The San Antonio Scorpions headed to Atlanta still searching for their first win of the fall season but the search continues as they couldn’t find the goals needed and fell to a 2-1 loss at Silverbacks Park.
The Scorpions woes continued early as they conceded in the 13th minute when the free-kick fell to Ruben Luna who tapped home the opening goal.
That goal forced the Scorpions to open up and at the 19th and 20th minutes they had two chances to equalize as Walter Ramirez hit a shot from distance before a cross fell to Javier Saavedra who made a late run in to the box and forced a good save out of Joe Nasco.
The Scorpions had another solid chance in the 28th minute as Tomasz Zahorski was able to receive the throw and make space in a congested box, but saw Nasco get down low well and save again.
Atlanta nearly doubled their lead in the 32nd minute as some good off the ball movement allowed Luna space to shoot but his grass-cutter went just wide of the post.
The Scorpions were lucky in the 35th minute when the ball appeared to strike Logan Emory’s trailing hand in the box but the referee was unsighted and called play on.
Pat Hannigan made an impressive save in the 37th minute as Atlanta received a free-kick right in the corner found Bobby Reiss who saw his header plucked out of the air and held by the Scorpions custodian.
The Scorpions struggled to get real chances away through the rest of the half and went to the break 1-0 down.
Barely five minutes in to the second half Atlanta doubled their lead as Luna punished his former club again as he set a short ball to get Danny Barrera in space allowing him to hit a shot from the edge of the area that left Hannigan with no chance.
A long free kick gave the Scorpions a chance to pull one back three minutes later but Ramirez’s flick-on header just couldn’t stay down as it cleared the bar.
With a 2-0 lead Atlanta were content to sit on that lead, knowing that even a huge win did nothing to their meaningless season, they parked the bus for the final half-hour.
The Scorpions pulled their goal back in the 66th minute as the defense swarmed on Borja Rubiato, which left Hans Denissen open, allowing him to side foot a shot in to the net and make a contest if the match thanks to a deflection on his shot.
San Antonio pushed after the goal for the final 20 minutes but Atlanta just pushed their whole team behind the ball making it near impossible for the Scorpions to break through.
In stoppage time Hannigan was lucky not to receive a red card as he brought down Ruben Luna attempted to round him but was brought down for a penalty which Luna took and spared the Scorpions any further pain as his penalty went over the bar.
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