The San Antonio Scorpions finished with ten men yet again as they dropped yet more points, almost ending their playoff chances. The Scorpions fought out a 3-3 draw with Carolina Railhawks in a physical cmatch which saw 13 cards, two of them red.
The first notable event of the match was a red card for the Scorpions as Adrian Cann was shown a straight red card for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity. That allowed Carolina a penalty which was well saved by Daniel Fernandes only for Nacho Novo to tap home the rebound.
Now with a man up, the Railhawks were determined to make the Scorpions pay and quickly made it two goals. It took just four minutes to double the lead as Tiyi Shipalane was able to find space from 25 yards out, allowing him to send a rocket which left Fernandes with no chance.
But the Scorpions refused to lie down and the flurry of goals continued, this time it was the ten man Scorpions who got a goal back. Cesar Elizondo took a shot at the top of the box, which took a big deflection, falling for Marvin Chavez who buried the chance to pull the Scorpions back in to the match.
With just two minutes left in the half, the referee went to his pocket and issued a yellow each way after a scuffle at the end line. It was a frantic first half, with three goals and seven cards, one of those cards being a red.
The Scorpions really went for the match from the opening whistle of the second half, despite being a man down. Three minutes in to the half the Scorpions had their chance after Elizondo was brought down in the box, allowing Rafael Castillo to step up but his effort was well saved by Akira Fitzgerald.
That did not see the Scorpions give up, and they kept on pushing through the Carolina defense and they got a reward in the 54th minute. Connor Tobin was on the goal line and blocked a shot with his arm, earning a second yellow and restoring the two teams to even numbers. Castillo stepped up again and this time he beat the keeper to level the scores.
With the sites now ten a piece the Scorpions hit the lead in the 65th minute as Chavez stole possession and made a great run. He caught the whole Carolina defense by surprise and was able to launch a shot from 22 yards and hit the back of the net.
Now with a lead the Scorpions were seemingly cruising to an unlikely victory they were brought back down to earth in the 77th minute. With a plethora of players on the goal line a cross came in to the box, and bounced off of Nana Attakora’s foot, past Fernandes for an own goal.
The Scorpions looked to push late on but the best effort they had was sent over the bar from Giuseppe Gentile. It was another rollercoaster for the Scorpions as they looked beaten, then looked winners but still could not get the job done, frustrating the fans again.