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Carolina RailHawks Striker Zack Schilawski Named Player of the Week

Carolina RailHawks striker Zack Schilawski earned North American Soccer League Player of the Week honors for a double strike and assist in a 4-1 home victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

Schilawski scored his second and third goals of the year in the 40th and 76th minutes respectively.  On his first goal of the night, Schilawski received a through ball from Tiyi Shipalane and finished the chance past the Striker keeper Oka Nikolov.  Schilawski's 76th minute goal came when the forward had a one-on-one chance with the keeper and closed out the match with his second goal of the night.

"He does everything you ask of him and it was great to see him get his goals," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke of his striker.  "He worked his socks off for 90 minutes.

Schilawski, who has been charged with filling the boots of departed top scorer from last season Brian Shriver, said: "I feel good about it.  It was a really good team effort for 90 minutes and we controlled the tempo and controlled the game.

"I just put myself in a position to score and hopefully have the composure to score and so far so good.  The guys have stepped up and not only as an attacking side but also doing things defensively as well."

Prior to joining his hometown RailHawks, where he is now in his third season, Schilawski, NC, native spent two years with the New England Revolution having been selected ninth in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and had 50 appearances during two seasons, including 28 starts.  He netted a hat trick in his first career match against Toronto FC, becoming just the third rookie to register a hat trick and the first to do so in a home opener.  Schilawski played his college soccer at Wake Forest, where he made a school-record 99 appearances.