Soccer: Reno 1868 Defeats San Antonio (PHOTOS)

Photos by Reno 1868 FC · 2 min read

RENO, Nev. — Revenge never tasted so sweet for Reno 1868 FC as the club topped San Antonio FC 2-0 on Saturday night.

In front of 5,847 fans, Reno 1868 FC topped San Antonio to win its second-straight match and snapped San Antonio’s five-match winning streak in the process.

Reno’s win came as the team pressed from start to finish.

Midfielder Luis Felipe continued his incredible form and got Reno on the board first in the 25th minute.

Reno went into the locker room up 1-0 against the top defense in the league and didn’t stop after halftime.

As San Antonio continued to have trouble with Reno’s relentless offensive attack, it was super-sub Brian Brown who may have recorded the goal of the season.

Brown stole a pass from San Antonio keeper Diego Restrepo, pushed it upfield and scored on an open net for the 2-0 dagger in the 70th minute.

With the win, Reno stayed firm in fourth place in the USL’s Western Conference, recorded its 51st goal of the season (most in the United States) and built momentum heading into a road match at Sacramento.

Reno hits the road on August 19 to take on a playoff-contending rival Sacramento Republic FC.

Reno 1868 FC Post-Match Quotes

Head Coach Ian Russell

On the win…

“This was a huge win for us against one of the top teams in the USL. It is up there with one of the top wins this season.”

On what worked…

“I thought we pressed for 90 minutes. They had a tough time keeping up with us, especially at elevation. And that is the best defensive team out there.”

On what is next…

“We have a tough road ahead of us. I think there might be a few bumps left in the road. But this team feels like it can beat anyone.”

Forward Brian Brown

On highlight-goal…

“I saw their defense playing up all night, so I just went for it and was able to make a play.”

On his form…

“I am feeling good at this point in the season. I just want to help my team out in any way I can.”

On what is next…

“We have to keep up our offensive attack. We are scoring a lot of goals right now and I feel like we can keep that up at home and on the road.”

Goalkeeper Matt Bersano

On getting another clean sheet at home…

“This place is amazing. They don’t stop cheering from start, to finish and all the way until after the match. I love it here.”

On stopping San Antonio’s Billy Forbes…

“He kind of got the best of us the last match. Yeah I made a few saves tonight. But it was all credit to my teammates on the defensive line.”

On what is next defensively…

“We have created goals from the back and I think we are playing really tight right now.”

CVT contributing photographer Ron Harpin sent in the photos below from the match. You can view more of his work at

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