NCFC dominates Edmonton in 3-1 win

Posted April 15

— North Carolina FC remains unbeaten at home with a Saturday night 3-1 win against FC Edmonton at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park. NCFC goals were provided by Lance Laing, Nazmi Albadawi and Matt Fondy in the commanding performance.

"I'm happy for everyone involved," said Head Coach Colin Clarke. "The women winning, us winning, it has been a good, positive weekend."

Ready to grab control of the game early, North Carolina FC put the pressure on FC Edmonton (0W-0D-3L; 0 pts) right at kickoff. Lance Laing gave NCFC (1W-1D-1L; 4 pts) a quick lead in the 4th minute with a highlight reel worthy free kick that rocketed over Edmonton goalkeeper Chris Konopka.

Looking to add on, the always dangerous Matt Fondy had a chance in the 18th minute, as his left-footed shot flew just wide of the top left corner.

Not slowing down, the club added another tally in the 23rd minute with Nazmi Albadawi’s first goal of the season. The midfielder carried the ball for 50 yards and found the back of the net from the bottom right corner after he fired a low, powerful shot.

NCFC’s strong efforts in the first half showed, as the club outshot Edmonton 8-5, securing a 2-0 lead after 45 minutes.

The club had another quick goal upon return for the second half, with Fondy’s second goal of the season in the 48th minute. The forward found Steven Miller’s cross to give his club a 3-1 lead and become NCFC’s current leading goal scorer.

Not a club to sit on a lead, Laing was looking for his second goal of the season, and NCFC’s fourth of the night, in the 51st minute as the Jamaican forced Konopka to make a save in the bottom left corner.

Though NCFC continued to attack, Edmonton broke through in the 72nd minute with a goal from Tomi Ameobi, as the forward slipped a rebounded shot past Brian Sylvestre denying him the shutout.

Worth noting, North Carolina FC amateur signee and United States U18 standout, Jose Carranza, made his debut for the club as he subbed in for Laing in the 75th minute.

Overall, North Carolina FC secured three points for their first home win of the season, and outshot FC Edmonton 15-12.

"We knew we would cause them [Edmonton] problems," Clarke said. "We move the ball very well and create a lot of good stuff in the first and second half."

Up next: North Carolina FC next plays at Riccardo Silva Stadium for an April 22 7:30 p.m. match against Miami FC. The club then travels to Puerto Rico, before returning home on Saturday, May 6 as the club hosts the San Francisco Deltas at 7:30 P.M. at Sahlen's Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.


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