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Ten man Scorpions hold on for win

NASL Fall Season 2014 Week 5: San Antonio Scorpions v Indy Eleven-slide0
courtesy Eric Guzman

The San Antonio Scorpions bounced back from their first loss of the fall season as they beat Indy Eleven 2-0 at Toyota Field on Saturday night.

San Antonio Scorpions players celebrate their second goal
courtesy Eric Guzman

The Scorpions opened the match well, holding the bulk of possession in the opening five minutes, only for Indy to force their way back in to the match.

In the 14th minute the Scorpions had their first opportunity of the match with Walter Restrepo working some space on the edge of the area but was denied by a great Kristian Nicht save.

Billy Forbes very nearly continued his incredible scoring form in the 21st minute as a Restrepo cross allowed him to get a header away which failed to find the target.

Three minutes later Indy had their first chance of the match, and it came through world champion, Kleberson, hit a shot from distance which was well saved by Josh Saunders. That save lead to a scramble in the box that saw two shots which were well saved.

The Scorpions had their opener in the 28th minute after a rare error from Nicht, which allowed Billy Forbes to control, and draw the defense, which allowed him to pass to a wide open Tomasz Zahorski who easily slammed home the opening goal.

Nicht's horror show in goal continued 10 minutes later as the Scorpions made it two, when Julius James was able to get free on a corner, allowing him to get a header away; right at Nicht, but it slipped under the keeper to hand the Scorpions a second.

Indy's best chances were coming from distance and it was Don Smart in the 41st minute who had their next effort, which he shot from 20 yards but was denied, sending it just wide.

That was the final really clear chance in the first half, which saw the Scorpions go to the break well on top, with a 2-0 lead at the half.

In the 56th minute the Scorpions position got a little more tenuous as Julius James received yet another red card as he dived in with studs up, earning him a straight red.

That seemed to spur the Scorpions on and four minutes later a quick counter allowed Restrepo to find space and shoot, just over the bar.

That card did give Indy more time on the ball, but Alen Marcina marshalled his team well and they remained disciplined at the back to keep Indy out.

The Scorpions best chances were coming, understandably, on the counter, and in the 78th minute Restrepo had a solid opportunity only for the defense to rush back and knock him off the ball.

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