San Antonio FC Earns First Road Point After Late Equalizer in Oklahoma City
OKLAHOMA CITY - San Antonio FC (4-7-4) tied OKC Energy FC (5-4-7) 1-1 at Taft Stadium on Saturday night. A penalty save from goalkeeper Matthew Cardone and a late equalizer from midfielder Jack Barmby earned the Alamo City club its first point on the road of the season.
"I am really proud of the players and staff this week," said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. "They worked extremely hard to get the first point on the road. I thought the team played well tonight and I thought we deserved to get at least a point and maybe a little bit more against a well coached team in Oklahoma City."
Cardone came up big in the first half after denying forward Deshorn Brown in the 16th minute of the match following a foul inside the SAFC box. The penalty save marked Cardone's fifth overall for the club after the San Antonio native recorded four during the 2016 season.
The hosts opened the scoring in the 55th minute after earning a second penalty on the night. Midfielder Rafael Garcia stepped up and converted from the spot to give the Energy the 1-0 lead.
San Antonio FC then equalized in the dying moments of the match after Barmby buried a direct kick from distance past goalkeeper Cody Laurendi. The goal marks Barmby's fourth of the season in USL Championship play and earned the England native SWBC Man of the Match honors after he added four key passes and a 90 percent passing accuracy.
San Antonio FC will return to USL Championship action as they visit Fresno FC at Chukchansi Park next Friday, June 21 at 9:30 p.m. CT.
OKC: 1-0, Rafael Garcia (penalty) 55'
SAFC: 1-1, Jack Barmby 90'
OKC: Yellow Card (Mike da Fonte) 85'
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Kai Greene, Joshua Yaro, Eby Ackon; M: Michael Lahoud, Ethan Bryant (Bradford Jamieson IV 78'), Pecka (c) (Jose Gallegos 63'), Jack Barmby; F: Brian Gomez, Ever Guzman, Billy Forbes (Cristian Parano 71')
Substitutions Not Used: Jonathan Viscosi, Johnny Fenwick, Pascal Eboussi, Carson Price
San Antonio FC earned their first road point of the season, tying OKC Energy FC...SAFC is still unbeaten in OKC in team history, going 1-0-4 at Taft Stadium since 2016
With the draw, San Antonio FC and OKC Energy FC have now drawn seven of the nine matches between the two in the regular season... SAFC is 1-1-7 against the Energy all-time while the two sides also tied 1-1 over 120 minutes in the 2017 playoffs...SAFC has not lost to OKC since 5/21/16
San Antonio FC goalkeeper Matthew Cardone played 90 minutes and made two saves while claiming one cross and making two punches...Cardone faced two penalty kicks on the night and saved one, giving him a club-record five penalty saves all-time with SAFC...all four of Cardone's other penalty saves came during the 2016 season
SAFC midfielder Jack Barmby scored his fourth goal of the season, which ranks second best on the team...Barmby was named the SWBC Man of the Match after also recording four key passes, three shots and a 90 percent passing accuracy...Barmby leads the team with 37 chances created, which is also good enough for top 10 in the USL Championship
For the first time this season, no San Antonio FC player received either a yellow card or red card over the course of the 90 minutes at OKC
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