The Carolina RailHawks (3W-2T-3L, 11pts) dropped a 1-2 defeat at the hands of the San Antonio Scorpions (1W-1T-6L, 4pts) on Saturday night at Toyota Field. San Antonio forward Hans Denissen converted a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the home side the three points and the victory.
The RailHawks jumped on the board first when Enzo Martinez was fouled near the San Antonio box. Kenney Walker delivered a driven ball to the back post and found Kevin Rutkiewicz who would convert the chance to give the RailHawks a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute.
The RailHawks would continue to lead through much of the match, until San Antonio pulled the match level on a 53rd minute goal from Thomas Zahorski. Zhorski received the ball at the top of the box and with a swift turn and shot evened the score line at 1-1.
The RailHawks, without leading scorer Brian Shriver and leading assist man Austin da Luz due to injury, cranked up the pressure looking for the game winner. In the 76th minute, the RailHawks’ Zack Schilawski had his header appear to strike the hand of a San Antonio defender, keeping the ball out of the goal. Despite the referee not awarding a penalty kick, Schilawski followed the deflection with a shot that ricocheted off the post and ending the RailHawks best chance for the lead.
On Saturday, September 28th the RailHawks return to WakeMed Soccer Park to host the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at 7:00pm. 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 Hamilton, D James, D Low, M Shipalane (Gaul, 90), M Walker, M Ortiz, M Schilawski, F Martinez (Elizondo, 64), F Addlery (Ackley, 64);
SAS: GK Vuolo, D DeRoux, D Janicki, D Vucko, D Emory, M Saavedra, M Phelan (Husic, 40), M Ramirez (Bayona, 65), F Denissen (Noel, 90+3), F Zahorski, F Rubiato;
CAR: Rutkiewicz (Walker), 14;
SAS: Zahorski (Denissen), 53; Denissen (penalty kick), 90+2;
CAR: James, 43; Ortiz, 90;
SAS: Emory, 45; Vucko, 72; Rubiato, 84;
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