San Antonio finally got its first taste of victory this season as they defeated the visiting Carolina Railhawks, 1-0, on Saturday. The win was a much needed boost for the confidence of the team, who came into it having lost three of their first four games. Two of the losses should have been draws; the long goal from Indy Eleven and the deep-into-stoppage-time goal at Jacksonville sealed the fate of the Scorpions to stay winless - until Saturday.
This was the first shutout of the season for the Scorpions, who until the game against Carolina, had given up a league worst nine goals against - that accolade is now in the hands of San Antonio's next opponent, FC Edmonton. The defense really stepped up against Carolina, and it just so happens that the shutout coincided with the return of the Scorpions' captain, Adrian Cann. According to the league's stats, San Antonio only allowed seven Carolina shots throughout the game, none on target. The Railhawks were without their Leading scorer, Nacho Novo, Nazmi Albadawi, Futty Danso and Simone Bracalello - none made the trip to Toyota Field due to injuries.
On the other side of the ball, San Antonio created plenty of chances to score. 12 total shots, two on target, and one goal was enough to send the Railhawks home empty handed. The Alamo City boys played with most of the possession, especially in the first half. The break through finally came in the 78' when substitute, and just on-side, Billy Forbes snuck past the Carolina defense on a pass from Rafael Castillo and subsequently passed the ball to an open Bright Dike, also a substitute, who slotted it home for his first goal with the Scorpions.
With the first win of the season finally in the bag, the Alamo City boys take to the road again this Sunday to play the Eddies of FC Edmonton. After that game, they travel to New York to face the league leading Cosmos. The next two games, both on the road, will definitely determine if the Scorpions can at least end the Spring season in the top half of the table or not.
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