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San Antonio Rallies Past Saint Louis

By Staff, 03/24/18, 10:30PM EDT


Tyrpak, Lopez power comeback in front of 7,946 at Toyota Field

Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC

SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Austin Martz and Kyle Greig combined in the second minute to produce a dream start for visiting Saint Louis FC at Toyota Field on Saturday, but the dynamic duo of Mikey Lopez and Kris Tyrpak helped hosts San Antonio FC rally for a 2-1 win before a sellout crowd of 7,946. Less than two minutes in, Saint Louis quieted the San Antonio faithful as Martz provided the final ball in a procession of passes down the right wing, finding Greig whose glancing header gave the side its first lead of the young season. The advantage was short-lived however as in the 21st minute, a looping cross from Connor Presley found the head of Tyrpak, who redirected the ball across Jake Fenlason’s goal where Lopez was on the spot to finish with a header. Just under 15 minutes into the final period, it was Lopez who produced a cross from the right that found Tyrpak streaking towards the near post for the strike that sent SAFC to its first win of the year.     

2’ – STL – Kyle Greig (Austin Martz)
21’ – SA – Mikey Lopez (Kris Tyrpak)
60’ – SA – Kris Tyrpak (Mikey Lopez)

#SAvSTL: Full Match and Opta Box Score

Three Things That Matter:

  • 1. After conceding the first goal for just the fourth time in 17 regular season appearances at Toyota Field since the start of 2017, San Antonio reasserted itself as one of the most dominant home sides in the league, finishing with over 60 percent of possession and limiting Saint Louis to three shots on target the rest of the way. SAFC rattled off an 8-1-7 record in the role of hosts en route to a second-place finish in the Western Conference last season and starts 2018 off on the right foot by improving to 9-0-1 in the last 10 home matches in which the side has tallied at least two goals.
  • 2. In his second season with SAFC, Tyrpak has had a bit of a Midas touch for the squad. The native Texan tied for second on the team with six goals in 2017 and with his game-winning intervention on Saturday, San Antonio remained unbeaten in the six matches during which he has found the back of the net for the club, including a 3-0-0 record at home.
  • 3. Following a difficult two-match Texas swing to open the year, Saint Louis will return home - where the team recorded seven of its nine victories a year ago - for the next three matches. New head coach Anthony Pulis and his revamped side will look to reverse a trend that has now seen the side come up short of securing three points in four of the last five matches in which it has opened the scoring. Man of the Match
Kris Tyrpak, San Antonio FC
– The always dangerous midfielder displayed his class yet again, featuring heavily to help his side secure a comeback victory

Upcoming Games:

San Antonio FC at LA Galaxy II – March 31, 6:30 p.m. ET, StubHub Center
Saint Louis FC vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC – March 31, 5:00 p.m. ET, Toyota Stadium

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