Host Tampa Bay Rowdies are drawing 1-1 at the half against the league-leaders Carolina RailHawks at Al Lang Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla. on Saturday evening
The visiting team went ahead in the 34th minute after a well-placed finish by midfielder Ty Shipalane, but the Rowdies would equalize in the 42nd minute after a goal by midfielder Evans Frimpong. Forward Georgi Hristov missed an early penalty kick for the Rowdies when the match was 0-0.
The match began with the Rowdies pressuring the RailHawks, with forward Etienne Barbara having the first chance of the match. After a lobbed pass by midfielder Luke Mulholland, Barbara controlled the ball with his chest and took a volley on goal but it would be blocked by Carolina’s defense.
With the Rowdies pushing forward, the RailHawks nearly took the lead after forward Brian Shriver took advantage of a mistake by Tampa Bay’s defense. Shriver had an open net, but Restrepo was able to cross the box and make a fantastic save.
Minutes later, Hristov was brought down in the box and the Rowdies were awarded a penalty kick. The Bulgarian stepped up to take it but this time he smashed it off the left post and it went out of play.
After the penalty kick, the match leveled out until the 34th minute when Carolina scored the first goal of the night. Shipalane received a through ball by Enzo Martinez, beating Needham with his pace and slotting it in the top left corner of the net.
The Rowdies would retaliate with the equalizer in the 42nd minute. Barbara shielded the ball very well until he slotted a perfect pass to an incoming Frimpong. The midfielder powered his shot past Fitzgerald to make it 1-1 in the dying minutes of the half.
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