The Carolina RailHawks took a 1-0 lead into halftime against the San Antonio Scorpions at Toyota Field in San Antonio on Saturday night. Kevin Rutkiewicz scored a goal from a set piece in the 14th minute to give the Carolina club the advantage at the break.
The first half started evenly with both teams taking a few minutes to get a foothold in the match. The Scorpions, who are looking for their first win of the Fall Season, looked to play down the left though Walter Ramirez as they attempted to find a way to score the opener.
But less than 15 minutes into the match, it was the RailHawks who would put the first goal in. Coming from a free kick near the corner flag, Rutkiewicz headed Kenney Walker’s cross past a diving Jeremy Vuolo to give the RailHawks a one goal lead.
The Scorpions continued to press after falling behind, and striker Borja Rubiato had two good opportunities to level the score. The Spanish forward got two shots off, both from Walter Ramirez corners, and saw one saved by Fitzgerald and the other sail over the crossbar.
The RailHawks had a chance to double their lead when they put a ball in the back of the net following a parried save from Vuolo, but the linesman judged the play to be offside and disallowed the goal.
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