The San Antonio Scorpions flew north of the border last weekend but returned without anything except more miles on their airline rewards account. It was an early strike from FC Edmonton’s own new signing that provided the only goal in a defensive showdown last Sunday. It was a much better show from the Scorpion’s defense than the week before but still not enough to earn any points. Two lineup changes were made after the Week 1 pounding with Hannigan taking over between the goal posts and Lyle Martin starting in defense with Harmse on the bench after recovering from a minor injury. Unfortunately, the formation and lineup changes could not change the result of the match.
The Scorpions look to redeem themselves today against Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Neither team has had much to celebrate after two weeks of Fall season games. The Strikers sit one spot ahead of San Antonio in the standings (the Scorpions are once again in last place in the table). Fort Lauderdale came from behind in their first game of the season to tie it up before allowing a late goal well into stoppage time. Last week, they were able to keep the score sheet clean for most of the match but allowed three in the final 20 minutes including another in stoppage time. Fort Lauderdale finished the Spring season in last place and will be hoping to get a result today to prevent a similar fate this Fall.
San Antonio have fared well against Fort Lauderdale this year winning both home and away games. The Scorpions first game against the Strikers marked an important point last Spring. San Antonio was winless going into the first match against Fort Lauderdale at home in Toyota Field with only two points from five games. Fort Lauderdale were one spot ahead of the Scorpions in the standings with four points so far for the season. That game, three months ago, against the Strikers sparked a run of six wins in seven games that had the Scorpions in contention to win the Spring season.
There’s a lot of similarities heading into today’s game with the Strikers. The Scorpions are winless once again and sit at the bottom of the table with Fort Lauderdale one spot ahead. A win today could have San Antonio leapfrog the Strikers and bring hopes of another run to the top of the table.
“We want to win. We got new players in to boost our squad and they have all been really sharp. I’m looking forward to it. The team is looking good, and we know what it takes to win in this league, so it’s time to put that to the test.” – Scorpions Goalkeeper Patrick Hannigan.
The players will indeed have to put that to the test and prove they will fight for the cause, each other, and their home fans to get a win today. Coach Hankinson will have most of the squad available for tonight’s game with the only injury to local defender Daniel Medina. Coach Hankinson sees Saturday as “another opportunity to kick start our Fall season at home in front of our fans.” The team certainly does look to need a revival or perhaps to be shocked back to their winning ways. The Tampa Bay disaster two weeks ago should have been enough of a shock for the players. Hopefully being back at home in front of their fans will help the Scorpions find the back of the net once again and a victory.
To get the win, everyone will be looking at league scoring leader Hans Denissen to be involved from the beginning. The Scorpions must put a lot of pressure on the Strikers back line while keeping their shape in the back themselves keeping a watchful eye to halt any counter-attack. The Strikers will be looking to gain confidence for the Fall season. San Antonio must band together and deny them that confidence as we push for our first win of the Fall season. Scorpions 1 – 0 Fort Lauderdale Strikers.