Photo courtesy of Darren Abate / San Antonio FC
SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio FC’s defense fell short of challenging a USL shutout streak record, but the club remedied an attack that has lacked some punch for the past couple of months. Kris Tyrpak tallied two first-half goals and Devin Vega added one in the second half to lead San Antonio to a 3-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC in front of 7,376 fans on Saturday at Toyota Field. San Antonio entered the match having scored only three times in its previous six games. The multi-goal effort was SAFC’s first since a 4-0 victory against the Portland Timbers 2 on April 28. San Antonio, the league’s only unbeaten team, improved to 10-0-4 (34 points) overall and 5-0-3 at home. Tulsa falls to 5-7-0 (15 points) overall and 1-5-0 on the road. With the victory, San Antonio improves to 4-0-0 against the Roughnecks in USL regular-season play. Tulsa had advanced past SAFC in the Third Round of the 2017 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup in a penalty shootout.
4’ – SA – Kris Tyrpak (Billy Forbes)
27’ – TUL – Joaquin Rivas (Matej Dekovic)
33’ – SA – Kris Tyrpak (Aly Hassan)
76’ – SA – Devin Vega
#SAvTUL: Full match and Opta box score
Three Things That Mattered:
1. The SAFC attack has been in need of a fuse, and Kris Tyrpak displayed it in a variety of ways Saturday. He showed some ingenuity in the game’s first goal. Billy Forbes provided the charge up-field and then the through ball into the box. Tyrpak took a touch and fell to the ground while battling with the Roughnecks’ defense. In an awkward position while sprawled on the ground, Tyrpak managed enough pace on the ball to shoot with his left and find the left of the frame for a 1-0 lead. After Tulsa’s equalizer in the 27th minute, Tyrpak struck six minutes later in the 33rd minute. San Antonio crossed in from the left to Aly Hassan, who flicked his header to Tyrpak. Tyrpak’s strong volley technique whipped the ball inside the right post to take a 2-1 advantage into halftime.
2. San Antonio’s defense finally conceded a goal Saturday when Tulsa’s Joaquin Rivas found the back of the net to tie the score at 1-1. Rivas made a nice run to the near left post, set up by Matej Dekovic. The SAFC shutout streak ended at 672 minutes, 86 minutes shy of the league record held by Rio Grande Valley FC (758 minutes during the 2016 season).
3. The second half only featured one goal, but both sides were certainly going after things on the attacking end. Juan Caffa provided some strong setup play on a couple of occasions for the Roughnecks, but the end product was lacking. SAFC, however, was able to create a bit of a cushion thanks to second-half sub Devin Vega’s unassisted score in the 76th minute. Vega provided the push that led to his second goal of the season, and after the Roughnecks’ defense deflected it, Vega converged with a strike inside the near left post for a 3-1 lead.
USLSoccer.com Man of the Match:
Kris Tyrpak, San Antonio FC – Tyrpak’s first-half brace provided a necessary offensive push for a SAFC side that had been lacking in the attacking third since late April.
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