Toyota Field – The San Antonio Scorpions rallied twice from a two-goal deficit to force a 3-3 draw with the Atlanta Silverbacks in front of a season-high crowd of 7,759 fans at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
“I am disappointed that we didn’t get three points,” Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina said. “The bright spot was that they fought back and got a point. You guys have been hearing me say it all year long; individual errors are killing us, not much more that I can say.”
Atlanta stuck early as they took an early two-goal lead. Midfielder Jaime Chavez sent a header towards the net from outside the 6-yard box that found its way past San Antonio goalkeeper Daniel Fernandes eight minutes into the match. The header worked again in the 23rd minute as center back Rauwshan McKenzie put the ball out of Fernandes reach, giving the Silverbacks the 0-2 lead.
Just before halftime, the red and black finally punched one home. Stephen DeRoux sent a pass to defender Nana Attakora, who sent a shot towards the far corner to make it a 1-2 game going into the second half. DeRoux became the Scorpions all-time leader in appearances with 69.
The Silverbacks made it a two goal game after halftime and it was Chávez who struck again. He was wide open in the box and sent a shot past Fernandes for his second tally of the match in the 58th minute as Atlanta went up 1-3.
San Antonio would not go down quietly and scored twice in ten minutes to earn a point. First, César Elizondo weaved through the Atlanta defense to find an open Marvin Chavez, who buried a goal in the 80th minute. A scramble near the Silverbacks net as Attakora’s header was cleared, but it landed in front of Elizondo. The Costa Rican pushed the ball over the line to make it 3-3 match and seal the extra point.
The draw gives San Antonio a point, putting them just seven points past the Tampa Bay for the fourth and final playoff spot in the NASL. The Rowdies fell 0-2 to Jacksonville on Saturday night.
“It’s doable, until we’re mathematically out of it we’re going to keep fighting for points,” Attakora said of the playoff race.
The Scorpions are now 6-8-10 (26 points) on the season and will return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to Toyota Field at 7:30 p.m.