Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4649
  • Date02 Aug 14
  • VenueJames M. Shuart Stadium
NY Cosmos
NY Cosmos 0
Carolina RailHawks 1
Carolina RailHawks

38'T. Shipalane

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs Carolina Railhawks

Match Preview: New York Cosmos vs Carolina Railhawks



TV: NYC-ONE World Sports


Last year’s NASL Soccer Bowl champion, New York Cosmos host Carolina RailHawks at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium.  The Cosmos are coming off a 1-1 draw on the road against Fort Lauderdale Strikers, while RailHawks, who got off on rough start losing  2-0 to host San Antonio Scorpions, posted their first win over the Fall Season by topping visiting Ottawa Fury FC, 3-0.  Carolina has won two of the three encounters against the Cosmos including the last meeting this past Spring, where a goal from midfielder Ty Shipalane earned the RailHawks a 1-0 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on May 3.


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



NYC-Hunter Freeman (Team of the Week-3)

CAR-Zack Schilawski (Player of the Week-3); Cesar Elizondo, Zack Schilawski (Team of the Week-3)


Stats leaders:

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (3); Assists – Mads Stokkelien (3)

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (5); Assists – Cesar Elizondo (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (3 meetings): RailHawks 2 wins, 0 ties, 1 losses— 4 GF/4 GA (0 GD)

At Cosmos: (1 meeting): Cosmos 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 4 GF/0 GA (+4 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): RailHawks 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 3, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park – RailHawks 1-0 Cosmos


Coaches quotes:

“This Saturday we are beginning a very challenging part of our schedule as we play three games in eight days.  The depth of our squad will be tested and we’ll need every player to be ready to contribute to face Carolina, a talented team that is right behind us in the standings.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese

“I thought we did really well in Minnesota and San Antonio, we just need to find a way to score the first goal on the road. We have been playing better and hopefully this weekend’s game against New York will be the first of many wins to come away from home.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke


Referee: Alex Chilowicz

Asst 1: Brian Dunn

Asst 2: Emilie Buse

4th: Stephen Danisi


New York Cosmos 0 Carolina RailHawks 1

Carolina bests New York 1-0 at Shuart Stadium. The lone goal came from Ty Shipalane in the first half.


A first-half goal by Ty Shipalane lifted the Carolina RailHawks to a 1-0 win over the New York Cosmos in a North American Soccer League Fall Season match at Hofstra University’s Shuart Stadium Saturday night.

"Tonight, I can't be more proud of my boys and the effort they put in. It's been a long time coming," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. "We've been good on the road, but just couldn't get that first goal. We got an exceptional goal from Shipalane and we had the better chances in the first half, and second half."

Shipalane, who also scored the winner against the Cosmos in Raleigh during the spring campaign, struck in the 38th minute on a wonderful individual effort. The South African midfielder knifed his way through the Cosmos defense before beating goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer with a low shot from 12 yards out.

Playing in his first match with the Cosmos since arriving on loan from the New York Red Bulls earlier in the week, Connor Lade was one of New York’s most dangerous players in the first half.

In the third minute, Lade nearly capitalized on a Carolina defensive miscue. He took a pass from Hans Denissen, but chipped just over the bar.

Carolina (2-3-0) had its first quality chance in the 27th minute when Shipalane had space in the box after a quality cross from Aaron King. But a sliding Ayoze deflected the ball out for a corner kick.

Seven minutes later, Lade’s cross for Denissen was punched away by RailHawks goalkeeper Scott Goodwin, who made seven saves to earn the clean sheet.

In the first minute of first-half stoppage time, Lade’s glancing header following a Hunter Freeman free kick was off target. Ayoze and Lade both had shots blocked inside the 18-yard box seconds before the halftime whistle.

Four minutes into the second half, Carlos Mendes had a stellar chance to equalize when he latched onto a Hunter Freeman corner kick. But the Cosmos captain’s shot from the edge of the six-yard box was saved by Goodwin on the line. Mendes had a second chance, but his rebound was off the mark.

In the 55th minute, Carolina defender Daniel Scott latched onto a Nazmi Albadawi corner kick, but Ayoze cleared the ball off the line.

Two minutes later, Marcos Senna replaced Lade. It marked the former Spanish international’s first home appearance since May 24.

Senna nearly leveled in the 62nd minute, but his free kick from 26 yards sailed over the net. Joseph Nane’s bouncing header from six yards out was saved two minutes later.

Albadawi took a pass from Shipalane in the 65th minute, but Danny Szetela blocked his shot as the ball went out for a Carolina corner kick.

The Cosmos continued to press forward for the equalizer, but Ayoze’s free kick in the 70th minute was parried away by Goodwin.

In the 77th minute, latched onto an Ayoze free kick, but Goodwin got his hands on Sebastián Guenzatti’s downward header at the far post. Guenzatti had another attempt with his head in stoppage time, but it deflected away.

"This is two home games in a row lost and the third in the history of the rebirth of the Cosmos," said Cosmos coach, Giovanni Savarese. "We’re definitely not content. We can talk about all the good things that we did because we spoke in the locker room and there’s many things that we can point to that we did well today but at the end it’s 1-0, we lost and we don’t get anything at home which is not good.”