Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3052
  • Date04 Oct 14
  • VenueLockhart Stadium
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers
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M. Anderson59'

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Carolina Railhawks

Match Preview: Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Carolina Railhawks

FTLvCAR

Webcast: NASLLive.com

Radio: FTL – Sofloradio.com

 

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers return to action to take on the visiting Carolina RailHawks at Lockhart Stadium.  The RailHawks, who are currently fourth in the NASL Combine Standings, are coming off their third consecutive victory last week after topping the host Indy Eleven, 1-0.  Meanwhile, the Strikers, whose road game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies last week was rescheduled due to the weather, trail Carolina by four points for the last qualifying berth to The Championship.  Fort Lauderdale is unbeaten against Carolina at Lockhart Stadium, however, the Strikers have dropped their last two overall encounters to the RailHawks.  The last time both teams met was this past Spring Season, when two goals each from forward Zack Schilawski and midfielder Enzo Martinez gave the host RailHawks a 4-1 win over the Strikers at WakeMed Soccer Park on April 19.

 

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

                                                                                                 

Recognition:

FTL-N/A

CAR-Nazmi Albadawi, Connor Tobin (Team of the Week-12)

 

Stats leaders:

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (9); Assists – Ivan Guerrero, Darnell King (3)

CAR-Goals – Zack Schilawski (9); Assists – Enzo Martinez (4)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (13 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 3 ties, 5 losses – 22 GF/20 GA (+2 GD)

At Strikers: (6 meetings): Strikers 5 wins, 1 tie, 0 loss— 8 GF/3 GA (+5 GD)

This Year: (1 meeting) RailHawks 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/1 GA (+3 GD)

Last Meeting: April 19, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 4-1 Strikers

 

Suspensions:

CAR-Kupono Low

 

Coaches quotes:

“As I have stated before, all of our remaining matches are vital.  This match against Carolina, along with our upcoming games at Tampa and at Carolina, are the most important ones.  If we want to capture the final spot in The Championship, we must win these games.  Our team will be ready for a big challenge on Saturday night against a team that also recognizes the importance of this game.  It should be an intense fight to the finish.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

“Saturday’s match is going to be another important game for us.  We haven’t been able to get a good result in Fort Lauderdale since I’ve been here. It will be nice to go down there and get the three points against a team competing with us for the third and fourth spot in The Championship. They have a good team, with many familiar faces. We are looking forward to a great game.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

 

Referee: Andres Pfefferkorn

Asst 1: Everton Cole

Asst 2: Felix Carranza

4th: Federico Mato

 

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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 Carolina RailHawks 0

A goal from midfielder Mark Anderson gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.

FTLvCAR

A goal from midfielder Mark Anderson gave the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers a 1-0 win over the Carolina RailHawks 1-0 at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday evening.

The goal came to the delight of the 3,052 fans in attendance and keeps Fort Lauderdale within “striking” distance of the fourth and final spot in The Championship.

It took a brilliant save from RailHawks’ goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald to keep Anderson from scoring when the Strikers were awarded a penalty kick in the 22nd minute. The RailHawks goalkeeper guessed correctly to his left and parried Anderson’s effort wide.

There was nothing Fitzgerald could do on Anderson’s next sniff of goal in the 59th minute of the match. Carolina turned the ball over in midfield and James Marcelin picked out the run of Darnell King into space on the right flank. He centered the ball at the top of the box for Anderson to power a low drive past the keeper at the near post to put the hosts in the lead.

Anderson’s goal was enough to secure the victory for the Strikers, though the match wasn’t without its fair share of chances. Just minutes after the interval, Martin Nuñez had a low shot fly past Fitzgerald and cannon off the post. At the other end, Contofalsky made four total saves to keep the RailHawks attack at bay.

A pair of injures to Strikers defender soured the win. Both Rafael Alves and Stephane Guillaume were carried off the field on the stretcher. Guillaume only recently returned to the pitch following nearly a year on the sidelines recovering from a knee injury, while Alves has been an integral part of the Strikers defense since joining the club in 2013.

With just three minutes of regulation time remaining, the contest was delayed due to lightning in the area. The game resumed after a 35-minute delay and the Strikers were able to dig in their heels defensively to hold on for the win.

"Getting the three points today was most important," said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner.  "This is a very good team. But we had more opportunities tonight. We didn’t allow them a clear chance to score a goal. Now it’s going to be hard for us, going on the road for three games in a row, so it was very important to come out with the points at home."