USL Rewind: Unbeaten San Antonio wins again

An early goal by Akwafei Ajeakwa and a strong defensive effort retained the status of San Antonio FC as the only USL team without a defeat.

The 1-0 win over Phoenix Rising FC extended San Antonio’s streak to 10 games and earned it a seventh shutout. Keeper Diego Restrepo got a lot of help in his end of the field, and needed to make just one save to blank Phoenix Rising (3-4-0, 9 points).

A crowd of 7,414 at Toyota Field celebrated in the 12th minute when Ajeakwa polished a move triggered by an interception in midfield. Billy Forbes pushed the ball upfield and released Kris Tyrpak on the right side. He centered a ball that Ajeakwa tucked away for his third goal of the season.

SAFC is 8-0-2 (26 points) and is 4-0-2 at home. It leads the Western Conference by two points over Real Monarchs SLC (8-1-0, 24 pts.).

USL 2017:
Scoreboard | Standings
HOTTEST TEAM IN THE WEST. SAFC is top of the heap but Real Monarchs is rolling on a five-game winning streak after blasting Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC, 5-2.

Chandler Hoffman and Sebastian Velasquez each scored twice as SLC avenged its only loss of the season, a 2-1 defeat on April 15. That was also the only game in which they’ve been held to less than two goals.

The Monarchs are the league’s highest scoring team with 25 goals in just nine games and at this early part of the season have a chance to eclipse the league record for goals scored in a season, 61, set just last year by Red Bulls II.

KONIG CONNECTS FOR CINCY. Forward Danni Konig paid early dividends for his new team by scoring both goals in a 2-1 victory for FC Cincinnati over Bethlehem Steel FC.

OKC Energy, for which Konig was a USL MVP finalist in 2015, traded him in exchange for Andy Craven on May 10. Konig opened the scoring in the 18th minute and following an equalizer from the penalty spot by Seku Conneh, he connected again seven minutes into the second half.

A crowd of 18,441 at Nippert Stadium had to wait out a long weather delay in stoppage time before celebrating the victory. The match officials and USL representatives waited nearly two hours before declaring the match over.

Konig also had a goal disallowed for a pushing foul on goalkeeper Jake McGuire. His first two goals for FCC helped raise its record to 3-4-3 (12 points). Steel FC is 3-5-0 (9 points).
ENERGY POWERS PAST OC. OKC has been struggling this season, and hopes to use the money opened up by trading Konig to re-stock the squad.

It won just its second league game of 2017 Saturday by beating Orange County SC, 1-0, despite failing to convert a penalty kick. Alex Dixon scored in the 35th minute to highlight a fine night of work by him and Miguel Gonzalez, who had been fouled 10 minutes earlier by Oscar Sorto. The foul earned Sorto a red card and provided OKC with a penalty kick that Kyle Hyland couldn’t get past keeper Charlie Lyon.

Dixon had better luck when he got free on the right side of the penalty area and shot low into the corner. Lyon kept the game close with two good saves in the second half but OCSC could not get on the board.

The loss knocked Orange County out of the playoff tier. It is 10th  at 3-3-1 (10 points). With a record of 2-1-4 (7 points), OKC is second-from-bottom of the 15 teams.
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