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Scorpions suffer first loss of fall season

FC Edmonton's Ameobi goes up for a header
FC Edmonton's Ameobi goes up for a header
courtesy North American Soccer League

For the first time in 2014 the San Antonio Scorpions lost a game on the road, losing their first match of the 2014 NASL Fall season as they fell to a 3-1 loss against FC Edmonton on Sunday afternoon.

San Antonio's shutout streak only lasted nine minutes in to the match as a defensive lapse on a cross allowed Horace James to jump on to the loose ball and bury it for an early lead.

But that fired up the Scorpions and they went from there and were handed a golden opportunity in the 22nd minute after John Smits took out Julius James, earning a penalty for the Scorpions. That allowed Eric Hassli to step up to the spot and slam a penalty over Smits, equalizing for San Antonio.

The Scorpions could well have found a lead to jump in front as Billy Forbes stole possession and ran toward the goal line before squaring for Hassli, who laid the ball off to Sainey Touray. Touray was open at the time, but was quickly closed down by Eddie Edward who slid in and blocked the shot, keeping scores level.

With the half coming to a close Lance Laing very nearly had a goal for the Eddies, as a cross came in perfectly for Laing to head toward goal, beating Josh Saundersbut only finding the side netting to keep it 1-1 at the break.

The second half started tightly again before FC Edmonton took control of the half and they hit the lead in the 69th minute as a Laing free-kick found Oluwatomiwo Ameobi at close range, allowing him a simple header to hit the lead.

Just ten minutes later Edmonton wrapped up the match and the 3-1 win as a quick free-kick caught out the Scorpions as Milton Blanco quickly released Daryl Fordyce to hit a shot from distance.