It was not pretty, but San Antonio remained undefeated with a 1-1 draw to the Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC in front of 6,217 fans at Toyota Field on Friday night.
Colorado took advantage of a San Antonio miscue to get the opening goal off the foot of Aaron King in the 12th minute, getting the ball past Matt Cardone. The tally ended SAFC’s two-game streak of clean sheets and was their first goal given up in three matches.
The second half saw San Antonio come back strong as they home side got the first three shots towards the Colorado net. Rafa Castillo had a chance in the 54th minute, but his shot went up and over the bar. SAFC finally cracked the scoreboard with a pretty shot from midfielder Kris Tyrpak in the 78th minute to level the score 1-1.
“We dominated the second half for sure,” Tyrpak said. “We had multiple opportunities to put the game away and it just shows the resilience that we have as a team. Hopefully we can continue that throughout the season.”
SAFC had chances to get the go-ahead goal, but Devin Vega’s shot went wide and Tyrpak’s second attempt was just off as the whistle blew with both teams earning a point.
“It’s these moments if you score a goal the momentum changes a different way, so tonight they got the first goal which is so valuable in this league,” SAFC head coach Darren Powell said. “We wanted to try to get back in it and were trying different looks and formations to get that back and in the end Kris Tyrpak got one in and pulled us back into the game.”
Still undefeated: SAFC’s unbeaten streak is still in tact after three games, staying second in the Western Conference with seven points.
Yellow trouble: Stephen McCarthy will miss next weekend’s match at Toyota Field after earning his second yellow card in consecutive matches. With Cyprian Hendick still injured, it will be interesting to see how Darren Powell works in practice this week.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 2-0-1 (7 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next weekend when they welcome Reno 1968 FC to Toyota Field in the first ever match between the two clubs.