Toyota Field – How does that old saying go? It isn’t how you start, but how you finish? The San Antonio Scorpions began the Spring Season with more questions than answers. Now as we head into a three week break, those questions are a distant memory.
The Scorpions earned a point and closed out the Spring Season with a 0-0 draw against the Ottawa Fury in front of 6,709 fans at Toyota Field On Saturday night.
“There is always room to improve,” Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina said. Even after winning a championship there are ways to improve. We’re confident in where we are going and we’re confident in what we’re going to do in this break into the Fall Season.”
Starting goalkeeper Daryl Sattler was injured during warmups and backup Matt Cardone was made a starter just minutes before the match began. It was the first professional start for the San Antonio native and Trinity University alumni.
San Antonio’s defense played from the moment the ball kicked off. Ottawa midfield Nicki Paterson had two corners that were headed away by Scorpions defenders César Elizondo and Adrian Cann. In the 13th minute, Ottawa had a 1-on-1 chance with Julius James. However, James stopped the attack, sending the ball out of the box.
The Scorpions had two chances in the first half when Billy Forbes attacked the Fury box, but could not get anything going. In the 26th minute Marvin Chavez sent a free kick towards the net, but Ottawa ‘keeper Romuald Peiser made a diving save to keep the match scoreless.
In the second half, neither team had many chances. San Antonio’s best scoring chance came in stoppage time when Omar Cummings sent a 20-yard shot towards the net that went over the bar. Minutes later Rafael Castillo sent a grounder towards the net, but it was stopped by Peiser.
The Scorpions finish the Spring Season 3-3-4 for 12 points and seventh in the NASL table. The team will return to the pitch on June 27 when they welcome Club Sport Cartaginés to Toyota Field for a friendly at 7:30 p.m.