San Antonio FC’s unbeaten start to the 2017 season came to an end at Weidner Field on Saturday, as they fell to Colorado Springs Switchbacks 1-0 ending a 14 match unbeaten run.
“We have to respond after tonight…There were instances in the game that made it difficult but you can’t be more proud of the players. They kept working until the final whistle to get a tying goal but unfortunately we were unable to find it.” Said San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell.
The only goal of the match came just before half-time as a set piece opportunity allowed Colorado Springs to open the scoring. Sean McFarlane was able to get on the end of the shot and head it across the face past Diego Restrepo leaving San Antonio FC trailing for the first time in almost three months.
Things got worse for San Antonio FC as Diego Restrepo was shown a straight red card in the 77th minute after he rushed out of his box and committed a foul. That forced San Antonio FC to hand a league debut to their third string keeper Lee Johnston, who had his first appearance for the club last month against the Houston Dutch Lions.
It was a difficult match for San Antonio FC as they had plenty of chances after going behind, having more of the possession in the second half. It was just the third match this season that San Antonio FC has won possession in this season, and in all cases where they have won possession they have failed to win the match.
The best chance for San Antonio FC to equalize came seven minutes from time when Kris Tyrpak went agonizingly close to getting the club back on level terms. Tyrpak was able to get a shot away and beat the keeper but could only find the crossbar, leaving San Antonio FC frustrated as they fell to their first loss of the season.