Comeback not Enough for Scorpions Again

NASL Fall Season 2015: San Antonio Scorpions v Minnesota United-slide0
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The San Antonio Scorpions are fast falling behind the back in the NASL after a loss to Minnesota United at Toyota Field on Saturday night. On the bright side for the club, the match entertained the 7,087 fans as the Scorpions fell 4-3 to the Loons.

Scorpions players celebrate their opening goal

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In what is becoming an alarming trend in 2015, the Scorpions were forced to come from behind three times. For the second week in a row that attempted comeback was just not enough despite the vocal support of their largest home crowd of the season.

The first half saw plenty of action as both teams’ defence really struggled, allowing plenty of goals to entertain the fans. Minnesota opened the scoring in the 12th minute and it was the defending Young Player of the Year, Christian Ramirez, who got things started. Aaron PItchkolan found Kalif Alhassan who ran through and then crossed over Daryl Sattler to leave Ramirez with a simple header.

That lead lasted only four minutes as the Scorpions responded quickly and got their goal from a set piece. Marvin Chavez took the corner and sent in the ball for Adrian Cann who managed an impressive back-heel volley to level proceedings.

But again the score did not remain that way for very long as Minnesota restored their lead in the 22nd minute. Ramirez was in the thick of it again as he sent in a perfect through ball for Justin Davis to run on to and put away to make it 2-1.

After a longer break without a goal, a whole 11 minutes, the Scorpions were able to get back on to level terms. Daniel Mendez brought down Cesar Elizondo, which allowed Rafael Castillo to step up and hit the penalty, making it 2-2.

But yet again, the score line was short lived as it took just four minutes for Minnesota United to get the lead back. Again it came from a set piece as Alhassan sent in a free kick which found Ibson who was able to head it in and make it 3-2 at half time.

Minnesota were able to quickly add to their half time lead as they made it four in just the 48th minute, and again it was Alhassan and Ibson linking up well. But this time the roles were reversed as Ibson sent in a ball from the left flank that Alhassan delicately chipped over Daryl Sattler.

Now with a two goal buffer, Minnesota seemed pretty content with looking to control possession as they held the ball away from the Scorpions well. Frustration started to boil to the surface from the Scorpions as they started to give away fouls, Alen Marcina again argued with the officials, and this time it cost him as he was sent to the stands in the 73rd minute.

Chasing the match, the Scorpions had to go on the attack and they finally pulled their goal back in the 86th minute. Omar Cummings was brought down by his defender, allowing Castillo to step up to the spot again and hit the penalty to make it 3-4.

Any hope the Scorpions had of a late comeback were put to bed in stoppage time when they were reduced to ten men following a red card to Eric Hassli. The result held and will see the Scorpions lose further ground as they have their bye week next week and will have to work hard to remain in the playoffs hunt.

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