San Antonio FC (8-5-7) beat OKC Energy FC (6-11-5) 2-1 at Taft Stadium on Saturday night. Goals from Mikey Lopez and Ever Guzman earned the Alamo City club a comeback victory in its first win against the Energy.
“I’m extremely proud of the players’ application to earn three wins over the past eight days,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It’s great to come to OKC and earn our first victory against this good organization and a well-coached team. We’re pleased to earn the three points and to show the character that we did tonight to earn a win after going a goal down.”
The energy opened the scoring in the 58th minute when midfielder Philip Rasmussen buried a direct kick from just outside the visitors’ box.
SAFC then found the equalizer in the 73rd minute after midfielder Connor Presley earned a penalty after being brought down inside the hosts’ box. Midfielder and Texas native Lopez stepped up and converted from the spot to level the score 1-1. The goal marks Lopez’s third for the club this season.
The Alamo City club scored the winning goal less than ten minutes later when midfielder Charlie Ward sent a cross deep into the box. Guzman finished on his first touch from point-blank range to gain the 2-1 lead. The goal marks Guzman’s third of the season, while the assist marks Ward’s first for the club since joining the team last month.
The win marks the first SAFC victory against OKC Energy FC. The clubs have faced each other eight times in the USL regular season since San Antonio’s 2016 inaugural season, playing to six draws and an OKC win prior to tonight’s match. The victory also marks the third time this season that the Alamo City club has come from behind to earn a win in 2018.
With the win, SAFC concludes a run of three matches in the span of eight days during which the club recorded three consecutive wins. SAFC currently sits in eighth place in the Western Conference standings.
San Antonio FC will return to USL action on Saturday, August 4 as they host LA Galaxy II at Toyota Field.
OKC: 0-1, Philip Rasmussen 58’
SAFC: 1-1, Mikey Lopez (penalty) 73’
SAFC: 2-1, Ever Guzman (Charlie Ward assist) 81’
SAFC: Yellow Card (Mike Seth 57’)
OKC: Yellow Card (Atiba Harris 80’)
SAFC: Yellow Card (Connor Presley 88’)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Diego Restrepo; D: Mike Seth, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy (Gianluca Cuomo 90’), Greg Cochrane (c); M: Mikey Lopez, Charlie Ward, Connor Presley, Ethan Bryant (Sonny Guadarrama 82’), Omar Gordon; F: Ever Guzman (Kyle Murphy 88’)
Substitutions Not Used: Matthew Cardone, Ryan Roushandel, Maxi Rodriguez, Alex Bruce