SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio FC (8-0-3) beat RGV FC (0-8-3) 3-2 at Toyota Field on Saturday night. The fastest goal in SAFC history scored by Luis Solignac along with goals from Hunter Gorskie and Ignacio Bailone earned the Alamo City club another home victory with fans in attendance for the first time since the season restart.
“I’m very happy with the guys tonight to remain undefeated through 11 games,” said SAFC Head Coach Alen Marcina. “It’s a big accomplishment in itself. RGV is a team that battles and fights for 90 minutes. They are a very difficult team to play, and I have a ton of respect for their staff and their players. They make it a tough challenge – we knew that going into this game. We were relentless in our preparation and the guys earned the three points. I’m proud of them.”
Solignac scored just nine seconds into the match after capitalizing on a defensive mistake by the visitors. The Argentinian’s sixth goal of the season marks the fastest in San Antonio FC history and is tied for the fastest goal in USL Championship history along with Tacoma Defiance’s Justin Dhillon for a goal scored on May 19, 2019. Solignac also recorded an assist on the night en route to an SWBC Man of the Match performance.
The visitors equalized just 10 minutes in before SAFC regained the lead in the 17th minute after Gorskie re-directed a shot from defender Connor Maloney to beat the keeper off a set piece. The Alamo City club struck again in the 22nd minute after Solignac played a ball to Bailone with flair to find him in on goal. The Argentine striker then slotted the ball into the net to score his third goal of the campaign.
RGV FC scored again in the 59th minute but were ultimately unable to find the equalizer.
SAFC forward Fabrizio Bernal made his professional debut on the night, marking the fifth SAFC Pro Academy product to make his USL Championship debut. Bernal spent 13 months with the academy prior to earning his first league appearance for the club.
San Antonio FC remains the only undefeated team in the league this season and will return to USL Championship action on Saturday, Sept. 12 at 8:30 p.m. as they travel to face El Paso Locomotive FC in the club’s only other matchup with an opponent outside of Group D.
- SAFC: 1-0, Luis Solignac 1’
- RGVFC: 1-1, Kyle Edwards (Ian Hoffman assist) 10’
- SAFC: 2-1, Hunter Gorskei (Connor Maloney assist) 17’
- SAFC: 3-1, Ignacio Bailone (Luis Solignac assist) 22’
- RGVFC: 3-2, Deshane Beckford (Luka Prpa assist) 59’
- SAFC: Yellow Card (Cristian Parano) 81’
- RGVFC: Yellow Card (James Murphy) 83’
Attendance: 813 (socially distanced)
SAFC Starting XI: GK: Matthew Cardone; D: Connor Maloney, Mitchell Taintor, Hunter Gorskie, Joshua Yaro (c), Blake Smith; M: PC, Jose Gallegos (Hayden Partain 75’); F: Gonzalo Di Renzo (Cristian Parano 66’), Ignacio Bailone (Fabrizio Bernal 87’), Luis Solignac
Substitutions not used: Carlos Mercado, Kai Greene, Santiago Viera, Leo Torres
- San Antonio FC extended its unbeaten streak to 11 matches, which is the second-longest in team history (14 matches – 2017)…SAFC ends season with a 3-0-1 record against RGV FC in 2020, the first season the two sides met four times since 2016
- San Antonio FC forward Luis Solignac opened the scoring in the first minute, recording the fastest goal in club history (0:09 seconds)…the goal is tied for the fastest in USL Championship history with Justin Dhillon of the Tacoma Defiance who scored nine seconds in on 5/19/19…the goal beat out the previous fastest for SAFC which came at the 0:32 mark thanks to a Real Monarchs own goal on 7/21/18 at Toyota Field
- Solignac was named the SWBC Man of the Match after he recorded his team-leading sixth goal of the season…Solignac also added an assist, six shots, two shots on target and one key pass
- SAFC scored three goals in the first half, tying their single-half record all-time…marks the second time this season and fifth all-time that the club has scored three goals in a single half
- SAFC forward Ignacio Bailone scored his third goal of the season while defender Hunter Gorskie scored his first goal for the club…defender Connor Maloney recorded his first assist of the season
- SAFC forward Fabrizio Bernal made his club debut, playing four minutes as a second-half substitute…Bernal became the fifth SAFC Pro Academy player to appear for the first team in a regular season match