The San Antonio Scorpions needed a dramatic comeback but they got the job mostly done as they came from behind for a 3-3 draw against Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park on Saturday night. Omar Cummings was the star for the Scorpions as he netted a brace, to solidify his place on top of the NASLGolden Boot race.
After a somewhat tight start, Atlanta opened the scoring in the 23rd minute as Kyle Porter’s cross found Pedro Mendes, who headed it past surprising starter Matt Cardone. But the Scorpions responded well and went on the attack straight away.
Two minutes after going behind, San Antonio pulled the scores back to level after some neat work from Cumings. A poor Silverbacks clearance fell to Cummings who was able to head it right back and in to the goal to make it 1-1.
That would be all the scoring for the first half as things seemed to calm down but the hosts came out from the break determined to restore their lead. And that came in the sixth minute of the half as an impressive Junior Burgos free-kick made it 2-1.
Just six minutes later Atlanta doubled their lead as Atlanta took San Antonio to the sword in the opening stages of the half. Jaime Chavez was able to score which saw Atlanta make it 3-1 to give Atlanta a comfortable lead.
The Scorpions looked to fight back and just three minutes later they were able to pull a goal back. A Rafael Castillo free-kick from 40 yards allowed him to find Billy Forbes, who was wide open, allowing him to nod the ball home.
The fight from the Scorpions continued after the goal and they finally got their equalizer in the 81st minute. Stephen DeRoux sent the ball over the top for Cummings, who broke free and hit a curling shot that left the keeper no chance to steal a point for the Scorpions.