Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4179
  • Date18 Oct 14
  • VenueWakeMed Soccer Park
  • Kick Off06:30 PM EDT
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Carolina RailHawks
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Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1
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Nacho Novo82'

67'M. Anderson

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

Match Preview: Carolina RailHawks vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers

CARvsFTL

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: ESPN3                 

Radio: CAR – 99.9HD-3 The Ticket

 

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers will look to extend their unbeaten streak to five matches when they visit the Carolina RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park in the NASL’s ‘Match of the Week’ on ESPN3.  The Strikers, who are currently fourth in the Combined Standings, are coming off a 2-2 draw last Saturday against the host Atlanta Silverbacks.  Meanwhile, the RailHawks, who are just two points behind the Strikers for the last qualifying berth to The Championship, dropped a 3-0 decision on the road to FC Edmonton last Sunday.  Fort Lauderdale leads the series against Carolina, however the RailHawks are unbeaten at home against the Strikers.  The last time both teams met was two weeks ago, when a goal from midfielder Mark Anderson gave Fort Lauderdale a 1-0 home victory at Lockhart Stadium on October 4.

 

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

                                                                                                                                                                    

Recognition:

CAR-N/A

FTL-Fafà Picault (Player of the Week-14); Shawn Chin, Fafà Picault (Team of the Week-14)

 

Stats leaders:

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

FTL-Goals – Fafà Picault (12); Assists – Shawn Chin (5)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): Strikers 6 wins, 3 ties, 5 losses – 21 GF/22 GA (-1 GD)

At RailHawks: (7 meetings): RailHawks 5 wins, 2 ties, 0 losses – 21 GF/10 GA (+11 GD)

This Year: (2 meetings) RailHawks 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: October 4, 2014 at Lockhart Stadium — Strikers 1-0 RailHawks

 

Coaches quotes:

“Everything that happened up to now is history. Now we need to refocus our energy on the last three games of the regular season and The Championship games. I would like to invite all of our fans to join us this weekend on this really important match against Ft. Lauderdale, without your support we wouldn’t be where we are right now.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

“This is the biggest game of the season for us. We know what's at stake, and our team is battle-tested with so many good results in crucial games over the past few weeks. We'll be ready to give a supreme effort against Carolina on Saturday night.” – Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner

 

Referee: Marcos DeOliveira

Asst 1: Erick M. Varone

Asst 2: Patrick Schmidt

4th: Ahmed Mohamed

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The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were able to fight to a 1-1 draw against the Carolina Railhawks in Cary, N.C., keeping them in the fourth and final spot in The Championship with just two games left in the season.

CARvsFTL

The Fort Lauderdale Strikers were able to fight to a 1-1 draw against the Carolina Railhawks in Cary, N.C., keeping them in the fourth and final spot in The Championship with just two games left in the season.

The teams played a fast-paced first half, with both pushing hard, but neither team was able to create any great chances. The Strikers best opportunity came in the 33rd minute when Mark Anderson received a cross from Shawn Chin and tried to one-time it, but Carolina’s Akira Fitzgerald was able to come up with the save, and the teams went into the locker rooms with the scoreboard showing 0-0.

The save of the day came in the 54th minute from Kamil Contofalsky, when Nazmi Albadawi found himself with the ball at the top of the box and made a great shot, but Contofalsky was able to push the ball over the crossbar for an amazing save.

Anderson was able to put the Strikers ahead 1-0 in the 67th minute when Martin Nuñez slotted him the ball just outside the box and the midfielder shot it with his left foot, putting the ball inside the right post past Fitzgerald.

Just three minutes later, Tiyi Shipalane crossed the ball and found Albadawi who tried to redirect the ball into the goal, but somehow Contofalsky was able to come up with another great save from point-blank.

Carolina continued to press after the Strikers goal, creating several opportunities, but the Strikers defense continued to hold strong.

In the 82nd minute Carolina was able to even the score when Nacho Novo received the ball at the six from Shipalane and back heeled it into the corner of the goal to tie the game. 

"Great performance in second half," said RailHawks coach, Colin Clarke. "We gave up a poor goal and then the reaction obviously was very good."

Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner also commented:  "First I think I have to show respect for the home team because how they fought still trying to win this game was unbelievable. It was absolutely not easy to hold on to one point lead against this team because they are unbelievably tough. But we were finally able to put it off and I'm happy about it."