The San Antonio Scorpions were desperate for a win as they took on the Atlanta Silverbacks at Saturday night at Toyota Field. And while they didn’t get all three points some late drama saw San Antonio seal a point with a stunning 3-3 draw, with results elsewhere helping the Scorpions close the gap to seven points for the playoffs.
Despite the dramatic comeback Scorpions head coach, Alen Marcina was not happy. “I am disappointed that we didn’t get three points.” He 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.”
It took just eight minutes for the Atlanta to hit the lead as some sloppy defending allowed Marvin Chavez a free header. He easily ran in and gleefully took the header, heading it close to Daniel Fernandes but far enough away that he couldn’t get to it.
A set piece doubled the lead in the 24th minute the ball was sent in by Junior Burgos and again found Chavez. This time he was more heavily marked this time but that didn’t matter to Chavez as he managed another glancing header.
After making plenty of attack some luck came the Scorpions way off of a corner, which resulted in some aerial ping pong. That saw Stephen De Roux get a shot away which was deflected into Nana Attakora and in to the back of the net with Nana Attakora taking credit.
Atlanta should have had a goal back in the 42nd minute as a ball was played around the Scorpions defense. That gave Chavez a clear sight at goal but he launched it well over the bar, keeping it 2-1 at the half.
The Scorpions started the second half fairly well but in the 58th minute Atlanta were back to a two goal lead after another mistake. Again it was Chavez who ran clean through on goal again and was left with a simple finish.
That seemed to deflate San Antonio as they got their heads down, conceding plenty of possession to Atlanta. Despite that the Scorpions managed to find a goal and it was their own Chavez as Martin Chavez put it in the back of the net. The goal was originally ruled out for offside but after a discussion with the assistant the goal was allowed, creating a dramatic finish.
Marcina was happy with the decision “The referee made the right call. He made the right call. It was a goal. When I watch it on tape I’ll have a better view.” But his Atlanta counterpart, Gary Smith, disagreed, “the interpretation of the rules sometimes is ridiculous” he said, to his assistants after the match.
That saw the Scorpions really ramp up the pressure in the final ten minutes, with the ball going end-to-end. In the 86th minute Omar Cummings should have levelled the scores when he got a shot away but sent it right at the keeper.
In the 90th minute the Scorpions stole a point as the ball was bouncing around in the box, eventually falling to Cesar Elizondo. His effort bounced off the bar, on to the keeper, back on to the bar and down, with the assistant in the right position to rule the ball over the line and seal the 3-3 draw.