Rowdies Come Back for 3-2 Victory Against San Antonio
The Rowdies scored twice in the final minutes of the match for a dramatic 3-2 victory over the first place San Antonio Scorpions Saturday night at Al Lang Stadium, snapping the Scorpions' nine-game unbeaten streak. Forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake completed the comeback in second half injury time, scoring his second goal of the game after a pass from forward Daniel Antoniuk.
Tampa Bay also handed San Antonio its first loss on the road this season in six matches, and the Rowdies scored three times against a Scorpions squad that had posted three consecutive shutouts entering the match.
San Antonio struck first when midfielder Jonathan Greenfield found the back of the net from a tough angle inside the box in the 31st minute. It was Greenfield's second goal of the year and was assisted by forward Esteban Bayona, who tallied his team-high fourth assist of the season.
But the Rowdies did not take long to respond as forward Tsuyoshi Yoshitake connected on a beautiful header after a pass from midfielder Keith Savage in the 39th minute. It marked the second straight game with a goal for Yoshitake and Savage was credited with his team-leading third assist.
Following the halftime break, the Scorpions regained the lead less than 10 minutes into the second half. Bayona knocked home his second goal of the season in the 53rd minute after an assist from midfielder Hans Denissen.
Forward Luke Mulholland evened the match with a perfectly placed free kick in the left corner of the net in the 88th minute. Moments later, Yoshitake gave the Rowdies their second straight comeback victory after last week's win at Minnesota.
San Antonio: Jonathan Greenfield - 31st minute (assisted by Esteban Bayona)
Rowdies: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake - 39th minute (assisted by Keith Savage)
San Antonio: Esteban Bayona - 53rd minute (assisted by Hans Denissen)
Rowdies: Luke Mulholland - 88th minute
Rowdies: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake - 90+ minute (assisted by Daniel Antoniuk)
Rowdies: GK Jeff Attinella, D Frankie Sanfilippo (Captain), D JP Rodrigues, D Takuya Yamada, D Daniel Scott, M Stuart Campbell (Matt Clare 82'), M Keith Savage, M Luke Mulholland, F Fafa Picault (Daniel Antoniuk 71'), F Mike Ambersley, F Tsuyoshi Yoshitake
San Antonio Scorpions: GK Daryl Sattler, D Blake Wagner, D Greg Janicki, D Ryan Cochrane (Fabian Kling 79'), D Wes Knight, M Jonathan Greenfield, M Kevin Harmse (Captain), M Aaron Pitchkolan, M Hans Denissen, F Pablo Campos, F Esteban Bayona (Josue Soto 76')