The San Antonio Scorpions have remained in the fight for first in the NASL Fall season as they won their second straight match, claiming a 2-0 victory over Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Toyota Field on Saturday night.
It was yet another impressive match from Billy Forbes who continued to shine in his first professional season, managing another goal, and an assist to send the Scorpions to the top of the table.
After a cagey opening the Scorpions very nearly had the lead 14 minutes in to the match as an effort from distance from Walter Restrepo was fumbled by the keeper, allowing Thomasz Zahorski to have a chance as the ball fell kindly to the Pole but the keeper recovered in time to make the save.
But it was only a temporary stay as nine minutes later San Antonio had their lead as Restrepo was able to make a run that drew defenders to him, allowing him to send the ball back for Forbes, to run on to with acres of space, allowing to hit a powerful strike, low and hard, to open the scoring.
Two minutes from the break the Scorpions doubled their lead as Forbes was able to pass for Zahorski who was able to turn on the defense, shooting low past Kamil Contofalsky.
San Antonio continued to be the better side and could well have added to their lead in stoppage time after some good link play between Forbes and Zahorski as Zahorski was sent through but was denied by the offside flag.
It was Scorpions goalkeeper David Bingham, back from a spell with San Jose Earthquakes in Major League Soccer, who was the big player in the second half as he routinely denied Fort Lauderdale's attack.
The Strikers could well have pulled one back in the 59th minute, if not for Bingham, as Mark Anderson hit a powerful, impressive volley that looked a certainty to score only for Bingham to jump up and parry it around the woodwork.
With time running out Fort Lauderdale had one more chance to at least close the gap as Julius James earned a straight red card for a tug on his striker, allowing Fafa Picault a chance from the spot. But it was not the strikers night as Picault hit the post, allowing the Scorpions to clear, preserving the 2-0 win.