The Final Word: Statement Win for SAFC

After a two week lay-off because of some positive Covid-19 cases, the Alamo City Boys were back in action on Saturday night in Toyota Field to face USL Championship League Leaders El Paso Locomotive FC. El Paso cme into town with just one loss on the season in 18 matches, gave up just 12 goals on the season and were steam rolling all opponents. With some rest and some reinforcements, SAFC was looking to get a result.

Mitch Taintor made his return on loan from Sac Republic. Photo by Soy SAF

San Antonio FC wasted no time in having the new additions in the starting XI, Kortne Ford and Mitch Taintor were starting center backs and PC returned from injury to solidify the midfield. Nathan started in front, red hot in the last seven matches.

Jose Gallegos attempts a low pass into the box. Photo by Soy SAF

The match started with both teams feeling each other out and much of the play in the midfield. First real chance came in the 17th minute when Nathan attempted to score on a header but was saved by Ketterer. In the 25th minute SAFC almost struck first when Cam Lindley took a shot from outside the box and hit the crossbar ending up out of play. In the 32nd minute, Epps gave the Alamo City Boys the lead with a low shot from the center of the box pass a diving Ketterer.

El Paso’s Ketterer makes a save. Photo by Soy SAF

Second half saw one change for SAFC at the start. Mohammed Abu came in for PC. Locomotive took charge at the beginning of the second half and in the 54th minute, it payed off as the Locomotive drew it even with a header from Sebastain Velasquez, Cardone attempted to make the stop as he was able to get hands on the shot but was unable to keep it out the back of the net.

As the minutes waned, both teams looked even matched. Justin Dhillion won came in the 72nd minute scored the match winner in the 92nd minute. The win puts SAFC back in a playoff spot in the USL Championship Mountain Division and back in the Copa Tejas race.

Match winner by Justin Dhillion

San Antonio FC have now won 5 of their last 7 matches and will face lowly Real Monarchs for a mid week match up at Toyota Field.

Marcus Epps was Man of the Match. Photo by Soy SAF

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