HERRIMAN, Utah — San Antonio FC and Real Monarchs SLC played to a 1-1 draw at Zions Bank Stadium on Saturday, securing a point on the road but keeping their winless streak in tact.
The result sees SAFC winless in their last six matches and have drawn in four of their last five. San Antonio’s last win came on May 22 against Birmingham at Toyota Field and have gone 0-1-5 since.
“We created more than enough opportunities to earn the three points,” SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina said. “Collectively, we need to do a better job executing. We believe and trust the process, and soon we will be executing and turning those ties into wins. All we can do now is learn, grown and get ready for our upcoming opponent.”
Real Monarchs came out strong on the attack and it paid off in the 40th minute when Douglas Martinez found himself one-on-one with San Antonio goalkeeper Matt Cardone, burying the ball into the net to put the home side up a goal going into the second half.
San Antonio created more chances to get back into the game in the second half. Ollie Wright linked up with Justin Dhillon once again as Wright found him with a great through ball as Dhillion put home the equalizer in the 77th minute.
Here are three takeaways from Saturday’s draw:
All Wright again
For the second time in a week, Ollie Wright continues to impress for San Antonio. The England native recorded his second assist of the season and now has two assists in 226 minutes.
Wright’s play over the past two matches has proven he can be a hidden gem for Marcina and SAFC going forward. His play off the bench in the last two matches provided SAFC a much needed spark and that led to goals.
San Antonio has points in 10 of their 12 matches this season. While that is positive, the main issue is they are giving up points in the majority of their matches. SAFC has six draws on the season, with four of those in the last five games.
Several of those draws have seen SAFC conceding goals late, leaving their matches feeling more like losses than wins. While there is enough time left in the season to turn things around, they would like to do so sooner rather than later.
“Overall it’s not good enough,” SAFC Defender Liam Doyle said. “We’ve had too many draws and we’ve been letting the odd goal in here and there, and we’re not capitalizing on chances, and until we do we won’t win games, it’s as simple as that.”
Next man up
San Antonio has dealt with injuries all season long but players are still finding a way to step up and fill roles nicely. Wright being an example of that as well as Nathan among others.
However, with that comes growing pains. SAFC’s defense has suffered through the season and execution needs to be cleaned up.
“At some point this year we’ll have our full roster available,” Marcina said. “Like any team, you’re strongest with a full roster and we haven’t had that opportunity just yet. I am proud of the players who have been stepping up and as their number is called, and now we just have to clean up our execution.”
San Antonio FC is now 2-2-6 (12 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome Austin Bold FC (3-3-3) to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.