Edmonton, AB (May 6, 2012) – The Carolina RailHawks (0-4-3, 4 pts.) travelled to Canada to face off against FC Edmonton (1-1-3, 4 pts.). The RailHawks lost 3-0 after a second-half hat trick from Shaun Saiko.
The first half of the game was mostly played in midfield, however it was RailHawks ‘keeper Ray Burse who was forced to make three big saves – while Eddies man between the posts, David Monsalve, wasn’t tested. The best chance of the half came just before the halftime whistle with a give and go play between Kyle Porter and Yashir Pinto, but the shot from Pinto was well saved.
The second half saw the Eddies really push for the win. With the crowd behind them, the team rallied the effort to turn the game in their favour. In the 54 minute, Shaun Saiko struck for the first time in the game and found the back of the net from a long distance effort, a goal that was reminiscent of the one he scored against Fort Lauderdale for the first goal in franchise history.
Saiko was not done scoring, as he doubled FC Edmonton’s lead a few moments later with a shot that curled into the back post. Saiko finished off his hat-trick with a penalty kick in the 81 minute which saw the Eddies earn their first victory of the season with a final score of 3-0.
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