It may have been a difficult season for the San Antonio Scorpions but one constant bright spot for the club continued in 2015. The Scorpions solid record in Minnesota continued as they ended their season with a 2-2 draw against Minnesota United at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN.
Minnesota were the dominant side through the first half as they controlled the possession, leaving the Scorpions well off the pace. Despite that, the Loons struggled to break through as the Scorpions defense was doing a good job keeping it tight.
That saw Minnesota restricted to shots outside the area and they had one really solid effort in the early going. That came to Kalif Alhassan who sent in a powerful effort, but wide of goal, letting the Scorpions off.
Late in the half, the Scorpions really started to go for it, turning things around and looking dangerous. The majority of those efforts were coming from set pieces as the Scorpions had chances from corners and free-kicks.
With five minutes remaining in the half, San Antonio had their best chance of the opening 45 minutes. Rafael Castillo launched a strong curling strike which saw Sammy Ndjock make a save, which fell to Adrian Cann who got the ball to Castillo again but his effort was well saved again by Ndjock, keeping it scoreless at half time.
The Scorpions came out from the break, determined to hit the lead, coming out on fire as they attacked the Loons and in the 53rd minute they had their goal. Billy Forbes started the counter attack, running down the right and then sending in a perfect ball across the face for Giuseppe Gentile who scored a simple tap-in.
But Minnesota responded, having the possession, and, after a long wait they had a clear chance in the 70th minute. Tyler Gibson brought down his man, giving Minnesota a penalty, which allowed Pablo Campos to step up to the spot, and he duly dispatched the penalty to equalize at one.
San Antonio were not done and they looked to respond, earning a penalty of their own in the 85th minute. Kris Tyrpak continued his impressive form, going on a winding run, which drew Ndjock out, fouling the former Austin man and allowing Castillo to step up and hit the penalty to give the Scorpions the lead.
Just when it seemed that goal would be enough to give the Scorpions the win Alhassan sent in a free kick which found Kevin Venegas who buried it, to make the final score a 2-2 draw. The draw keeps alive San Antonio’s hopes of avoiding finishing in last place, but will require Jacksonville to lose to Fort Lauderdale, either way, this was the last match the team was coached by Alen Marcina, whose contract expired on Sunday and was not renewed. The inquests will now begin with all players, bar Castillo, seeing the contracts also expire on Sunday, it is unlikely most of the team will return for 2016.