The Ft Lauderdale Strikers went to San Antonio with thoughts of righting the ship. Instead they left with a 3-1 defeat and sole possession of last place.
The Fort Lauderdale Strikers traveled to Toyota Field, the new home of the San Antonio Scorpions, and came up short by a final of 3-1 on Saturday, May 18.
The Scorpions struck quickly in the first minute when Esteban Bayona headed a cross toward goal which Strikers' goalkeeper Jeff Attinella blocked, but the rebound fell to Javier Saavedra, who tucked it home for the lead.
"We had to play catch up and just weren’t good enough tonight," said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore. "They put us under pressure and we didn’t handle it well enough."
Following the early goal, play settled down between the two sides. The Strikers arguably produced the better chances, even though first-time starter in net for the Scorpions, Jeremy Vuolo, wasn't required to make any big saves. The best chances coming from interplays between Fort Lauderdale's attacking group of Walter Restrepo, Mark Anderson and Jemal Johnson.
The second half saw a flurry of goals when both teams combined for three tallies in five minutes. San Antonio got the better of the exchanges and extended their lead to 3-1.
The Scorpions' Luka Vucko scored in the 53rd minute after deflecting a free kick from Saavedra. Then Fort Lauderdale's Scott Gordon poked home a score off of a scramble in front of the net following a corner kick.
The game's final score came from an own goal when a deflected cross came low in front of the goal line and Gordon was unable to stop his momentum from hitting the ball into his own net.
The match saw several hard challenges following San Antonio's third goal as the referee handed out four yellow cards and six total on the night.
The team next returns home to face the Laredo Heat in the 2013 Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Tuesday, May 21.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers (4-2-3-1)- Jeff Attinella; Darnell King, Shavar Thomas (c) (Justin Chavez 78), Scott Gordon (Carlos Salazar 60), Ivan Guerrero; Manny Gonzalez, Toni Ståhl; Walter Restrepo, Mark Anderson, Jemal Johnson (Gonzalo De Mujica 72); Stefan Dimitrov
San Antonio Scorpions (4-4-2)- Jeremy Vuolo; Lyle Martin, Chris Williams, Luka Vucko, Blake Wagner; Walter Ramirez, Pat Phelan (c), Edin Husic, Javier Saavedra (Stephen DeRoux 89); Bryan Jordan (Jeff Jennings 71), Esteban Bayona (Nikola Vasilic 76)
SAS- Javier Saavedra 1 (unassisted)- 1
SAS- Luka Vucko 1 (Javier Saavedra 2)- 54
FTL- Scott Gordon 1 (unassisted)- 55
SAS- Scott Gordon (own goal)- 58
SAS- Pat Phelan (caution)- 38; Jeremy Vuolo (caution)- 66; Edin Husic (caution)- 80
FTL- Shavar Thomas (caution)- 47; Ivan Guerrero (caution)- 78; Manny Gonzalez (caution)- 81