OKLAHOMA CITY – San Antonio FC earned their first road point of the 2019 USL Championship season thanks to a goal in stoppage time as they tied OKC Energy FC 1-1 in front of 3,497 fans at Taft Stadium on Saturday night.
The result sees SAFC earn their first road point of the season away from Toyota Field and earn four points in their last two matches.
“We’re really proud of our players and staff this week,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We worked really hard to earn our first point on the road and felt that the team played well tonight throughout the phases of the game.”
The first half of the match saw little chances for both sides as San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone came up big with a save on an OKC penalty kick just 15 minutes into the match.
The second half saw the home side take the lead in the 55th minute after a questionable call on SAFC for a penalty in the box. Rafael Garcia would convert the shot, getting it past Cardone for the 1-0 lead.
Oklahoma City would carry that lead into the final moments until Jack Barmby converted a free kick in stoppage time to level the match at 1-1 and secure the first point for SAFC on the road this season.
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The England native notched his fourth goal of the season for SAFC, securing their first road point. Barmby has been one of San Antonio’s most consistent players all season as he added four key passes and a 90 percent passing accuracy to his total.
“I thought we dominated the game and we were the better team, so to come out with a point is a bit disappointing, but at the same time it’s our first point on the road and hopefully we can gain some momentum from this,” Barmby said.
The goalkeeper had a massive stop in the first half and would ultimately preserve a point for his club on the road.
Cardone finished with two saves and two punches. His stop on the penalty kick gave him a club-record five penalty saves all-time.
“I’m really proud of how the guys fought today,” Cardone said. “Every player on the field fought really hard to the death and we took a point on the road, which is a stepping stone for our upcoming performance.”
San Antonio FC is now 4-7-4 (16 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Friday when they face Fresno FC at 9:30 pm Central Time to close out their two-game road trip.