Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3106
  • Date30 Aug 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 0
Atlanta Silverbacks 2
Atlanta Silverbacks

63'J. Sandoval

75'R. Roushandel

Match Preview: Carolina Railhawks vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Carolina Railhawks vs. Atlanta Silverbacks



TV: ESPN3                  

Radio: CAR-99.9HD-3 The Ticket


Carolina RailHawks look to remain among the contenders into The Championship when they host Atlanta Silverbacks at WakeMed Soccer Park in the NASL’s Match of the Week on ESPN3.  The RailHawks, who currently have the fourth slot in the NASL Combined Standings, is coming off their third victory in their last five games after defeating the host, Tampa Bay Rowdies, 1-0, last week.  Meanwhile, Silverbacks, who trail the RailHawks by five points, dropped a 2-1 road encounter against the San Antonio Scorpions last week.  Carolina has lost just once to Atlanta in 13 NASL regular season encounters since 2011 and are unbeaten at the Triangle.  The previous matchup between the two teams took place this past Spring Season when goals from Mike Grella and defender Connor Tobin led the RailHawks to a 2-0 victory at WakeMed Soccer Park on May 17.


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



CAR-Akira Fitzgerald, Tiyi Shipalane (Team of the Week-7)



Stats leaders:

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (8); Assists – Zack Schilawski (3)

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Blair Gavin (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): RailHawks 9 wins, 3 ties, 1 loss – 29 GF/12 GA (+17 GD)

At RailHawks: (7 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses— 16 GF/6GA (+10 GD)

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

Last Meeting: May 17, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 2-0 Silverbacks


Coaches quotes:

“Saturday’s game is really important for us, we need to get back to winning at home. Every week there is one less game and points are very important. We got a great result in Tampa Bay last week and we need to back that up with three points at home.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“I've already been watching them. There are other things that come into play, other than their style. It's a large field there that we'll have to make some adjustments for. Obviously they won in the 90+ minute this weekend, so they're finishing games strong. So we have to take all those things into consideration when we put our lineup out on the field.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith


Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Scott Kachmarik

Asst 2: Jason White

4th: Benjamin Beal


Carolina Railhawks 0 Atlanta Silverbacks 2

The Atlanta Silverbacks earned their first NASL victory at WakeMed Soccer Park this Saturday evening after defeating the host Carolina RailHawks by a score of 2-0 in front of 3,106 spectators.


The Atlanta Silverbacks earned their first NASL victory at WakeMed Soccer Park after defeating the host Carolina RailHawks by a score of 2-0 in front of 3,106 spectators on Saturday evening.

Midfielder Tiyi Shipalane led the RailHawks in the quality chance category as he took multiple strong shots, all of which were knocked down by Atlanta's goalkeeper Eric Ati, whom had a very strong performance.

The Silverbacks scored both their goals in the second half with the first coming from midfielder Junior Sandoval, in the 63rd minute.  Atlanta's second, came in the the 75th minute and was scored by defender Ryan Roushandel off an asist from midfielder Pablo Cruz.

The victory ended the Silverbacks three-game winless streak, while the RailHawks dropped their third consecutive game at home.

"We were fortunate, I thought it (the second goal) was a very good strike,” said Silverbacks coach, Jason Smith.  “The game was very even, we did pick up our pace a little bit we got the ball we got better and I think it was the difference in the game."