Two players re-sign for the Bexar County club after an impressive season for the organization, wing back Blake Wagner and keeper Pat Hannigan.
The Scorpions pushed the limits for what is to be expected of an expansion club and secured a spot in the second round of the playoffs only to loose to last years cup holders, Minnesota Stars FC.
Minnesota went on to loose in the final to eventual cup winners Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Although their season ended in bitter disappointment, the Scorpions did earn the title of regular season champions and that was because of a deep squad who always performed at a consistent level.
While Darryl Sattler enjoyed an award winning season, earning the 2012 NASL Golden Glove Award, back-up and one-time starter, Pat Hannigan dutifully acted as support throughout the season.
Hannigan had won the job from Sattler and right from the start you could see it was deserved as the former professional indoor soccer player proved his worth in the early stages. But his starting position was threatened when he went down to a rather serious injury and Sattler was asked to step in as the full-time starter.
Sattler went on to prove himself worthy of the Golden Glove, but it was clear that either player would have been successful behind the accomplished Scorpions back line. They allowed the fewest goals in the 2012 NASL season.
Blake Wagner, on the other hand, was a big reason for the Scorpions’ strong defensive play. Blake continually threatened opposing defenses breaking down the left side and often initiating offense where the normal attacking options seemed to falter. Although he isn’t the speediest of players his skill compensates for his lack of pace against faster midfielders who are often forced to defend his marauding runs down the line.
Blake was one of the more consistent defenders in the league and provided a steady touch at both ends of the pitch.
Although Wagner and Hannigan are not new signings, based on their solid and consistent play at this level, it appears to be a good bit of business for the Scorps.
Here’s the press release below:
Scorpions Re-Sign Blake Wagner, Pat Hannigan
Scorpions retain goalkeeper and key defender for 2013 season
|SAN ANTONIO, TX (Dec. 7, 2012) - The San Antonio Scorpions continued to make progress this week in building their roster for the upcoming season, re-signing defender Blake Wagner and goalkeeper Pat Hannigan for the 2013 season.
Wagner, who was a member of the Scorpions backline that allowed the fewest goals during the 2012 NASL season, will return for a second season in San Antonio after starting in all 23 matches he appeared in and logging 2025 minutes on the year. Wagner also tallied a goal and assist.
Hannigan started the first three matches of the 2012 season for the Scorpions before suffering a leg injury that sidelined him for several months. He finished the season with a 2.05 goals against average and nine saves in three matches played.”Having Blake back is great for our team moving forward. Not many wing defenders have the ability under pressure to retain possession and also press the attack forward like he can,” Head Coach Tim Hankinson said. “Pat began last season as our starter and was unfortunate to fall to injury, but he has made a great comeback and I’m sure he will be our hungriest player, looking to make a mark this upcoming season.
Before signing with the Scorpions last March, Wagner was a member of FC Dallas from 2006 to 2009 before signing with the Vancouver Whitecaps in 2010 and stayed with the team when they transitioned to Major League Soccer in 2011. The American defender finished the 2011 MLS season with Real Salt Lake.
Prior to joining the Scorpions, Hannigan was playing professional indoor soccer with the Rochester Lancers in 2011 and played with Miami FC, currently the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, in 2007 and 2009.