Forward Brian Shriver dramatically scored twice in the final four to fire the Carolina RailHawks to a come-from-behind 3-2 win over Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park and back to the top of the North American Soccer League standings.
The quick-fire double put the RailHawks in the NASL driving seat, needing a win at home to second-placed Atlanta Silverbacks next weekend to clinch the spring season title, and earned Shriver the North American Soccer League Player of the Week award.
While trailing 2-1, Shriver leveled the match for Carolina with a precise volley off a pass from defender Kupono Low in the 86th minute. Two minutes later, Shriver headed home the game-winner by flicking home a corner from midfielder Ciaran O’Brien at the near post.
“It’s exciting, but the important thing was getting the three points for the team,” said Shriver. “There were two great balls from Kupono (Low) and Ciaran (O’Brien) and I was able to get into the right spot. The service was there and I am happy that I could contribute to the victory.”
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“It’s well deserved recognition for Brian,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. “His two goals from Saturday were critical in our pursuit of the Spring Championship. He’s a goal scorer and he’s talented at putting the ball in the back of the net.”
Shriver, who is in his second season with Carolina, leads the NASL Spring Season with eight goals. The Clearwater, Florida, native was drafted by FC Dallas of MLS in 2009 but turned down the contract to finish his studies at University of North Carolina. He later signed with Miami FC, which later became the NASL’s Fort Lauderdale Strikers. Shriver scored four goals in his first year and then 11 more in 2011 during the Strikers run to the NASL Finals.
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