First win remains illusive four matches in, Reno returns to Greater Nevada Field Saturday night
San Antonio scored three second-half goals and handled Reno, 4-0, on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 6,403 at Toyota Stadium in Texas.
Reno (0-3-1) remained winless, falling on the road for the second straight contest. San Antonio (3-0-1) moved atop the Western Conference.
Dane Kelly had an opportunity to tally a goal in the ninth minute after finding space outside the box, but skied the ball high and wide. Reno midfielder Jackson Yueill followed an attacking example in the 28th minute but was shut out by San Antonio keeper Matt Cardone.
San Antonio opened the scoring in the 34th minute when midfielder Billy Forbes broke past Reno’s defense and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner of the net past Reno keeper Matt Bersano. Four minutes later, Reno midfielder Matt laGrassa retaliated with a shot that just barely skimmed the left post. San Antonio’s 1-0 lead held until the half.
Reno mixed up its attacking strategy in the 57th minute when Junior Burgos replaced Mackenzie Pridham. Burgos made a difference in play, although Reno continued to miss numerous chances. San Antonio notched another goal in the 67th minute when forward César Elizondo scored from the centre of the box off a through ball from Forbes and bumped up the lead 2-0.
Reno’s Kelly desperately tried to find the back of the net in the 76th minute, finding space to pull the trigger, but was blocked by San Antonio’s keeper. Bad luck continued three minutes later as Elizondo scored a brace for San Antonio off a right footed shot from the center of the box into the bottom left corner of the net which brought the score 3-0. In added time, Reno defender Thomas Janjigian conceded a penalty, which was converted by Rafael Castillo.
Reno returns to Greater Nevada Field for the first time in three weeks on Saturday when it will play host to Colorado Springs (2-1-2). First touch is at 7 p.m.