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.
Patrick Hannigan is excited at the possibility to gain ground on one of the league leaders and says the whole team has been working hard this past week in anticipation for today’s game. According to Hannigan, “It will be a playoff atmosphere for us” and he’s right if the Scorpions are going to have any hope of controlling their hunt for the title this Spring season. A loss today could essentially leave the Scorpions too far out of the battle for first place without receiving a lot of help down the road. In order to show they have the determination to win the season, they will have to prove they have the fight against Carolina.
Despite three wins over Carolina last season and a thumping 8 goal victory in front of a home crowd, don’t expect an easy game today. Carolina has only allowed four goals this season and had three players named to the NASL Team of the Week last week. Scorpions Coach Tim Hankinson remembers our first win last season was away versus the Railhawks and is looking for history to repeat itself. It could prove true. San Antonio also had three players awarded NASL Team of the Week honors (Denissen, Hannigan, and Husic) and many are expecting the floodgates to be open after our first goals of the season have finally arrived. All will be looking to Denissen to once again be goal scorer and provider.
Our board members had this to say:
Michael McDonald (At Large Board Member): “Simply put: this is win or die!!!”
Linda Martinez (Treasurer): “They better put the ball in the net and win. As someone once told me: Score more goals than the other team!”
The Scorpions could be looking to bring in more help up front after releasing Bosnian forward Adin Dzafic who was signed this preseason but had yet to play in any games. Whoever is brought in to fill that extra roster spot won’t be of any help today against the Railhawks. Have the floodgates truly been opened? Carolina Railhawks 2 – 3 Scorpions.