San Antonio FC fall on Penalties

Fabian Cerda saves Diego Restrepo’s penalty (Photo: Tulsa Roughnecks)

San Antonio FC has had their cup run ended in heart breaking fashion as they fell to Tulsa Roughnecks 7-6 on Wednesday night in Tulsa following a scoreless draw through 120 minutes.

“We felt we had chances in both halves that we could have taken advantage of. We defended solidly again and it went down to the wire, and it ended in eight rounds of penalties.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell after the frustrating loss.

Diego Restrepo was the unfortunate man for San Antonio FC as he stepped up for a keeper on keeper shot in the eighth round. He hit the shot fairly well but just couldn’t get enough height on it, allowing Fabian Cerda to make the save.

San Antonio FC had a golden opportunity to take the win as they had the lead in the shootout following three rounds. Both sides were perfect through the first two rounds before Pasha Kondrakhin beat Restrepo only to see his shot hit high and come back off the crossbar.

Ian Svantesson scored in the fourth round to level it at three and put the pressure back on San Antonio FC. That saw Mark O’Ojong step up but he was denied by a great save from Cerda to put the sides back to level.

Five straight shooters all scored, including Tulsa’s keeper, Cerda, to make it 6-6 through seven rounds, before Francisco Ugarte put Tulsa 7-6 up. That brought Restrepo to the stage and he just couldn’t beat Cerda who dove the right way to make the save and send Tulsa through.

Throughout the 120 minutes it was a typical cup tie, with neither side able to really break down a strong defensive effort from each team. Both goalkeepers performed well leading to a dramatic shootout. San Antonio perhaps could have won it in the 120 minutes but the chances were not glaring misses and Tulsa executed their plan well to advance to the next round.

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