Last week, the Scorpions were victorious in their first game of the Fall season after Hans Denissen scored in stoppage time on a penalty kick. It was the first meeting with Carolina since the end of the Spring season when San Antonio won 2 – 0 but it would be the Railhawks that got on the score sheet first this game. Another early goal was allowed off a set piece in the 14th minute but the San Antonio Scorpions were able to rally with two second half goals. The first came less than ten minutes into the half by Tomasz Zahorski who now has six goals since joining the team during the mid-season break. Denissen secured the win after a penalty was awarded for a handball in the box following a Scorpions free kick. That makes 12 goals for Denissen this year and brings him even in the race for the golden boot. This come-from-behind victory is only the second to have occurred since the Scorpions inception two years ago.
Today is another clash with big NASL rivals Minnesota United FC. MNUFC secured a 2 – 1 win last weekend against FC Edmonton. Minnesota scored a goal in each half earning a two goal lead. Edmonton scored with more than 25 minutes remaining but were unable to find a late equalizer. It was the first home loss for the eddies all year. Minnesota are tied for third in the NASL standings.
The last match against Minnesota United FC ended with Mini U scoring in the 90th minute to steal all three points in front of a home crowd that tallied 5,886. What happened after the whistle is still affecting the Scorpions to this day. A confrontation between Kevin Harmse and former Scorpions Pablo Campos caused quite a stir on the field for several minutes before order was restored. Another incident in the hallway to the locker room didn’t help matters. The result was the NASL suspending Esteban Bayona for two games and Kevin Harmse for six. Bayona has been available in the past two Scorpions games but Harmse is still only serving his fourth game. The Scorpions have successfully completed two games now without a red card following four straight games with suspensions and that has helped earn the first win of the season. They will need to keep cool heads to make it a third game.
“The spirit is high and we always believe in each other and we know that we could win every game of this season. All the guys are really talented and we need to find that chemistry. We’re improving every day and we got the result today and that is all that is important.” – Scorpions Forward Hans Denissen after 2 – 1 win over Carolina Railhawks
It’s tough having brought in so many new players and having the second head coach of the year to find a team’s chemistry. Interim Head Coach Alen Marcina wants to “impose our game” in Minnesota and to do so, the team’s organization and chemistry will be tested. In 2013, the Scorpions have allowed 9 goals to opposition within the first fifteen minutes of the match. Going behind so early in these games makes it difficult to impose one’s will. All of the strategy and tactics created leading up to the game changes once that first goal is scored. Travelling to Minnesota, Marcina will be looking to be the first on the score sheet and will want to blank United’s attack.
Marcina knows his players have character and as long as they continue to play their game, the Scorpions can fight for all three points. The team believes this as well and Denissen shows that belief when he said “we know that we could win every game.” It’s not an empty statement but a confidence that comes from training and your teammates. The Crocketteers always believe in our team as well and San Antonio should be watching this game expecting that victory. A win today could bring the Scorpions within reach of the rest of the table as the Fall season heads into the last five games of the year. After last week’s win, the Scorpions will have tasted victory for the first time this Fall and won’t soon forget it. Minnesota United FC 1 – 2 Scorpions.