Life in the second season in the history of San Antonio FC has got under way as they managed a 2-1 victory over University of Incarnate Word (UIW) in a friendly at Toyota Field on Saturday morning. It was a strong come from behind victory, with San Antonio FC using two different 11s, each 11 getting 45 minutes each.
The two goals came in the second half, first to defender Ryan Roushandel, who was able to get on the end of a set piece from midfielder Devin Vega. Vega then added a second shortly afterwards as he buried a penalty.
Vega is certain to be a fan favorite for San Antonio FC this year, and proved it in this match, despite it being a closed door friendly. The 18-year-old has been given his chance at his home town club, and with few home town players on the squad, Cardone is the only other, and impressive performances like that against UIW he is sure to be loved by the fans.
It was a tight match through the first half, with San Antonio seemingly having a measure of control throughout. Despite that the Cardinals were holding out well as they defended strongly against the professional side, keeping it scoreless at half-time.
San Antonio FC switched out the entire team for the second half, one that included four trialists attempting to impress for a contract. That led to an unstable backline, and especially midfield, allowing UIW to capitalize and score the opener in the 55th minute thanks to a perfect through-ball.
But the professional side started getting their feet and on the hour mark it was a goal for Roushandel to pull San Antonio FC level. The ball was whipped in to the box by Vega who found Roushandel, who was able to easily head home the equalizer.
It didn’t take long for Vega to turn from provider to scorer as he was able to score his first goal for a professional side. After Akwaefi Ajeakwa was fouled in the box, Vega was able to step up and bury the penalty, sealing the 2-0 win for San Antonio FC.