Freshman Stanton Garcia
Feb. 22, 2014
SAN ANTONIO (SMU) - Junior Andrew Morales netted a pair of goals as the SMU men's soccer team played to a 3-3 draw with NASL opponent San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday afternoon.
"Overall it was a really good performance," Head Coach Tim McClements said. "I'm pleased that we put together two good performances so far this spring. There is still a lot of work to be done, but we are off to a good start."
The Mustangs found themselves trailing at halftime following two first-half goals from the Scorpions, but found an offensive rhythm in the final frame to salvage the tie.
"I felt that we weren't very sharp in the first half and the Scorpions had the better play of the play," McClements added. "We were able to generate chances from counter attacks, but we knew we could play better."
Both sophomore Brenden Lee and freshman Stanton Garcia posted significant contributions on offense for the Mustangs, and it was Garcia in the 82nd minute that found the back of the net off a feed from sophomore John Lujano for the equalizer.
"In the second half we stepped our line up a bit higher and pressed them," McClements said. "Our work rate and pressure really caused them difficulties."
The San Antonio Scorpions participate in the NASL. The NASL is the second highest professional league in the US Soccer pyramid. The Scorpions finished the NASL regular season in first place, and reached the NASL semifinals in the postseason.
"It was also great to play against three former SMU players," McClements added. "Leone Cruz, Josue Soto and Craig Hill all played for the Scorpions today. It's always exciting to see former Mustangs representing SMU at the professional level."
In its next offseason tune-up, SMU travels to Houston to face Houston Baptist in a 2 p.m. CT match-up on March 1. The Ponies last saw HBU in a preseason exhibition contest at Westcott Field on Aug. 24, 2013. The teams played to a 2-2 draw.