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By San Antonio FC Communications, 04/28/18, 12:30AM CDT


SAFC Returns from Road Trip Unbeaten

San Antonio FC (2-2-3) beat Las Vegas Lights FC (2-1-2) 3-1 at Cashman Field on Friday night. Goals from Ever Guzman, Jose Escalante, and Rafa Castillo earned the Alamo City club three points on the road in their second win of the season.

SAFC opened the scoring in the 18th minute off a counter attack that started with a long ball by Darnell King. Forward Ever Guzman then played midfielder Sonny Guadarrama in on a through-ball. Guadarrama returned it to Guzman inside the box for a tap-in that marked the Mexican’s first goal of the 2018 season.

The Alamo City club widened the lead in the 33rd minute when King sprinted up the flank and found midfielder Jose Escalante inside the box. Escalante dribbled past a defender and found the back of the net for the 2-0 lead.

SAFC then earned a penalty in the 51st minute after Escalante was brought down inside the box. Midfielder Rafa Castillo capitalized from the spot for the 3-0 lead, scoring his first goal of the season and 10th overall for the club since its 2016 inaugural season. Castillo is now tied with Billy Forbes as the club’s all-time leader in goals, and is the only player to score in each of San Antonio’s three seasons.

Las Vegas Lights FC midfielder and former SAFC player Carlos Alvarez scored in the 75th minute to narrow the gap prior to defender Christian Torres receiving a red card for the Lights in the 88th minute.

The win marks the second for SAFC this season and first on the road, as well as the team’s highest-scoring match in 2018. San Antonio FC will return to USL action on Saturday, May 5 as they host Fresno FC at Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.

Scoring Summary:

SAFC: 0-1, Ever Guzman (Sonny Guadarrama assist) 18’

SAFC: 0-2, Jose Escalante (Darnell King assist) 33’

SAFC: 0-3, Rafa Castillo (penalty) 51’

Las Vegas: 1-3, Carlos Alvarez (Jorge Guillen Torres assist) 76’

Disciplinary Summary:

Las Vegas: Yellow Card (Freddy Adu 12’)

SAFC: Yellow Card (Jose Escalante 34’)

Las Vegas: Yellow Card (Carlos Alvarez 69’)

Las Vegas: Red Card (Christian Torres 88’)

Las Vegas: Yellow Card (Miguel Garduno 90’)

Attendance: 8,025

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Darnell King, Ryan Felix, Ryan Roushandel (c), Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka, Rafa Castillo (Mikey Lopez 79’), Connor Presley, Sonny Guadarrama, Jose Escalante (Cesar Elizondo 84’); F: Ever Guzman (Alex Bruce 20’)

Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Gianluca Cuomo, Mike Seth, Omar Gordon

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC earned its second win of the season, beating the Las Vegas Lights 3-1…marks the first loss for the Lights of the 2018 season and first win for SAFC since 3/24 vs. STLFC
  • SAFC scored three goals in a match for the first time this season and the first time since 10/14/17 in a 3-1 win over RGVFC…marks the 11th time that San Antonio has scored at least three goals in a single match…SAFC has scored four goals in a match twice (4/15/17 vs. Reno; 4/28/17 at Portland)
  • San Antonio FC midfielder Jose Escalante was named the SWBC Man of the Match…scored his first goal for the club and also earned a penalty kick, which was scored by teammate Rafa Castillo…Escalante scored four goals in 21 games with RGVFC in 2017
  • SAFC midfielder Rafa Castillo scored his first goal of the season from a penalty kick in the second half…marks the fifth penalty goal for Castillo in an SAFC kit…with the goal, Castillo is now tied for the SAFC all-time lead in goal with 10 alongside former San Antonio midfielder Billy Forbes…Castillo is now the only SAFC player to have scored in all three seasons with the club
  • SAFC forward Ever Guzman scored his first goal of 2018 to open the scoring, while teammate Sonny Guadarrama recorded his first assist on the play…Guzman exited immediately after scoring with a lower body injury and was replaced by Alex Bruce…Bruce went on to play 70 minutes, marking the most for him in a match in his career
  • The San Antonio defense held Las Vegas to just one goal, marking the fifth time in seven matches this season that SAFC has conceded one goal or fewer in a match…Diego Restrepo made four saves on the night, while Ryan Felix had 11 more clearances than any other player on the field, collecting 16 total…defender Darnell King four tackles, five clearances and four interceptions in 90 minutes
  • Las Vegas Lights midfielder Carlos Alvarez scored the lone goal for Las Vegas in the SAFC win…Alvarez was the first-ever player signed by San Antonio in 2016 and made 30 appearances, scoring four goals and leading the team with seven assists in that season

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