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Late goal forces Scorpions to settle for a draw

NASL Fall Season 2014 Week 6: Ottawa Fury v San Antonio Scorpions-slide0
courtesy North American Soccer League

The Scorpions dropped from their top position as they could only manage a 1-1 draw to Ottawa in Canada on Sunday afternoon.

San Antonio Scorpions players celebrate their goal
courtesy North American Soccer League

Both sides really struggled in the opening 45 minutes, with chances rare as the sides struggled to get out of mid-field as they were easily canceling each other out.

San Antonio have only dropped four points all season and all four points dropped happened over the northern border after a loss to FC Edmonton earlier in the season.

Billy Forbes continued his good form for the Scorpions and he had good chances in the first-half but most of those came from distance which made life more difficult for the Scorpions, while Ottawa really failed to have teammates get on the end of their crosses, and were really restricted from distance.

That was the story of the first half, but both teams were determined to provide some entertainment for the fans as the match ramped up in intensity.

There were more chances but both teams still struggled to put those chances away, with the goal not coming until just under 15 minutes were remaining in the match.

The goal came from a substitute, Trevin Caesar, who only made his appearance in to the match two minutes earlier, and made a great run at goal. Having been left open and found by Aaron Maund allowing him to control and shoot from distance, a shot that left RomualdPeiser with no chance.

After going behind late on Ottawa Fury were determined to find an equalizer as they attacked relentlessly in the final 14 minutes of the match.

In the 86th minute Ottawa had a golden opportunity as a handball from Richard Menjivar allowed Tony Donatelli to step up for a penalty but Josh Saunders, on loan from cashed up MLS club New York City FC, guessed correctly and dove to his right to make the save.

That seemed to be enough for the Scorpions but right at the death Ottawa found an equalizer as a high long ViniDantas sent a long ball over the Scorpions defense, allowing Tom Heinemann through on goal, allowing him to chip Saunders, who got a hand to it but it wasn’t enough as Heinemann scored an equalizer.