Toyota Field – San Antonio FC has overcome injuries and losing streaks, finding themselves in the playoff race. However, a setback at home is leaving the team with no one but themselves to blame.
San Antonio FC suffered a frustrating 1-3 loss to Saint Louis FC in front of 6,251 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
SAFC went down early as Saint Louis scored twice in the span of four minutes. Irvin Herrera got loose and headed home a shot in the 12th minute, out of the reach of Matt Cardone.
Poor San Antonio defense led to Herrera’s second goal four minutes later as he was left open. His second goal let all the energy out of Toyota Field and frustrated many.
Carlos Alvarez had the lone goal for San Antonio in the 35th minute when he kicked home a low shot into the back of the net to cut the deficit to one goal at the break.
Herrera completed the hat trick in the 53rd minute after a missed call from officials when SAFC was looking to score, sealing the 1-3 loss.
“Right now we’re disappointed,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We still have everything to fight for in the playoffs. We have a game in hand and are two points behind, but obviously time is running out and there are fewer and fewer games, so we need to make sure we put a solid performance together for Wednesday night.”
San Antonio had several chances to score, but were unable to convert. SAFC outshot Saint Louis 23-13 and had two shots go wide late in the game trailing by two goals.
The loss was a huge hit to SAFC’s playoff hopes. They now trail the Swope Park Rangers by four points for the final playoff berth and must win two of their final three games to have a chance at the postseason.
“We have to regroup,” SAFC forward Shawn Chin said. “We’re still in the running, it’s still in our control and we have one game in hand so we just have to get back to working and focus.”
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 9-10-8 (35 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Wednesday to face Real Monarchs Salt Lake City at 9 p.m. inside Tinto Stadium.