TULSA – San Antonio FC saw their playoff hopes take a hit on Wednesday night as they fell 3-4 to Tulsa Roughnecks FC (7-14-9) at ONEOK Field.
The loss has seen SAFC losers in three of their last five meetings, falling below the playoff line with just four games remaining.
“We have another quick turnaround so we have to put this behind us as quickly as possible,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We need to get ready for Fresno on Saturday because every point in this league now is very valuable.”
The scoring was fast paced early as the home side found the scoreboard off a Tobena Uzo header just two minutes into the match. Tulsa added to their lead when midfielder Marlon beat SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone with a shot just four minutes later.
Rafa Castillo cut San Antonio’s deficit in half when he fired a low shot past Tulsa goalkeeper Mason Stajduhar in the 12th minute and leveled the match later with his second goal of the match. Walter Restrepo put the visitors in front in the 30th minute by firing a blast out the reach of Stajduhar, making it 3-2.
Cristhian Altamirano leveled the score for the home side just before halftime after he converted from the penalty spot. Fredlin Mompremier converted a goal in the 87th minute to give Tulsa the 4-3 win.
“We have to make sure that we commit to 90 minutes on everything that we do and capitalize on the opportunities that we have while being strong defensively,” Powell said. “It now comes down to the wire and there are still lots of points to play for, and we’ll be certain to play for those points.”
San Antonio FC is now 10-12-8 (39 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday to face Fresno FC in a critical match for the playoff hunt.