San Antonio FC Demolish Portland to Remain Undefeated

Cesar Elizondo, scorer of a brace (Photo: San Antonio FC)

San Antonio FC has continued their incredible start to the season, winning all three matches on the Cascadia road trip rounding it out with a 4-0 win over Portland Timbers 2 at Providence Park on Friday night.

San Antonio FC opened the scoring in the 20th minute after a massive defensive error passed the ball right to Kris Tyrpak. That allowed Tyrpak to send a ball for Billy Forbes making a run, he slowed up, but just to get the ball on his favored left foot, which allowed him to send it across the face, past the keeper, and in to the back of the net.

Horrific defending gave San Antonio their second goal after some more strong work from Forbes who ran up the right wing. His strength allowed him to cut the ball across the face and a horrible clearance went right to Cesar Elizondo who made no mistake.

San Antonio FC wrapped up the win in stoppage time through more poor defending, which allowed San Antonio to steal possession again. That allowed a strong run down the left before a beautiful ball fell to Zachary Herivaux.

Moments later San Antonio FC had four after yet another horrible defensive lapse gave Elizondo the opportunity. The keeper rushed off his line, allowing Elizondo to get through and just pass the ball in to the back of the net after Stephen McCarthy’s long ball.

Tyrpak thought he’d opened the scoring in the 14th minute as he was able to use a powerful run to get through and put the ball in the back of the net. But the assistant referee had the flag up, rightly calling it back for a foul as Tyrpak had his arms on the defender.

Portland Timbers 2 very nearly opened opened their scoring in the 47th minute as they started the second half well. A corner was swung in and deflected off of Sebastian Ibeagha but was spared as it bounced off the post.

San Antonio FC should have made it three on the resulting counter attack as Elizondo ran at goal, in acres of space. Wade Hamilton in the Portland goal was quick off his line getting down as Elizondo looked to open up space.

Rafael Castillo deserved an assist for his work to set up Elizondo on the hour mark as he quickly came forward and stole possession. That allowed Castillo to send a through ball for Elizondo and with the goal at his mercy he sent it just wide.

The woodwork saved San Antonio FC again in the 85th minute as a cross came in to the middle of the box. Augustine Williams got on the end of Villyan Bijev’s cross, heading it at goal, leaving Diego Restrepo stranded but his shot bounced off the far post, allowing San Antonio FC to clear.


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