San Antonio FC 3, Rio Grande Valley Toros FC 1 Second-half flurry snaps 4-match skid
Two years ago, against the same opponent, in the same facility and during the same stage of the season, San Antonio FC’s postseason aspirations for its inaugural season came to a crushing end.
With identical particulars, the local United Soccer League club’s playoff aspirations for this season earned a much-needed boost.
SAFC scored three second-half goals and rallied past Rio Grande Valley FC 3-1 on Wednesday night in the South Texas Derby at H-E-B Park in Edinburg.
The Alamo City squad (10-9-7, 37 points) snapped a four-match losing streak and moved into ninth place in the Western Conference, only one point behind eighth-place Swope Park Rangers with eight matches remaining.
“Earning points on the road takes a full team effort,” SAFC coach Darren Powell said. “We went a goal down early and the response from the team was very good. We came out in the second half and showed determination and desire to get back into the game, and we’re extremely proud of their application.”
Lance Laing, who was acquired Aug. 23 on loan from FC Cincinnati, scored the game-winner and assisted on another score. The Jamaican midfielder put in a feed from teammate Mikey Lopez in the 62nd minute to put SAFC ahead 2-1.
Twelve minutes earlier, Laing found forward Connor Presley wide-open in the center of the opponent’s penalty area and Presley put a shot inside the left post for his first professional goal.
Ever Guzman added an insurance goal in the 82nd minute, running onto Sonny Guadarrama’s pass and lofting a shot over Rio Grande Valley goalkeeper Nicolas Corti, who had come off his line.
Rio Grande Valley (4-10-12, 24) led 1-0 at halftime as Chuy Enriquez scored in the third minute.