Soccer

RailHawks jump to first with 3-2 comeback

Posted June 23, 2013

Two goals in the final five minutes from Brian Shriver propelled the Carolina RailHawks (5W-4T-1L, 19pts) to a 3-2 victory over Minnesota United (4W-2T-4L, 14pts). With the victory, paired with an Atlanta Silverbacks loss, the RailHawks jump to first place in the NASL Spring Season standings and could clinch the Spring Season Championship on Saturday, June 29th.

“We weren’t good defensively the first 15 minutes and didn’t deal with Campos very well,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “After that, I thought we were the better team.

For the fourth consecutive match, the RailHawks have scored a game-tying or game-winning goal in the final 10 minutes of play. After outshooting Minnesota 22 to 10, the RailHawks struck twice in the final 5 minutes. This time it was Brian Shriver who recorded his 7th and 8th goal of the season in the 86th and 88th minute to earn the dramatic victory.

“The boys are enjoying themselves and now we have the opportunity to play for a Championship in front of our home crowd,” stated Clarke. “Saturday’s match versus Atlanta becomes even more important and we have the opportunity to secure home field for the Soccer Bowl.”

The RailHawks will host Atlanta on Saturday, June 29th at WakeMed Soccer Park at 7:00pm ET. With a victory over Atlanta, the RailHawks would win the NASL Spring Championship and host the NASL Soccer Bowl, the league’s championship game. The Soccer Bowl will pit the winner of the Spring Season against the winner of the Fall Season, with the Spring Champion hosting the match.

Minnesota jumped on the scoreboard early when the RailHawks were caught with suspect defense. In the 4th minute, Simone Bracalello received the ball at the top of the RailHawks box and fired the ball into the RailHawks net. Only 6 minutes later, Minnesota goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel played a ball over the RailHawks backline. Minnesota forward Pablo Campos muscled past a defender and finished a volley into the far post.

In the 25th minute, Floyd Franks drew the RailHawks a goal back when he was fouled in the box, earning a penalty kick. Franks stepped up and converted the kick to put the RailHawks only a goal back going into halftime.

The RailHawks will next travel to Utah to face Real Salt Lake in the Quarterfinal Round of the 100th Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup on Wednesday, June 26th. The match will be broadcast live on www.CarolinaRailHawks.com and the RailHawks will host a watch party starting at 8:30pm at the Mellow Mushroom in Cary.

The RailHawks will then return to WakeMed Soccer Park to host the Atlanta Silverbacks on Saturday, June 29th at 7:00pm ET. Prior to the June 29th match, the RailHawks will host the Second Annual Pregame Pig Pickin’ Festival starting at 4:45pm and will finish the night with a Fireworks Extravaganza immediately following the match.  

Comments

Please to add a comment.

Oldest First
View all
  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • SEC: Arkansas at Florida

    Tomorrow at 2:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • PGA: Waste Management Phoenix Open

    Tomorrow at 3:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Big 10: Michigan at Michigan State

    Sunday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NHL: Hurricanes vs. St. Louis

    Tonight at 7:00 on 99.9 The Fan

  • ACC: NC State at Georgia Tech

    Tomorrow at 12:00 pm on WRAL-FM

  • NHL: Hurricanes at NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • Super Bowl: Seattle vs. New England

    Sunday at 6:30 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
STL
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
MIN
7:30pm Tonight
BOS
HOU
7:30pm Tonight
ATL
POR
7:30pm Tonight
CLE
SAC
7:30pm Tonight
BRK
TOR
8:00pm Tonight
MIA
DAL
8:00pm Tonight
NOP
LAC
9:00pm Tonight
UTA
GSW
10:30pm Tonight
PHO
CHI
6:00pm Tonight
PRIN
HARV
 
7:00pm Tonight
CORN
BRO
 
7:00pm Tonight
PENN
DART
 
7:00pm Tonight
NIAG
MAR
 
7:00pm Tonight
CAN
QUIN
 
7:00pm Tonight
MAN
SIENA
 
8:00pm Tonight
WILL
IUPUI
 
8:00pm Tonight
FAIR
MON
 
8:00pm Tonight
ARST
OREG
8:00pm Tonight
CLMB
YALE
 
10:00pm Tonight
BUF
KSU
 
10:00pm Tonight
ARZ
ORST
7:00pm Tonight
NJD
PIT
7:00pm Tonight
CAR
STL
9:00pm Tonight
COL
NAS
10:00pm Tonight
VAN
BUF
10:00pm Tonight
ANA
CHI