Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5734
  • Date23 Aug 14
  • VenueToyota Field
  • Kick Off08:30 PM EDT
W W L W D
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 2
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W D W L D
Atlanta Silverbacks 1
Atlanta Silverbacks

C. Elizondo49'

W. Restrepo77'

80'J. Sandoval

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs Atlanta Ailverbacks

Match Preview: San Antonio Scorpions vs Atlanta Ailverbacks

SASvATL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: SAS-MeTV KSAT 12.2

 

San Antonio Scorpions return home to Toyota Field, where they are unbeaten in their last six games, to take on Atlanta Silverbacks.  Scorpions, who are three points from the top spot in the NASL Combined Table, is coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against Ottawa Fury FC last week.  Meanwhile, Silverbacks, who are four points from the last berth to ‘The Championship,’ played to a 1-1 draw against the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers.  Scorpions hold a slight edge in the head-to-head series over the Silverbacks and are unbeaten against them in San Antonio.  The last time both clubs faced off was this past spring when goals by Shaun Saiko and defender Greg Janicki gave the visiting Scorpions a 2-1 win at Silverbacks Park on April 19.

 

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

           

Recognition:

SAS-Josh Saunders (Team of the Week-6)

ATL-Junior Burgos (Team of the Week-6)

 

Stats leaders:

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (5); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (9 meetings): Scorpions 4 wins, 2 ties, 3 losses – 13 GF/9 GA (+4 GD)

At Scorpions: (4 meetings): Scorpions 3 wins, 1 tie, 0 loss —9 GF/2 GA (+7 GD)

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

Last Meeting: April 19, 2014 at Atlanta Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 1-2 Scorpions

 

Coaches quotes:

“Saturday's game promises to be exciting as Atlanta are a free-flowing, attacking side that likes to move the ball forward with pace. After our recent road game, we are eager to get back to playing in front of our home crowd, executing our game plan, and coming away with a positive result." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“Obviously they're (San Antonio) doing very well. I think there's a lot of parity in this league - anybody can beat anybody on the given day. So we're not going with the mindset 'oh, this is a top team, let's just play it safe.' We're going to go there like any other week and say 'we can get three points,' and then what is the strategy to make that happen.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith

 

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Jeffrey Greeson

Asst 2: Ramon Bermudez, Jr

4th: Pedro Trejo, Jr

 

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San Antonio Scorpions 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 1

San Antonio Scorpions remain unbeaten at home this 2014 NASL Fall Season after topping the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks 2-1 in front of 5,734 spectators at Toyota Field on Saturday evening

SASvATL

San Antonio Scorpions remain unbeaten at home in the 2014 NASL Fall Season after topping the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks 2-1 in front of 5,734 spectators at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

"The guys have bought into the philosophy and culture we've created," said Scorpions coach Alen Marcina.  "They've been fantastic in executing, they've been willing to fight for each other for 95 minutes and that lead to the win." 

San Antonio midfielder César Elizondo scored and drew a penalty kick to put the home side up 2-0 before Atlanta's Junior Sandoval cut the lead in half with ten minutes to play. 

With the win, the Scorpions retook sole possession of first place in the NASL’s Fall Season standings, while Atlanta are now five points back from the fouth and final playoff berth. 

The teams played a fast-paced first half, with San Antonio getting more possession on the offensive third although with each side needing big defensive plays to keep the score level.

In the 10th Atlanta's Blair Gavin got into the area from the left side and fired a hard shot towards the near post, but San Antonio goalkeer Josh Saunders covered it well and pushed it out for a corner kick. 

Five minutes later, the Scorpions' Tomasz Zahorski headed a corner kick towards goal but Silverbacks defender Mike Randolph held his ground and cleared the ball off the line. 

San Antonio broke the deadlock a four minutes into the second half. Silverbacks' 'keeper Eric Ati did well to block a hard shot from Zahorski, however he couldn't hold on to the ball and the onrushing Elizondo chested the rebound to himself and then hit a powerful shot into the empty net from close range.

Ati was at the center of San Antonio's second goal 20 minutes later, when he attempted to punch out a ball headed for Elizondo. However the two collided on the 50-50 ball and the referee whistle the penalty kick. Walter Restrepo hit the ball low and to the corner, just past the outstretched fingertips of Ati's diving attempt.

Atlanta had a wild sequence of chances five minutes later on a series of corner kicks. On the second attempt, Atlanta got three shots off from close range, only to see Saunders make one save and defenders twice get in front of shots right at the edge of the goalline. 

Junior Sandoval then cut the lead in half with ten minutes to play when he shot from outside the right corner of the box, low and to the opposite post past the diving Saunders. 

Atlanta continued to push but the equalizer was not to be had. 

The results puts Scorpions in sole possession of first place in the NASL’s Fall Season standings.