Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4066
  • Date03 May 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 1
NY Cosmos 0
NY Cosmos

T. Shipalane12'

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. New York Cosmos


Radio: CAR – 99.9HD-3 The Ticket

Two streaks will be on the line when defending champion New York Cosmos travel to face Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park.  RailHawks currently have a 17-game home unbeaten streak, while the Cosmos have not lost in their last six NASL road matches.  Carolina is coming off a 4-0 loss to host Ottawa Fury FC last week, while New York also suffered a defeat at home for the first time in three decades when they dropped a 1-0 decision to San Antonio Scorpions.  Cosmos and RailHawks met twice last year with each team winning at their home field.  In their last meeting, goals from midfielders Marco Senna, Danny Szetela as well as forwards Diomar Diaz and Alessandro Noselli gave the Cosmos a 4-0 victory over the visiting RailHawks at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on October 12, 2013.

Last Five Games: CAR-T W L        NYC–W W L             

CAR- Zack Schilawski (Player of the Month-April)

Stats leaders:
CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (3); Assists – Ty Shipalane (2)
NYC-Goals – Carlos Mendes (2); Assists – Ayoze, Sebástian Guenzatti, Mads Stokkelien (1)

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss – 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)
At RailHawks: (1 meeting): RailHawks 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses – 3 GF/0 GA (+3 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss – 4 GF/3 GA (+1 GD)
Last Meeting: October 12, 2013 at James M. Shuart Stadium – Cosmos 4-0 RailHawks

Coaches quotes:
“Fans are going to get a great match on Saturday night.  Both clubs are coming off weekends where they didn’t get the result and both will be looking to get back on track.  We look forward to getting back in front of our home crowd and defending our 17-match home unbeaten streak.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“Every game is very difficult in the NASL. Therefore, we need to be ready for a big match against Carolina, a team that is difficult, a team that needs to win; and for us it’s a crucial game.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

Referee: Jorge Gonzalez
Asst 1: Brian Poeschel
Asst 2: Ben Wooten
4th: Chris Spivey


Carolina RailHawks 1 New York Cosmos 0

A goal by South African midfielder Ty Shipalane gave host Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over New York Cosmos in front of 4,066 spectators at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.


A goal by midfielder Ty Shipalane gave host Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over New York Cosmos in front of 4,066 spectators at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

The victory extended the RailHawks unbeaten streak to 18 consecutive home matches, while the Cosmos suffer their first defeat on the road in six matches.

“It was a tough one and the guys showed a lot of character and we deserved it,” said RailHawks coach, Colin Clarke.  “It was tough one last week, 4-0 (loss to Ottawa), but the guys also showed a lot of character.  It has been a great 18 games (on the unbeaten), so let’s get another 18.”

Ty Shipalane scored his first goal of the NASL Spring Season in the 12th minute on a play started by Cesar Elizondo, who eluded a pair of Cosmos players in an ambitious 60-yard burst through midfield.

The Costa Rican midfielder slotted the ball to an open Shipalane in the box. Jimmy Maurer saved the South African’s first shot, but Shipalane recovered his own rebound and slotted it into the open net for Carolina, which extended its home unbeaten streak in all competitions to 18 matches.

The Cosmos threatened in the 29th minute on a nice combination between Marcos Senna and Joseph Nane, who connected with Jemal Johnson on a quick pass into the 18-yard box. But Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald saved his low shot at the near post.

Johnson again found himself open in space in the 43rd minute on a pass from Sebastian Guenzatti, but he was unable to put a shot on target.

The Cosmos were reduced to 10 men in the 56th minute when Guenzatti was issued a straight red card after being fouled by Kupono Low by the touchline at midfield.

Carolina went a man down seven minutes later when Connor Tobin was sent off for his second bookable offense. Low received the same sentence moments later as the RailHawks played with nine for the final 20 minutes.

In the 67th minute, Johnson used his pace to create a dangerous scoring chance, separating from his defender and sending a low cross in front of goal, but the ball was cleared for a corner kick.

Ten minutes later, the Cosmos had their best opportunity to equalize when Mads Stokkelien had an open chance in front of goal, but Fitzgerald robbed him with a point-blank save.

In the 80th minute, second-half substitute Diomar Diaz had a go from distance, but his blistering attempt was over the crossbar.