Toyota Field – San Antonio FC knew they earned a solid point on the road, but would need some extra effort to gain the full three points. Unfortunately, the ball did not bounce their way en route to another home loss.
San Antonio FC suffered the 0-1 defeat to the Oklahoma City Energy FC in front of 6,165 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
The first half saw chances from both clubs. SAFC’s best chance of the opening 45 minutes came from Midfielder Rafa Castillo, whose low cross went off the top of the cross bar and out of play. OKC had two total shots on goal in the opening half and San Antonio had four.
OKC scored the lone goal of the match in the 58th minute when Colin Bonner headed in a cross past SAFC goalkeeper Josh Ford to give the Energy the 1-0 lead.
“It’s a tough game to lose,” said San Antonio FC Head Coach Darren Powell. “We had the first shot of the game and the last shot of the game. We have to execute in these moments when they are there. The guys worked hard for those moments and they keep working until the last minute of the game.”
The result was the eighth consecutive time San Antonio had given up a goal and the ninth game overall.
“I think when we’re in the box we need to have a more ‘kill’ mentality to score and more willingness to sacrifice,” SAFC midfielder Michael Reed said. “I think right now we just need to capitalize on our moments because we’re not going to get that all the time. When we do, we can’t take it for granted and we need to just put it in the back of the net.”
San Antonio FC is now 2-4-3 (9 points) on the season and will return to the pitch on Wednesday when they welcome the RGV FC Toros to Toyota Field for their fourth game in 11 days.