It was a heart breaking result for San Antonio FC on Friday night as they conceded a late equalizer to settle for a 1-1 draw with OKC Energy FC at Toyota Field.
Things were looking good for San Antonio FC after Billy Forbes finally got his league goal scoring back on form in the 52nd minute. The goal came from a stunning counter attack as Diego Restrepo sent the ball long for Devin Vega, who played in Forbes, allowing the newly engaged striker to chip the keeper.
In stoppage time, Oklahoma City Energy was able to get an equalizer to break the hearts of San Antonio FC fans. There was confusion in the box as the ball entered and San Antonio FC could not clear, allowing Miguel Gonzalez to capitalize and stab it home.
It could have been an OKC Energy win in the match after history was made in the 84th minute as the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) was used for the first time in a San Antonio FC match. The VAR notified the referee of an infringement in the box, giving OKC Energy a penalty which Coady Andrews stepped up to take but could only find the woodwork.
The bulk of the match reflected the nature of the two teams, defensive sides that have conceded few goals in recent weeks. Neither side was willing to give an inch in the match or give up opportunities in a tight match.
Perhaps the most pleasing news for San Antonio FC came in the stands, with another crowd of over 8000, following on from last Saturday’s friendly. The crowd of 8,131 was the second highest in club history, only behind the inaugural game.