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Scorpions get first win of season

Greg Janicki, scorer of the Scorpions first goal
Greg Janicki, scorer of the Scorpions first goal
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The San Antonio Scorpions have gotten their Spring season on track as they managed a 2-1 win over Atlanta at Silverbacks Park on Saturday night.

The Scorpions were forced in to a change in just the fifth minute as Tomasz Zahorski went down with an injury, forcing Eric Hassli to come in off the bench.

The first clear chance of the match came in the 19th minute as a half- clearance from David Bingham saw the ball fall to Deon McCaulay who hit a powerful shot over the bar.

Just one minute later an horrendous defensive lapse left McCaulay wide open on the edge of the area but he put too much power on his shot, sending it over the bar.

The Scorpions had their first clear look in the 24th minute when a Danny Barrera free-kick was sent in for Adrian Cann but was claimed by Eric Ati, taken out by Cann in the process for a clearing free-kick.

Ati came to the rescue again just before the half hour mark as he rushed out to beat Hassli to a through-ball and keep scores level.

Hassli and Ati were having quite a duel and in the 31st minute were at it again as Hassli hit a poerful shot along the ground that Ati got down to well.

It was a set piece that would break down Ati as Barrera sent in a free-kick that found Greg Janicki who caught Ati out of position and headed in to an empty net for a simple opener.

Both sides made a change at half-time, with Atlanta taking off the wasteful, and disappointing McCaulay and Sean Saiko coming on for the Scorpions.

That change for the Scorpions was to prove a master stroke, just one minute in to the half as he scored the second goal with his first touch, putting away a flick-on from Hassli.

In the 54th minute Atlanta had a great chance as they had a phenomenal chance as Junior Sandoval took a free-kick, sending his effort well over the bar.

Another free-kick came, just before the hour mark but again, it was much too close to David Bingham who was able to make a save.

Atlanta were having plenty of possession and chances but their finishing was abysmal as they consistently let the Scorpions off the hook.

In the 83rd minute Atlanta got back in to the match as a Junior Burgos free-kick found Sandoval who was able to head it home and give the SIlverbacks a chance of winning.

One minute from time Atanta had one last chance, but they sent their effort wide of goal from a free-kick, with the Scorpions living dangerously.

There was drama late on as Atlanta appealed for a hand ball as the Scorpions hacked the ball off the line, but the call was not given, allowing the Scorpions to hold on for a 2-1 victory.

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