On a day that saw its fair share of rain and some questioned whether this match would even happen, San Antonio found a way to get a point from a hard-fought match with the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers in their second to last home game of the Spring NASL Season.
Ft. Lauderdale came into San Antonio looking to avenge their defeat to the Scorpions in the 2014 NASL Championship. With the amount of rain that the pitch has seen in the last 30 days it was actually in remarkable condition. Players did have to alter their speed chasing down balls but it didn’t affect the tactical play and precision by either team.
The night started out with both the Scorpions and Strikers sitting towards the bottom of the table with 3 points to grab and only 4 goals separating them in goal differential, but as both teams experienced last season, every point in the Spring Season matters, even if you do not end up at the top of the Spring Table. San Antonio owned possession in the first half and had several opportunities to score. They were only able to capitalize with a 21th minute toe flick over the Striker keeper to sail into the back of the net.
San Antonio maintained possession for what seemed like the remainder of the first half and created multiple shots on goal, but they were not able to finish their chances. Ft. Lauderdale was finally able to put one in the back of the net in the 44th after James Marcelin found his way into the box garnering the attention of Scorpions keeper Daryl Sattler. Then Marcelin was able to slide the ball to Sefano Pinho for a wide open and uncontested goal.
The second half was uneventful without either side able to capitalize on the few opportunities that were presented. San Antonio went down to ten men in the 86’ minute of the match when defender Stephen DeRoux earned his second yellow card of the match. While most clubs would go into full defensive mode trying to preserve the draw, San Antonio took this as their chance to try strike with the couple of chances they were able to create but were unsuccessful in the end. The match ended in a 1-1 draw which saw neither side make any movement in the table.
San Antonio will play its next match on June 6 against the Atlanta Silverbacks in Atlanta at 6:30pm. The Scorpions will be looking to take 3 points while on the road and look to move ahead of the Silverbacks who currently sit in 9th in the NASL Spring Season table. The match will be available on ESPN3.