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.
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’
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’)
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