Friday, December 15, 2017
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Tampa Bay Rowdies lose 2-1 to San Antonio Scorpions

ST. PETERSBURG — San Antonio earned the first home win in franchise history by beating Tampa Bay 2-0 on May 5.

On Saturday, the expansion Scorpions continued their mastery of the Rowdies, scoring in stoppage time to win 2-1.

The loss ended the Rowdies' five-game unbeaten streak at Al Lang Field. Tampa Bay (2-3-2, eight points) has lost two in a row overall to fall to fifth in the eight-team North American Soccer League.

Pablo Campos scored his second goal of the game just before the whistle to send San Antonio (3-1-2, 11 points) to its third win in a row.

With both teams scrambling for the go-ahead goal, San Antonio worked a counterattack to the left edge of the box and got off a shot toward the net. Jeff Attinella made a diving, one-handed stop. The rebound, though, came directly to Campos, who sent home the crowd of 3,166 disappointed by putting the ball into the open net.

"For that to happen any time is particularly disappointing," Tampa Bay coach Ricky Hill said. "In the 90th minute, when you've worked hard to get something from the game and you end up doing that, that's extremely poor."

Just as they did seven days earlier, the Scorpions scored the game's first goal early in the second half. A long ball played over the top gave San Antonio a two-on-one. Campos settled the bouncing ball and slotted a shot past Attinella in the 52nd minute.

Tampa Bay tied it three minutes later. After one-touch passing among Keith Savage, Shane Hill and Mike Ambersley brought the ball into the box, Ambersley's shot was knocked away by a defender.

But the ball caromed to Daniel Antoniuk in front of the goal. After taking time to steady himself, he lifted a right-footed blast into the upper corner for his second goal of the season.

"I was facing the net, and I could see all the guys in front of me," Antoniuk said. "They were a good 5 yards away. It just popped out to me perfect, and I knew I had time to touch it. I was able to set it up so I could get a clean strike."

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