San Antonio FC remain undefeated and on top of the USL Western Conference standings following a 2-1 win over Vancouver Whitecaps 2 at Thunderbird Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Aly Al Hasssan scored his first league goal for the club while Billy Forbes continued his stellar start to the season with the other goal to give San Antonio FC the win. The result puts San Antonio one point clear at the top of the western conference where they have set themselves up as the team to beat.
The visitors opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, the goal coming from the very back as goalkeeper Matt Cardone found Forbes. That allowed the Turks and Caicos International space to send the ball square to Hassan who easily sent it past the keeper first time.
San Antonio FC was a little unlucky to concede the equalizer as it came from a deflection off the post. That rebound fell back to Marcos Bustos who controlled well before dispatching the shot in to the back of the net to make it 1-1 at half-time.
It didn’t take long for San Antonio to restore their lead as just one minute in to the half they found themselves back in front. A defensive error from the Whitecaps reserves allowed Forbes to capitalize as he was able to get on the end of the ball and hit a lobbed header past the keeper to make it 2-1.
There was some bad news for San Antonio FC in the 56th minute as they had to replace Cardone as he suffered an injury. That gave a debut to Diego Restrepo who acquitted himself well, keeping Vancouver out in the 2-1 win, a perfect start to what will be a difficult road stretch.