The San Antonio Scorpions season lies in tatters already as they fell to a 1-0 loss to FC Edmonton in Canada on Sunday afternoon.
Edmonton started well at their home opener with a solid chance coming in the seventh minute as a freekick somehow made it all the way to Carlyle Mitchell who couldn’t get the crucial touch.
San Antonio started to come in to it and Blake Wagner got around his defender to make some space allowing him to hit a powerful strike but it went over the bar.
But disaster struck for the Scorpions soon after as Greg Janicki went down with an injury, causing fear through the Scorpions camp after he missed almost all of 2012 with injury. Janicki was forced off the park and replaced by debutant Chris Williams.
Patrick Hannigan gave it all for the team, putting his body on the line as he went to smother a loose ball but was caught by Michael Cox’s boot, earning the striker a yellow card.
Another solid chance fell to the Scorpions in the 24th minute thanks to a counter attack and a surging run from Luka Vucko that saw him just miss out on scoring after Estaban Bayona’s cross.
The Scorpions hard work was all undone in stoppage time when captain Kevin Harmse gave away a penalty after fouling Eddie Edward. That allowed Sean Saiko to step up hit the penalty successfully to give the hosts a 1-0 lead.
The Scorpions were give the hairdryer treatment at half-time as Tim Hankinson let his team have it and it seemed to work as they came out from the break determined.
San Antonio dominated the second half but for all that domination and controlling of possession they just could not find a goal.
Twenty minutes from time the chances really started to flow for the Scorpions with four straight corners but poor finishing continued to haunt them as they couldn’t put any of the set-pieces away.
With eight minutes to play Ivan Milicevic found space and forced a solid save out of Lance Parker in the Edmonton goal.
In the 84th minute Luka Vucko thought he had an equalizer after he headed home Denissen’s free-kick but his run was poorly timed and the goal was disallowed.
The Scorpions pushed hard late on but poor communication had plagued the side all week in training and it continued to do so in the match as San Antonio fell to the bottom of the table with just one point and zero goals.
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