Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5595
  • Date03 May 14
  • VenueToyota Field
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
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San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 0
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D D L D L
Tampa Bay Rowdies 1
Tampa Bay Rowdies

51'S. Hill

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

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Webcast: NASLLive.com
TV: SAS - MeTV KSAT 12.2

Looking to end a five-game winless skid, Tampa Bay Rowdies travel to the Lone Star State to face San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field.  Rowdies are coming off a 3-1 home loss to Atlanta Silverbacks last week, while the Scorpions won their second straight road match, when they defeated the New York Cosmos, 1-0.  Through eight NASL regular season encounters the Rowdies and Scorpions are level with each one winning four matches.  Tampa Bay has taken the last two meetings against San Antonio including the most recent at Al Lang Stadium with host Rowdies posting a 1-0 win on October 19, 2013.

Last Five Games: SAS-L W W        TBR–T T L 
  
Recognition:
SAS-Danny Barrera, Julius James (Team of the Week-3)
TBR-N/A

Stats leaders:
SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli, Greg Janicki, Shaun Saiko (1); Assists – Danny Barrera, Eric Hassli (1)
TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov, Brian Shriver (1); Assists – Darel Russell, Blake Wagner (1)

Series:
NASL Head-to-Head: (8 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 0 ties, 4 losses— 16 GF/15 GA (+1 GD)
At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 2 wins, 0 ties, 2 losses— 10 GF/9 GA (+1 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Rowdies 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses —8 GF/4 GA (+4 GD)
Last Meeting: October 19, 2013 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 1-0 Scorpions

Coaches quotes:
“Tampa is a formidable opposition containing some exciting attacking players, but we've identified our goals and feel confident maintaining the same approach and intensity to continue progressing as a team. We're looking forward to maintaining our form in front of our passionate supporters.” – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“San Antonio will be a big test. Last year, I believe that (7-4 match) was a catalyst that kick-started our season. It was the start of our seven-match unbeaten run, but it kick started us. I’m hoping this Saturday can have the same effect. We’ll try to go to San Antonio and earn the victory and the right to put some points on the board and hopefully from that moment, we’ll have the momentum moving forward for the remainder of the year.” – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

Referee: Ted Unkel
Asst 1: Ricardo Mercado Jr.
Asst 2: Pedro Trejo Jr.
4th: Hayden Edwards

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San Antonio Scorpions 0 Tampa Bay Rowdies 1

Midfielder Shane Hill scored the only goal of the match to lead the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies to their first victory of the season after defeating San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, in front of crowd of 5,595 at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

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Midfielder Shane Hill scored the only goal of the match to lead the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies to their first victory of the season after defeating San Antonio Scorpions, 1-0, in front of crowd of 5,595 at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

The victory ended the Rowdies five-game winless streak, while the Scorpions suffered their second consecutive loss at home this season.

“Excellent all-around performance by the players,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill. “Well played everyone. Everyone was ready to play tonight and showed an appetite to win.  Was very happy on getting the first three points of the season.”

After a scoreless first half, Hill's goal came in the 51st minute of the second stanza off an assisted by midfielder Keith Savage.

Tampa Bay survived the 77th minute dismissal of Blake Wagner for a second yellow card and help on to notch its first win of the season.

San Antonio had a period of sustained pressure after the dismissal, created mainly by speedy winger Sainey Touray, but at every calling, goalkeeper Matt Pickens  and the Rowdies' makeshift backline was there to divert the ball just enough to keep the Rowdies' first clean sheet of the season.

Willie Hunt and Keith Savage were included in the starting XI for the first time this year. Hunt assumed the right back role, with  Sanfilippo moving to center back. Savage started on the left side of midfield.

The Scorpions had the better of the chances in the first half, spurred on by the work of Shaun Saiko down the left flank. San Antonio had numerous moves into the Rowdies’ 18-yard box, but couldn’t manage to record many real scoring chances, apart from a Saiko header that was pushed wide by Tampa Bay goalkeeper Matt Pickens.

Pickens had a fantastic performance, making several crucial saves in the second half. In the 73rd minute, Scorpions forward Sainey Touray had a clear chance to equalize as he flew into the box, but Pickens got a glove to Touray's shot and popped it high enough in the air for Sanfilippo to race back and clear it away. Minutes later, Touray had another chance to score one-on-one against Pickens, but the goalkeeper was in the right spot to catch Touray's shot and preserve the lead.