Toyota Field – Streaks aren’t meant to last forever and for San Antonio FC both of their streaks came to an end on Saturday night. However, a huge night from Kris Tyrpak could ensure three huge points as we hit the halfway point of the season.
Tyrpak scored two goals in the first half as San Antonio FC earned a 3-1 win over Tulsa Roughnecks FC in front of 7,376 fans at Toyota Field to remain undefeated on the season.
SAFC broke into the scoring column early as Typrak took a pass from Billy Forbes, fell down and found a way to put the ball into the net to put the home side up a goal. Tulsa ended San Antonio’s shutout streak at seven games in the 27th minute as Joaquin Rivas beat SAFC keeper Diego Restrepo to level the match 1-1.
San Antonio added a goal before halftime off the left foot of Typrak as Aly Hassan found the Texas native, who beat goalkeeper Bryan Byars to make it 2-1 San Antonio.
The second half saw SAFC lay back and counter attack as Tulsa got the ball bouncing in the San Antonio box, but Restrepo held on to make several key saves. SAFC got an insurance goal from hometown kid Devin Vega in the 78th minute as he sealed the win for San Antonio with a shot to the right corner of the net.
“It took some time to see what both teams were doing and I thought we played very well early on in the game,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “We got a fantastic start by scoring in the first five minutes, it put us on the front foot and that’s where we wanted to be.”
Typrak’s two goals come after a mini slump for the native Texan, but he says he is happy to do whatever role is asked of him.
As a team we’ve done great, and I’ve played a role,” Typrak said. “Today my role was to score goals and I helped in that way. If one day I have to score goals, one day I have to defend most the game, then I’m fine. Luckily the goals were there tonight.”
SAFC won their 10th game of the season, a year after they won ten games all season. Despite still being undefeated, Powell says his team can still be even better.
“We work with good application every day the players’ attitudes are fantastic, but I still think we have some improving to do,” he said. “I think our group of players is committed to doing it, and that’s what they want to do, so if we can keep improving I think we can have better performances week in and week out.”
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 10-0-4 (34 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they travel to Colorado to face the Switchbacks FC at 8 p.m. next Saturday night.