Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance7856
  • Date31 May 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies

M. Grella18'

T. Shipalane71'

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies


TV: CAR – WRAL2         Radio: CAR – 99.9HD-3 The Ticket

Fifth place Carolina RailHawks look to stay in the hunt for the Spring Championship as it hosts Tampa Bay Rowdies at WakeMed Soccer Park.  Carolina is also putting its overall home unbeaten streak on the line after extending it to 20 games following a 2-0 win over USL PRO’s Charlotte Eagles during the Open Cup Third Round last Wednesday.  RailHawks are also coming off a scoreless draw against host Minnesota United FC last week, while the Rowdies took the first game of the 2014 Florida Derby over visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers, 3-2.  Carolina leads the series with Tampa Bay winless in six matches at The Triangle. The Rowdies, who were eliminated in midweek from The Cup, are unbeaten against the RailHawks in their last two encounters.  The last time both squads faced off was a 2-2 draw on September 14, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park.

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

CAR-Akira Fitzgerald (Player of the Week-7); (Team of the Week-7)
TBR-Willie Hunt, Anthony Wallace (Team of the Week-7)

Stats leaders:
CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (3); Assists – Zack Schilawski, Ty Shipalane (2)
TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (2); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Darel Russell, Keith Savage, Blake Wagner (1)

NASL Head-to-Head: (12 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 6 ties, 1 loss – 21 GF/14 GA (+7 GD)
At RailHawks: (6 meetings): RailHawks 3 wins, 3 ties, 0 losses— 12 GF/7 GA (+5 GD)
Last Fall Season: (2 meetings) Rowdies 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses— 5 GF/4 GA (+1 GD)
Last Meeting: September 14, 2013 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-2 Rowdies

Coaches quotes:
“We’re looking forward to getting back into league action after playing in the U.S. Open Cup.  Tampa Bay is always a tough match and we’ve had some very good games between the clubs.  The fans are going to get a great match Saturday night at WakeMed Soccer Park.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“We look forward to visiting Carolina because they’re a talented team that always provides a tough test for us. There’s still plenty to play for in terms of the combined Spring and Fall seasons, so our guys understand that this is an important match for our season and achieving what we want to achieve.” – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill

Referee: Alan Kelly
Asst 1: Clive Edwards
Asst 2: Ben Wooten
4th: Tyler McCauley


Carolina RailHawks 2 Tampa Bay Rowdies 0

Goals from forward Mike Grella and midfielder Ty Shipalane gave the Carolina RailHawks a 2-0 win over visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.


Goals from forward Mike Grella and midfielder Ty Shipalane gave the Carolina RailHawks a 2-0 win over visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

“There were a lot of reasons to be pleased tonight.  The result, the crowd, and the shutout,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke.  “Our passing was very good tonight and defensively we played very well.  Things are coming together.”

The record crowd of 7, 856 saw Carolina take an early 1-0 lead, courtesy of Grella in the 18th minute.

Grella’s goal, a clever finish after an inch-perfect lob from Jun Marques Davidson, gave the RailHawks a lead, but the Rowdies arguably had the better chances of the half as they fought to negate their deficit.

Tampa Bay’s barrage started in the 25th minute when midfielder Evans Frimpong poked a cross toward goal and clanked it off Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald’s right-hand post and out of danger.

In the 30th minute, forward Casey Townsend had a shot on goal. Five minutes later, Townsend found himself one-on-one with Fitzgerald in the box, but was unable to beat the reigning NASL Player of the Week and equalize for the Rowdies.

Anthony Wallace tested Fitzgerald with a dangerous free kick in the 44th minute, but Carolina retained its 1-0 lead going into the break.

Carolina started the second half on the front foot, with Nazmi Albadawi ripping a shot off the crossbar a few minutes into the half.

Rowdies goalkeeper Cody Mizell came up big in the 54th minute, saving a penalty kick taken by Grella to keep the deficit 1-0.

Forwards Lucky Mkosana and Brian Shriver were inserted in to the match in the 63rd minute, but the Rowdies were unable to find an equalizer. It was Shriver’s first league appearance since spraining his ankle in San Antonio on May 3.

RailHawks winger Ty Shipalane doubled Carolina’s lead in the 72nd minute, finishing well after a pass from Cesar Elizondo to put his team up 2-0.

The Rowdies continued to put pressure on the RailHawks defense, including an 81st minute shot by Blake Wagner that was blocked before reaching goal, but were unable to find a goal.

The victory also extended the RailHawks home unbeaten streak to 21 consecutive games however due to the Minnesota United FC victory over Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday evening, Carolina is out of the Spring Season Title run.