The San Antonio Scorpions took full advantage of their midweek game to put a gap between themselves and the rest of the league as they managed a 2-0 win over Carolina RailHawks at Toyota Field on Wednesday night.
The win keeps the Scorpions perfect start to the fall season, and makes it eight straight matches without a defeat in league play.
It was a win the Scorpions certainly had to earn as Carolina started the match the stronger side, looking to try and push the Scorpions on the back-foot early on as they flooded the mid-field and controlled the opening 20 minutes.
Seven minutes in Carolina had a golden opportunity as Aaron King was left wide open, only for Rafael Castillo to rush back and defend, with a sliding challenge at the last moment blocking the shot, sending it just over the bar.
Carolina had a significant lead in the possession but they struggled to really get chances away as the San Antonio defense held firm to keep out the RailHawks, which allowed the Scorpions to take momentum back.
San Antonio’s first chance came in the 31st minute as Castillo found space, 25 yards out and hit powerful shot that beat the keeper but came back off the crossbar. SaineyTouray was able to put away the tap-in, but did so after being in an offside position, denying the goal.
Five minutes before the break Scott Goodwin came to the rescue as the Scorpions had a solid chance from a Castillo corner, finding Greg Janicki who shot at goal but was denied by a quick save from Goodwin, allowing Carolina to clear and keeping it scoreless at the break.
The second half saw that trend firmly continue as San Antonio dominated the whole of the half, but in the opening stages of the half struggled to break down the Carolina defense.
In the 64th minute the opener did finally come as Walter Restrepo was able to draw attention and create space for Josue Soto who he found to, with Soto at 25 yards and wide open, allowing him to hit a powerful strike that Goodwin was able to parry. That parry fell to Castillo, who powered in to the box from midfield and easily tapped home the opener.
Just two minutes later and it was 2-0 as substitute Trevin Caesar was able to send in a beautiful cross for Billy Forbes who was able to volley the ball in to the back of the net, and continue his impressive form, after claiming player of the week honors last week.
From there the Scorpions easily closed out another simple victory and they sit on top of the table, three points clear of Spring Champions, Minnesota United, having played one extra match, keeping the pressure on the chasing pack.