San Antonio FC (3-2-3) beat Fresno FC (2-2-5) 2-1 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. A goal from 19-year-old Alex Bruce and an own goal from the Foxes earned the Alamo City club three points at home in front of 7,342 fans.
“I thought we were very brave tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We were able to create several opportunities throughout the evening. There’s always things you can improve upon, but overall the application and work rate from the players to get the result is something we’re proud of and that they can be proud of.”
SAFC forward Bruce opened the scoring in the 20th minute after defender Darnell King sent a low cross through the mouth of the goal, which Bruce finished off with a tap-in on the back post for the 1-0 lead. The goal marked Bruce’s first professional goal in his second start for the Alamo City club, while the assist marked King’s third this season, which currently leads the team.
Fresno FC then found the equalizer in the 63rd minute when midfielder Jemal Johnson finished a backheel flick past goalkeeper Diego Restrepo to level the score. Just four minutes later, SAFC regained the lead after midfielder Sonny Guadarrama took a shot from long range that bounced off the post and off the back of goalkeeper Kyle Reynish to force an own goal.
Restrepo earned SWBC Man of the Match honors following his performance in the match. The Venezuela native recorded four saves on the night, including one in the fourth minute of the match and two in the final minutes to deny a few dangerous attacking threats from the visitors.
The win marks the first winning streak of 2018 for the Alamo City club. Last season, SAFC recorded an all-time high winning streak of five matches from April 15 to May 6, 2017.
San Antonio FC will return to USL action on Saturday, May 12 as the club visits Rio Grande Valley FC at H-E-B Park in the first South Texas Derby of 2018.
SAFC: 1-0, Alex Bruce (Darnell King assist) 20’
FFC: 1-1, Jemal Johnson (Rodolfo assist) 63’
SAFC: 2-1, Kyle Reynish (own goal) 67’
FFC: Yellow Card (Pedro Ribeiro 39’)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Pecka 41’)
FFC: Yellow Card (Alex Cooper 64’)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Ryan Felix 74’)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Omar Gordon 83’)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Darnell King, Ryan Felix, Ryan Roushandel (c), Greg Cochrane; M: Pecka, Rafa Castillo, Omar Gordon (Mikey Lopez 90’), Sonny Guadarrama, Jose Escalante (Cesar Elizondo 90’); F: Alex Bruce
Substitutions Not Used: Matt Cardone, Gianluca Cuomo, Mike Seth, Stephen McCarthy, Maxi Rodriguez