A dominating 4-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1W-0T-1L, 3 pts) helped the Carolina RailHawks (1W-1T-0L, 4pts) extended their home unbeaten streak to 17 matches. Zack Schilawski and Enzo Martinez each scored two goals to lead the RailHawks. Former RailHawks Chris Nurse scored for Fort Lauderdale in the 47th minute.
“It was great to be back in front of the home crowd,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “The crowd is a major reason why we haven’t lost in 17 straight matches. The team played well and we were sharp in the attacking third. Zack Schilawski played at another level tonight.”
Martinez opened the scoring in the 27th minute of play, when Cesar Elizondo drew a foul in the box. The former RailHawks U-23’s and UNC standout, Martinez stepped up and converted the penalty kick to give the RailHawks the lead. With the game at 2-1 after the goal from Nurse, Martinez struck again. This time in the 72nd minute when Schilawski played Martinez into space and the midfielder converted for his second goal of the night.
Schilawski scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the year in the 40th and 76th minute, respectively. On his first goal of the night, Schilawski received a through ball from Tiyi Shipalane and finished the chance past the Strikers’ goalkeeper. Schilawski’s 76th minute goal came when the forward had a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper and closed out the match with his second goal of the night.
Schilawski’s two goal and one assist performance earned him the “Lonerider Growler of the Game” recognition from the Triangle Soccer Fanatics in The Depot.