The Scorpions were desperate win as they welcomed Indy Eleven to Toyota Field on Saturday night. And the win finally came as a Rafael Castillo brace gave San Antonio the vital 2-0 win they needed, despite going down to ten for the third straight match.
Indy started the match the brighter side and had their first big chance in the ninth minute. After some nice work the shot was unleashed but was well saved by Daniel Fernandes who parried it away.
In the 26th minute San Antonio should have been in front as the ball came to Omar Cummings at close range. But superb goalkeeping was enough to keep him out as Keith Cardona did well to keep the Jamaican out.
Just one minute later Cummings had another golden opportunity after a long ball from Fernandes was headed down by Cesar Elizondo. That fell to Cummings who was left clean through, allowing him to shoot but he sent his effort across the face.
It was a fairly end-to-end affair for the remainder of the half, as both sides ran their socks off. But the chances were still few and far between, with the Scorpions perhaps edging the possession and in stoppage time Marvin Chavez won the Scorpions a penalty.
Cummings played Chavez clean through on goal, which saw Cardona forced off his line, and he clattered in to Chavez. Rafael Castillo took the chance, and used a stutter step before burying it and running over to Chavez, receiving treatment, to celebrate as the Scorpions went to the break 1-0 up.
After conceding lots of the early ball in the second half, the Scorpions had the first real chance of the second half in the 54th minute. Cummings had the crowd thinking it was in after his footwork set up a chance but it was denied by an amazing near post Cardona save to keep it 1-0.
Indy were inches away from the equalizer in the 59th minute as a solid shot from the edge of the area came off the post. That allowed Fernandes to put it out for a corner, which was taken quickly but the Scorpions managed to clear.
The win was sealed in the 71st minute with a stunning goal from Castillo thanks to great work from substitute Billy Forbes. Forbes ran up the left and then curled in a pass that split the defence, allowing Castillo to slide on to it, and bury the chance with one touch.
Scorpions’ celebrations were dampened in stoppage time as they had their third straight match with ten men. It was Elizondo who received it this time, going in studs up and being shown a red card in a simple decision for the refree.