Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4007
  • Date19 Apr 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 4
Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
Fort Lauderdale Strikers

E. Martínez27'

Z. Schilawski40'

E. Martínez72'

Z. Schilawski76'

47'C. Nurse

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

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Radio: CAR – 99.9HD-3 The Ticket

Carolina RailHawks will look to extend their home unbeaten streak (combined NASL and U.S. Open Cup matches), that currently stands at 16, when they meet the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:30 pm ET.  Carolina is coming off 1-1 draw against the host Indy Eleven last week, while Fort Lauderdale blanked the visiting Ottawa Fury FC, 2-0.  The Strikers lead the head-to-head series however, the RailHawks have not lost at home in six meetings against Fort Lauderdale.  In the previous encounter, second half tallies from Breiner Ortiz and penalty kick goal by Brian Ackley gave Carolina a 2-0 win over visiting Fort Lauderdale on September 28, 2013.

Last Five Games: CAR- T       FTL-W


CAR-Zach Schilawski (Team of the Week-1)

FTL-Justin Chavez, Darnell King (Team of the Week-1)

Stats leaders:

CAR-Goal – Zack Schilawski (1); Assist – Ty Shipalane (1)

FTL-Goals – Rafael Alves, Darnell King (1); Assist – Mark Anderson (1)

Suspension: CAR-Greg Shields (Assistant Coach)


NASL Head-to-Head: (12 meetings): Strikers 5 wins, 3 ties, 4 losses – 19 GF/18 GA (+1 GD)

At Carolina: (6 meetings): RailHawks 4 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses – 17 GF/9 GA (+8 GD)

Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) RailHawks 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/0 GA (+3 GD)

Last meeting: September 28, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-0 Strikers

Coaches quotes:

“We are ready to get in front of the home crowd after opening on the road. We take a lot of pride in our 16-game home unbeaten streak and our focus is going to be on extending that.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“First of all, this will be a real challenge for us.  Carolina hasn’t lost a game at home in a long time. To have such a long streak is amazing; they have all my respect.  But we’re in good shape and we keep getting better and better. This game will be a good measure of where we are at this point.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Mark Buda

Asst 2: Jude Carr

4th: Aaron Gallagher


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Carolina RailHawks 4 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1

CAR win

A dominating 4-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers (1W-0T-1L, 3 pts) helped the Carolina RailHawks (1W-1T-0L, 4pts) extended their home unbeaten streak to 17 matches.  Zack Schilawski and Enzo Martinez each scored two goals to lead the RailHawks.  Former RailHawks Chris Nurse scored for Fort Lauderdale in the 47th minute.

“It was great to be back in front of the home crowd,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke.  “The crowd is a major reason why we haven’t lost in 17 straight matches.  The team played well and we were sharp in the attacking third.  Zack Schilawski played at another level tonight.”

Martinez opened the scoring in the 27th minute of play, when Cesar Elizondo drew a foul in the box.  The former RailHawks U-23’s and UNC standout, Martinez stepped up and converted the penalty kick to give the RailHawks the lead.  With the game at 2-1 after the goal from Nurse, Martinez struck again.  This time in the 72nd minute when Schilawski played Martinez into space and the midfielder converted for his second goal of the night. 

Schilawski scored his 2nd and 3rd goals of the year in the 40th and 76th minute, respectively.  On his first goal of the night, Schilawski received a through ball from Tiyi Shipalane and finished the chance past the Strikers’ goalkeeper.  Schilawski’s 76th minute goal came when the forward had a one-on-one chance with the goalkeeper and closed out the match with his second goal of the night.

Schilawski’s two goal and one assist performance earned him the “Lonerider Growler of the Game” recognition from the Triangle Soccer Fanatics in The Depot.