Needing a win, and results to go their way, the San Antonio Scorpions got neither as they were pulled back by a late equalizer for a 2-2 draw against Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Toyota Field on Saturday Night.
The San Antonio Scorpions needed a big win to have any chance of winning the Spring title and got off to the worst possible start as Fort Lauderdale beat the offside trap and put Shawn Chin through, allowing him to bury the chance just ten minutes in.
The Scorpions responded well and they took control, threatening the Strikers goal but their shooting was much too often wayward, costing them dearly.
After a long period of control the Scorpions did finally get the goal that they deserved as Sainey Touray was able to receive the ball from a handy back-heel that caught Fort Lauderdale out for an equalizer.
The Scorpions chances of winning the match took a heavy hit in the 36th minute as they lost Eric Hassli who came in to his player with an excessive challenge from behind, leaving the referee with no choice but to show Hassli a straight red card.
Despite that the Scorpions did well, to set up a number of consecutive corners that allowed them two opportunities that were well denied by Lionel Brown in goal, keeping it scoreless at the break.
At half-time news filtered through to the stadium that the Scorpions were eliminated from the spring race with Minnesota claiming the title, but the Scorpions wanted to continue to get points for the aggregate table.
After coming on at half time Josue Soto proved crucial, putting the ten man Scorpions in front with an impressive strike to put the Scorpions 2-1 up.
After the goal the Strikers responded, not so much by creating more chances, but by ramping up the physicality as they were flying in to the challenges which saw the Scorpions respond in kind as the match really descended in to a physical encounter in the final half hour.
Fort Lauderdale could well have found a goal four minutes from time but the effort, which was well fought for, went just wide of the post.
In stoppage time Fort Lauderdale came back and managed an equalizer as Fafa Picault was able to stab home an equalizer to steal a point for the Strikers.
But Picault quickly turned villain as he made a foolish decision, instigating the crowd, while on a yellow card, which saw him earn a second to give the Scorpions hope of salvaging a win but it was too late as the teams settled for a 2-2 to close the Spring Season.