OKLAHOMA CITY – San Antonio FC and OKC Energy FC tied 0-0 in a tense contest in front of 4,578 fans at Taft Stadium on Saturday night, closing out their brief two-game road trip.
The result was expected after the two clubs recorded draws against each other in their previous two meetings this season. San Antonio has not beaten OKC in their brief two-year history, going 0-1-5 in their six meetings all-time.
San Antonio’s best chance of the game came midway through the first half. Omar Gordon had the ball and motioned for SAFC midfielder Billy Forbes to run out, but the ball was intercepted. Later in the 26th minute Gordon found a wide open Forbes, but the striker put the ball just wide of the OKC net.
The second half saw the home side pressure SAFC late. Miguel Gonzalez ran out to find Kyle Hyland, but his shot went to the left of the San Antonio net.
“OKC is a very tough place to play,” SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. “The guys worked extremely hard to earn the point and earning a clean sheet on the road is a positive. Now our job is to prepare for a quick turnaround to play at home in front of our supporters, and we look forward to being home on Wednesday evening.”
The result saw San Antonio gain a point and leaped frogged the Swope Park Rangers for second place in the Western Conference table. In their last five games, SAFC has just one win, going 1-1-3. San Antonio should be able to get back into the win column next week as two of the worst teams in the Western Conference come to Toyota Field for a pair of games.
“I think mostly we have to take care of our bodies a little better,” San Antonio FC defender Cyprian Hendrick said. “We have to start hydrating right after this game and make sure that everything is on point since it’s a quick turnaround.”
- Match notes: San Antonio FC and OKC Energy tied for the third straight meeting and fifth time overall. SAFC recorded its 12th clean sheet of the season, the most in the USL. SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo earned his ninth shutout, tied for the most in the league.
Up next: San Antonio FC is now 11-2-9 (42 points) on the season and will return home for a pair of games next week. The Vancouver Whitecaps 2 pay a visit to Toyota Field first next Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.