The San Antonio Scorpions earned a 3-3 draw against the Silverbacks in Atlanta Saturday night. The draw brings the Scorpions' fall season record to 1-2-3 (5 pts) and a 9th place standing. Omar Cummings, the Jamaican international, increased is goal tally to 10 on the season, best in the NASL by 3 goals.
After giving up the opening goal, Cummings headed in a high arching ball off a throw in by Zourab Tsiskaridze that just slipped by Atlanta's goalie, Steward Ceus. Shortly after intermission, the Silverbacks (4-2-2, 14 pts) added two more goals, just minutes a part. One goal came off a free-kick from Junior Burgos who hurled the ball past Matt Cardone, surely a Play of the Week nominee. But the Alamo City boys did not give up. Both Billy Forbes and Omar Cummings netted second half goals that completed the comeback and secured an away point.
Of the new signings for the Scorpions this past week, only Khari Stephenson, the San Jose loanee, saw any playing time. We'll have to see if Fernandes and Palacios suit up for San Antonio's next game - an away match against the Spring Champion New York Cosmos.
Goals have seemed to come a little easier for the Scorpions in the fall season, but the defense has yet to improve - in fact, it has given up more goals in 6 games in the fall than it did through 6 games in the spring. Somehow though, San Antonio is still in the race for a top 4 finish and a berth in the post season Championship. With a game in hand, San Antonio is only 6 points removed from being in 4th place in the combined standings.
Next weeks game against the Cosmos will be tough. The Cosmos shutout the Scorpions in their spring matchup, a 0-3 away defeat for the Alamo boys. With 14 games remaining in the season, time is running out if the Scorpions want a chance for a repeat.
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