Speaking of the defense, the entire night it had a hard time coping with the Aztex attack. We couldn't defend set-pieces and our back-line looked like they had only been together for a few weeks. Well, they have. There hasn't been much time for our team, and especially our defense, to build the type of chemistry that is needed to win championships. That's why it is called pre-season. Luckily for us, the NASL season doesn't start until April 4th, so there is time to improve and refine our shape.
All the credit goes to Austin, though. They came out aggressive. They controlled possession for most of the game. Like I said in my preview, if we didn't win the possession game, we'd be in trouble. Their defenders swarmed the ball immediately when a Scorpion touched it and was also in the right place at the right time as a couple shots from San Antonio were deflected by Aztex defenders legs. The Aztex looked like they had it together. They have been in pre-season for over a month now and will start their USL season in just two weeks. This doesn't, however, justify an outing like we saw from our team.
The Scorpions did have a handful of chances to score throughout the game. Billy Forbes, in the first-half, had the Aztex goalie one-on-one on the right side of the net, but shot the ball right at the keeper. It was a bad angle for Forbes, but the left side of the net was open. Missed chance. Elizondo had the next opportunity as he had the keeper beat but his shot at the wide-open net was deflected by the Aztex's Kyle Hoffer. Missed chance. Elizondo also has the next chance, probably the best all night, as he had just the keeper in from of him but shot the ball over the net from inside the 6-yard box. Missed chance. It was that kind of night for our attack, and Coach summed it up perfectly, "we were poor finishing."
The lone bright spot during the game was Rafael Castillo's goal in the 74' minute to make the score 1-4.
I am confident that Coach Marcina and the team will work extra hard in the coming weeks to make sure a game like that doesn't happen again, especially at home. Fans need to remember that this is only pre-season. This is the time that coaches experiment with line-ups, formations, and tactics. While it was not fun to watch, we should not overreact to this one result, especially in the pre-season. Sure, we expected to win a derby at home, but I'm looking forward to the NASL season, where the real hardware counts.
This derby looks like it will become a special rivalry to San Antonio and Austin fans alike. We'll more than likely see Austin again this year in the U.S. Open Cup. My hope is that our team returns the favor and knocks them out of that tournament. For next year, hopefully our team will remember this game, and come out angry to take home the Hill Country Derby in year two.
The Scorpions finish up pre-season on March 28th when they take on the Costa Rican Olympic team (U-23s) at home; game-time is at 7:30pm.
Soccer On -ASC
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