The Scorpions made it four straight losses but it so easily could have been their first point of the season as a stoppage time goal saw the Scorpions fall 2-1 to New York Cosmos at Hofstra University on Saturday.
It was a bitter blow for the Scorpions who played well after losing Greg Janicki early in the second half and looked to be heading to an upset draw.
It was a tight start to the match but the Scorpions looked much better than their opening three matches but it was clear early on that it was going to be physical as the yellow cards were flying in the opening ten minutes.
Both teams had chances early but too often the crosses and passes went right to opponents allowing the defenses to clear.
The half was bereft of chances but the Scorpions were the better side, controlling possession for long periods despite not being able to get the ball in to the final third much.
The momentum for either side wasn’t helped by some over zealous refereeing which really took the letter of the law, and gave any minimal contact as a foul.
Walter Ramirez made a solid run in the 36th minute after a Hans Denissen pass and had the Cosmos defense scrambling but could only send his shot inches wide.
All the Scorpions control was undone in the 42nd minute as the Cosmos took the lead after an horrendous clearance attempt went straight at Diomar Diaz who hit a powerful strike from the edge of the area.
The Scorpions had one last chance in stoppage time as a superb Lyle Martin run allowed him to cross for Hans Denissen who was unable to get the shot away as the half ended 1-0 to the Cosmos.
The Scorpions job got even harder in the 52nd minute as Greg Janicki’s poor night continued as he was shown a second yellow for a silly challenge on Diaz.
Just five minutes later the Cosmos nearly made it two as Hunter Freeman was able to get in with a diving header but an incredible save from Hannigan kept the Scorpions in touch
It was solid goalkeeping on both ends as Kyle Reynish came up big to deny Denissen who was able to get through and get a shot away.
In the 66th minute the ten man Scorpions drew level as Tomasz Zahorski continued to prove his value with another impressive goal after being put through by Martin.
That goal lifted the Scorpions as they pushed for an equalizer against the tiring New York defense who looked slow to pick up runners.
With ten minutes to play Henry Lopez could have restored the lead but his header from close range was well saved by Hannigan.
The Cosmos finally started getting back in to the match but again Hannigan made a big save to deny Hunter Gorskie’s effort before smothering the rebound.
For all the Scorpions hard work they completely blew it in the 93rd minute as Henry Lopez was able to put the ball away for a 2-1 win that could be vital for them as they look to stay in touch while for the Scorpions they’ll be hoping for another miracle in the spring season.
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