Santos Laguna has managed to defeat San Antonio FC on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
It was the first international friendly in San Antonio FC history and the club did well, pushing Santos Laguna all the way to penalties. Unfortunately San Antonio FC continues their poor run with penalty shootouts falling 4-3 on penalties bringing their shootout record to 0-2.
“Obviously, it was an international friendly, but it was the first for our club. I think the players did very well. They worked as a unit and were compact, and we couldn’t ask anything more from them. It was a pleasure to play such a prestigious opponent.” Said San Antonio FC assistant coach Andy Tomson, who filled in for Darren Powell, away on his US Pro License course.
While the friendly was essentially meaningless it allowed players to play in to some form, most notably San Antonio FC’s struggling striker Billy Forbes. Forbes finally scored his first goal in months as he beat the defense and shot low past the keeper to open the scoring. Forbes night was made even better after the final whistle when he proposed to his girlfriend, Athenians player Michelle Hogan, which she accepted.
The match was tight throughout with Santos Laguna stunned to be trailing to an American second division side. San Antonio FC showed why they have one of the best defences in North America as they kept Santos Laguna out.
In the 68th minute the equalizer finally game as Oscar Mazanarez found space and was able to get the ball in to the box. That ball found Emiliano Armentaros who got on the end of the ball and just beat Diego Restrepo with the shot, to set up a thrilling finish.
San Antonio held out to full time, which then sent the match to penalties, with the first shot from each side saved, including Forbes. The second and third went in before both teams missed their fourth, Diego de Buen scored his shot in the sixth round, meaning Cyprian Hedrick had to score, but his effort was saved giving Santos the win.