Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3140
  • Date09 Aug 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 3
Tampa Bay Rowdies 4
Tampa Bay Rowdies

Z. Schilawski48'

E. Martínez51'

3'A. Walker

10'T. Mkandawire

77'L. Mkosana

84'D. Russell

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies



TV: ESPN3                   

Radio: CAR-99.9HD-3 The Ticket


Two more contenders in the NASL Combined Table for the race to ‘The Championship’ has the Carolina RailHawks hosting Tampa Bay Rowdies at WakeMed Soccer Park in the NASL’s ‘Game of the Week’ live on ESPN3.  RailHawks, who are currently fourth in the Combined Standings, ended their seven-game road winless streak with a 1-0 victory over New York Cosmos last week.  Meanwhile, Tampa Bay, who is four points behind Carolina for the final berth to ‘The Championship,’ dropped a 1-0 decision to host Fort Lauderdale Strikers during the ‘Florida Derby.’  RailHawks have not lost to the Rowdies in the seven NASL games at WakeMed Soccer Park, including the last meeting this past Spring, where goals from Mike Grella and midfielder Ty Shipalane led the host to a 2-0 victory on May 31.


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



CAR-Scott Goodwin, Ty Shipalane, Connor Tobin (Team of the Week-4)



Stats leaders:

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (5); Assists – Zack Schilawski, Ty Shipalane (2)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (5); Assists – Georgi Hristov, Blake Wagner (2)



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): RailHawks 6 wins, 6 ties, 1 loss – 23 GF/14 GA (+9 GD)

At RailHawks: (7 meetings): RailHawks 4 wins, 3 ties, 0 losses— 14 GF/7 GA (+7 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting) RailHawks 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: May 31, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-0 Rowdies


Coaches quotes:

“We got a great result last weekend against New York. We are looking to keep the momentum going at home against Tampa Bay. Our players have been working hard and we are determined to get three points in front of our fans.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

"WakeMed Soccer Park remains a formidable place to go to. They've got a great record there in the league and in the Open Cup because they're a very strong side. Having said that, it's always an exciting game against Carolina. We're aware of their threats as I'm sure they're aware of ours. We'll have to go there and apply ourselves in the right manner for the full 95 or so minutes with our best foot forward and play with better control." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Asst 1: Ben Wooten

Asst 2: Mark Buda

4th: Robert Dail


Carolina RailHawks 3 Tampa Bay Rowdies 4

Tampa Bay Rowdies ended their two-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the host Carolina RailHawks in front of 3,140 spectators at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.


Tampa Bay Rowdies ended their two-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the host Carolina RailHawks in front of 3,140 spectators at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

Rowdies forward Amani Walker got the party started early, controlling an inch-perfect through ball from Shane Hill and sliding it past RailHawks goalkeeper Scott Goodwin and just inside the far post to give the Rowdies the opening goal in the 3rd minute.

The Rowdies, not satisfied with the early lead, continued to pile on the pressure and were rewarded in the 10th minute.

Midfielder Keith Savage, celebrating his 29th birthday, delivered a free kick from the left flank into the six-yard box, where Tamika Mkandawire slammed it into the net with a powerful header to put the Rowdies up 2-0.

Still not satisfied, the Rowdies continued their hard work, with Walker, Brian Shriver and Georgi Hristov all receiving the ball in dangerous areas as the half progressed.

Carolina had back-to-back free kicks near Tampa Bay’s goal in the 35th and 38th minutes, but on both occasions, goalkeeper Matt Pickens made a diving save to deny Kupono Low’s shot.

The RailHawks started the second half the same way the Rowdies started the first.

Enzo Martinez supplied Zach Schilawski with a great entry ball into the box, which Schilawski tapped over Pickens and into the net to make the score 2-1 in the 48th minute.

Just three minutes later, Schilawski returned the favor, feeding Martinez for the equalizing goal in the 51st minute.

The match remained even at 2-2 until late in the second half when Ricky Hill made impactful substitutions. Lucky Mkosana entered the match in the 71st minute with Ricardo Morris joining him on the field in the 72nd.

In the 77th minute, Morris slid a low cross from the left flank into the six-yard box, where a sliding Mkosana redirected it into the net for a 3-2 lead.

Tampa Bay appeared to have sealed the win with an 84th minute goal when a saved shot bounced his way near the penalty spot and he rocketed it past Goodwin for a 4-2 lead, but the scoring wasn’t quite finished for the night.

Carolina’s Danny Berrera took a shot in the 86th minute that deflected off Rowdies defender JP Rodrigues and trickled over the line to make the score 4-3.

Immediately after that, Carolina defender Daniel Scott was shown a second yellow card and dismissed from the match and Tampa Bay was able to close out the match and earn all three points.

The Rowdies victory was also the first at WakeMed Soccer Park as they ended a seven-game winless streak in NASL regular season play.

“Absolutely proud of the team, delighted for the guys,” said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill.  “Carolina is a difficult place to play, they are always ready come ready to play and Colin (Clarke) gets them prepared. I am delighted from our perspective to give away two goals straightaway after halftime and we regrouped and got ourselves back together.”