The Atlanta Silverbacks and San Antonio Scorpions are at a stalemate after a scoreless first half at Atlanta Silverbacks Park on Saturday night.
The Silverbacks, playing for a potential opportunity to sit atop the NASL standings for the first time ever, dictated the pace early on. Several dangerous set pieces nearly led to the game’s opening goal, but the Scorpions defense, along with goalkeeper Pat Hannigan, stood tall to keep the game scoreless. Silverbacks forward Pedro Mendes headed the ball just wide of the goal in the opening 10 minutes, while midfielder Danny Barrera forced an important save from Hannigan in the 22nd minute.
When the Scorpions found their forward gear midway through the half, midfielder Edin Husic tested Silverbacks goalkeeper Eric Ati with a low drive. In the end, it was an easy save for Ati, but before that play, he had gone untested.
“I think definitely we held our ground well, but while our possession in the first half was very good but we need to piece it together in the second half and score,” said Scorpions coach Tim Hankinson.
Atlanta coach Brian Haynes said: “I think we’re not moving the ball as quickly as we can and we’re on a bit of a cruise. In all honesty that was not a good performance and we need to pick it up. We have to take a chance getting the ball forward to get a goal.”
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