San Antonio FC Completes Unbeaten Home Record in Regular Season with 2-0 Win over OKC
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC (10-1-3) beat OKC Energy FC (1-6-6) 2-0 at Toyota Field on Saturday. A brace from forward Jordan Perruzza earned the Alamo City club three points at home to finish the regular season unbeaten when playing at Toyota Field.
"OKC needed points to remain in the playoff picture, so it was difficult because tonight was like a playoff match," said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. "They threw everything at us, and they made it very difficult. We could have had more than just two goals because we created some big chances, but that's apart of the game. I'm proud of the guys, I'm proud that we remained undefeated in the regular season at home and I'm also proud one of our young players made his debut tonight."
Perruzza opened the scoring just before the halftime whistle after receiving the ball from defender Connor Maloney. The Canada native dribbled his way into space and buried a shot far-post to score his first goal for the club since joining on loan on Sept. 8.
The striker persisted in the attack throughout the following minutes while threatening the visitors' defense with a few chances. Perruzza then found his second of the night in the 52nd minute after midfielder Jose Gallegos played a delfected ball across the mouth of the goal, which the 19-year-old fired with power to bury it past goalkeeper CJ Cochran. The two goals earned Perruzza SWBC Man of the Match honors after he also tallied seven shots - second most in SAFC single-game history.
The night marked a special one for the club yet again after academy player Joshua Ramsey made his professional debut with the Alamo City club. Ramsey joined the academy from Solar Soccer Club before working his way into the first team. Ramsey's marks the third youth product debut foe the club this season and sixth overall.
SAFC will close out the USL Championship regular season with two road matches as they travel to face FC Tulsa on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. and Austin Bold FC on Sunday, Oct. 4 at 5 p.m.
SAFC: 1-0, Jordan Perruzza (Connor Maloney assist) 45'
SAFC: 2-0, Jordan Perruzza 52'
OKC: Yellow Card (Brad Dunwell) 63'
OKC Yellow Card (Jaime Chavez) 68'
OKC: Yellow Card (Tucker Stephenson) 85'
OKC: Yellow Card (Nicolas Taravel) 88'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Ignacio Bailone) 89'
Attendance: 1,122 (socially distanced)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Connor Maloney, Callum Montgomery, Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Blake Smith (Josh Ramsey 90'); M: Jose Gallegos (Leo Torres 90'), Hunter Gorskie (c); F: Gonzalo Di Renzo (Luis Solignac 60'), Jordan Perruzza (Cristian Parano 60'), Ignacio Bailone
Substitutions not used: Carlos Mercado, Mitchell Taintor, Hayden Partain
San Antonio FC defeated OKC Energy FC 2-0 to finish the regular season unbeaten at Toyota Field, recording a 7-0-1 record in San Antonio this season...marks the first unbeaten season at home in club history albeit the shortened schedule
SAFC improved its record against OKC Energy to 5-1-7 all-time and 3-0-0 on the season...SAFC outscored the Energy 9-0 in 2020 and have not lost to OKC since 5/21/16...the +9 goal differential is the most against a single opponent in a single season in club history
San Antonio FC forward Jordan Perruzza made his second start for the club and scored his first two goals, recording the second brace of the season and the 14th brace overall in club history...Perruzza was named the SWBC Man of the Match after adding seven shots, which are tied for the second most in single game history for SAFC
SAFC defender Connor Maloney recorded his second assist of the season to go with a 92.3 percent passing accuracy while also helping SAFC keep a clean sheet
SAFC goalkeeper Matthew Cardone kept his fourth clean sheet of the season while making three saves...the clean sheet marked the seventh for SAFC on the season, which is tied for the second-most in single season club history
SAFC defender Josh Ramsey made his club and professional debut tonight, becoming the third academy player to make his club debut in 2020, and the sixth in club history
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