San Antonio FC Tops Las Vegas Lights FC 2-0 for Club Record 18th Win of the Season
SAN ANTONIO - San Antonio FC topped Las Vegas Lights FC 2-0 tonight, moving the team to an 18-4-2 record that sets a new club record for wins in a single season. The team's 56 points are still good for the top spot in the USL Championship.
SAFC scored first for the second time in as many matches, with Nicky Hernandez ripping in a shot from outside the box to make it 1-0. The goal was Hernandez's second of the season, and Shannon Gomez recorded his fourth assist of the season to tie for the third-most on the team.
San Antonio added a second goal in stoppage time of the first half, scoring on an own goal after Jasser Khmiri drove a header on goal that was redirected in front of goal.
Keeper Jordan Farr kept his 10th clean sheet of the season, and the 12th for SAFC, keeping the team tied for the most in the league.
SAFC is at home again next Saturday, hosting Rio Grande Valley FC at 8:00 p.m. CT. Tickets for the match at Toyota Field are available at SanAntonioFC.com or the SAFC app, with the match broadcast on Bally Sports Southwest Extra and ESPN+.
SAFC: 1-0, Nicky Hernandez (Assisted by Shannon Gomez) 26'
SAFC: 2-0, Alejandro Lara (Own Goal) 45+1'
LV: Yellow Card (Alejandro Lara) 45'
SAFC: Yellow Card (Justin Dhillon) 53'
LV: Yellow Card (Frank Daroma) 83'
SAFC: Yellow Card (PC) 90+3'
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Jordan Farr; D: Carter Manley (Jordy Delem 26'), Jasser Khmiri, Saad Abdul-Salaam, Shannon Gomez, Connor Maloney; M: PC (captain), Nicky Hernandez (Ates Diouf 62'); F: Samuel Adeniran, Santiago Patiño (Elliot Collier 62'), Justin Dhillon (Ignacio Bailone 82')
Substitutions not used: Grant Makela, Henrik Sakshaug, Roman Holt
SAFC falls to 18-4-2 on the season with 56 points, leading the USL Championship.
San Antonio FC's 18th win of the season marked a new club record, breaking the previous high of 17 set in 2017. SAFC now sits just six points away from the club record for points.
San Antonio's 12 clean sheets on the season are tied for the most in the USL Championship.
Jordan Farr's 10th clean sheet of the season is tied for the second-most in the league, and leads the Western Conference.
Nicky Hernandez's goal in the 26th minute was his second of the season and first since April.
Shannon Gomez's assist on Hernandez's goal was his fourth of the season, tied with Connor Maloney for the second-most on the team.
SAFC remains 18-0-2 on the season when scoring and 16-0-0 when scoring first.
Head Coach Alen Marcina
(On the win...)
"I think they did fantastic. They earned and deserved the three points tonight, from start to finish. Did extremely well. Third game in eight days, with the amount of injuries we have ... we never made excuses, it's just our reality. And the way we performed, I'm super proud of the collective.
Midfielder Nicky Hernandez
(On what happened on his goal...)
"I'm going to tell you the real story. This morning, I received a text. From our
captain ... one of our leaders, Mitch[ell Taintor]. Unfortunately he didn't play, but he was still leading us. He texted me, he sent me a video. He's like, I think it was the Arsenal game. Arsenal against Leicester. Someone shot-crossed it. He's like 'dude, you should do this.' And I'm like 'bro, I'm going to score tonight and do that.' ... We have the receipts if y'all want them. We'll send the screenshots over ... He was like 'try it out man, if it goes in it goes in if it doesn't it doesn't.' So I credit Mitch on that like, I wouldn't have thought about it., I would've just crossed it in."
Goalkeeper Jordan Farr
(On a new defensive lineup tonight...)
"It helps to have a system that's so, it's all principle based. Every person that is signed for SAFC understands the principles that Alen tells us. So it's really just about plugging guys in and then finding form and really building off that form. ... But it's difficult when you haven't been playing. Jordy Delem hasn't been playing, it's Saad [Abdul-Salaam]'s first 90 minutes in like two years. Jasser [Khmiri's] getting back into the lineup. It was a weird night but this just shows how good our team is, this is a night that proves how good our collective is."
• Discuss this story on the United Soccer League Championship message board...
United Soccer League Championship Stories from August 14, 2022
- LA Galaxy II Acquire Milos Nikolic for Remainder of 2022 USL Championship Regular Season - LA Galaxy II
- Republic FC Blanked by Monterey Bay FC - Sacramento Republic FC
- Monterey Bay F.C. Earns Third-Consecutive Victory at Cardinale Stadium with 1-0 Win over Sacramento Republic FC - Monterey Bay FC
- San Antonio FC Tops Las Vegas Lights FC 2-0 for Club Record 18th Win of the Season - San Antonio FC
The opinions expressed in this release are those of the organization issuing it, and do not necessarily reflect the thoughts or opinions of OurSports Central or its staff.