Unbeaten streak halted in 2-0 loss at San Antonio
The Tampa Bay Rowdies saw their four-match unbeaten streak end Saturday night in a 2-0 loss to the San Antonio Scorpions at Heroes Stadium.
Rowdies goalkeeper Jeff Attinella kept the Scorpions off the board with back-to-back saves on scoring chances by Hans Denissen and Wes Knight in the sixth minute.
In the 35th minute Attinella stopped Denissen again with a great save on a breakaway. He then stopped Denissen again with a diving save to his left on another chance in the 37th minute. In the first six matches of the 2012 season, the Rowdies have yet to allow a goal in the first half.
Following a scoreless first half, San Antonio broke the tie early in the second half on a penalty kick. Forward Pablo Campos was fouled and the Scorpions were awarded a penalty kick, which Denissen converted in the 53rd minute for the first goal of the match.
"The first goal is always important in every game," said Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill. "It forced us to open up more and I am disappointed that we didn't keep our formation. It was a very frustrating loss tonight."
Aaron Pitchkolan gave the Scorpions an insurance goal in the 65th minute with a header to make it a 2-0 game. Ryan Cochrane picked up the assist on the goal.
"We allowed two goals that could have been avoided and we let Jeff down on both of them and gave him no chance," said Hill. "We have a long week ahead and we need to work hard to prepare to see them again next Saturday night.
San Antonio: Hans Denissen - 53rd minute - Penalty kick
San Antonio: Aaron Pitchkolan - 66th minute (assisted by Ryan Cochrane)
Rowdies: GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D JP Rodrigues, D Andres Arango (Daniel Scott 79'), D Takuya Yamada, M Stuart Campbell, M Keith Savage (Shane Hill 79'), M Luke Mulholland, F Matt Clare (Daniel Antoniuk 58'), F Mike Ambersley, F Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
San Antonio: GK Daryl Sattler, D Fabian Kling, D Aaron Pitchkolan, D Ryan Cochrane, D Blake Wagner, M Walter Ramirez (Matt Gold 90'), M Kevin Harmse (Captain), M Jonathan Greenfield (Javier Saavedra 76'), M Wes Knight (Josue Soto 61'), F Hans Denissen, F Pablo Campos