Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7847
  • Date09 Aug 14
  • VenueToyota Field
W W W W L
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 2
V
W L W L D
Indy Eleven 0
Indy Eleven

T. Zahorski28'

J. James38'

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Indy Eleven

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs. Indy Eleven

SASvIND

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: SAS-MeTV KSAT 12.2

 

NASL Fall Season Leaders San Antonio Scorpions face the visiting Indy Eleven at Toyota Park.  Indy, who is currently unbeaten in its last four road matches, is playing its second game in four days after coming off scoreless draw at home against Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Wednesday. Meanwhile, San Antonio is coming off its first loss of the Fall Campaign after dropping a 3-1 decision to host FC Edmonton last Saturday.  The clubs met just once this past Spring Season when the Scorpions executed a 2-1 victory on the road against Indy Eleven on May 31.  Forward Billy Forbes and midfielder Walter Restrepo scored for San Antonio, while midfielder Blake Smith had the only tally for Indy in the loss.

 

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

                                   

Recognition:

SAS-N/A

IND-N/A

                                                                             

Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals –Eric Hassli, Tomasz Zahorski (4); Assists – Billy Forbes (5)

IND-Goals – Kléberson (7); Assists – A.J. Corrado, Dylan Mares (2)

 

Suspension:

IND-Jermaine Johnson

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

At Scorpions: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 31, 2014 at Michael A. Carroll Stadium — Indy Eleven 1-2 Scorpions

 

Coaches quotes:

“Indy have made some changes over the midseason and possess a hard working squad with talented players, but we're focused on our game plan and will respond to this past weekend’s disappointment in Edmonton with a swift return to the form and style that propelled us to the top of the table." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“Another quick turnaround for our guys, but I think the momentum we'll take from Wednesday's game will serve us well heading into a tough game in San Antonio. We are turning things around on the defensive side of the ball - and that goes for our players all over the field, not just the backline.” – Indy Eleven coach Juergen Sommer

 

Referee: Armando Villarreal

Asst 1: Tony Obas

Asst 2: John Dearmond

4th: Juliana Duncan

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San Antonio Scorpions 2 Indy Eleven 0

The first place San Antonio Scorpions beat Indy Eleven 2-0 Saturday night in front of 7,847 fans at Toyota Field.

SASvIND

The first place San Antonio Scorpions beat Indy Eleven 2-0 Saturday night in front of 7,847 fans at Toyota Field. The win extends the Scorpions’ unbeaten run at home to six games and was powered by standout performances from Walter Restrepo, Billy Forbes and Stephen DeRoux.

The Scorpions took control of the flow of play early and repeatedly pushed forward into the Indy Eleven zone. The traffic flowed heavily down the left hand side through Walter Restrepo, who combined well with newly acquired Cèsar Elizondo to create multiple dangerous chances for the Scorpions. After each side traded a shot on goal that required the respective keepers to make a save, San Antonio found the breakthrough in the 28’ minute.

Rafael Castillo sent a big left-to-right switch from the sideline that found Billy Forbes just outside the box.  Eleven goalie Kristian Nicht had come off his line tracking the ball, and was caught in no-man’s land when Forbes controlled, dribbled to his left and then found Zahorski all alone in the six. The Polish striker didn’t miss the open net for his team-leading fifth goal of the season and Forbes’ league-leading sixth assist.

The home side doubled their advantage ten minutes later on a couple of firsts. Castillo sent in an out-swinging corner kick from the Scorpions’ attacking left that found defender Julius James at the apex of his jump. James hit the ball powerfully towards the ground and just under Nicht before he could get to the ground for his first goal and Castillo’s first assist of the season.

In the 56’, the Scorpions went down to 10 men when centerback Julius James was shown a straight red card - his third of the season - for what referee Armando Villareal determined to be a dangerous tackle on Indy’s Brad Ring. In spite of being at a disadvantage, the red-and-black continued to push forward and create chances offensively.  The Eleven had their opportunities, but seemed to be thwarted at every turn by defender DeRoux. The Jamaican repeatedly cleared balls or headed out crosses that were putting the home side under pressure.

“We wanted to dictate the tempo of the game [tonight] and my guys are fighters so hopefully that sends a message to the rest of the League,” said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina. “We will keep building on this performance and our past performances and we’ve been playing real well.”