A 90th minute goal from RailHawks captain Austin da Luz extended the Carolina RailHawks (3W-2T-2L, 11pts) home unbeaten streak to 13 matches. The dramatic 2-2 draw with the Tampa Bay Rowdies (2W-5T-0L, 11pts) puts the RailHawks record at WakeMed Soccer Park at 11 wins, 2 draws and 0 losses over NASL and U.S. Open Cup play.
A 30th minute goal from Tiyiselani Shipalane opened the scoring after the RailHawks demonstrated their precise passing game. Enzo Martinez received a wonderfully timed through ball as he was surging toward the Tampa Bay goal. Martinez found Shipalane open on the right hand side of the box and after two deflected shots, Shipalane buried a low line-drive shot that left little chance for the Tampa Bay goalkeeper.
“We are disappointed,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “After going up 1-0 we had chances to put the game away and we weren’t good enough in front of goal. We are now entering the time of the season where guys are going to have to step up and show strong character, if we want to make it to the Soccer Bowl.”
Despite going up 1-0, the RailHawks were unable to capitalize on their chances and build upon their lead. In the 72nd and 74th minutes of play, two Rowdies counter attacks resulting in open-play crosses from the right side of the field were finished off by Evans Frimpong and Jay Needham, respectively.
And then once again, the RailHawks found their magic. Similar to their first goal, the RailHawks attack resulted in multiple deflected shots before the ball landed to da Luz. da Luz took a first touch that set him up perfectly for a well-hit shot. The crowd at WakeMed Soccer Park erupted when the ball found its way through the crowded Tamp Bay box and into the back of the net.
The RailHawks will travel to Texas on September 21st to face the San Antonio Scorpions. The match will be broadcast live on CarolinaRailHawks.com. On Saturday, September 28th the RailHawks return to WakeMed Soccer Park to host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Tickets for the match are available at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com. RailHawks 2014 Ticket Plans are on sale now and can be purchased by calling the St. Lawrence Homes Box Office at (919) 459-8144. For more information on 2014 ticket plans visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/STH.
CAR: GK Fitzgerald, D Rutkiewicz, D James, D Hamilton, D Low, M Shipalane (Addlery, 87), M Walker, M Millington (Elizondo, 82), M da Luz, F Martinez (Schilawski, 73), F Shriver;
TBR: GK Restrepo, D Sanfillipo, D Yamada, D Needham, D Gafa, M Mulholland, M Campbell (Hill, 63), M Savage (Del Do, 63), M Frimpong, M Hristov, F Mkosana (Cox, 83);
CAR: Shipalane (unassisted), 30; da Luz (unassisted), 90;
TBR: Frimpong (Hristov), 72; Needham (Mulholland), 74;
TBR: Hill, 90+1;
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