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Streaks Remain Intact, but SAFC Held Again

By NICHOLAS MURRAY -, 06/11/17, 10:27AM EDT


Denied sixth consecutive road victory in scoreless draw against OKC

Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC

OKLAHOMA CITY – San Antonio FC’s bid to set a USL record for consecutive road victories came up short on Saturday night, but another stellar defensive effort saw the side emerge from a 0-0 draw with OKC Energy FC with both its undefeated record and a seven-game shutout streak that got another stern test at Taft Stadium.

“It’s positive to continue earning points, especially on the road,” said San Antonio goalkeeper Diego Restrepo. “Obviously, we’re a team that wants to win and we’re a little frustrated, but we just have to work and keep improving.”

Restrepo has been in goal for all 644 minutes of San Antonio’s shutout streak. Another clean sheet against Tulsa Roughnecks FC next Saturday night would put SAFC only 24 minutes shy of Rio Grande Valley FC’s league record of 758 minutes, set last season.

After being held scoreless themselves for the third time in the last six games, though, San Antonio also gave credit to their opponents, who almost brought all of SAFC’s streaks to an end on a windy night in Oklahoma City.

“OKC played a good game tonight,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell. “It was very tight and the windy conditions made each half look slightly different. I thought our guys dug in in the first half to keep it scoreless and in the second half we had some chances we could’ve converted. Diego [Restrepo] also came in with key saves so that was good.”

The question now is what can be done to help get San Antonio’s attack back on track. Playing into the wind in the first half, SAFC was held without a shot by Energy FC, and only finished with one shot on target for the game. While Billy Forbes threatened to break the deadlock late, SAFC’s third draw in its last six games saw it slip two points back of Real Monarchs SLC in the Western Conference standings on Saturday night after Real’s 2-0 win against the Portland Timbers 2.

Despite the lack of goals, though, San Antonio’s players were confident a turnaround was coming.

“We know that if the other team doesn’t score on us, we can’t lose,” said defender Ben Newnam. “We need to regain the attacking piece that we had found earlier in the year, but we still feel very confident on both sides of the ball.”

Photo courtesy Steven Christy / OKC Energy FC

With the Roughnecks set to visit San Antonio after having earned a penalty shootout victory in the previous meeting between the clubs this season in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup – a result that denied SAFC the chance to host FC Dallas in the Fourth Round – SAFC is eager to get back in the win column next Saturday night.

“It’s good to keep getting clean sheets and giving our team a chance to earn at least a point every match,” said Restrepo. “It’s great to continue recording shutouts, but the important thing is to come away with results.”

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