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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7884
  • Date23 Jul 14
  • VenueToyota Field
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 2
Carolina RailHawks 0
Carolina RailHawks

R. Castillo62'

B. Forbes64'

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs Carolina Railhawks

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs Carolina Railhawks





Looking to pull away from its three-way tie for first in the 2014 NASL Fall Standings, San Antonio Scorpions welcome Carolina RailHawks at Toyota Field for Wednesday Night Fútbol.  San Antonio is coming off a 2-0 home victory over Fort Lauderdale Strikers last weekend, while Carolina dropped its third consecutive overall league match when it lost 1-0 on the road to the NASL Spring Champion Minnesota United FC. Scorpions have won four of five encounters against the RailHawks in San Antonio, including the last meeting this past Spring, 2-0.  Forwards Danny Barrera, Eric Hassli and Tomasz Zahorski all scored for San Antonio in the victory.


Last Five Games:  SAS – W W T W W                    CAR – T W L L L                                                                                                                                                                                       



SAS-Billy Forbes (Player of the Week-2); David Bingham, Billy Forbes (Team of the Week-2)



Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals – Eric Hassli, Tomasz Zahorski (3); Assists – Billy Forbes (5)

CAR-Goals – Enzo Martinez, Zack Schilawski (3); Assists – Cesar Elizondo, Zack Schilawski, Ty Shipalane (2)



SAS-Julius James; CAR-Kupono Low



NASL Head-to-Head: (9 meetings): Scorpions 6 wins, 0 ties, 3 losses— 21 GF/10 GA (+11 GD)

At Scorpions: (5 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 0 ties, 1 loss— 16 GF/3 GA (+13 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/0 GA (+3 GD)

Last Meeting: May 10, 2014 at Toyota Field — Scorpions 3-0 RailHawks


Coaches quotes:

“On the back of such a thrilling game on Saturday, we're aware of the task we face with an organized, disciplined, Carolina side – particularly with us having a shorter rest break. However, we are fortunate to be playing in front of our home supporters, so we look to extending our current run of form." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“I thought we did very well in Minnesota, but we weren’t lucky enough to get something from the game, so we just have to build from that to win in San Antonio.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke


Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Chris Gordon

Asst 2: Ricardo Mercado Jr.

4th: Pedro Trejo Jr.



San Antonio Scorpions 2 Carolina RailHawks 0

Goals from midfielder Rafael Castillo and forward Billy Forbes gave the unbeaten San Antonio Scorpions a 2-0 victory over visiting Carolina RailHawks in front of 7,884 spectators during Wednesday Night Fútbol at Toyota Field.


Goals from midfielder Rafael Castillo and forward Billy Forbes gave the unbeaten San Antonio Scorpions a 2-0 victory over visiting Carolina RailHawks in front of 7,884 spectators during Wednesday Night Fútbol at Toyota Field.

It took most of the first half for the Scorpions to find their offense, but once they did they it came lightning fast.  First, in the 64’ minute Walter Restrepo found Josue Soto all alone 25 yards away from the Carolina goal. Soto sized up a shot and hit an absolute rocket that RailHawks ‘keeper Scott Goodwin was unable to control. San Antonio midfielder Rafael Castillo finished off a deep run from midfield to collect the rebound just a few feet from the line and tap it into the net for his third goal of the season.

San Antonio doubled their lead only two minutes later when Trevin Caesar - who had been subbed on only five minutes earlier - set up Billy Forbes with a nice cross across the box.  The Turks and Caicos rookie hit the ball first time and into the back of the net for his third goal of the season and the 2-0 lead. The Scorpions controlled possession and kept the RailHawks out of the offensive zone for the remainder of the game to close out their eighth straight match without a defeat.  The unbeaten run is the club’s second best ever behind a nine-match streak without a loss in their inaugural 2012 season.

The RailHawks were on the front foot for the opening 20 minutes of the first half.  The Scorpions had difficulty controlling possession through the midfield for more than a couple of passes, and as a result they absorbed heavy Carolina pressure. The best chance for the visitors came early in the 7’. Striker Aaron King took what looked to be an open shot from the middle of the San Antonio area, but Scorpions midfielder Rafael Castillo slid in front of the path of the ball at the last second in an attempt to block the shot. The ball skipped up in the air and over San Antonio goalie David Bingham’s head, but came down quickly and just glanced off the top of the crossbar.

About the 25 minute mark, the flow of the match ebbed back towards the home side and the Scorpions began creating some chances of their own. In the 31’, Castillo got all of the ball from about 25 yards and rattled the crossbar behind Goodwin.  Forward Sainey Touray collected and netted the rebound, but the linesman had long since raised his flag. San Antonio had a golden chance nine minutes later off of a corner kick.  Castillo curled an in-swinger from the attacking right that defender Greg Janicki was able to get a foot on and send towards goal. But Goodwin showed nice reactions to kick the ball off his line and the Carolina defense was able to clear the danger.

"I was proud of our second half performance," said Scorpions coach, Alen Marcina. "I think the first half we came out slow, which is not normal for us. But we bounced back at half time and we showed the fans and ourselves the true Scorpions."