RENO – San Antonio FC suffered an 0-2 loss to Reno 1868 FC in front of 5,847 fans at Greater Nevada Field on Saturday night to open up a two-game road trip.
The result was one of SAFC’s sloppiest matches of the 2017 season. San Antonio goalkeeper Diego Restrepo was not on usual form as San Antonio gave up two goals in USL play just the third time in 21 matches.
Reno started the game aggressive, putting SAFC on their heels early. A corner kick resulted in Reno’s first goal of the match as Luis Felipe found a loose ball and beat Restrepo to put the home side up a goal going into the second half.
The home side extended their lead when Restrepo came out to play the ball, but had his pocket picked in the process. Reno forward Brian Brown took the ball and was all alone with the net as he converted the shot to make it a 0-2 deficit for SAFC.
“We kind of shot ourselves in the foot on both goals, we made mistakes and we just need to start putting away our opportunities,” San Antonio FC defender Ben Newnam said. “If we score first we’re on the front foot and it’s a different game. Now we have to bounce back.”
San Antonio had a chance to get on the board when they were awarded a penalty kick after Cesar Elizondo was taken down in the box. However, Billy Forbes’ attempt went off the bar, proving it was not SAFC’s night.
The loss is just the second for San Antonio FC through 21 matches. SAFC sits in second place in the Western Conference table, one point ahead of Swope Park in third and eight ahead of Colorado Springs in fifth.
“You always have to go on to the next one,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “That’s something we’ve been preaching all year, and now our job is to go back home to San Antonio, get rested, and prepare ourselves to face OKC on Saturday.”
- Match Notes: Saturday’s loss is the first for San Antonio FC since June 24 against Colorado Switchbacks. SAFC defender Greg Cochrane made his 50th USL appearance, making him the first San Antonio FC player to hit 50.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 11-2-8 (41 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they continue their road trip with a stop in Oklahoma City against OKC Energy FC at 7:30 p.m.