TACOMA – San Antonio FC saw their four-game winning streak come to an end with a 2-3 road loss to Seattle Sounders 2 (5-14-2) at Cheney Stadium on Saturday night.
The loss was the first for SAFC since July 14 when they fell in Orange County. San Antonio came into Saturday’s match as winners of four of its last five matches.
“Tonight, wasn’t one of our strongest performances, so we need to regroup,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We’ll look at certain aspects on both sides of the ball and improve that as we head into Wednesday’s game.”
Seattle started off the match strong on the attack and struck early. Henry Wingo got ahead of the SAFC defense and beat goalkeeper Diego Restrepo to put the home side up a goal just five minutes into the match. Four minutes later the reigning Goalkeeper of the Year came up big as the made the save on an S2 breakaway attempt.
The match was leveled in the 13th minute thanks to an own goal from Seattle when goalkeeper Bryan Meredith missed out on a backpass from Jesse Daley as the ball went into the S2 net. San Antonio took the lead 11 minutes later when Ever Guzman scored his fifth goal of the season off a rebound from Stephen McCarthy’s attempt, putting SAFC up 2-1 in the 24th minute.
Wingo netted his second of the match in stoppage time when he beat the San Antonio defense through the middle and placed the ball past Restrepo to level the match at two goals apiece after 45 minutes of action.
Seattle took back the lead in the second half with a goal from Shandon Hopeau, who threaded the SAFC defense and beat Restrepo for the game-winner for S2.
Despite some solid chances from San Antonio, they could not get the equalizer and fell in the first match of this three-game road trip.
Here is what went good and bad for San Antonio FC as well as two standout players: Ever Guzman and Diego Restrepo.
- Ever Guzman sizzling second half continued as he added another goal to his resume.
- Diego Restrepo had another solid game in net and truthfully kept the match from becoming a blowout.
- SAFC’s defense was not on par with what we’ve seen during their four-game match streak. There were holes and Seattle easily scored two goals by creating space in the middle of the formation.
- San Antonio’s poor defense left Restrepo on an island and that saw two goals from Seattle. SAFC really had no answer defensively to the S2 attack on Saturday and it would cost them.
- SAFC’s road woes continued as the fell to 2-4-4 away from the friendly confines of Toyota Field.
Three Standout Players:
The second half of the 2018 season has been one to remember for Ever Guzman and he made his mark on Saturday’s match with yet another goal.
Guzman gave SAFC the 2-1 lead in the first half when he buried home the rebound off of a missed Stephen McCarthy header that went off the bar. The goal was the fifth of the season for the Mexican forward and his fourth straight match with a tally.
The 30-year old now has nine goals in USL play for San Antonio, putting him just two behind Rafa Castillo for the all-time lead.
The reigning Goalkeeper of the Year was outstanding in net on Saturday but didn’t have the defense to back up his play in net.
Restrepo came up big all night long but really made his mark in the second half. He made two huge saves in the span of three minutes, including one from point-blank range. Overall, Restrepo had seven saves on the night. That marked his second-highest since joining the club last season in 2017.
“We have to own up to our mistakes and work on them,” Restrepo said. “We know we’re better than how we played tonight, so we need to go out on Wednesday and prove again why we’re a playoff team.”
San Antonio FC is now 9-6-7 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Wednesday night when they travel to Portland to face Timbers 2 (11-10-3, 36 points) at 9:30 p.m. to continue their road trip.