The Carolina RailHawks (2W-1T-0L, 7pts) defeated the New York Cosmos (1W-1T-1L, 4pts) 3-0 Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park. The victory, along with other NASL results from Saturday night, has the RailHawks standing alone at the top of the NASL Fall Season standings. Brian Shriver led the way with two goals, in the 8th and 26th minute, and Brian Ackley added a second half goal to secure the victory.
“New York probably had the more shots and more possession, but we took our chances,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “For me, that was our biggest weakness in the Spring and something we have worked on a great deal.”
Despite the August rain that dropped temperature into the 70s, the match was hotly contested from the beginning and ended with 11 yellow cards, 4 ejections, and 43 combined fouls. RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald had another standout performance and led his defense to their second consecutive shutout at WakeMed Soccer Park on their way to extending the RailHawks home unbeaten streak to 11 (10W-1T-0L).
Clarke continued, “New York is a very good team, with good players. This was a big win tonight; we will enjoy it and then move our focus on to the next match.”
Shriver opened the scoring in the 8th minute when RailHawks midfielder Tiyi Shipalane found an outlet pass from the defense and raced down the right side of the field. After drawing in the defense around the New York box, Shipalane played a perfectly placed through ball to Zack Schilawski. Schilawski chipped the ball over the on-rushing Cosmos’ goalkeeper and Shriver volleyed the ball into the back of the net.
Shriver struck again in the 26th minute when his defensive pressure paid off. A pass back to the goalkeeper came up short and Shriver quickly beat out the defense to the ball, took one touch around the goalkeeper, and placed the ball into the back of the net.
Brian Ackley would add on an insurance goal when he converted a penalty kick in the 89th minute. With New York looking for a goal, the RailHawks found Cesar Elizondo rushing down the left side on a counter-attack. Beating out his defender to the ball, Elizondo was fouled in the box resulting in the penalty kick opportunity.
The RailHawks return to WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, August 24th when they host Minnesota United at 7:00pm. The RailHawks’ Spread Your Wings Charity will be hosting the Third Annual Kicks for Kids Night including a pregame clinic. Tickets for the match can be purchased through the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office by calling (919) 459-8144 or online at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com. For more information on the Spread Your Wings Charity and how to donate to Kicks for Kids Night click here.
CAR: GK Fitzgerald, D Graye, D James, D Hamilton, D Low, M da Luz, M Ortiz, M Millington, M Shipalane (Martinez, 77), F Shriver, F Schilawski (Ackley, 81);
NYC: GK Reynish, D Freeman, D Mendes (Diaz, 78), D Gorskie, D Veeder (Roversio, 46), M Senna, M Nane, M Marosevic, M Ayoze, M Guenzatti, F Noselli (Szetela, 46);
CAR: Shriver (Schilawski), 8; Shriver (unassisted), 28; Ackley (PK), 89;
CAR: Graye, 24; da Luz, 26; da Luz, 45; Shipalane, 63; James, 87;
NYC: Freeman, 22; Noselli, 32; Nane, 44; Nane, 44; Roversio, 67; Szetela, 70;
CAR: da Luz, 45;
NYC: Nane, 44; Guenzatti, 90+3; Eskandarian, 90+3;
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