SAINT LOUIS – San Antonio FC fell 0-2 to Saint Louis FC (13-8-10) at Toyota Stadium on Saturday night in their final road match of the 2018 USL season.
The loss was the third straight for San Antonio, who went 0-3 on the road trip and gave up all possible 12 points.
“Tonight was a tough result, it was a very tight game,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “What we need to do now is control the business that we can control, and our focus needs to go straight to next week’s game. We have to make sure we pick up points as we strive to make the playoffs.”
After a scoreless first half, the home side found the back of the net late in the match. Lewis Hilton beat a diving Matt Cardone in the 79th minute to put Saint Louis up 0-1 in a match that looked more like the first to score would win.
Saint Louis sealed their win in stoppage time after Cardone came out to make a play on the ball, leaving Albert Dikua to put the ball into the empty net and give Saint Louis the 0-2 win.
The loss sees San Antonio FC sitting ninth in the Western Conference standings with three matches to play. They currently have 43 points on the season and are five points behind Reno 1868 FC, who have two games in hand. Even with three straight wins, SAFC will need some help if they want to sneak in the playoffs.
“It’s important (for us to put this behind us),” SAFC defender Cyprian Hedrick said. “This trip wasn’t what we wanted and what we needed, but it’s going to be good to go back home with our fans and finish the season strong. Hopefully, something will go our way with other results.”
San Antonio FC is now 12-12-7 (43 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome Seattle Sounders 2 (5-19-5, 20 points) to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m. CT.