Both Texas teams managed to secure a share of the points this weekend. After this weekend, San Antonio FC (SAFC) remains in third place with 7 points, two off the lead. RGVFC earned their first points of the season and are now tied for eighth place with four other teams.
San Antonio FC (SAFC)-1 Colorado Springs Switchbacks-1 (Toyota Field-San Antonio)
SA: Kris Tyrpak-79 (Shawn King) CO-Aaron King-12 (Taesong Kim)
SAFC ran into their first turbulence of the new season when Switchbacks forward Aaron King scored the early goal….the first allowed by SAFC this season. A superb strike from 20 yards out by Austin area-native Kris Tyrpak 11 minutes before time, however, rescued a home point before more than 6,000 fans on a beautiful South Texas evening.
Tyrpak was an excellent off-season addition to what was already a loaded SAFC cadre of midfielders. He was drafted out of Houston Baptist by defunct MLS side Chivas USA, where he made nine 2014 appearances and also scored a goal. Tyrpak has been successful in USL with the on-hiatus Austin Aztex and, most recently with Swope Park, where he scored seven times last year. The goal he scored last night, a bending strike to the back post, was a thing of beauty and a likely candidate for USL goal of the week.
SAFC continues to experience their share of good fortune as the goal posts and crossbar have been extremely helpful in all three matches they have played this year. They were fortunate to escape with a draw Friday when Switchbacks forward Kevaughn Frater hit the left post late in the match.
SAFC will play their third consecutive home game this Saturday when they host expansion-side Reno 1868 for the first meeting ever between the two teams.
OKC Energy-0 Rio Grande Valley FC (RGVFC)-1
OKC: None RGV- Ruben Luna-67 (penalty)
RGVFC’s 266-minute scoring drought ended when Ruben Luna buried a 67th minute penalty that was awarded after new Toros signing and young-Columbian Camilo Monroy was pulled down in the box. The Toros had dodged a bullet earlier in the half when their on-loan keeper from the Dynamo, Calle Brown, kick-saved a Jose Barril penalty to keep the game scoreless at the time. This penalty was awarded after OKC and former Dynamo midfielder Alex Dixon was fouled in in the box.
The game got chippy and a little out-of-control near the end as three players, 2 from OKC and the Toros Victor Garza, were shown red and ejected. The Toros were extremely fortunate, just before Luna scored, that the Energy’s FC Dallas Academy loanee Coy Craft missed a wide-open chance. Craft had entered the game a few minutes before as a substitute for Dixon, who left with a heel injury. The game was fairly even statistically, though OKC had a 54-46 advantage in possession.
A shout-out to Jose Escalante, who hit a laser blast, from what seemed like an Oklahoma City suburb, that rattled the left post. If this shot had gone in…they probably would have ended the competition last night and directly awarded him the USL Goal of the Year.
The Toros return to Edinburg for the first of five consecutive home games (their longest home stretch of the year) against Colorado Springs this Wednesday night.