San Antonio FC Draws 2-2 against South Texas Rivals Rgv FC
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC (8-9-7) tied Rio Grande Valley FC (6-11-7) 2-2 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. Two goals in the first half from midfielders Jack Barmby and Cristian Parano earned the club a point at home in the South Texas Derby.
"It was two different halves of soccer," SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell said. "It looked like we were in control of the game, but fair play to them. RGV kept working and kept pushing themselves to the final whistle."
SAFC opened the scoring in the 14th minute when defender Moises Hernandez found Barmby at the top of the box with a pass, which the England native struck with the outside of the foot off the first tough and beat goalkeeper Nicholas Corti far-post for the 1-0 lead. The goal marked Barmby's seventh of the season while the assist marked Hernandez's second on the year.
RGV FC went down to 10 men in the 30th minute after defender Alejandro Fuenmayor tackled forward Frank Lopez on a potential one-on-one breakaway.
The Alamo City club then doubled its lead just before the halftime whistle when midfielder Walter Restrepo found Parano near the top of the box, from where the Argentinian chipped Corti for the second SAFC goal of the night and the midfielder's fifth of the season and third in two matches. The assist also marked Restrepo's fifth of the campaign and third in two matches.
RGV FC narrowed the gap in the 75th minute when Carlos Small scored a header following a corner kick before the Toros equalized by way of an own goal from defender Ebenezer Ackon just five minutes later.
San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship action at Toyota Field on Saturday, Aug. 24 as they host New Mexico United at 7:30 p.m.
SAFC: 1-0, Jack Barmby (Moises Hernandez assist) 14'
SAFC: 2-0, Cristian Parano (Walter Restrepo assist) 44'
RGVFC: 2-1, Carlos Small (Isidro Martinez assist) 75'
RGVFC: 2-2, Eby Ackon (own goal) 80'
RGVFC: Red Card (Alejandro Fuenmayor) 30'
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Isidro Martinez) 38'
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Andrew Samuels) 45'
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Robert Castellanos) 51'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Kai Greene) 68'
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Kevin Rodriguez) 87'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Frank Lopez) 88'
RGVFC: Yellow Card (Zachary Jackson) 90'
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Eby Ackon, Joshua Yaro; M: Moises Hernandez (Pascal Eboussi 63'), Michael Lahoud (c), Cristian Parano, Jack Barmby; F: Walter Restrepo (Billy Forbes 73'), Frank Lopez, Brian Gomez
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Rocky Perez, Ever Guzman
San Antonio FC earned a point against rivals RGVFC at Toyota Field on the night...SAFC finishes its first Copa Tejas campaign with a 2-2-2 record and eight points...finishes the regular season 0-1-1 against the Toros
SAFC Jack Barmby was named the SWBC Man of the Match after he scored a goal, recorded three key passes and added a 76.5 percent passing accuracy...goal marked his seventh of the season, which is his new career-high...Barmby previously scored six goals over the course of the 2018 USL Championship season with the Portland Timbers 2
San Antonio FC midfielder Cristian Parano scored his third goal in two games while also recording three shots, two successful dribbles and an 85.7 percent passing accuracy...after not scoring for his first 15 games, Parano has now scored five in his last nine matches
San Antonio FC scored in the 14th minute thanks to midfielder Jack Barmby...the goal marked the ninth SAFC league goal scored in the first 15 minutes of matches this season...nine goals in the first 15 minutes of matches is a new record for SAFC, surpassing the seven scored in the first 15 during the 2016 season
SAFC midfielders Walter Restrepo and Moises Hernandez recorded assists in the 2-2 draw with RGV FC...the assist marked Hernandez's second of the season and first since 4/26 vs. Tacoma...Restrepo's assist is his third in the last two matches as the winger currently leads the team and is tied for 12th in the league with five total assists
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