San Antonio Scorpions’ late Spring form has returned as they managed a 1-0 win over Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park. The win moves the Scorpions up to fifth place which could set up a run for the playoffs in the, longer, fall season.
After a slow start to the match, the first chance came in the 15th minute of the match, coming to Atlanta. Unfortunately for the hosts they sent their effort over the bar which kept the match scoreless.
Billy Forbes was starting to look dangerous for the Scorpions and in the 23rd minute he looked to set up an opportunity. Finding space on the edge of the box he sent in a ball across the face but there were no team mates to get on the end of it.
Despite that, they did not have to wait long to have their goal as they found it just four minutes after that opportunity, and again it was Forbes who was key. Forbes got possession from Marvin Chavez’ long ball and sent in a cross which this time found Omar Cummings, who scored his fifth goal of the season, good for the league lead.
Cummings then proved vital at the other end after the half hour mark as he made a vital clearance to keep the Scorpions in the lead. It was impressive as well, as he managed to somehow back heel the ball off the line to stop Atlanta from equalizing.
As the half was closing Atlanta returned the favor when a chance was able to beat the keeper but _ Miller managed to get on the end of it and clear it. That clearance was vital as it kept the match 1-0 at the break, giving Atlanta a chance.
Atlanta came out from the break determined to get the equalizer and if not for Daryl Sattler they could well have had it. Sattler made two superb saves in the early going, including a stunning close range save to keep it 1-0.
That was as good as it would get for Atlanta as they really struggled to create chances for the remainder of the half. The Scorpions defence was solid, in a nice change for the club, as they managed to hold out and hold on to the 1-0 win.
San Antonio Soccer News Player of the Year Votes:
3 – Billy Forbes (Total: 13)
2 – Omar Cummings (Total: 13)
1 – Daryl Sattler (Total: 4)