The Carolina RailHawks earned a valuable road point with a 0-0 tie against the Tampa Bay Rowdies to open the 2013 NASL Spring Season. The added intensity from the NASL’s new split-season format was evident from the get-go with the match ending with 28 fouls. The RailHawks shutout performance was led by RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald and his 7 saves.
“After a slow start in the first half, I thought we responded well in the second and worked hard for the point,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “To come away with a point on the road moves us forward and our defense was a big part of that tonight. Akira (Fitzgerald) and Paul (Hamilton) had great performances in the back for us tonight.”
A 90th minute yellow card from RailHawks Paul Hamilton, his second of the match, saw the RailHawks go down a man for the final minutes to preserve the shutout. The Rowdies saw most of the offensive play with 17 shots to the RailHawks 6, but it was Fitzgerald and the RailHawks defense that showed their strength, deterring the Rowdies attack, including an 86th minute clearance off the goal line. The RailHawks best chances came in the 90th minute when a RailHawks counter-attack found forward Brian Ackley at the top of the 18-yard box, only to see Ackley’s curling strike glance off the crossbar.
The RailHawks will return to Cary in preparation for the Grand Opening of the New WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday, April 13th at 7:00pm. The match will be broadcast on live television on WRAL2 and streamed over www.CarolinaRailHawks.com and 99.9-HD3 The Ticket. Tickets for the match are available by calling the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at 919-459-8144 or by e-mailing Tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com. The first 2,000 to the Grand Opening of the New WakeMed Soccer Park will receive a complimentary 12th man t-shirt courtesy of the Town of Cary and WakeMed Health and Hospital.
CAR: GK Fitzgerald, D Low, D Hamilton, D King, D Graye, M Millington, M Franks, M Shriver (Stockley, 90), M da Luz (O’Brien, 83), F Schilawski (Shipalane, 71), F Ackley
TBR: GK Fontein, D Sanfilippo, D Yamada, D Needham, D Arango, M Campbell, M Cox, M Mulholland, M Frimpong (Dixon, 70), F Walker (Del Do, 65), F Hristov
CAR: da Luz, 77; Hamilton, 80, 90;
TBR: Mulholland, 77; Cox, 80;
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