San Antonio FC picked up a critical home win in pursuit of a playoff berth as they defeated Fresno FC 2-1 in front of a sellout crowd at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
The win combined with other results over the weekend pushed SAFC back into the top 10 of the Western Conference standings with three matches remaining.
“I’m very proud of our players for their application tonight and their attitude to earn those three points,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “They worked very hard on both sides of the ball and it wasn’t an easy game. (Fresno is) a very good team and they’re top two in the league.”
SAFC opened the scoring in the 18th minute when defender Moises Hernandez Walter Restrepo, who buried the ball past Fresno goalkeeper CJ Cochrane to put the homeside up a goal.
Fresno leveled the game in the second half when Alex Cooper curled in a free kick in the 55th past Matt Cardone. San Antonio answered back when Hernandez took the pass from Restrepo in the 67th minute and firing a low shot to put SAFC up for good 2-1.
“We need to keep showing the fight we showed today,” Hernandez said. “Today you saw that we fought for 90 minutes, we need to keep that same intensity and do that stuff on the road to get three points, which are really valuable for us right now.”
San Antonio FC is now 10-12-8 (41 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday against Las Vegas Lights FC.