SAFC’s win streak snapped as it falls from playoff spot
San Antonio FC has reached a juncture in its season where the outcome of each match potentially could impact its postseason aspirations.
The local United Soccer League club knows, win or lose, it has to have a short memory bank. It can’t celebrate a win for too long or also mope over a loss.
This probably is a good time for SAFC to test the theory.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC scored twice during a 20-minute stretch overlapping the first and second halves and stunned SAFC 2-1 Saturday before 2,877 at ONEOK Field.
It was Tulsa’s first win over SAFC during USL competition. SAFC was 5-0-1 vs. Tulsa entering Saturday’s contest.
More importantly, the setback dropped SAFC (12-10-7, 43 points) — which had a three-match winning streak snapped — into ninth place in the Western Conference with five games remaining. SAFC is two points out of eighth — the final playoff spot — and three out of sixth.
“We’re not happy with this result, because we came into the match in good form,” SAFC forward Cesar Elizondo said. “We played a good game and didn’t get the points we wanted, and now we’re facing another match on the road in which we want to get a result, so we need to lift up as a team so (that) we head into it with the right mindset.”
Elizondo put SAFC ahead 1-0 in the 18th minute when forward Ever Guzman beat Tulsa goalkeeper Fabian Cerda to a ball and dropped it off for Elizondo, who put in a shot from the top of the penalty area.
Eliminated from postseason consideration, Tulsa (3-14-11) tied it at 1-1 in the 37th minute on defender Nemanja Vucovic’s penalty kick following a foul by SAFC in the penalty box. The home team netted the game-winner on a goal in the 57th minute by midfielder Eti Tavarez.
SAFC created a few opportunities in a quest for a tying goal, but came away empty.
“We had a lot of good chances to win this game, and unfortunately, it didn’t go our way,” said SAFC goalkeeper Matt Cardone, a MacArthur graduate. “We know we have two tough games ahead of us (vs. Swope Park Rangers and Saint Louis FC), and now we have to come together as a team and step up to get points in the next two games.
“We need to get tighter for the upcoming games. We still control our future and have an opportunity to get into the playoffs, so we’ll aim to get the points we need out of our next matches.”