A second-half goal from forward Brian Shriver gave the host Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over Minnesota United FC in front of 5,201 spectadors at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday evening.
The victory extend the RailHawks home unbeaten streak to eight NASL games to remain in first place in the Fall Season standings, while Shriver registered his league leading 12th goal of the year.
“Tonight was a good result,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “We have done a good job this evening and I am delight that we got another clean sheet. Overall it was a great result and another three points.”
After a scoreless first half, the RailHawks got on the board in the 52nd minute when a string of passes and eventual cross from midfielder Cesar Elizondo found Shriver open on the back post to convert the chance. The run of play began with Elizondo collecting the ball at midfield from a defensive clearance. Forward Zack Schilawski ended up with the ball at his feet and played a perfectly timed ball back to Elizondo breaking down the right flank. Elizondo took a touch and with Shriver rushing to the back post played a curling ball across the mouth of the goal for Shriver to finish his 3rd goal in his last two matches.
Minnesota found their best chance in the first half when in the 27th minute a poor back pass to RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald was intercepted by United’s forward Pablo Campos. Campos dribbled towards goal, but Fitzgerald rushed off his goal-line to deny Campos and any chance of Minnesota grabbing the lead.
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