IRVINE – San Antonio FC saw their road woes continue with a 0-3 loss to Orange County SC (10-6-3) at Champions Soccer Stadium on Saturday night.
The loss breaks a three-match winless streak for the club, which includes their international exhibition victory over Santos Laguna. In league play, SAFC has gone 1-2-2 in their last five matches.
“We need to regroup after tonight,” SAFC defender Darnell King said. “Everybody in our locker room knows that a result like tonight’s is unlike us. We need to regroup, bounce back and move forward from tonight.”
SAFC and Orange County both started the match off on the attack. The hosts had a huge chance to go up a goal in the 26th minute but SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo made the save and he would parry away another attempt just minutes later.
Orange County took advantage of a mental lapse from San Antonio for its first goal of the night. After protesting a call, SAFC forgot to get back defensive, leaving Thomas Enevoldsen to tap in the ball for a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute.
The second half saw the hosts pressure Restrepo and the SAFC defense early. The 60th minute saw the goalkeeper pull down an Orange County player but was only shown a yellow card. Three minutes later, OC added to their lead with Mats Bjurman’s tally from point-blank range.
Orange County added one more goal in stoppage time from Michael Seaton off the counter-attack to finalize the scoring at 3-0.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC on Saturday, as well as the lone standout player from the match, Diego Restrepo.
- To be honest, not much good came from Saturday night’s match.
- SAFC was shutout in a match for the sixth time this season, in both matches against Orange County the club gave up six goals and went scoreless.
- San Antonio had no flow to their offense and struggled defensively as they had mental lapses and miscommunication.
- With the loss, SAFC fell to 1-3-4 away from Toyota Field.
- The schedule will not get any easier for San Antonio, who faces Real Monarchs and Colorado Springs over the next two matches.
Despite allowing three goals, there is no denying the score would have been much worse if Diego Restrepo was not in net.
The three goals allowed were not on Restrepo but rather the struggling San Antonio defense. Restrepo made three saves on the night, making it the 11th match this season where he has made three or more saves.
The lackluster performance from San Antonio will now see SAFC return home for two matches as they look to put this one past them.
“Our team is always competing for their place in the squad, and this upcoming week will be no different as we prepare to play two matches in four days,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said.
San Antonio FC is now 5-5-7 (22 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome Real Monarchs SLC (13-4-2, 41 points) to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m. CT.