The Fort Lauderdale Strikers go into the halftime break level at 0-0 with the San Antonio Scorpions after the first 45 minutes of play at Lockhart Stadium. Both teams have had chances, but neither side was able to break the deadlock.
Heroics from Strikers goalkeeper Richard Sánchez have kept the Scorpions from taking an unlikely lead in Fort Lauderdale. Sánchez first came up big in the 12th minute on a vicious 25-yard shot from Walter Ramirez. The Mexican youth international then denied Hans Denissen’s close-range effort on the half-hour mark with an acrobatic save.
The Scorpions were forced to field an experimental lineup for the match after three players were suspended following their match against Minnesota United FC last weekend.
The Strikers started the match with the same lineup from the previous week’s win against
Carolina RailHawks, and started the match the more attacking of the two sides. Martin Nuñez went close after just five minutes, his shot hitting the side netting after a sustained period of possession from the hosts.
Nuñez forced Scorpions’ goalkeeper Pat Hannigan into his first save of the night ten minutes later. Iván Guerrero went close for the hosts at the end of the first half, but his effort was wide of the post.
“The other team was the better team,” said Striker coach Gunter Kronsteiner. “Maybe with the three wins and playing the team in last place, they got over confident. But if we keep playing this way we’re going to lose. I have to go in at half and make some changes.”
Strikers coach Alen Marcina added: “Defensively we were very organized. I was very proud of my guys. Strikers have a lethal attack. We felt like in the first half we shut them down. We just have to execute on our finishes. Their goalie had some huge saves.”
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