Paris Gee 23’

SAFC: 1-1, Cesar Elizondo (Omar Gordon assist) 61’

SAFC: 2-1, Ever Guzman (penalty) 90’

Disciplinary Summary:

Roughnecks FC: Yellow Card (Jaime Ayala 53’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Stephen McCarthy 55’)

Roughnecks: Yellow Card (Joaquin Rivas 90’)

Roughnecks: Yellow Card (Jonathan Levin 90’)

Attendance: 7,019

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Mark O’Ojong, Sebastien Ibeagha (c), Stephen McCarthy, Greg Cochrane; M: Ryan Roushandel, Pecka (Michael Reed 88’), Omar Gordon (Kris Tyrpak 77’), Cesar Elizondo, Billy Forbes; F: Ever Guzman

Substitutions Not Used: Lee Johnston, Cyprian Hedrick, Mike Seth, Rafa Castillo, Connor Presley

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC recorded their first playoff win in club history with a 2-1 win over Roughnecks FC…with the victory, SAFC is now 6-0-0 against Tulsa in USL play (regular season and playoffs), outscoring them 14-4 in those games…with the win, SAFC will host OKC Energy FC in a USL Western Conference Semifinal on October 28
  • SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo scored the equalizing goal for the club in the second half…marked the first playoff goal in San Antonio FC history and the first goal in all competitions for Elizondo since the USL match at Portland Timbers 2 on April 28
  • San Antonio defender Stephen McCarthy was named the SWBC Man of the Match after holding Tulsa to one goal and recording four clearances, two tackles and two interceptions…McCarthy recorded an 81.8 percent passing accuracy from a team-high 55 passes
  • SAFC forward Ever Guzman scored the game-winning goal, his first from a penalty kick for the club…the goal marks Guzman’s fifth in the last four games…Guzman originally joined the club in August…the forward also led the team with a 93.3 percent passing accuracy
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Omar Gordon tallied his third overall assist of the season and first in postseason play… Gordon has now tallied a goal and three assists in 12 overall appearances for the club since joining the Silver and Black on August 17
  • SAFC midfielder Pecka recorded a 92.9 percent passing accuracy in the match, including a 89.3 percent accuracy in the opposition half over a team-high 28 passes in that part of the field