The Final Word: A drawn out draw, SAFC Ties For the First Time This Season

It was the first ever meeting between Oakland Roots and San Antonio FC. Ten minutes of stoppage in the second half, summer heat and physical play ends in a 1-1 draw.

Oakland Roots controlled the tempo early in the match and were able to strike first, Joseph Nane was able to convert a corner kick with a header from the center of the box, assisted from a cross from Juan Azocar.

San Antonio FC were able to get a chance early, before the Oakland goal, and momentum started to swing back SAFC’s way. Samuel Adeniran was able to find the back of the net right, assisted by PC” before the half, in stoppage time.

Adeniran scores before the half. Photo by: Soy SAF

Second half, San Antonio FC controlled much the play and offensive stats and were close to scoring several times but were unable to find the winning goal.

By the Numbers

Victor “PC” Giro leads the club with four assists on the season

Mohammed Abu record three successful crosses and two chances created on the night

Jordan Farr recorded two saves and received a yellow card in the 90th minute

Despite SAFC outshooting Oakland 8-2 in the second half, the score held for the team’s first draw of the season.

 Head Coach Alen Marcina

            (On the result…)

            “We were definitely the aggressors with and without the ball. Disappointed we

didn’t get the three points, I felt we earned the three points, I felt we dominated from start to finish. Our pressing actions were fantastic. We created a number of clear-cut opportunities. Yes, we’d like to execute. We’ll learn from this. But all in all it’s a point. Definitely a very, very positive performance … just we’ve got to continue to work on that final action.”

Midfielder PC

PC is the Assist Leader for SAFC with four. Photo by: Soy SAF

            (On the result…)

            “I think we played very well, we dominated the game … controlled it well. need to

improve on set pieces of course, and we need to be better on finishes too. I think

we did a pretty good job to control the game, control the ball, but inside both 18s

we need to be better.”

Forward Sam Adeniran

            (On scoring his first goal with SAFC…)

I’m very grateful. Grateful to God, grateful to the coaching staff for believing in me, telling me to come out here. It’s just amazing, it’s surreal to be able to be able to do it in front of these amazing fans in this amazing stadium, so I’m just very happy.”

SAFC is on the road next week, traveling to play Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Friday, June 24 in a matchup featuring the two top teams in the Western Conference. Kickoff is set for 8:00 p.m. CT, and the match will be broadcast on ESPN+.

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