Match Recap: Strikers 0, Scorpions 2
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers (0-0-2, 0 pts) were defeated by the San Antonio Scorpions (2-0-0, 6pts) by a score of 2-0 at Toyota Field in San Antonio on a goal and an assist by Billy Forbes. Finding themselves down 2-0 at the half, the team came out firing but Scorpions keeper David Bingham made several spectacular saves to shut out the visiting Strikers.
Forbes scored the Scorpions first goal in the 24th minute when he received a ball from Walter Restrepo at the top of the box and then slotted it into the corner, just past the outstretched hands of Strikers goalkeeper Kamil Contofalský.
Forbes then helped his team double their lead late in the half when he found Tomasz Zahorski in the middle of the box. Zahorski then turned on Strikers defender Stephane Antonijevic and shot a rocket past a diving Contofalský.
The Strikers almost cut the lead in half in the 45th minute as Jenison Brito took a shot from just outside the box but the Scorpions keeper David Bingham came up with one of his many spectacular saves of the night, preserving his team's lead at the half.
The Strikers had several opportunities in the second half, but were unable to find the back of the net.
“We’ve had many chances in the last two games and we just cannot score,” said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner. “Their keeper made some really great saves; congratulations to him. San Antonio is a very good team. I thought we matched up well with them, unfortunately, they were a little bit luckier tonight.”
The Strikers had a great opportunity to cut the lead in half at the 62nd minute when Mark Anderson shot a rocket towards the top right corner of the goal from about 25 yards out, but Bingham managed to make a spectacular diving save, just getting his hand on the ball and deflecting it out. Just six minutes later, James Marcelin took a shot from about 30 yards, but it was right at the keeper.
With time running out, Aly Alberto Hassan, who came in for Mark Anderson in the 70th minute, was pulled down inside the box by Scorpions captain Julius James. The referee gave James a Red Card for his actions and awarded the Strikers a PK. Fafa Picault took the penalty kick in the 90+ minute and tried to put it in the lower left had corner of the goal, but the ball hit the post and bounced out and was then cleared by the Scorpions defenders, continuing the Strikers scoring woes.
The Strikers return to Lockhart for a two-match home stand against a pair of old rivals: New York Cosmos on July 26 and Tampa Bay Rowdies on August 2. Tickets to the matches start at just $12 in advance. Call 954-606-0400 or visit www.Strikers.com/tickets.
Match: Fort Lauderdale Strikers (FTL) at San Antonio Scorpions (SAS)
Competition : 2014 NASL Fall Season- Matchday 2
Venue : Toyota Field; San Antonio, TX.
Kickoff : 8:45 p.m. ET
Weather : Clear
SAS: Billy Forbes (Walter Restrepo)- 24th minute
SAS: Tomasz Zahorski (Billy Forbes)- 43'
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-2-3-1) – Kamil Contofalský; Darnell King, Rafael Alves, Stefan Antonijevic, Iván Guerrero (C); Justin Chavez (Manny Gonzalez 62'), James Marcelin; Mark Anderson (Aly Alberto Hassan 70'), Fafà Picault, Martin Nuñez (Shawn Chin 28'); Jenison Brito
Substitutes not used: David Meves; Ronaldo Vieira
San Antonio Scorpions (4-4-2) – David Bingham; Jonathan Borrajo, Julius James (C), Greg Janicki, Stephen DeRoux; Walter Restrepo (Shaun Saiko 90'), Josue Soto, Rafael Castillo, Billy Forbes; Tomasz Zahorski (Eric Hassli 77'), Sainey Touray (Trevin Caesar 64')
Substitutes not used: Jeremy Vuolo; Adrian Cann, , Danny Barrera, Freddie Braun,
SAS: Tomasz Zahorski (caution)- 16th minute
FTL : Jenison Brito (caution)- 24'
SAS : Stephen DeRoux (caution)- 27'
FTL : Rafael Alves (caution)- 50'
SAS : David Bingham (caution)- 81'
SAS : Julius James (ejection)- 90'
Officials : Referee: Luis Guardia; Assistants: Tony Obas, John Dearmond; Fourth Official: Christopher Mercado