San Antonio Scorpions Continue Good Form in Home Win Over Edmonton
The SA Scorpions FC continue their consistent run of form this season with a 2-0 win over FC Edmonton Saturday night. The win sees the Scorpions extend their winning streak to four games and the club rise to third in the league behind Minnesota and Puerto Rico.
The match started with some changes in the lineup for the Scorpions to compensate for injuries to starters Hans Denissen and Blake Wagner.
Jonathan Greenfield slotted into right back for Wagner and Javier Saavedra was inserted into the offense for Denissen.
The contest started with some early possession from the Scorpions but the Eddies were always looking to counterattack and in the 13th minute Shaun Saiko broke free on the left flank and sent a hard shot into the side net just avoiding a save from Scorpions keeper Daryl Sattler.
The two teams traded blows for most of the first half with some spirited play from Edmonton and stretches of possession from the Scorpions.
Then in the 40th minute, Pablo Campos broke free from the Edmonton defense and descended on goal until he was taken down just inside the eighteen yard box and a penalty was awarded to the Scorpions.
Jonathan Greenfield coolly converted the PK with a driven shot low in the left corner to put San Antonio up 1-0.
“You got to pick your spot before you get there, I watched the keeper as long as possible and he was mid-air when I hit it,” said Greenfield who admitted the Champions League final earlier in the day didn’t help his confidence at the center spot.
The second half started with more of the same. San Antonio wasted a lot of chances and the Eddies came out with a high back line looking to dictate the offense.
Edmonton had a limited amount of success finding seams behind the Scorpions’ defense. Saiko was the major culprit on the left flank.
“They sat back a little bit and they tried to play the counter with Campos which made it difficult,” said Edmonton head coach Harry Sinkgraven.
In the 75th minute, the Scorpions added another from a set piece from Greenfield into the box from the left side and Ryan Cochrane headed the ball into the opposite corner.
The Scorpions visit Edmonton Sunday, May 27th but host USL-PDL side the Laredo Heat midweek for US Open Cup Tuesday, May 22nd.