Photo Credit: Vince Cardenas
A perfect header by Poland native Tomasz Zahorski in the 64th minute of the second half was enough to give the San Antonio Scorpions their second win in 10 games this fall season.
Playing on Saturday, Oct. 5 at Toyota Field in front of 6,570 fans on Breast Cancer Awareness Night, the Scorpions were lifted by the play of Dennis Chin, Sainey Touray and Ciaran O’Brien, who were all signed to the team on Friday, Oct. 4.
“I think each one made an impact tonight; however, they have been here for only a few days. But they got to start building that chemistry we are looking to build,” said Alen Marcina, Scorpions head coach.
Early on, the Scorpions missed five clear chances to get on the scoreboard, but failed to finish. In the 18th minute, the Scorpions lost top scorer Hans Denissen for the rest of the game when he collided with Silverbacks goalkeeper Joe Nasco trying to score on a header. Denissen was rewarded with six stitches on his lip.
“We’ve created enough chances to be up by a couple of goals in the first half, but we couldn’t put them away,” Marcina said. “We got the ball, created opportunities, but didn’t finish. That has been the story the whole year.”
In the second half, the Silverbacks took control of the ball and had numerous opportunities to tie the game, but Scorpions goalie Jeremy Vuolo stopped all three shots-on-goal.
After the game, the Scorpions hosted “Maggie’s Wish,” a charity auction for breast cancer awareness. The team auctioned their game-worn pink jerseys along with other items.
Next Sunday, Oct. 13, the Scorpions will host FC Edmonton in their second straight game at Toyota Field. The game is set for 1:30 p.m. Following the game, an exhibition match will be played between Club Santos Laguna and Club Xoloitzcuintles de Tijuana, both considered the standard-bearers of Mexican soccer.