banner
Erin Summers

RailHawks game had it all

Posted April 15, 2012

For soccer skeptics, Saturday night’s RailHawks game couldn’t have been better, except maybe if the team had won.

The 3,683 fans got perfect weather, eight goals, two lead changes, seven yellow cards, three red cards and even though the game didn’t get to be finished, those that stayed to the near end went home on the heels of a fight.

Looking for their first win of the season the RailHawks went up 2-0 on goals from Mike Palacio and Nick Zimmerman. The crowd was rocking, thunder-sticks, drums and lots of cheers as fans thought the victory was in hand.

But it wasn’t long before Atlanta scored one for themselves. Reinaldo Navia knocked one past keeper Ray Burse and three minutes later in the 42nd minute Raphael Cox tied it up taking it to halftime at 2-2.

The Silverbacks rode momentum into the second half as Willie Hunt headed one in off of a corner for the lead.

Zimmerman’s second goal of the night off of a Kupono Low free kick and back and forth with Jason Garey gave them the equalizer.

A comeback win seemed in the making. In the 77th minute Silverbacks Willie Hunt earned his second yellow of the night taking, getting him the boot, and meaning Atlanta would play the rest of the game a man down.

But that didn’t hold the Silverbacks back, Navia earned his second goal of the night and gave Atlanta their second lead in the 80th minute.

With the clock approaching 90 the RailHawks waited until the bitter end to grab the equalizer, as former UNC-Chapel Hill forward Brian Shriver hit the top of the net for the tie.

Three minutes of stoppage time would determine if there would be a winner. But neither side would get it. Carolina’s Ty Shipalane made a late slide tackle on Atlanta’s Nico Colaluca, Colaluca thought he’d get a foul call and ran over to RailHawks Brian Ackley, who was waiting to throw the ball in, and knocked the ball out of Ackley’s hands. The Cary native wouldn’t stand for that and retaliated, in no time the two were in an all-out brawl.

Carolina head coach Colin Clarke immediately ran over to the two and pushed Ackley away from Colaluca. Colaluca lunged back after Ackley but instead hit one of the officials and knocked him to the ground.

Players and coaches from both sides jumped in, along with the Cary Police, and the fight was over pretty quickly. But unfortunately, so was the game. The officials ended the match immediately even though there was over a minute left in stoppage time.

Ackley and Colaluca both earned red cards meaning they’ll have to sit out during the teams’ next match, which for the RailHawks comes Wednesday at Tampa Bay.

Carolina fans will have to wait until Saturday April 28th for some more home game action, if you haven't checked out the team yet, I suggest you do because you just never know what you’re going to get.

7 Comments

This blogpost is closed for comments.

Oldest First
View all
  • FlySwater Apr 19, 3:17 p.m.

    Nice try, but STILL BORING!

    — Posted by morgannyy

    While we can mostly agree that soccer is boring (because of the offsides rule - just saying). If an un-boring soccer game occurs, we need to hear about it. It's definitely news.

  • BlueDeviIs00 Apr 16, 4:25 p.m.

    Brian Ackley does work son!

  • Rocky2.0 Apr 16, 7:22 a.m.

    Nice try, but STILL BORING!

    — Posted by morgannyy

    Yeah, you are probably a baseball fan. THERE is some excitement for you.

    Railhawks are awesome. ... View More

    — Posted by sst100

    c'mon now.. I love baseball! But I'm looking forward to coming home over the summer and taking... View More

    — Posted by CharGrad13

    Watching baseball is like watching grass grow. Occasionally, something happens. Certainly nothing to justify million+ dollar contracts.

  • CharGrad13 Apr 15, 11:37 p.m.

    Nice try, but STILL BORING!

    — Posted by morgannyy

    Yeah, you are probably a baseball fan. THERE is some excitement for you.

    Railhawks are awesome. ... View More

    — Posted by sst100

    c'mon now.. I love baseball! But I'm looking forward to coming home over the summer and taking in a few Railhawks games. Have yet to make it out to one. Sound like they are fun.

  • sst100 Apr 15, 10:31 p.m.

