PHOENIX – San Antonio FC concluded their three-match road trip with a 0-4 loss to Phoenix Rising FC (15-6-6) at Phoenix Rising FC Soccer Complex on Wednesday night.
The loss was the third straight for SAFC, who finish their road trip with three losses and getting zero out of a possible nine points and it was their biggest margin for a defeat in 2018.
“We need to have a very short-term memory after tonight,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We have another quick turnaround and we will travel back to San Antonio and prepare for Saturday night. We have to learn from tonight and improve.”
The home side got on the scoreboard early when Chris Cortez put home a shot off a feed from Kevon Lambert to put Phoenix up 1-0 in the 18th minute. Nine minutes later, a mental error from SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo led to a goal from Solomon Asante to put Phoenix up two goals.
Just before halftime, Devin Vega got some revenge on his old club. Restrepo made the big double save but Vega banged home the rebound to put Phoenix up 3-0 going into the locker room at the break.
SAFC had few chances and Omar Gordon was in the center of most of those. The Jamaican had a scoring opportunity early in the second half but Phoenix goalkeeper Zac Lubin made the stop to deny San Antonio the goal.
Billy Forbes finalized the scoring in the 64th minute with a strike against his old club to make it 4-0.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC on Wednesday night:
- There was nothing good that came out of a 0-4 loss for SAFC.
- Diego Restrepo had a major blunder in the game that led to the second Phoenix goal. Not the best night for the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year.
- SAFC struggled on both sides of the ball, leaving players open for goals and not taking advantage of scoring chances.
- San Antonio seemed mentally drained after a long road trip and it showed.
“The best thing we can do is put this behind us,” SAFC Defender Greg Cochrane said. “We had chances to score early and didn’t’ take our chances, and they punished us for it multiple times. We switched off as a group and we need to be better top-to-bottom.”
San Antonio FC is now 9-8-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday when they welcome the Swope Park Rangers (9-9-7, 34 points) to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.