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RailHawks travel to Tampa for NASL semifinal matchup

Posted October 12, 2012

— The Carolina RailHawks will face the Tampa Bay Rowdies in the second leg of the Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 13 at 7:30 p.m. in St. Petersburg.

Despite dominating and outshooting the Rowdies in the first leg, the RailHawks lost 2-1 and are currently down a goal in the aggregate score. Aggregate score is determined by adding the goals of both legs with the winner advancing to the NASL Championship Series.

Saturday’s match is a must win for the RailHawks to keep their postseason alive. A win by 2 or more goals will punch the RailHawks ticket into the NASL Championship Series. A win by 1 goal would send the teams into overtime with two 15-minute periods. If the aggregate score continues to be tied at the end of the two overtime periods, the winner will be determined by a penalty shootout.

“We were disappointed after the result last Saturday, but we are confident we can get the resulted needed to continue into the playoffs,” said Head Coach Colin Clarke. “The training sessions this week have been very sharp and the fans can expect to see a team that is giving to give 100 percent the entire game.”

The match will be shown live on Saturday at 7:30 PM at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/LIVE. Fans can also join the RailHawks at Mellow Mushroom in Cary for the RailHawks Watch Party.

LAST TIME OUT
The RailHawks lost to the Rowdies 2-1 despite outshooting them 17-9. Mike Ambersley and Daniel Antoniuk scored for the Rowdies. Brian Shriver had temporarily equalized the match by scoring a penalty kick.

SERIES HISTORY
The RailHawks and the Rowdies have tied all their matches during the NASL Regular Season. The first match between both teams was played in Tampa Bay on April 18th and the game ended 1-1. Brian Shriver scored the goal for the RailHawks before Tsuyoshi Yoshitake tied the game. On August 4th at WakeMed Soccer Park the RailHawks gave up a two-goal lead in the final minutes to draw 3-3. Nick Zimmerman scored twice and Jason Garey added the third goal. The RailHawks wrapped up the season with two matches back-to-back against the Rowdies, ending in 1-1 and 0-0 draws. With last Saturday’s loss the all-time record for the RailHawks against the Rowdies is 5W-4T-2L.

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