SAFC roughed up in California
San Antonio FC felt as if it might had finally turned the corner.
That was the sentiment a week earlier when the local United Soccer League club concluded a three-matches-in-eight-days stretch with a win, two draws and plenty of momentum.
Then, Saturday night happened.
Orange County SC capitalized on two defensive breakdowns and rolled past SAFC 3-0 in Irvine, California. It was the second time this season the California club has dominated SAFC (5-5-7), winning both meetings by the identical score.
“Tonight, we didn’t get the result we wanted, and now we have to look back on the things we need to improve on from this match and begin preparing for next Saturday night (vs. Real Monarchs SLC at Toyota Field),” SAFC coach Darren Powell said.
Orange County (10-6-3) scored twice during a 27-minute span of the second half to prevail.
Mats Bjurman made it 2-0 in the 63rd minute when he took a feed from Aodhan Quinn and scored from point-blank range. Quinn started the scoring sequence, retrieving the rebound of teammate Walker Hume’s header that was cleared off the goal line by SAFC midfielder Mikey Lopez and dribbling nearly unabated before finding Quinn at the right post.
Orange County added the final tally on a counterattack in the stoppage time when Michael Seaton took a pass from Giovanni Ramos Godoy, and with SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo off his line to defender, easily scored.
The home team led 1-0 at the intermission when Quinn stripped the ball from a SAFC defender just outside the penalty area and dropped off a pass to Thomas Enevoldson, who notched his 10th goal of the year.