The San Antonio Scorpions and Atlanta Silverbacks battled to a 0-0 draw after one half of play at Toyota Field. Despite the lack of scoring, there has been plenty of offense, with the Scorpions compiling more shots and taking the advantage in time of possession.
After a slow first ten minutes, the Scorpions’ Walter Ramirez made a perfect cross through the entire home frontline in the 11th minute, but no one was able to capitalize.
Atlanta began to get a foothold in the game after the first 10 minutes, testing Jeremy Vuolo with a couple of shots towards the target.
The Scorpions kept the offensive pressure on the Silverbacks back line with a number of shots in the next few minutes, but were not able to convert. During this time of high-offensive output for the Scorpions, Hans Denissen dove in the box for a header in the 12th minute and collided with Atlanta’s goalie, subsequently sending him off the pitch because of an abrasion, which caused him to receive six stitches on his lip.
“It’s a big loss losing Hans Denissen our top goal scorer but now other guys have to step up and we have to put opportunities in the net," said Scorpions head coach, Alen Marcina. "We’ve created enough chances to be up by a couple of goals.”
The Scorpions played with 10 men for about five minutes, until the 17th minute, when Denissen was replaced by newcomer Sainey Touray, who was just signed to a new contract by San Antonio on Friday.
Just three minutes after Touray came on, the Scorpions’ Greg Janicki headed a perfectly placed shot from a free kick from Javier Saavedra, but Silverbacks’ goalie Joe Nasco made a great save.
The Scorpions kept the offensive pressure on the Silverbacks throughout the entire half, with more chances coming for Ramirez and Tomasz Zahorski. Zahorski had a great chance to score in the 29th minute, when his shot rocketed passed towards the goal and was just tipped over the cross bar by Nasco.
Nasco was up to par again when Lyle Martin had a chance to open the scoring when he received a perfectly placed through ball and had a one-on-one, but the Silverbacks keeper made another great save.
Nasco has showed his quality as a goalie and is keeping the Silverback’s in this game.
“I don’t think we moved the ball how we like doing it and there are a couple of things we can do by making some changes," said Silverbacks head coach, Brian Haynes. "We’ve got to make sure we go into the Soccer Bowl on a high note and playing good soccer and make sure that we’re ready to play.”