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Scorpions equal undefeated streak with Tampa win

NASL Fall Season 2014 Week 3: Tampa Bay Rowdies v San Antonio Scorpions-slide0
courtesy Tampa Bay Rowdies

It was a record night for the San Antonio Scorpions as they equaled their best ever undefeated streak with their ninth straight match without defeat with a 2-0 win over Tampa Bay Rowdies at Al Lang Stadium on Saturday night.

San Antonio celebrate their opening goal
courtesy Tampa Bay Rowdies

With matches coming thick and fast for the Scorpions, Jeremy Vuolo was left out in goal for the Scorpions, which allowed on loan New York City FC keeper Josh Saunders to make his Scorpions debut.

Tampa Bay started the match well, opening the match with solid offensive play keeping Saunders under pressure for the opening quarter hour.

From that moment on the Scorpions took firm control the match and in the 29th minute forced Matt Pickens in to his first save as he denied a Raael Castillo shot from distance.

That relief was only short lived as Castillo ran over to take the corner, which was headed down for Tomasz Zahorski who stretched for the ball, only to be beaten by Lucky Mkosana, who did little to effect the final result as he put the ball past Pickens anyway to give the Scorpions a 1-0 lead.

If not for Pickens it could have easily been much more as the Scorpions were relentless in attack and Pickens' defense was not giving him much help as the Scorpions dangerous attacking trio constantly pressured Pickens, who was able to hold things firmly and keep out San Antonio.

Late in the half Billy Forbes nearly had yet another goal as his impressive shot did finally beat Pickens but it wasn't enough as it bounced off the post, keeping it 1-0 at the break.

The second half started much like the first with the Rowdies coming out in control and holding much of the possession but they could not break down the Scorpions.

The difference between the halves was that Tampa Bay were able to keep the pressure on the Scorpions for almost the entire half, but the stern defense, that has seen the Scorpions not concede a goal in the fall season, kept on going to hold Tampa out.

Needing a goal, Tampa pushed themselves forward, which allowed space for the Scorpions, and in stoppage time San Antonio found the clincher as an Eric Hassli through ball allowed Sainey Touray a simple finish to seal the 2-0 win.