SAN ANTONIO, Texas. (July 21, 2012) – The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (6W-6T-7L) fell 1-0 to the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions (9W-5T-3L) on Saturday night at Heroes Stadium in San Antonio, Texas. Scorpions forward Pablo Campos scored the game-winning goal to extend his NASL lead to 11 goals on the season. Strikers forward Andy Herron was ejected in the 34th minute and Scorpions captain Kevin Harmse was also ejected in the 70th minute of the match.
The Strikers remain in fifth place in the NASL standings with 24 points. The team returns home to Lockhart Stadium to face the Atlanta Silverbacks and head coach Eric Wynalda on Friday, July 27, at 7:30p.m. EDT.
"We battled hard and were just unlucky not to get the equalizer," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore.
After halftime, with the Strikers down to 10 men, San Antonio midfielder Walter Ramirez found Pablo Campos out on the right wing making a run. Campos was able to touch the ball around Fort Lauderdale's Scott Lorenz without breaking stride and when he met the ball again, struck it low and inside the far goal post to beat the Strikers' Matt Glaeser for the 1-0 lead.
Fort Lauderdale went down to 10 men in the 34th minute when forward Andy Herron was pinned by two Scorpions players. He lost the ball and in an attempt to recover, he tackled San Antonio's Wes Knight from behind and was shown a straight red card.
The Scorpions were also reduced to 10 men in the 70th minute when Alfonso Motagalvan was tripped by San Antonio captain Kevin Harmse. Motagalvan took exception the the challenge and both players were issued yellow cards. It was Harmse's second yellow on the night, so he also received a red card and was ejected.
Last Saturday these teams fought to 2-2 draw which also ended with an ejection for each team.
San Antonio remains on top of the NASL Standings two points clear of second place Tampa Bay.
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