SALT LAKE CITY – A frustrating second half of soccer would see San Antonio FC fall 2-3 to Real Monarchs SLC (3-2-2) at Zion Banks National Stadium on Saturday night.
The loss snapped a two-game winning streak for SAFC, who led by two goals going into the second of action.
“We have to focus,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “In the first half we had a better performance and in the second half, we got ourselves on the back foot and couldn’t recover from that. We are disappointed by the result and as a group we know we can perform better.”
San Antonio got on the scoreboard when Brian Gomez picked off a pass from a Real Monarchs defender and beat Monarchs goalkeeper Evan Finney for the 1-0 lead just six minutes into the match. SAFC added to their lead just nine minutes later when Gomez took the pass from Walter Restrepo and put the ball into the empty net, making it 2-0.
“Brian has been good from day one since arriving and works very hard,” Powell said. “He plays his role very hard so I am pleased he has got off the mark today. Obviously it would have been better if we had earned some points on the road.”
The second half would be a different story as the Monarchs leveled the match thanks to two penalty calls in the span of 16 minutes. Maikel Chang and Jack Blake drilled the penalty shots for the home side and Darren Powell was ejected after arguing the call.
Real took the lead for good in the 72nd minute thanks to a header from Kyle Coffee.
San Antonio will now play three of their next four at Toyota Field, where they have enjoyed success over the years.
“It will be great to be at home in front of our crowd,” SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes said. “They will get us going and get our confidence back and hopefully we will get a win in front of our crowd and get going again.”
San Antonio FC is now 2-4-1 (7 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Friday night when they welcome the Tacoma Defiance (2-6-0) to Toyota Field at 7:30 pm Central Time.