June 16, 2016
SAFC victorious over Vancouver
SAN ANTONIO -- Captain Rafa Castillo converted a penalty kick and Franck Tayou scored a late goal as San Antonio FC extended its unbeaten streak to six matches with a 2-0 win over the USL Western Conference-leading Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2 before a 6,025 crowd at Toyota Field Saturday night.
“Tonight, I thought we saw improvement,” SAFC (6-5-6, 24 points) coach Darren Powell said. “We still need to keep improving, but it feels great to get three points against a team that’s top of the table. Absolutely.”
In the 19th minute, Matt Cardone saved a penalty kick by Whitecaps (9-4-5, 32 points) forward Kyle Greig, on the way to his first shutout in his second start.
“It was a great win,” Cardone said. “It’s really great to be part of such a good team effort. We’re only getting better and there’s a lot of the season left to go. It’s great to build some confidence. Our team has been on a good streak so far and we want to continue that for the rest of the season.”
In the 64th minute, Castillo slotted a penalty in after Michael Reed was taken down, the first penalty awarded to SAFC in its first season.
Tayou tallied in stoppage time off a long ball from Greg Cochrane, finessing a low shot.
Costa Rican forward Cesar Elizondo made his SAFC debut in place of Taylor Morgan in the 54th minute.
“I’m so glad to be back,” Elizondo said. “I’m glad to be back with the people, to be part of this organization, it’s awesome, and the guys have all welcomed me really well. I got along with them very quickly, and I just need a couple of days training with them to get into the mood and into the rhythm to play even better.”