Toyota Field – Slow starts have been a common theme for the San Antonio Scorpions throughout the 2015 season. Unfortunately, a lack of focus may be what causes the defending champions to miss the postseason.
The Scorpions went down by three goals early as they suffered a 2-4 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of 7,832 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
Fort Lauderdale got things started early when Stefano Pinho got by the San Antonio defense and put a shot home past Scorpions goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes in the 10th minute. Five minutes later, Marlon Freitas put home a chance of his own as the Scorpions were in a quick 0-2 hole.
Just before halftime, the Strikers added to their lead. Stefano put home his second goal of the night in the 40th minute to put Fort Lauderdale up 3-0 going into the second half.
The Scorpions finally found their footing in the second half with their first goal of the game. Newcomer Kris Tyrpak beat Strikers ‘keeper Lionel Brown in the 53rd minute to cut the deficit to 1-3 for the red and black.
Stephen DeRoux made it a one goal game with a shot to the left corner of the net in the 79th minute. However, that would be as close as San Antonio would get as Stefano completed his hat trick in the 87th minute to seal the 4-2 win for the Strikers.
The loss puts San Antonio eight points behind Fort Lauderdale for the fourth and final playoff berth with five games remaining.
“Honestly I don’t know. I never check the standings,” DeRoux said of the Scorpions playoff chances. “I don’t look at the points. I just come out here and try to do my job and try to get a win every Saturday. Hopefully, next game we come out fighting, we come out better. We come out and take our frustration out on the next team.”
The Scorpions are now 6-8-11 (26 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they travel to Indianapolis to face the Eleven at 6 p.m.