Quakes get come-from-behind win at Austin FC

Quakes get come-from-behind win at Austin FC

The Earthquakes came back from a two-goal halftime deficit to beat Austin FC 4-3 Saturday night in Austin.

Cristian Espinoza scored four minutes after halftime and Eduardo “Chofis” Lopez scored twice in the next 12 minutes — first on a penalty kick, then from the top of the 18-yard box — to seal the win for San Jose (7-9-9, 30 points) in a physical match. Marcos Lopez was the Quakes’ first-half goal scorer.

Chofis now has five goals this week after he netted a hat trick in Wednesday’s loss at Real Salt Lake.

The Quakes’ celebration of Chofis’ first goal drew the ire of Austin keeper Brad Stuver, who got a touch on the shot but didn’t stop it. Espinoza pushed Austin FC defender Cascanate while grabbing the ball from the net and Stuver shoulder-checked the Quakes midfielder in response.

Austin FC captain Alex Ring scored in the final minute of the first half, then picked up a pair of yellow cards to be sent off. His first booking came on a handball in the box that led to Chofis’ PK, then he was carded for a late slide tackle in the 65th minute as the game became quite chippy after the Stuver-Espinoza dustup.

Sebastian Driussi scored for Austin (5-16-4, 19 points) before Lopez’s goal, and Jon Gallagher scored to give the Texas team another lead before Ring made it 3-1.

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