Last Saturday’s game against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers marked the midway point to the Spring season. It’s been a bumpy road to the start of 2013 after an impressive inaugural year becoming regular season champions.
The sophomore slump looks to be in full effect this year with one win in our first six games. The defense started well letting in only three goals in the first three games but eight in the next three plummeted our Scorpions to the bottom of the NASL table.
Let’s take a look at the good, the bad, and the ugly of this season to date.
There were a lot of changes to the NASL leader board last week with all three games having decisive winners. Scorpions’ fans witnessed their team score two more goals in a losing effort to Carolina. A dismal defensive stand allowed five Carolina goals and sent San Antonio tumbling to the bottom of the league. The Scorpions were just out-coached, out-hustled, and out-played.
Today is a battle of the bottom two teams. The Fort Lauderdale Strikers arrive in Toyota Field having won their first game last weekend and looking to continue their climb with another three points. In last week’s game, the Strikers scored two early goals before a heavy rain forced both teams off the field. After play resumed, the Strikers were able to hold on after conceding a second half goal. Continue reading…
The Crocketteers are proud to announce our newest outreach into the San Antonio community! Continuing our mission to promote the sport of soccer in San Antonio, we are excited to finally be able to reveal our latest endeavor. The Crocketteers Soccer Supporters Group has been granted a two-mile stretch of road in the Adopt-a-Highway program!
It was another week of draws for all three NASL games last week. San Antonio, picking up it’s first two goals of the season, was among those teams that earned one point keeping alive hopes for a successful season. Better passing and movement proved to be the final elements needed for the Scorpions to register their first goal of the season with Hans Denissen moving into the box and finishing off a cross by Javier Saavedra. Edin Husic later put the Scorpions ahead with a fantastic left-footed touch from just outside the box. Those first two goals of the season were enough for a hard-fought draw and even provided the hope for a late winner.
Today’s game is against the Carolina Railhawks who are currently tied at the top of the NASL standings with 8 points. They faced off against another league leader last week in Minnesota United. Both teams were looking to take sole leadership of first place in a four goal thriller but the Railhawks were able to tally an equalizer in the final minutes to earn the draw. They will be looking to continue their undefeated start to the Spring season in front of their home crowd. With their goalkeeper leading the league in saves and goals against average, they very well may be able to hold off the new Scorpions goal scorers. Continue reading…
A disappointing away trip to Edmonton resulted in the Scorpions returning to San Antonio this week tied at the bottom of the table with only one point after three games. The poor start to the season is evident as the only team not to score a goal yet in 2013. Well, we’ve scored as much as the New York Cosmos.
The high-powered Atlanta Silverbacks visit Toyota Field today. Atlanta made a number of changes last season and that has propelled them to a league leading 8 goals. They started this Spring undefeated with two wins before Minnesota scored two late to win last weekend.
Atlanta’s defense has been been a little suspect allowing 6 goals in three games. The Scorpions will have to take advantage of that weak defense in order to earn their first goal of the season.
You can watch this game on the local MeTV if unable to make this game.
Our board members had this to say:
Rich Moore (Vice President): The Scorpions have the talent and experience to win this match. The defense and midfield are playing well, but the team needs to be smarter in the attacking 3rd of the field. Convert those “chances” into goals.
Michael McDonald (At Large Board Member): Last week we missed many opportunities in the front of the goal and it reminded me of this quote:Bob Paisley advising his players:“If you’re in the penalty area and don’t know what to do with the ball, put it in the net and we’ll discuss the options later.”
James Hope (President): The first three matches have been frustrating, but we are still creating chances. There’s still plenty of time to notch a few victories. We will certainly do our part of singing and chanting as loud as we can to support our Scorpions.
There may not be enough time. Another loss could mean the end to this season’s push for the final. Expect there to be goals in this game. Scorpions 1 – 1 Atlanta Silverbacks.