The Carolina RailHawks (7W-7T-7L, 28 pts.) earned a valuable 3 points on Saturday night over FC Edmonton (5W-6T-11L, 21 pts.) at WakeMed Soccer Park. The RailHawks found themselves down a goal on the scoreboard twice and rallied to win in stoppage time on a goal from Ty Shipalane. Nick Zimmerman and Zack Schilawski scored their 12th and 4th goals, respectively, sending the RailHawks to their seventh win of the season. Paul Craig and Kyle Porter tallied the goals for the Eddies.
FC Edmonton found an early goal when a misplayed ball by the RailHawks was left near the top of the box. Craig hit the ball with the outside of his foot to curl it past a diving Akira Fitzgerald in the 9th minute of play. The RailHawks found the equalizer through Zimmerman who finished off a great run with a powerful shot to the back of the net in the 30th minute of play.
“This was a key win for us, after coming back from behind to earn the win,” said RailHawks Head Coach Colin Clarke. “Now we will need to go on the road and continue to earn points as we move towards the playoffs.”
In the second half after exchanging chances, Edmonton scored the go-ahead goal in the 72nd minute when Porter dribbled from right side of the box and ripped a shot past Fitzgerald. The RailHawks equalized the match 2-2 when Schilawski nodded in a cross from Mike Palacio to beat Edmonton goalkeeper, Lance Parker. The RailHawks scored the game-winning goal in stoppage time when Palacio found Shipalane who dribbled past three defenders and slotted the ball into the back of the net, sending the crowd into jubilation.
The RailHawks took the pitch tonight with a black armband in memory of Evan Coleman, the son of former RailHawks Head Trainer, Lizy Coleman and Paul Coleman, who lost his battle with cancer Saturday morning and for Kirk Urso, who passed away suddenly and was a captain of the 2011 National Championship Men’s soccer team at the University of North Carolina. A moment of silence was observed at the beginning of the match.
The Carolina RailHawks have two road matches before returning to WakeMed Soccer Park. On Saturday, September 8th, the RailHawks will return to WakeMed Soccer Park for a home game at 7:00 PM against the San Antonio Scorpions. Prior to the match, fans can enjoy the RailHawks Homebrew Soktoberfest, which includes local homebrew sampling and Lonerider beer for $10. For information about upcoming events and to purchase tickets, visit www.CarolinaRailHawks.comor contact the Cruizers Box Office at 919-459-8144 or by email at tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com.
CAR: GK Fitzgerald, D Shields, D Agbossoumonde, D King, D Low (c), M Zimmerman, M Lowery (Elenio, 64), M Franks, M Shriver (Shipalane, 85), F Schilawski, F Garey (Palacio, 72)
EDM: GK Parker, D Proctor, D Hatchi, D Hamilton, D Rago, M West (Gigolaj, 85), M Kooy (Lam, 82), M Arguez, F Barthelemy, F Craig (Cox, 77), F Porter
CAR: Zimmerman (Unassisted), 30; Schilawski (Palacio), 79; Shipalane (Palacio), 90;
EDM: Craig (Unassisted), 9; Porter (Unassisted), 72;
CAR: Lowery, 33; Stockley, 87;
EDM: West, 59;
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