Late calls have been a thorn in the sides of San Antonio FC all season. So have the Swope Park Rangers. Both of those stung once more for the club as they wrapped up a two-game road trip.
A late penalty in stoppage time saw San Antonio FC fall 1-2 to Swope Park inside Swope Soccer Village on Wednesday night, snapping their three-game winning streak.
The home club struck early when Ayrton beat the San Antonio defense down field and scored on SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone to give Swope Park the early lead. The lead did not last long as Fejiro Okiomah’s header five minutes later made it 1-1.
San Antonio had two chances late to grab the lead. Sam McBride’s header went wide in the 57th minute and Franck Tayou was denied by Adrian Zendejas late in the match.
In stoppage time, a late penalty was called on San Antonio. Ayrton stepped up and faked out Cardone, sending the ball into the empty net for the game-winner.
The loss saw San Antonio fall out of the playoff picture, but stays tied in points with Orange County for the last spot in the West.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 9-9-7 (34 points) on the season and will return home to welcome Arizona United SC to Toyota Field at 5 p.m.