The Carolina RailHawks (3W-1D-1L, 10pts) suffered their first loss of the 2013 Fall Season to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (3V-0E-2D, 9pts) on Friday night. Several chances were offered up by both clubs in the opening minutes of the first half, though no shot ever found its way into the net. The RailHawks put the pressure on the Strikers around the 20 minute mark, culminating in a missed shot from 8 yards out by Austin da Luz. That opportunity in the 23rd minute would be their best chance of the half.
Fort Lauderdale swung momentum back in their favor at the beginning of the second half when defender Darnell King found himself on the end of an Ivan Guerrero cross. King volleyed the shot past Akira Fitzgerald to put the Strikers ahead 1-0. The RailHawks seemed poised to battle back for a draw with several attempts, including 2 blocked shots in stoppage time, but Fort Lauderdale’s backline remained tight throughout the entire 90 minutes and posted a clean sheet for the match.
The RailHawks return to NASL action next Saturday, September 7th at Al Lang Stadium against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. The match will be broadcast live on http://www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/LIVE. On Saturday, September 14th the RailHawks will return to WakeMed Soccer Park to host the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Tickets for the match can be purchased by calling the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at (919) 459-8144 or emailing tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com.
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