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SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC saw its season come to an end with a 4-1 loss in penalty kicks to OKC Energy FC in the Western Conference Semifinals in front of 7,032 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.


The loss is a heartbreaking way for SAFC to end their best season in their short two year history. The club finished with the fewest losses in the league, number two seed, and earned their first playoff win in franchise history. The future for San Antonio FC is bright, but right now – it stings to go out on penalties.

“I’m bitterly disappointed for all of those players in that locker room,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “You put a lot of work over several months, and it comes down to penalty kicks whether you advance and continue the season.”

San Antonio opened the scoring in the eighth minute when Cesar Elizondo scored off a deflected shot, which got past OKC goalkeeper C.J. Cochrane to put the home side up a goal.

There was deja vu among many as OKC leveled the score late, just as they head done back in July. This time it was a Wojciech Wojcik header that just got over the outstretched glove of SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, forcing a 1-1 tie and extra time.

Neither team got the go-ahead goal in the extra 30 minutes, meaning penalties would decide the winner. Rafa Castillo scored the lone goal for SAFC in the skills competition and OKC converted all four to knock out San Antonio FC.

“It’s tough, the seasons over, not much to say, I am just sad that it’s over; we’re upset,” SAFC midfielder Ryan Roushandel said. “Obviously, it’s just not a good result. Hearts are broken, broken for the club, the organization, the fans, everybody. But it’s the cruelest way to end in a game of sports, I think.”

  • Match notes: San Antonio FC finishes with a playoff record of 1-1-0. SAFC is 0-2 all-time in penalty kicks in franchise history, also losing out to the Tulsa Roughnecks in the U.S. Open Cup. OKC remains the only team SAFC has never beaten, going 0-2-5 through seven matches. 

Up next: The offseason. San Antonio FC will return to the pitch in 2018 for their third season in the Alamo City.

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Stephen Michael 26, is a journalist, social media coordinator, host, and entertainment reporter. Michael graduated in 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts and earned a Master's Degree in Digital Media in 2020 from the University of the Incarnate Word. He has worked covering the San Antonio Rampage, Stars, and San Antonio Futbol Club. He was the host of the Project Spurs Roundtable on NBC affiliate News 4 San Antonio from 2015-17.

1 COMMENT

  1. Love SAFC but OMG they tried to nurse that one goal rather than score the clincher … not sure they had any SOG other than the one in regulation, maybe two corners in regulation … gotta do better than that.

    That said, the league has GOT to get a handle on flopping. With the amount of time Energy spent writhing on the ground in faux injiry the FC in OKC Energy FC must stand for “flopping” instead of “football.”

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