The Scorpions first winning streak of the season continued last week against FC Edmonton and now stands at three wins in a row. It was Hans Denissen, leading the Scorpions with 5 goals so far this season, that led the way with two goals. Denissen needed less than six minutes to give San Antonio the lead off a spot-perfect pass from team assist leader Javier Saavedra. Edmonton tied up the game just a few minutes later but it was Number Ten (Hans Denissen) that scored in stoppage time right before the final whistle to send the crowd into a frenzy for another win. The Scorpions have now won four of the last five NASL matches they have played.
Today, the Scorpions are in Florida once again but after winning in Tampa in their last visit to the Sunshine State, they travel about 250 miles southeast to Fort Lauderdale. The Strikers have had a rough Spring season accumulating only eight points after ten games. Fort Lauderdale had a bye week last week but were able to play an international friendly against first division Brazilian side Cruzeiro Esporte Clube. Twenty players from the Fort Lauderdale roster saw time on the field in their 0 – 4 loss.
All eyes are on the Carolina vs Atlanta game that starts 30 minutes prior to the Scorpions match. A Carolina win and they secure first place and will host the Soccer Bowl Championship game at the conclusion of the Fall season. An Atlanta draw or win however will provide hope to a San Antonio team still looking for that top finish. “If we get three points and get a little help, it presents a great opportunity for us. We have put some decent performances together and we would like to keep that momentum going.” – Pat Phelan. Atlanta is the only team to have beaten Carolina this season and every Scorpions fan will be hoping for a similar outcome.
“We can only control what we do on the field, so we are aiming at three points on Saturday,” says Head Coach Tim Hankinson and new signee, Haitian forward Fabrice Noel, may see his first minutes on the field to help win those points. There are only two games left in the Spring season including tonight’s versus Fort Lauderdale so there is no more time to figure things out. The team must win in Fort Lauderdale and prepare for a showdown on the 4th of July.
Our board members had this to say:
Michael McDonald (At Large Board Member): “I would [like to] put out a reminder that we are having a raffle for some great prizes!!! $5 tickets and you could win a signed ball or jersey!!” (Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Crocketteers Watch Party [see the Events page] or at Crocketteers Football Club games on Sunday [crocketteersfc.com].)
James Hope (President): “The team has made remarkable progress. It may be too late to win the Spring season but it’s not too late to be ready to take the Fall. The Fall season begins this Saturday.”
San Antonio earned their first win of the season at home against Fort Lauderdale and need their fifth win to keep hopes alive for a Soccer Bowl appearance. The Strikers will be looking to spoil San Antonio’s chances and prove to their home crowd that they can improve come Fall. This game could end up having no meaning if Carolina wins but their US Open Cup game three days ago in Salt Lake could provide obstacles. As coach said, the Scorpions can only focus on their goal and must win. Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 – 2 Scorpions.