Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5683
  • Date11 Oct 14
  • VenueToyota Field
W L L W D
San Antonio Scorpions
San Antonio Scorpions 7
V
D L L D L
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies

W. Restrepo27'

R. Castillo42'

R. Castillo48'

C. Elizondo53'

E. Hassli67'

C. Elizondo73'

E. Hassli77'

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: ESPN3; SAS-MeTV KSAT 12.2

 

The Tampa Bay Rowdies will play their second game in four days when they visit the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field in the NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Scorpions, who are second in the Combined Standings, are coming off a 1-1 draw against visiting Ottawa Fury FC last week.  Meanwhile, the Rowdies, who dropped a 3-2 decision at home to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers this past Wednesday, are currently seven points from the last qualifying berth to The Championship.  Both clubs are even in the head-to-head series, however Tampa Bay has a slight edge in the match-ups at San Antonio.  The last time both teams met was on July 26, at Al Lang Stadium, when goals from forwards Sainey Touray and Tomasz Zahorski gave the visiting Scorpions a 2-0 win over the Rowdies.

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Recognition:

SAS-Richard Menjivar (Team of the Week-13)

TBR-Georgi Hristov (Team of the Week-13)

 

Stats leaders:

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

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (7); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Keith Savage (3)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (10 meetings): Scorpions 5 wins, 0 ties, 5 losses— 18 GF/16 GA (+2 GD)

At Scorpions: (5 meetings): Rowdies 3 wins, 0 ties, 2 losses— 10 GF/10 GA (0)

This Year: (2 meetings): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss —2GF/1 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: July 26, 2014 at Al Lang Stadium — Rowdies 0-2 Scorpions

 

Coaches quotes:

“Our overall goal remains the same - to continue evolving, fine-tuning, and progressing as a unit to impose our style of play and dictate the flow of the game to achieve our long-term ambitions for the season. But we're cognizant of the threats Tampa pose and their motivation going into the game as a team battling for a playoff berth, therefore we're fully focused on the task at hand; getting three points on Saturday night." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

“We realize that San Antonio are playing well and have had a very consistent season. We need to kick start our season. We have five games left and now is the chance to correct our wrongs. I must say that if I analyze our season, San Antonio away (in May) was one of our best performances as a collective team. We won 1-0 and I'm hoping we can go there Saturday and emulate what we did on our previous visit." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

 

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Ricardo Mercado Jr.

Asst 2: Christian Gordon

4th: Pedro Trejo Jr.

 

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San Antonio Scorpions 7 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0

Two goals each from midfielders Rafael Castillo, Cesar Elizondo and forward Eric Hassli helped the San Antonio Scorpions to a 7-0 victory over the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies at Toyota Field on Saturday evening.

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The San Antonio Scorpions clinched their spot in The Championship with an authoritative 7-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Rowdies in front of 5,683 fans at Toyota Field Saturday night.

The scoring started early in the first half on a sequence when Billy Forbes received a long outlet pass from Rafael Castillo on the Scorpions attacking left. The rookie from Turks and Caicos motored towards the endline, where his attempted cross earned a corner kick for his team. Rafael Castillo hit a left-footed outswinger that was weakly cleared by the Rowdies defense and rolled towards the edge of the Tampa Bay box in the middle of the field. Walter Restrepo ran onto the ball and hit it in full stride, smashing a low, hard shot to the right side of the goal in the 27’ that went in so fast Rowdies ‘keeper Matt Pickens didn’t even have the chance to dive.

The Alamo City boys kept their foot on the pedal for the remainder of the half and were rewarded for their offensive persistence in the 41’. Midfielder César Elizondo was pulled down from behind about 25 yards from the Rowdies goal, earning a yellow card for Tampa Bay midfielder Shane Hill and a free kick for the Scorpions. Castillo stepped up and hit a hard left-footed shot that once again demonstrated his set piece prowess as he curled in his third dead ball goal of the season and sent the Scorpions into halftime with a two-goal lead, but they were far from finished on the night.

Just seconds into the second half, Rowdies center back Tamika Mkandawire was called for a handball in the box that gave the Scorpions a penalty kick and reduced the Rowdies to ten men after referee Marcos Deoliveira showed Mkandawire a red card. Castillo stepped up to the spot  and slowly ran up to the ball and watched Pickens dive to his right before he casually chipped the ball into the opposite corner for his team-leading seventh goal of the season and a 3-0 Scorpions lead.

With Tampa Bay a man down, the floodgates then opened for San Antonio.

In the 53’ minute, Jonathan Borrajo - playing as a defensive midfielder for the first time this season - sent a long ball over the top to striker Giuseppe Gentile. The Florida native ran into the left side of the area and juiced a ball across the six-yard-box to Elizondo, who tapped the ball past a helpless Pickens to make it 4-0.

The chances kept coming fast and furious for the Scorpions, and the fifth goal came in the 67’ in the form of a likely play of the week candidate. Restrepo found acres of space on the attacking right and sent a cross into the box that substitute Eric Hassli volleyed with authority into the back of the net for his fifth of the year. Forbes picked up his NASL-leading seventh assist six minutes later when he squared a ball to Elizondo, who easily tapped it home for his second of the evening and fourth with the Scorpions.

The seventh and final goal of the evening (falling just short of the team record of eight goals in a match, set against the Carolina RailHawks in 2012) was scored by Hassli, his sixth of the season. The play started with a Castillo corner kick from the left side that bounced around in front of goal before Hassli’s quick strike just beat teammate Greg Janicki to the ball.

The Scorpions will be back on the road the next two weeks, starting with their second visit of the season to Indianapolis to face Indy Eleven.  Tampa Bay has yet another short turnaround game on Wednesday, this time at home against Minnesota United.