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By San Antonio FC Communications, 08/29/18, 9:45PM CDT


SAFC Earns Third South Texas Derby Victory

- San Antonio FC (10-9-7) beat Rio Grande Valley FC (4-10-12) 3-1 at H-E-B Park on Wednesday night. Goals from Connor Presley, Lance Laing, and Ever Guzman earned the Alamo City club three points on the road in the South Texas Derby.

“Earning points on the road takes a full team effort,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We went a goal down early and the response from the team was very good. We came out in the second half and showed determination and desire to get back into the game, and we’re extremely proud of their application tonight.”

RGV FC opened the scoring three minutes into the match after a turnover just outside the SAFC box resulted in a goal from Jesus Enriquez, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead that would last through halftime.

The Alamo City club then found the equalizer in the 50th minute after Presley finished off a cross from Laing inside the hosts’ box. The goal marks Presley’s first professional goal since joining the club in August 2017.

SAFC gained the lead just 12 minutes later when a quality buildup concluded with the ball at Lang’s feet following a pass from midfielder Mikey Lopez. The Jamaican curled the ball past goalkeeper Nicolas Corti to score his first club goal in his first start and second appearance with the team, with the assist marking Lopez’s third this season.

The Alamo City club extended its lead in the 80th minute after midfielder Sonny Guadarrama found Guzman in on goal with a through-ball. The Mexico native finished his team-leading sixth goal with a lofted ball on the first-touch to make it 3-1.

The win marks the team’s first after losing their previous four matches. SAFC is 1-0-1 this season when playing in a South Texas Derby and 2-0-1 when playing at H-E-B Park.

SAFC will return to USL action on Monday, Aug. 3 at 8:00 p.m. CT as they visit league-leaders Real Monarchs SLC at Rio Tinto Stadium.

Scoring Summary:

RGV FC: 1-0, Jesus Enriquez (Pablo Aguilar assist) 3’

SAFC: 1-1, Connor Presley (Lance Laing assist) 50’

SAFC: 1-2, Lance Laing (Mikey Lopez assist) 62’

SAFC: 1-3, Ever Guzman (Sonny Guadarrama assist) 82’

Disciplinary Summary:

SAFC: Yellow Card (Mikey Lopez 90’)

SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Darnell King, Cyprian Hedrick, Stephen McCarthy (Mike Seth 35’), Greg Cochrane (c); M: Mikey Lopez, Charlie Ward, Lance Laing (Jose Escalante 86’), Connor Presley (Sonny Guadarrama 75’), Omar Gordon; F: Ever Guzman

Substitutions Not Used: Armando Quezada, Ryan Roushandel, Maxi Rodriguez, Kyle Murphy

Postgame Notes:

  • San Antonio FC won its first game in their last five matches, defeating rivals RGV FC 3-1 on the road…SAFC improves its record to 3-4-2 overall vs. RGV and 3-1-1 in their last five matches against the Toros
  • San Antonio FC forward Ever Guzman scored his sixth goal of the USL season tonight…his six goals are tied with former midfielder Kris Tyrpak for the second-most in a single season by an SAFC player…former midfielder Billy Forbes’ 10 goals with SAFC in 2017 is the highest
  • SAFC midfielders Mikey Lopez and Sonny Guadarrama recorded their third and second assist respectively tonight…the assist marked the first for Lopez since 7/21 vs. Real Monarchs SLC…Guadarrama’s assist was his first since 4/27 at Las Vegas
  • SAFC midfielder Lance Laing earned SWBC Man of the Match honors after recording his first goal and first assist for SAFC this season…Laing also recorded three key passes against the Toros
  • SAFC midfielder Connor Presley scored his first professional goal tonight in what was his 25th USL appearance for the club
  • San Antonio FC scored three goals in one half for the second time in team history (also 4/15/17 vs. Reno 1868 FC)
  • SAFC are now 8-1-0 when scoring more than one goal in a single match and improved their record to 2-2-1 on Wednesdays

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