Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5000
  • Date25 Oct 14
  • VenueAtlanta Silverbacks Park
  • Kick Off07:30 PM EDT
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Atlanta Silverbacks
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Carolina RailHawks 2
Carolina RailHawks

37'D. Sandoval

48'Nacho Novo

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Carolina Railhawks

Match Preview: Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Carolina Railhawks

ATLvCAR

Webcast: NASLLive.com

 

The Carolina RailHawks aim to remain in the race for the last qualifying berth to The Championship when they travel to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks at Silverbacks Park.  The RailHawks, who currently are two points from the fourth spot in the NASL Combined Standings, is coming off a 1-1 draw at home against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers last week.  Meanwhile, the Silverbacks, who are looking to end their eight-game winless streak, also played to a 1-1 draw against the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies last weekend.  Carolina has only two losses against Atlanta in 14 NASL regular season encounters since 2011.  However the Silverbacks took the last meeting on August 30, when goals from midfielder Junior Sandoval and defender Ryan Roushandel gave the visitors a 2-0 victory over the RailHawks at WakeMed Soccer Park.

 

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

                                                                         

Recognition:

ATL-Jaime Chávez (Team of the Week-15)

CAR-Nacho Novo (Team of the Week-15)

 

Stats leaders:

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (9); Assists – Pablo Cruz (4)

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

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (14 meetings): RailHawks 9 wins, 3 ties, 2 losses – 29 GF/14 GA (+15 GD)

At Silverbacks: (6 meetings): RailHawks 4 wins, 1 tie, 1 loss— 13 GF/6GA (+7 GD)

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

Last Meeting: August 30, 2014 at WakeMed Soccer Park — RailHawks 0-2 Silverbacks

 

Coaches quotes:

“We're going to play the game as if it's our last one ever, going all in to win it.  If we lose, we lose, but we're going to do everything possible to win this game.” – Silverbacks coach Alejandro Pombo

“We didn't get the result we expected last week, but that is not going to stop us from working hard to accomplish our goal of playing and winning in The Championship. It is still possible, that is why we are focusing on winning the next six points.” – RailHawks coach Colin Clarke

 

Referee: Daniel Fitzgerald

Asst 1: Richonne Clark

Asst 2: Justin Desandre

4th: Patrick Baker

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Atlanta Silverbacks 0 Carolina RailHawks 2

The Carolina RailHawks needed a win in Atlanta to keep their postseason dreams alive and with goals from forwards Nacho Novo and Devon Sandoval were able to do just that, as they posted a 2-0 to victory over the Silverbacks in front of a sold out crowd of 5,000 at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.

ATLvsCAR

The Carolina RailHawks needed a win in Atlanta to keep their postseason dreams alive and with goals from forwards Nacho Novo and Devon Sandoval were able to do just that, as they posted a 2-0 to victory over the Silverbacks in front of a sold out crowd of 5,000 at Silverbacks Park on Saturday evening.

The RailHawks were unable to achieve any type of offensive flow in the first portion of the first half, but momentum swung in the favor of the RailHawks after goalkeeper, Scott Goodwin, came up with a tremendous penalty kick save on Silverbacks forward, Jaime Chávez in the 35th minute of play.

Following Goodwin's save, the RailHawks stormed down the field with a newfound sense of urgency. Maintaining persistent possession, the RailHawks were able to force a fortunate bounce, as Atlanta's goalkeeper misplayed a ball that a well positioned Devon Sandoval put into the back of the net from close range. 

‪Carolina proceeded to open the second half with the same intensity with which they closed the first, and it didn't take long for them to add to their score.  After being fouled in the box, the RailHawks sent Nacho Novo to the spot to take a penalty kick, and like clockwork, Novo capitalized, sending the ball just past the outstretched fingers of Atlanta's goalkeeper in the 47th minute of play. 

‪Novo's goal gave the RailHawks a 2-0 lead, and Carolina never looked back from there.  The three points that Carolina picked up tonight kept them alive in the the hunt for the fourth spot in the NASL Championship, only two points behind the Ft. Lauderdale Strikers who currently sit in fourth. 

"I was disappointed last week because we didn't get the result we were looking for," said RailHawks coach, Colin Clarke.  "We knew it was a make or break. We had to stay in the race. We had to give an opportunity for it to happen first. I don't know how the other results have gone but we've done our part."