EL PASO – San Antonio FC played their best 90 minutes of soccer of the season as they earned a 3-1 victory over El Paso Locomotive FC (7-5-7) at Southwest University Park on Wednesday night.
The win is the first on the road all season for San Antonio, who picked up their second straight win overall.
“We felt that this has been a long time coming, to get our first three points on the road against a very well-coached and talented El Paso team,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “I’m extremely proud of the way our guys applied themselves tonight on both sides of the ball. They were very committed, organized, and disciplined, and when you play road games on tough environments you have to do that.”
San Antonio opened the scoring just eight minutes into the match when Lopez put home a rebound off a Cristian Parano shot in the eighth minute, putting the visiting side up a goal early. The home side looked like they had knotted the score up in the 21st minute but the goal was waived off due to an offsides call. Seven minutes later, the Locomotive would level the match with a goal from Andrew Fox.
SAFC took the lead just before halftime with Lopez’s second of the night to put San Antonio up 2-1 going into the locker room.
The match was stopped five minutes into the second half due to lightning in the area. Play would resume after 40 minutes and San Antonio would take a commanding lead. Bradford Jamieson IV took the pass from Billy Forbes and buried a shot for his fifth goal of the season.
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What a debut for the latest addition to the team. He made his mark on the match and the team just seven minutes in when he banged home a rebound goal off a Cristian Parano shot.
Then just before halftime, he scored on a breakaway attempt for his second goal of the match and eighth of the season overall.
“I’m very happy,” Lopez said of his performance. “It’s a dream start for any player to arrive at a club and score, even if it’s just one. But more than anything I’m happy to have earned the three points, because that’s what matters.”
Bradford Jamieson IV
SAFC has gotten some solid play out of Jamieson IV the past few weeks and that continued on Wedensday night. His goal in the second half gave San Antonio a two-goal cushion and it was his fifth of the season overall.
Overall, he has had two goals and an assist in his last two matches. This can only be the beginning of good news for SAFC.
The striker assisted on Jamieson’s goal and in the past few matches, he has also began to turn it on. He had a goal in the last USL Championship match against Austin to go along with an assist. And now, he added another helper on Wednesday.
If he and Jamieson can keep things going with Lopez, SAFC could drive up the standings. First, they will shift focus to Saturday night against Orange County.
“It’s very important that our guys recover quickly and do our recovery strategies to the best of their abilities, and we’ll be ready come Saturday night to deliver a good performance,” Powell said.
San Antonio FC is now 6-8-5 (23 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Saturday night when they face off against Orange County SC (5-7-7) at 9:00 pm.