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Late goal keeps Scorpions title hopes alive

courtesy San Antonio Scorpions
courtesy San Antonio Scorpions
Walter Restrepo, scorer of the winning goal

The San Antonio Scorpions have managed to keep their chances of winning the 2014 Spring Season with another late goal allowing the Scorpions a 2-1 win over Indy Eleven on Saturday night in Indianapolis.

The win sees San Antonio continue their record road winning streak as they secured a fourth straight road win, a 100% record for the season, which will remain that way as their last match of the season is at home.

Due to the Scorpions win, and other results going their way, The Scorpions will be able to claim the 2014 Spring title should they win on Saturday and results fall their way.

Both teams struggled to get going in the match as the game seemed bogged down in midfield with neither side able to really have any creative output.

That trend, unfortunately, continued for the entire first half as the match did little to inspire the healthy crowd that has been loyally attending Indy Eleven matches this season, as the match went to half-time scoreless.

The fans were not disappointed in the second half as the match really exploded with both sides starting to create chances and go for the match in an end-to-end second half.

In just the seventh minute of the half the Scorpions opened the scoring as Walter Restrepo was able to make a good run down the left and cross in for Danny Barrera who created space for Billy Forbes who was able to run on to the ball and slam it home to open the scoring.

That spurred Indy Eleven on and they kept on the attack, pushing San Antonio, but struggling to break through, despite their relentless efforts.

In the 74th minute Indy got the reward that they deserved as a long ball was eventually gathered by Blake Smith, who sent the ball across the face, catching out a stranded David Bingham to level the scores.

That saw both sides really go for the win, with 16 minutes to play as the match continued to remain open and attacking.

Despite that both defences remained strong, until the last minute of stoppage time, with Indy Eleven tiring Forbes was able to hit a low shot that Kristian Nicht did well to deny but his parry could only find Restrepo who was able to easily score the tap-in and seal the win, keeping the Scorpions Spring hopes alive.

For the Scorpions to win Spring they would need Minnesota to lose, New York to not win and also a win themselves but they have a chance of winning.

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