A goal from forward Tomasz Zahorski gave the host San Antonio Scorpions a 1-0 over FC Edmonton at San Antonio’s Toyota Field on Sunday afternoon.
FC Edmonton finished the match with just 10 men on the field after a defender Eddie Edward challenge on Scorpions midfielder Pat Phelan in the 85th minute earned a straight red card.
“We are happy that we got the three points and now we are focused on next week at Tampa Bay,” said Scorpions interim coach, Alen Marcina. “We have to just keep taking it game by game here on out and focus on getting three points."
The Scorpions dominated possession in the first half, and had the majority of the scoring opportunities.
Forward Sainey Touray looked dangerous to start the match, finding himself in scoring positions multiple times, but not being able to find the killer touch towards goal.
Edmonton looked bright on the counter during the first 45 minutes, almost catching the Alamo City club in the 26th. Forward Corey Hertzog found the ball at his feet on the left corner of the box, and laced a shot towards the corner of the Scorpions goal, that San Antonio goalkeeper, Jeremy Vuolo, had to make a great save on.
The deadlock would be broken in the 40th minute when midfielder Javier Saavedra picked Eddies midfielder Massimo Mirabelli’s pocket on the right wing, and whipped in a cross that met the foot of Zahorski who touched in the opener. The Polish striker almost doubled the Scorpions lead when he forced another great save from Parker just before halftime.
The Scorpions’ Touray and forward Dennis Chin continued to work well up front with Zahorski as the trio carved out a few chances in the second half.
In the 58th minute midfielder Chris Nurse had the Eddies best chance to level the match with a 20-yard shot but it was saved by the Scorpions ‘keeper Vuolo.
In the 69th minute, the Scorpions probably had their best chance to double the lead when Touray headed a corner towards goal, but saw it cleared off the line. The Gambian has impressed in his short stint with the Scorpions thus far, but couldn’t find a way on the score sheet from the set piece.
At the 89th minute the referee Kevin Terry Jr. stopped the match for a 30-minute lightning delay before the last minutes were completed in the 1-0 win for the Scorpions.
The victory keeps the Scorpions slim hopes of reaching the NASL Soccer Bowl as only a second-place team with the overall best record for the combined two seasons but only if the Spring Champion Atlanta Silverbacks also win the Fall Season.
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