EDINBURG – Three second-half goals lifted San Antonio FC to a 3-1 victory over Rio Grande Valley FC (4-10-12) at H-E-B Park on Wednesday night.
The snapped a franchise record four-game losing streak for San Antonio, who earned their first win since August 4 when they beat LA Galaxy II.
“The guys come in every day and give their best effort, and that’s all we can ask,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “It doesn’t matter if they’re in the starting lineup, or if they didn’t make the squad, they make sure they come in and give their best effort and that’s been the case throughout this week.”
RGV got on the scoreboard first after they forced a San Antonio turnover, leading to a goal from Jesus Enriquez. Despite solid chances from both sides, the Toros would hold the one-goal advantage going into the second half.
From there, it was all San Antonio. SAFC leveled the score in the 50th minute when Connor Presley finished off a cross from Lance Laing. San Antonio took their first lead in the 62nd minute with a goal from Laing’s first goal since joining the club last week.
San Antonio finalized the scoring in the 80th minute with a goal from Ever Guzman off the feed from midfielder Sonny Guadarrama to make it a 3-1 lead and victory.
Here is what went good and bad for SAFC, as well as three standout players: Lance Laing, Mikey Lopez, and Connor Presley.
- SAFC’s four-game losing streak was finally snapped and they moved into ninth place in the USL Western Conference, getting them back into the playoff race.
- San Antonio scored three goals in a match for the first time since July 21 when they scored four goals in a 4-2 win over Real Monarchs SLC.
- Ever Guzman got back on the scoresheet in a big way and scored his sixth goal of the season.
- San Antonio got off on a bad start once again, allowing RGV to score just three minutes into the game.
Three Standout Players:
The Jamaican impressed Coach Powell last match when he provided great energy as a second-half sub. He will likely be getting more minutes after putting together another solid outing on Wednesday.
Laing netted his first goal in an SAFC kit in the second half off the feed from Mike Lopez and finishing with a beautiful goal. He also assisted on Presley’s first tally of the season and added seven crosses on the night.
“I’m still trying to get used to the way this team plays and get settled into the team,” Laing said. “Tonight was great because I got a goal and an assist, but more importantly, it was a great team performance in the second half and that helped us get the result.”
The 20-year-old midfielder no doubt has a bright future in the Alamo City soccer community and he finally got his first professional goal on Wednesday.
Presley scored in the 50th minute off a cross from Laing. The goal was the first for Presley since joining SAFC and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
“It’s a great feeling, but more importantly I’m happy that it helped the team get the first one to be able to come back and get the win,” Presley said.
The midfielder may not have hit the scoresheet on Wednesday night but he did have some key plays during the match to help his squad earn three points.
Lopez finished with four key passes and had an 81 percent passing accuracy as well as a 100 percent aerial duels won.
San Antonio FC is now 10-9-7 (37 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Monday when they travel to Salt Lake City to face the Real Monarchs SLC (17-7-2, 53 points) at 8 p.m. CT.