The Final Word: South Texas Derby Part III

Toyota Field, San Antonio

For the third time in nine matches, SAFC and RFVFC face each other this season. Fore the second time, it ended in a draw.

San Antonio FC struck first. Just minutes before the goal, Nathan went down with a lower back injury and was subbed by Ollie Wright. In the 13th minute, Ollie Wright received a pass from Epps, Ollie made the turn about five yeard in front of the box and made a tight through ball to Justin Dhillion who found the back of the net.

Goal by Justin Dhillion. Photo by Soy SAF

The equalizer can in the 23rd minutes on a low shot from Christian Sorto, assisted by Elivis Amoh. Both teams had a couple more chances, coming clos to taking the lead but it would end in a draw.

Photo By Soy SAF

SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina

(On the match…)

““The guys competed. We continue to keep this regular season home unbeaten streak going, 18 games is quite impressive in any league in the world; it’s not as easy thing to do. From that perspective I am very proud of the players. I thought we did enough to get the three points, and we have to continue to trust the process.”

(On Ollie Wright…)

“Ollie brings energy to the game. When he came in, he was committed to both ends of the ball. Its not easy being subbed in that early, so he did well.”

(On working to convert chances going forward…)

“When you trust the process, you have belief in your personnel, which we do. So, we will continue to work and at some point we will be executing, and when we do we will be a team to beat.”

Photo by Soy SAF

SAFC Midfielder Ollie Wright

(On his first assist…)

“I received the ball quite high up. In training, me and Justin have linked up a few times, so I am quite used to him making that run, and luckily he did that. I was able to find him through the defense and it was a great finish by him.”

(On coming on early due to an injury…)

“It’s never nice to see a player go down injured. It is nice to get the call from the gaffer to come into the game. It shows he has confidence in me. I wouldn’t wish injury upon anyone so I hope Nathan can get better as soon as possible.”

(On the team working to finish chances…)

“We have a system here that we trust in and we trust in our coaches. It’s showing on the field because we are getting our chances. We have faith that sooner or later those chances will be going in the back of the net. It’s a matter of staying strong, staying resilient and keeping that trust in ourselves.”

By the Numbers

This was Ollie Wright’s first professional assist.

San Antonio FC had 42.4% possession, have yet to hold the ball for more than 50% in a match this season.

This is the third draw in four matches for SAFC (0-3-1)

Up Next

San Antonio FC travels to Utah to face the Real Monarchs on Saturday.

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