A Hans Denissen hat trick spurred the Scorpions to a 4-3 win over PDL side, Oklahoma City FC, in front of 4,024 fans at Toyota Field on Sunday night.
Denissen scored in the 26th, 66th and 74th minutes to earn his first hat trick as a member of the Scorpions. Fabrice Noel also scored his first goal for the club, and OKC midfielder, Danny Frid grabbed two goals for his side.
The Scorpions started the brighter side in the first half, expectedly controlling possession and creating the early chances. However, in the ninth minute Frid scored the opening goal with a header after a bit of ping-pong in the box, following a corner kick.
The goal sparked some life into the Oklahoma City side that just played a league game on Saturday in Austin, giving them some confidence moving forward in the match.
In the 21st minute, Denissen attempted to equalize by trying a clever chip from outside of the 18-yard box, but his attempt flew over the bar. Second time must have been a charm for the Dutchman however, as he tried another audacious chip in the 26th minute, but this time succeeding and leveling the score at one.
Just a minute later, the Scorpions took the lead with Haitian Noel scoring his first ever Scorpions goal after a lovely give and go with his striking partner, Denissen. The goal put the Scorpions ahead, 2-1, as the NASL side began to dominate the chances in the match.
However San Antonio were pegged back just before halftime as Nicolas Alberto equalized for Oklahoma City FC, scoring past Vuolo just outside of the six yard box. The two sides entered halftime tied, 2-2.
The second half showcased the Scorpions’ ability to dominate possession for large parts of a match, but despite their constant pressure and attacks, Oklahoma City took the 3-2 lead in the 52nd minute thanks to Frid’s laser from 20 yards out.
The score would remain the same until the 66th minute when the Scorpions were awarded a penalty. The Dutchman stepped up and buried his second goal of the game. Denissen made sure San Antonio claimed the victory when he scored following some back in forth in the box from a Scorpions corner kick in the 74th minute.
The Scorpions held on to the lead and claimed the victory, however the story of the night remains that partial proceeds from the match will go to help tornado victims in the Oklahoma City area that were devastated by the May storms.
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