Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Carolina RailHawks


Looking for their first home victory in 2014, San Antonio Scorpions welcome Carolina RailHawks at Toyota Field in the NASL Match of the Week live on ESPN3.  San Antonio is coming off a 1-0 loss last week against Tampa Bay Rowdies, while Carolina extended its home-unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive games by defeating New York Cosmos by the score of 1-0.  Scorpions have won three of four encounters against RailHawks in San Antonio.  However, the last time both teams faced-off, Carolina posted a 2-1 win at WakeMed Soccer Park on November 2, 2013.  Brian Shriver scored twice for the RailHawks, while forward Sainey Touray had the only goal for Scorpions in the loss.

Last Five Games: SAS-L W W L        CAR-T W L W 
CAR-Akira Fitzgerald (Player of the Week-4); Akira Fitzgerald, Ty Shipalane (Team of the Week-4)

Stats leaders:
SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli, Greg Janicki, Shaun Saiko (1); Assists – Danny Barrera, Eric Hassli (1)
CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (3); Assists – Ty Shipalane (2)

CAR-Kupono Low, Connor Tobin

NASL Head-to-Head: (8 meetings): Scorpions 5 wins, 0 ties, 3 losses— 18 GF/10 GA (+8 GD)
At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 3 wins, 0 ties, 1 loss— 13 GF/3 GA (+10 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): RailHawks/Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 3 GF/3 GA (0 GD)
Last Meeting: November 2, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-1 Scorpions

Coaches quotes:
“We are off to the best start in team history, yet we still have the potential for substantial growth as a team.  Carolina won’t make it easy on us as they have a strong attack and steady defense, but we believe in ourselves and what we are capable of achieving.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“San Antonio is a talented team and we are looking forward to the match-up on Saturday night. It's going to be another tough weekend of competition. Coming off a very emotional victory last week we are going to have to be prepared and ready to play.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald
Asst 1: Paul Scott
Asst 2: Chris Gordon
4th: Ismail Elfath