Red Cards and Penalties Cost Scorpions in Edmonton

The Fall season for the San Antonio Scorpions has got off to a terrible start as they were torn apart by FC Edmonton at Fort McMurry on Saturday. It was a controversial match as the Scorpions finished with nine men and gave away two penalties leading to frustration on the Scorpions bench.

It took just two minutes for the Scorpions to be left frustrated as Sadi Jalali went down under minimal contact from Marvin Chavez in the box. That saw the referee point to the spot, allowing Jalali to dust himself off and slam home the penalty.

In the 12th minute the Scorpions had a golden opportunity as Omar Cummings was played clean through on goal. Matt VanOekel was able to beat Cummings to the ball and punch it away to keep the Scorpions off the score sheet.

San Antonio continued to look dangerous throughout the first half but they could not break through, with their best chance coming in the 37th minute. Cummings again had a golden opportunity as he ran in to the box and sent it in for Josuè Soto but his effort slammed off the post, letting Edmonton off the hook, keeping it 1-0 at half-time.

Just six minutes in to the second half, San Antonio had another golden opportunity after some nice work from Rafael Castillo. Castillo got the ball at the top of the box and sent it in for Billy Forbes but he sent his effort just wide.

Just three minutes later the Scorpions thought they had their equalizer after a corner from Rafael Castillo found Adrian Cann. Cann headed home only for the goal to be disallowed in unclear circumstances as the offside was not possible and there did not seem to be any excessive contact.

In the 65th minute the Scorpions were left further infuriated after a foul by Nana Attakora on Michael Nonni lead to a penalty, earning Attakora a red card. This was despite the fact that the foul was committed outside the box which allowed Lance Laing to step up and bury the penalty.

Things got even worse for the Scorpions after conceding as Daryl Sattler kicked the ball away but hit the crowd of FC Edmonton players celebrating. That earned him a straight red card, forcing the Scorpions to bring on Matt Cardone, sacrificing Forbes to keep a goalkeeper on the field.

Now facing a two man deficit, it was always going to be a big finish from FC Edmonton and they quickly took charge. In the 73rd minute they were able to make it three on the back of a debut goal for Hanson Bokai.

The final goal came with seven minutes to play as a strong free kick from Laing gave them the goal. He hit the free kick powerfully which left Cardone with no chance, which saw things wrapped up with a 4-0 win for Edmonton, another hefty loss in a season opener.

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