Sunday night the San Antonio Scorpions host the Puerto Rico Islanders in the Alamo City for the fourth and final regular season meeting between the two sides this season. There is no love lost between the two sides that have been battling for top spot in the standings all season.
San Antonio is keen on avenging a humiliating 4-0 defeat inflicted by the Islanders in the Scorpions’ first-ever home match. Last weekend San Antonio doubled that scoreline, defeating the Carolina RailHawks 8-0 at Heroes Stadium for their fifth consecutive home victory. Pablo Campos scored four goals in the match, taking his tally this season to a league-leading 15 goals, and picked up Offensive Player of the Week and Player of the Month honors.
The eight goals put the Scorpions atop the league in the goals scored category with an astounding 33. In addition to leading the league in goals scored, the Scorpions have proven themselves as the most solid defensively. San Antonio is the only side to concede less than a goal a game this season. Goalkeeper Daryl Sattler, who misses this match through suspension, has recorded ten shutouts this season, and contributes to his side’s 767 minute shutout streak at home this season.
The Islanders come into this match after a disappointing 3-1 road loss to Isidro Metapan in CONCACAF Champions League action. In their last league match, the Islanders ended a two-match losing streak by defeating the Minnesota Stars by a goal to nil in their last match at the Bayamon Soccer Complex.
While the Islanders boast one of the most recognizable front lines in the league in Nicholas Addlery, Jonathan Faña, and David Foley, the side has had tremendous difficulty scoring the past couple months. The team has scored a total of just eight goals in the last ten matches, and hasn’t scored more than two goals in a match since the 3-0 win over the Atlanta Silverback back on May 16th.
The Scorpions are currently four points ahead of the third-place Islanders, with a game in hand. A win would see San Antonio go seven points clear at the top of the standings in their hunt to become NASL Regular Season Champions in their first season as a club. If Puerto Rico could pull off another win in the Alamo City, they would cut the gap between themselves and the Scorpions to just a single point.
San Antonio Scorpions vs. Puerto Rico Islanders
Sunday, August 5, 2012— 8:45 P.M. EDT
San Antonio, TX
Webcast: NASL on ustream
2012 Series: Puerto Rico, 2-0-1, 6 points
San Antonio Puerto Rico
Head Coach Tim Hankinson Adrian Whitbread
2012 Records 1st: 10-5-3, 35 points 3rd: 9-4-6, 31 points
Last Five Games W L T W W T W L L W
Goals Leader Pablo Campos (15) Nicholas Addlery (6)
Assists Leader Esteban Bayona (5) Jonathan Faña (5)
|Rowdies Win Puts Pressure On Defeated RailHawks|
|San Antonio Scorpions 3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1|
|Atlanta Silverbacks 2 Carolina RailHawks 0|
|Minnesota United 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3|
|Scorpions Hold Halftime Lead Over Strikers|
|Silverbacks Have Edge Over RailHawks At Halftime|
|Match Preview: San Antonio vs. Fort Lauderdale|
|Match Preview: Atlanta vs. Carolina|
|Rowdies Steal Halftime Lead Over United|
|Match Preview: Minnesota vs. Tampa Bay|
|Tampa Bay Rowdies||6||3||2||1||3||11|
|Minnesota United FC||6||2||2||2||1||8|
|San Antonio Scorpions||6||1||2||3||-4||5|
|Fort Lauderdale Strikers||6||1||1||4||-6||4|