Stoppage-time goal lifts Scorpions past Rowdies
The Tampa Bay Rowdies suffered their first home loss of the season Saturday, when the San Antonio Scorpions scored the game-winning goal during second-half stoppage time for a 2-1 victory at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg. The loss also snapped Tampa Bay's club-record five-game unbeaten streak at home in the regular season, dating back to last season. The Scorpions (3-1-2) swept the Rowdies (2-3-2) in their two-game home-and-home series as Tampa Bay fell to fifth in the North American Soccer League standings, one point behind fourth-place Fort Lauderdale. Forward Pablo Campos scored both goals for San Antonio. His first gave the Scorpions a 1-0 lead in the 53rd minute on an assist by defender Aaron Pitchkolan.The Rowdies answered moments later when forward Daniel Antoniuk scored his second goal of the season on a pass from forward Mike Ambersley in the 55th minute. The Scorpions scored the game winner when Esteban Bayona fired a shot on goal in stoppage time that Rowdies goalie Jeff Attinella initially saved, but Campos put the rebound into the back of the net. "Losing like that at the end is always tough," Antoniuk said. "You want to try and stay positive and focus on the next game, but still it's a tough one to lose late like that." The Rowdies had their chances throughout the game. Defender Daniel Scott, making his first career start in place of the injured Andres Arango, had an opportunity in the seventh minute, but his header sailed wide. Ambersley had a scoring chance in the 35th minute but was denied by Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler, who finished with four saves. Ambersley hit the crossbar in the 59th minute and Antoniuk almost gave the Rowdies the lead in the 71st minute with a header off a cross from defender Frankie Sanfilippo, but Sattler made a diving save. "To get caught in the 90th minute or whatever it was, that's really disappointing, Rowdies head coach Ricky Hill said. "The one thing I always emphasize is that we play for 95 minutes plus, whatever it might be, and you concentrate for that amount, and we didn't. We had a couple lapses tonight that ended up as goals, and that is unacceptable." The Rowdies return to action May 19, when they visit the Atlanta Silverbacks.
Information from rowdiessoccer.com was used in this report.