Scorpions Again Earn Result Against Mexican Competition in 1-1 Draw With Monterrey
San Antonio, TX (July 6, 2014) - The San Antonio Scorpions once again played exceptional soccer in an international friendly and earned a 1-1 draw with the Monterrey Rayados Sunday night at Toyota Field in front of 6,397 fans. Including tonight’s result, the Scorpions went an impressive 0-1-2 against their opponents from south of the border in 2014.
Both teams created early chances, with Leo Cruz - who had a standout night on both ends of the pitch and was named man of the match - just missing on a header off of a corner kick in the 7’ minute and then Monterrey had a wide open shot in the box four minutes later that Josue Soto cleared off the line.
Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler made a couple of top-class saves to keep Monterrey off the board through the first 20 minutes, but then in the ‘24 the visitors finally struck. Carlos Acosta carried the ball into the San Antonio penalty area and when the defense collapsed on him, Acosta slid the ball over to forward Guillermo Madrigal, who hit a low, right-to-left shot that Sattler couldn’t quite get down in time to stop.
The Rayados kept peppering the Scorpions’ goal until the red and black turned the tables with the pressure around the ‘37 minute. Billy Forbes hit a hard, high shot towards the upper left corner that forced Monterrey ‘keeper Juan Ibarra to make a full-stretch save that went out for a corner in the 37’. After back-to-back corners where Cruz got a shot towards goal each time, the Scorpions finally found their equalizer. Tomasz Zahorski picked up a failed clearance outside Monterrey’s 18-yard-box. The Polish striker deftly worked his way around a Monterrey defender, forcing Ibarra off of his line. But the Rayados goalie found himself in no man’s land as Zahorski got to his own through ball before Ibarra and toe-poked the ball into the net to knot the score at 1-1.
The chances kept coming for both sides in the second half with: Julius James clearing a dangerous Rayados cross in the 54’, Soto going just high on a free kick from 21 yards in the 65’, Danny Barrera sending a cross wide of the Monterrey goal in the 71’ and then Chilean striker Humberto Suazo sending a dangerous free kick opportunity from 23 yards over Sattler’s goal. In second half stoppage time, Sattler made the save of the night when he parried a point-blank header from substitute Lucas Silva over the bar to maintain the tie.San Antonio’s fall season kicks off on July 12 in New York against the Cosmos and their next league home match at Toyota Field will be July 19 against the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers.