All-time regular season series: Tied 1-3-1
2015 head-to-head series: OTT leads 0-1-1
The San Antonio Scorpions' next opponent is the Ottawa Fury. The Fury have had a renaissance this Fall spearheaded by the league's best goalie, and MVP candidate, Romauld Peiser. The Frenchman has started every game this season for the Fury and boasts the league's best Goals Against Average (GAA) of 0.78. The only other keeper that is remotely close to that number is New York's Jimmy Maurer at 0.96 GAA. The Canadian side has locked up its place in The Championship, the NASL's post-season playoffs, and became the first Canadian side to do so in the modern NASL era.
The Fury had the chance to lock up their first trophy in the NASL last weekend but gave up a late equalizer to the Tampa Bay Rowdies that prevented them from wrapping up the Fall season title. The Scorpions, on the other hand, earned their first road victory of the Fall, and first since a June tilt at Atlanta, to give the Alamo boys all three points. It was their first victory in a month - and against the same opponent, the Indy Eleven. The Scorpions will be looking to take that momentum north of the border in a must win game if they want any chance at stealing the coveted 4th place spot.
San Antonio will look to newly added forward, Kris Tyrpak, from the Austin Aztex, to continue his hot start to his time in the Alamo City. Tyrpak has scored two goals in as many games for the Red & Black, earning himself a Play of the Week honor and Team of the Week honor along the way. In addition to Tyrpak's arrival, the play of midfielder Marvin Chávez has been crucial to the success of the Scorpions' attack.
Keys to the game.
Buckle down on defense.
This will be the final meeting of the 2015 regular season between the Fury and the Scorpions. While the post-season is technically still in reach, the visiting Scorpions should play loose and maybe the right result will happen. It'll be tough to score on the team that is leading the league in goals against, only having given up 21 all season - 8 goals better than the next best team.
I expect Tyrpak and Chávez to continue to play well. If we can get to the 20' mark without conceding, we might just have a chance. The Scorpions can't continue to give up early leads, especially multiple goal leads. While a win is needed, a draw is the most likely outcome when we play the Fury this weekend.
The game is this Sunday, October 18th at 2:00pm CST. #OTTvSAS
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