SAN ANTONIO – A controversial call resulting in a late penalty kick possibly cost San Antonio FC two points in their 1-1 draw with Orange County FC at Toyota Field Saturday evening.
The match began with the quickest goal in SAFC history. San Antonio’s Greg Cochrane sent in a cross, which was headed home by Kris Tyrpak just 90 seconds into the match.
“Every game I try to get a little better and little better,” Tyrpak said of his goal. “If the opportunity presents itself, I’m going to score a goal, and if it presents itself to get an assist, I’ll get an assist.”
The goal put the home side up 1-0, where they would stay until the final moments of stoppage time in the second half.
With SAFC up a goal with less than two minutes to go in the five minutes of stoppage time, disaster stuck. SAFC’s Michael Reed was called for a foul inside the box, awarding Orange County a penalty kick. OC’s Jerry Van Ewijk stepped up and converted on the kick, bringing the game level.
“We got the early goal and that settled everybody down, but we were unable to press on and get the second one,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “Really, tonight we’ve earned a point but we all would’ve preferred the three.”
The penalty kick was the third straight home match where SAFC has given up a late goal, resulting in a draw.
- Match notes: SAFC’s unbeaten home streak reached 11 games with the result on Saturday night. Tyrpak’s goal 1:34 into the match is officially the fast goal in SAFC history.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 11-1-8 (41 points) on the season and will return to action next Saturday evening when they hit the road to Nevada to take on Reno 1968 FC at 9:30 p.m.