TULSA – San Antonio FC closed out the road portion of their 2017 regular season schedule with a 2-0 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC at ONEOK Field on Saturday night.
The result could have huge implications on the Western Conference playoff picture if Real Monarchs and Sacramento Republic FC can grab wins in their late night games. As of this writing, San Antonio FC is now in sole possession of third place and tied with Reno 1868 FC for second.
“I thought tonight was an important match,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The players came out and had a response after last weekend’s result, and I’m proud of them. We earned two goals against a strong Tulsa team and earned a shutout as well, which is important.”
After a scoreless first half, San Antonio took control with another late goal in the second 45 minutes. SAFC captain Michael Reed took a corner kick as Mark O’Ojong headed home the ball into the Tulsa net in the 70th minute, putting the Silver and Black up a goal.
San Antonio added an insurance goal just before stoppage time as Midfielder Omar Gordon found Billy Forbes inside the box, who beat Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda in the 88th minute to seal the 2-0 win for SAFC.
SAFC earned its league-leading 15th clean sheet of the season as they played without key defenders Ben Newnam and Stephen McCarthy, who missed the game due to suspension.
“Any time you’re missing some of your main guys it takes a little bit of comradery to fight for each other,” San Antonio FC defender Ryan Roushandel said. I thought as a whole it was a battle tonight, and the guys gutted through it and tried to stay organized.”
- Player of the Match: San Antonio FC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. Restrepo was solid in net despite getting going down twice in the first half. He recorded his 12th clean sheet of the season and is one match away from tying the USL single-season record set back in the 2015.
- Match Notes: San Antonio FC improved to 5-0-0 all-time against Tulsa in league play. SAFC midfielder Mark O’Ojong made his first appearance since August 12 at Reno, scoring the go-ahead goal. Michael Reed assisted on O’Ojong’s tally for his third helper of the season.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 15-4-10 (55 points) on the season and will return home next Saturday to welcome the Tampa Bay Rowdies to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.