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Manley’s winner sends San Antonio to Lonestar State Open Cup stunner against Austin FC

By Staff, 04/21/22, 1:31AM EDT


Defender’s header in extra time earns 2-1 win at Toyota Field, SAFC’s first against MLS opponent in tournament

San Antonio FC's Elliot Collier and Carter Manley provided the goals to send their side to its first official win against MLS opposition on Wednesday night at Toyota Field. | Photo courtesy Darren Abate / San Antonio FC

SAN ANTONIO – Score one for San Antonio.

For the first time in club history, San Antonio FC defeated a club from Major League Soccer in the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday night and did so in dramatic fashion. Carter Manley’s goal in extra time proved the difference in a 2-1 win against Austin FC that saw the hosts rally from a second-half deficit before a sellout crowd of 7,992 at Toyota Field.

After a scoreless first half, Austin took the lead just two minutes after the break when Diego Fagundez was the beneficiary of some indecisiveness in the San Antonio penalty area to shoot home. SAFC pushed for an equalizer as the half went on, however, and was rewarded when Justin Dhillon delivered a great near-post cross from the right that Elliot Collier flicked home to the left corner to level the score.

San Antonio then grabbed the lead six minutes into extra time when after a corner kick was half-cleared to the right, Mohammed Abu delivered a deep cross to find Mitchell Taintor alone in the left side of the penalty area. Taintor’s header back across goal found fellow defender Manley for a flicked header that picked out the right corner of the net.

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