Striker Corey Hertzog struck 16 minutes into his FC Edmonton debut to earn a 1-0 victory over the San Antonio Scorpions at Clarke Stadium in front of 1,745 spectators on Sunday.
Coach Colin Miller’s loan signing from the Vancouver Whitecaps made amends for blasting a clear chance over the cross bar five minutes earlier by controlling the ball neatly on the turn before finding the net. His strike proved the difference in a highly entertaining game that the hosts dominated in the first half.
“We kept the ball and played it simple, got the ball in the first half and defended really well,” said Hertzog. “As long as we keep playing together we have a chance of scoring more goals. We just want to score goals, win every game, get to the top of the league and get in the final.”
It didn’t take long for the action to kick off, 10 minutes into the match, newcomer FC Edmonton striker Anthony Adur took control of the ball down the near side to force a turn over from San Antonio defender Luka Vucko.
Adur’s ball was crossed into the box and found fellow Hertzog unmarked. Hertzog’s final shot went well over the cross bar.
On the counter attack, San Antonio were able to rush the FC Edmonton defense and force ‘keeper Lance Parker to come off his line. The ball was passed back, leaving an empty net for the Scorpions to tap in, but the Eddies defense covered well and Parker was able to get back and make the save keeping the game 0-0.
Hertzog to found the back of the net on his debut with the Eddies after midfielder Chris Nurse made the initial challenge that turned the ball over to FC Edmonton on the edge of the visitors area. Midfielder Neil Hlavaty picked up the pass and slid it across to a waiting Hertzog who tucked it neatly passed Scorpions ‘keeper Pat Hannigan.
The second half played out similar to the first. The match became pretty even after 75 minutes, as both teams were looking for creative angles to find scoring chances.
Midfielder Javier Saavedra hit the post for the Scorpions on a free kick, marking the closest San Antonio would come to scoring in the game.
Edmonton showed that they did not want to give up, continuing to create chances on the counter attack after some good defending.
Despite the Scorpions throwing everything they had towards goal in the last 10 minutes, Edmonton proved to be too organized and strong defensively.
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