The Carolina RailHawks and FC Edmonton had to wait out a lightning and rainstorm and power outage that delayed their Fall Season start by almost two hours. When the action did begin, RailHawks striker Brian Shriver wasted no time in chasing the Golden Boot with his ninth goal of the season that proved the difference between the teams.
The two sides only managed to play six minutes of the match before a power outage in the stadium caused yet another 20-minute game delay.
After the second restart, it took some time for both teams to settle into the match. The RailHawks had their first chance off a free kick on the near side that Austin da Luz set to the far post, but without a teammate on the receiving end. Shortly after, FC Edmonton forward Michael Cox found himself beating the ‘Hawks defense and getting a shot off that ended up safely in Carolina ‘keeper Akira Fitzgerald’s gloves.
In the 20th minute, Massimo Mirabelli sent in a cross that could have led to FC Edmonton’s first goal, but Fitzgerald got to the ball before Cox to prevent the score. On the next counter attack, Carolina midfielder Enzo Martinez slid a ball across the face of Lance Parker’s goal that was begging to be tapped in, but no other orange jersey could reach the pass.
Carolina enjoyed a spell of pressure as FC Edmonton were unable to string together more than a few passes. The home side was able to take the lead just after the half hour mark when Brian Ackley sent in a first time ball to Brian Shriver who made no mistake picking his spot passed Parker in net.
The RailHawks had the chance to double their lead off the head of former Eddie Paul Hamilton who came flying in off a corner kick, but the ball was cleared off the goal line as Parker cleared it out of danger.
Both sides had opportunities to add to their lead in the second half and RailHawks keeper Akira Fitzgerald denied the Eddies, while Shriver almost added to his tally to make the game safe.
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