After a crushing defeat in the Scorpions' first home game against Puerto Rico, and a dramatic tie against Fort Lauderdale, the team needed a booster. Fast. They got it, with a brilliant, hard-fought away victory Saturday at Carolina RailHawks.
The well-deserved triumph came after an 82-minute goal by Canadian midfielder Kevin Harmse, the first player signed by the Scorpions. He was able to do what Scorpions forwards couldn't: create his own chance. It was a superb goal by a player who has played well even in defeat, but part of the credit goes to Colombian forward Esteban Bayona (former student and player at Incarnate Word), who returned the ball to Harmse in a textbook example of a well-executed give-and-go. Before the goal, the Scorpions missed several chances to score and withstood Carolina's offense with their best defensive work of the season.
The Scorpions are still a new team in development, playing against players who have been together for a longer time. Still, our guys are showing improvement with each game.
Next game is 7:30pm Saturday, May 5, at Heroes Stadium (4799 Thousand Oaks Drive) against the Tampa Bay Rowdies, and the Scorpions are preparing "the Biggest Cinco de Mayo Party in San Antonio." Tickets are $13-$15 and you can buy them here. — Enrique Lopetegui