Toyota Field – San Antonio FC returned home and earned a 3-1 win over the Tulsa Roughnecks FC in front of 7,837 fans on Saturday evening at Toyota Field. The win snapped a two-game winless streak.
San Antonio found the back of the net just before halftime. Shawn Chin took the ball from Carlos Alvarez and put it into the net past the Tulsa ‘keeper in the 38th minute to put SAFC up by a goal going into the second half.
Tulsa answered back just three minutes into the second half when forward Kaleem beat San Antonio goalkeeper Josh Ford to even the score at 1-1.
SAFC took the lead for good later in the game when midfielder Rafa Castillo sent a blast from 25-yards out that went past Tulsa’s diving keeper in the 68th minute to put San Antonio up 2-1. Jason Johnson gave the home squad a cushion by putting home a tally to secure the 3-1 victory.
“It’s definitely moving in the right direction, we want to score goals and the goals we got were quite good tonight,” San Antonio head coach Darren Powell said. “I still think we can create some other opportunities as well and take better advantage of where we are on the field, but that’s going to come.”
The victory saw San Antonio go from 12th to 5th place in the Western Conference standings. A win was crucial as SAFC opens the next three of four at home.
“It gives us confidence in our play, so we can face the challenges that are coming our way,” Castillo said of playing at home. “It’s going to be difficult. We already got a win today and now we have to turn the page and think about winning against the next team.”
San Antonio FC is now 2-2-2 (8 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome the Rio Grande Valley Toros to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.