SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC would fall 2-3 to Sacramento Republic FC (9-9-3) in front of 6,243 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
The loss is the first for SAFC in five matches and snaps unbeaten streak. San Antonio began the night in 12th place but squandered a chance to get back into the top 10 in the USL Western Conference standings.
“Tonight was a reflection of two halves of soccer,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “They capitalized on their set pieces in the first half that put us on the back foot, but our guys came out in the second half with the urgency, and I think if we had scored a little bit earlier, something could have happened.”
Sacramento opened the scoring just 20 minutes in as Stefano Bonomo placed a header past SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone to make it 1-0 in favor of the visiting side. The goal was the first scored at Toyota Field for Republic FC after more than 201 minutes of play. San Antonio went down 0-2 when Cameron Iwasa was left open and slotted the ball home in the 32nd minute.
Republic FC added a goal in the 45th minute as Bonomo got the brace and gave the visiting side a 3-0 lead at the break.
San Antonio opened the second half with a goal from Jack Barmby in the 51st minute as SAFC got the crowd into the match and showed some signs of life. SAFC attacked Sacramento the majority of the second half and it paid off as Pecka netted a goal in stoppage time. However, it would be too late as San Antonio would fall.
“The second half showed our team’s mentality to not roll over and die,” SAFC midfielder Jack Barmby said. “Now we have to pick ourselves up and get back on a winning streak again.”
With the loss, SAFC remains on the outside looking in of the playoff picture. San Antonio remains in 12th place, sitting just two points outside of the final playoff spot in the Western Conference.
“There are a lot of lessons, but this conference is going to be a marathon,” SAFC midfielder Michael Lahoud said. “How we respond will dictate the rest of how this goes. We’ve been a team of resilience and this isn’t the first time we’ve been knocked down. We’ve done good work to get to this moment and earn the right to be in the conversation of the playoff hunt, and now is where the real test begins.”
San Antonio FC is now 7-9-6 (27 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they take on Reno 1868 FC (13-5-5) at 9:30 pm Central Time.