BLAINE, MN (October 6, 2012) - The San Antonio Scorpions and Minnesota Stars FC fought to a 0-0 draw in the first leg of the NASL Semifinals on Saturday night in Minnesota.
In their first ever playoff game, the Scorpions had some key chances late in the match, but were unable to capitalize as the series now shifts to San Antonio.
With both teams going into the second leg even with no goals scored, the team that wins the match in San Antonio on Sunday, Oct. 14 will advance to the NASL Championship Series.
"This home-and-home series is like one big game and the important thing was to come out of this game well-positioned heading home," Scorpions Head Coach Tim Hankinson said. "Every game between us is going to be tight and they are a dangerous team. Hopefully we'll have some more goals in San Antonio."
Scorpions forward Pablo Campos had the first scoring chance for San Antonio early on, blasting a shot from long distance that went wide of the net in the 3rd minute.
One of the first shots on goal for the Stars came in the 10th minute, when Jamie Watson put up a shot that was collected by Scorpions goalkeeper Daryl Sattler.
In the 12th minute, a free kick by Hans Denissen from several yards outside of the penalty area made its way into the top left corner of the box, but was stopped by Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel.
The two teams played tight defense for much of the remainder of the half, limiting opportunities for either side.
The Scorpions came out more aggressive to start the second half, quickly looking to go ahead as the frontline crowded the box in the 47th minute. But a cross in the box from Blake Wagner looking for Campos was well defended as the Stars defense prevented any shot on goal.
Campos would get another chance in the 52nd minute when he received a well-placed lead pass from Walter Ramirez, but Campos could not a get a clean touch on the ball and failed to pull the trigger.
Then it was the Stars going on the attack as Watson made a dash down the right side into the penalty area, but he could not get a clean shot on goal as Sattler was able to make another save in the 62nd minute.
The best chance of the night for the Scorpions came in the 83rd minute when Hans Denissen fired a long pass for Campos, who was able to reach it and make a run at the goal for a one-on-one with Van Oekel. Campos shot was saved by Van Oekel to neutralize the threat and keep the match scoreless.
The series now shifts to San Antonio for the second and final match of the NASL Semifinals, set for Sunday, Oct. 14 at Heroes Stadium. The match is scheduled for 6 p.m.