    Nice try, but STILL BORING!

    — Posted by morgannyy

    Yeah, you are probably a baseball fan. THERE is some excitement for you.

    Railhawks are awesome. Go to a game. On second thought, don't. We like fun people. Stay home and do your nails.

  • loganwat Apr 15, 6:33 p.m.

    Not boring at all to people with the intellect to understand what soccer is about.

    The Railhawks games are a ton of fun!! Go and check it out before letting the peanut gallery keep you from having a blast.

  • morgannyy Apr 15, 4:09 p.m.

    Nice try, but STILL BORING!

  • ACC: North Carolina at Virginia

    Today at 12:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Seattle at Carolina

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Indianapolis at Pittsburgh

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • Logan Zone with Steve Logan

    Today at 10:00 am on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Carolina Panthers vs. Seattle Seahawks

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

Scoreboard
Local
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST
 
Final
SFG 2
KAN 3
8:07pm Tonight
SFG
KAN
 
Final
ORL 92
DAL 117
Final
TOR 83
NYK 80
Final
MEM 98
MIA 104
Final
CHI 112
MIN 113
Final
HOU 96
SAN 87
Final
UTA 100
PHO 105
 
4th
LAL 91
SAC 91
 
3rd
GSW 86
DEN 77
 
4th
LAC 64
POR 76
 
Final
CIN 34
SFLA 17
Final
SALABAMA 27
TROY 13
Final
BSU 55
BYU 30
 
Half
CAL 28
OREG 38
 
12:00pm Today
WISC
MD
12:00pm Today
SMU
MEM
12:00pm Today
ILL
MINN
12:00pm Today
RICE
UNT
12:00pm Today
NEB
RUTG
12:00pm Today
KST
TEX
12:00pm Today
ARK
UAB
12:30pm Today
UVA
UNC
1:00pm Today
EMICH
NILL
1:00pm Today
NAVY
SJST
2:00pm Today
BST
AKR
2:00pm Today
GASTATE
GASO
2:00pm Today
TOL
UMASS
2:00pm Today
WMICH
OHIO
2:00pm Today
COL
UCLA
2:30pm Today
UMO
KSU
3:30pm Today
WAKE
BC
3:30pm Today
BUF
CMICH
3:30pm Today
MARS
FATL
3:30pm Today
PITT
GT
3:30pm Today
SMISS
LATU
3:30pm Today
MSU
MICH
3:30pm Today
KENT
MSST
3:30pm Today
STAN
ORST
3:30pm Today
TCU
TTU
3:30pm Today
OKST
WVU
4:00pm Today
WKENT
ODU
4:00pm Today
UTST
UNLV
4:00pm Today
MIZZ
VANDY
5:00pm Tonight
UCF
TEMPL
6:00pm Tonight
WASU
ARZ
7:00pm Tonight
CLEM
SYR
7:00pm Tonight
LAMON
TXST
7:00pm Tonight
TXSANANTO
UTEP
7:00pm Tonight
COLST
WYO
7:15pm Tonight
LSU
MISS
7:30pm Tonight
TENN
ALA
7:30pm Tonight
AUB
SCAR
8:00pm Tonight
PSU
OSU
10:00pm Tonight
UTAH
USC
10:45pm Tonight
WASH
ARST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
NJD 2
DAL 3
Final
WIN 2
TAM 4
Final
COL 7
VAN 3
Final
EDM 6
CAR 3
3rd
ANA 3
CLB 1
 
4:00pm Today
SJS
BUF
 
7:00pm Tonight
TOR
BOS
 
7:00pm Tonight
NYI
DAL
 
7:00pm Tonight
PHI
DET
 
7:00pm Tonight
OTT
NJD
 
7:00pm Tonight
MON
NYR
 
8:00pm Tonight
STL
CHI
 
8:00pm Tonight
NAS
PIT
 
8:00pm Tonight
MIN
TAM
 
9:00pm Tonight
ARI
FLA
 
10:00pm Tonight
CAL
WAS
 
2:00pm Today
NCCU
SAVST