Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5593
  • Date20 Sep 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
Carolina RailHawks
Carolina RailHawks 5
NY Cosmos 4
NY Cosmos

D. Sandoval48'

L. Osaki58'

E. Martínez65'

D. Sandoval67'

Z. Schilawski78'

69'J. Ockford

80'M. Stokkelien

89'S. Dimitrov

Match Preview: Carolina Railhawks vs. New York Cosmos

Match Preview: Carolina Railhawks vs. New York Cosmos



Radio: CAR-99.9HD-3 The Ticket


Two teams that are third and fourth-place, respectively, in NASL Combine Standings, when the New York Cosmos visit the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park.  The Cosmos are coming off a 3-2 win against the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks last week, while the RailHawks earned a 3-1 home victory over the San Antonio Scorpions.  Carolina has also won three of four overall encounters against New York which includes a perfect 2-0-0 record at the Triangle.  The last meeting between the two sides had midfielder Tiyi Shipalane scoring the game-winner for the visiting RailHawks in the 1-0 defeat over the Cosmos at Hofstra University’s James M. Shuart Stadium on August 2.


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



CAR-Nazmi Albadawi (Player of the Week-10); Nazmi Albadawi, Jun Marques-Davidson (Team of the Week-10)

NYC-Mads Stokkelien, Danny Szetela (Team of the Week-10)


Stats leaders:

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

NYC-Goals – Mads Stokkelien (6); Assists – Hans Denissen, Mads Stokkelien (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (4 meetings): RailHawks 3 wins, 0 ties, 1 loss— 5 GF/4 GA (+1 GD)

At RailHawks: (2 meetings): RailHawks 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/0 GA (+4 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings): RailHawks 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 2 GF/0 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: August 2, 2014 at James M. Shuart Stadium — Cosmos 0-1 RailHawks


Coaches quotes:

“Saturday is going to be another very important match for us. We had a great result against the Scorpions last weekend and we need to make sure we keep the momentum going. New York has a really good team and we will need to play our best in order to get another three points.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“We face a very difficult challenge this weekend playing against a tough team like Carolina– they are even tougher when they play at home. It is crucial for us to be at the top of our game to make sure we earn our first three points at Carolina. We have been able to achieve two good results in the last couple matches at home and now we need to carry that momentum with us on the road.” – Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese


Referee: Mark Kadlecik

Asst 1: Bill Dittmar

Asst 2: Matthew Nelson

4th: Dustin Thorne



Carolina RailHawks 5 New York Cosmos 4

The Carolina RailHawks posted a 5-4 victory over the visiting New York Cosmos in front of a crowd of 5,593 at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.


The Carolina RailHawks posted a 5-4 victory over the visiting New York Cosmos in front of a crowd of 5,593 at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday evening.

"There was a never say die attitude about both teams and a lot of goals," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke.  "Obviously we made it a lot harder than we should've done, we weren't good defending, but a great response from halftime. Three points, that's the most important thing tonight."

The Cosmos, who had a four-match unbeaten streak snapped, dominated play for large portions of the scoreless first half, clogging up the midfield although the scoring chances were limited for both teams.

The best opportunity before halftime was a long-distance effort by defender Hunter Freeman, whose low, dipping shot was wide of the right post in the 44th minute.

Against the run of play four minutes into the second half, the RailHawks took a 1-0 lead when the influential midfielder Tiyi Shipalane played a ball to forward Devon Sandoval, who recovered after Freeman nearly stole the ball and put a low shot inside the left post.

It was the first of nine goals in a wide-open second half.

Ten minutes later, midfielder Leo Osaki doubled the RailHawks lead with a 26-yard free kick into the upper right corner of the net.

The Cosmos pulled one goal back in the 64th minute when Carolina defender Kwame Watson-Siriboe inadvertently put a glancing header off a Freeman service into his own net.

One minute later, midfielder Enzo Martinez tapped in the rebound of a Sandoval shot that was saved by goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer to give Carolina a 3-1 lead.

Sandoval added his second goal in the 67th minute, beating Maurer in a footrace to a through ball and easily finishing into the empty net to give Carolina a 4-1 lead.

Two minutes later, defender Jimmy Ockford cut the Cosmos deficit to 4-2 on a header following a corner kick, but Shipalane set up forward Zach Schilawski, who turned in the box and put a shot over the right shoulder of Maurer to increase Carolina’s lead to 5-2.

The Cosmos, though, would not give up and forward Mads Stokkelien toe-poked a deflected Jemal Johnson shot in for his fourth goal in the last five games in the 80th minute.

Four minutes later, forward Jemal Johnson took a touch in the box and put a shot on target, but Carolina goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald made the save at the near post.

The Cosmos pulled within a goal in the 89th minute when forward Stefan Dimitrov put in the rebound of a shot off the post by teammate Danny Mwanga.

The nine goals are the most goals scored in an NASL game since November 2, 2013, when Minnesota United FC defeated the host Tampa Bay Rowdies, 6-4.  The record in the NASL modern era for most goals in a single match was on August 3, 2013 when the visiting Rowdies topped the San Antonio Scorpions, 7-4.