A red card to Pablo Campos has cost the San Antonio Scorpions dearly as their season was ended by Minnesota who secured a 2-1 win in their semi-final at Heroes Stadium on Sunday night.
Despite the loss it has been a tremendous season for the Scorpions as head coach Tim Hankinson reflected, “It was very hard to play against a defending champion even in front of these great fans and to defend 70 minutes with a man down. It could have been a night with a different result if we had 11 players on the field but an experienced team like Minnesota knows how to take advantage of that and broke us down, however, it’s been a great season. We have a trophy in the case and that is just the standard for the future.”
There were fears that such a tight playoff game would see a heavily defensive match but at the start of the match the teams sought to alleviate those fears with Minnesota going close in just the fifth minute as Armani Walker’s effort went high and wide.
The chances kept flowing early on to both sides before the Scorpions took the lead in the 24th minute as Campos sent home Jonathan Greenfield’s cross.
Campos went from hero to zero two minutes later as he was shown a straight red card for a head butt on an opponent leaving the Scorpions position in trouble.
From there on it was all Minnesota and in the 35th minute the Stars had their first chance to equalize as Lucas Rodriguez’s effort looked destined for the back of the net only to be denied by a diving save from Sattler.
The second half saw Minnesota come out and dominate, firing off 11 shots, while the Scorpions were forced to sit back and try to absorb the pressure.
After dominating the whole half but struggling to break through the Scorpions defense Minnesota finally found their goal in the 75th minute as Blake Wagner was unable to deal with the Minnesota pressure and set the ball in to his own net to bring the scores level.
Just one minute later Wagner nearly made up for that mistake as he got on the end of Josue Soto’s cross only to send his header wide of the post.
That miss was to be the Scorpions last real chance and Minnesota made them pay for that miss as Simone Baracalello took a powerful shot that was perfectly placed leaving Sattler with no chance.
Late changes saw the Scorpions try and get into it but a man down, the Scorpions never looked like getting back and ended their superb debut season on a disappointing note, all forced because of one Pablo Campos mistake.
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