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SAN ANTONIO FC EARNS 1-1 DRAW WITH SWOPE PARK RANGERS

By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/07/18, 10:15PM CDT

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SAFC Midfielder Pecka Scores First Goal in Comeback Draw

San Antonio FC (1-1-2) tied Swope Park Rangers (3-1-1) at Toyota Field on Saturday night. A goal from midfielder Pecka earned the Alamo City a point at home.

“It was a very tight game,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “I don’t think either team is thrilled about tonight. Sometimes you draw a game and it feels like a win. Sometimes you draw and it feels like a loss, but I think tonight it’s a bit in between and both team’s wish they had gotten more out of tonight’s match.”

SPR opened the scoring in the 29th minute when midfielder Kharlton Belmar found the end of a pass from defender Colton Storm and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Diego Restrepo for the 1-0 lead.

SAFC then found the equalizer in the 34th minute after midfielder Pecka stripped the ball from a defender near the top of the visitor’s box. Forward Ever Guzman found the loose ball and played it back to Pecka, who dribbled into the box and finessed a shot past goalkeeper Erick Dick to make it 1-1.

The goal marked Pecka’s first for the club since joining prior to the 2017 season. Pecka’s performance on the night earned him SWBC Man of the Match honors after the Brazilian recorded seven tackles, three chances created, and an 89.3 percent passing accuracy.

SAFC midfielder Jose Escalante made his club debut, playing 31 minutes and tallying one shot as well as an 80 percent passing accuracy. The midfielder joined the club prior to the start of the 2018 season.

San Antonio FC will return to USL action on Saturday, April 14 as they host Orange County SC at Toyota Field.

Scoring Summary:

SPR: 0-1, Kharlton Belmar (Colton Storm assist) 29’

SAFC: 1-1, Pecka (Ever Guzman assist) 34’

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Darnell King 32’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Amer Didic 32’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Hadji Berry 32’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Colton Storm 35’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Felipe Hernandez 85’)

SPR: Yellow Card (Matheus Silva 88’)

Attendance: 6,612

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Darnell King, Ryan Felix, Chris Christian (Greg Cochrane 75’), Mike Seth; M: Pecka, Connor Presley (Jose Escalante 59’), Kris Tyrpak (Rafa Castillo 79’), Ryan Roushandel (c), Sonny Guadarrama; F: Ever Guzman

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Gianluca Cuomo, Alex Bruce, Omar Gordon

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned their second draw of the season and third draw against Swope Park Rangers at home in the club’s history…SAFC is now 1-3-3 all-time against the Rangers
  • SAFC midfielder Pecka scored his first goal for the club and earned SWBC Man of the Match honors…marked his first goal in 28 games with the club…also recorded a team-high 89.3 percent passing accuracy and a team-high seven tackles
  • San Antonio forward Ever Guzman recorded his first assist of the season and his second for SAFC since joining the club midseason in 2017
  • SAFC midfielder Kris Tyrpak recorded three shots, two shots on target and one key pass in the match…also recorded four tackles and one clearance on the night
  • SAFC midfielder Jose Escalante made his debut for the club, coming on in the 59th minute and adding one shot and an 80 percent passing accuracy

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