Two points were thrown away again by San Antonio FC on Saturdaynight as they had to settle for a 2-2 draw against the league leading Real Monarchs at Toyota Field.“The guys played very well and worked extremely hard and got in a position to win the game, but unfortunately we conceded one at the end of thematch.” San Antonio FC head coach Darren Powell after the match.
Twice, San Antonio FC held the lead but they gave it up each time,conceding with five minutes to play to surrender what would have been a vital three points in the regular season title race.
In the 27th minute local youngster Devin Vega opened the scoring for San Antonio FC as midfielder Billy Forbes sent him the ball tothe top of the box, allowing Vega to shoot across the face and in to the back of the net.
Just five minutes later Real Monarchs got back on level terms after a marginal penalty call, while it appeared it was a foul, the foul may have taken place outside the box. That allowed one of the most dominant playersin the USL in recent years, Chandler Hoffman to step up and bury the chance.
As would be expected by two of the top teams in the league it was a tight match throughout and it wasn’t until after the hour mark that the scoring got going again.
San Antonio restored their lead in the 68th minute after a good ball across the face from SAFC defender Sebastien Ibeagha after a set piece. Ibeagha’s ball found midfielder Kris Tyrpak who was left with asimple finish to make it 2-1.
“We worked on that play in training. It was supposed to draw a defender out and Sebastien (Ibeagha) did a great job to get the ball across.We’ve been working on set piece goals every week and finally one came for us today.” Said Tyrpak about the goal after the match.
Just when it seemed San Antonio FC would get a big win for their regular season hopes the home crowd had their hearts broken with an equalizer five minutes from time. Chase Minter sent a cross in, finding Max Lachowecki,who was able to head it past Diego Restrepo to seal the 2-2 draw, just thesecond time, San Antonio FC has conceded two goals in one match.