The San Antonio Scorpions absolutely needed a win in Ottawa to keep their slim playoff hopes alive. A wonderful defensive display, especially by league MVP candidate Romuald Peiser, sent the Texans home without any points. The Alamo City boys are still technically in the hunt for the 4th playoff spot, but a miracle ending to the 2015 season would be needed to make it happen.
Both offenses tested the others keeper in the first half. Ottawa's Tom Heinemann had a few chances at the Scorpions goal, including a 1v1 with Fernandes who showed his skill by securing the ball off the shot. The Scorpions had a few chances of their own, making several attempts that stretched the Ottawa defense. Rafael Castillo challenged Peiser off a free kick that was headed to the top 90, but was brilliantly snatched up by the league's leading goalie. Even Omar Cummings had a great opportunity to give the visitors the lead, but Peiser was there to deny him as well.
The winning goal came in the 68th minute, scored by the Fury's Mauro Eustaquio who beat Fernandes for the only score on Sunday. The game was played pretty cleanly until the last few minutes when Scorpions sensation, Kris Tyrpak, received his first yellow with the Red & Black and then a harsh straight red was given to Eric Hassli. The tackle was unnecessary at best, but Yuri Rudolf, the head ref decided it garnered a sending off. After further inspection, Hassli barely touched defender Colin Falvey, who should be awarded an Oscar for his convincing embellishment of the foul. What is more the travesty is the commentary by the Ottawa Fury announcers.
I'll let you decide if that is professional announcing or not. (Video thanks to ScorpionsHQ)
And here is the "red card" foul in detail.
Even without the sending off, it just wasn't in the cards for San Antonio to get past the Ottawa defense.
This leaves the Scorpions with 3 games left to play. The post-season is virtually out of reach. The next few months should be interesting.
Will Marcina be sacked?
Will the team and/or stadium be sold?
Who will the Scorpions be able to retain for 2016?
We'll keep you updated as news breaks.
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