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Following a two-hour weather delay, San Antonio FC drew 1-1 away to Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC on Saturday night at Weidner Field.
SAFC again tweaked their lineup, though this time in bigger ways. They reverted to a four-man backline which included Cyprian Hedrick and Gianluca Cuomo in the center, giving the latter his first USL action of 2018.
The waterlogged pitch affected both sides in the first half, seeing the ball come to a soggy stop often. Both sides got chances around the box but couldn’t get enough behind them to break the deadlock for almost the entire first 45 minutes.
In first-half stoppage time though, SAFC goalkeeper Diego Restrepo tripped Switchbacks forward Shane Malcolm while sliding out to deny a chance, handing the hosts a penalty kick. Midfielder Jordan Burt stepped up to the spot and sent Restrepo the wrong way to give the Switchbacks the 1-0 lead they often get against SAFC.
SAFC would find their equalizer from the penalty spot as well though in the 66th minute after midfielder Omar Gordon was brought down while rushing into the box. Rafa Castillo stepped up and converted the spot-kick to level the sides at one goal apiece, and in doing so he became SAFC’s all-time top scorer.
Both sides seemed to have adapted their approach better to the weather in the second half and were better at creating proper chances, but neither side managed to score a winning goal, whether from open play or the penalty spot
“We regrouped at halftime after their goal and the guys came in with great character and determination to get the point,” said SAFC Head Coach Darren Powell.
More memorable than the result will be the inclement weather delay which pushed the match back two hours. Storms in the area brought hindrances including hail, forcing the event staff to use all the time and energy they had to clear it.
Up next for SAFC is a showdown with Oklahoma City Energy FC on Wednesday, July 4. Energy FC is the one team in the USL Western Conference which SAFC has never beaten, and despite a slow start to the season, they come to San Antonio on a three-match winning streak.