A week after their dramatic win against FC Edmonton, the Carolina RailHawks fly south to take on the Atlanta Silverbacks in Atlanta, Georgia Saturday night. Since the Silverbacks joined the NASL in 2011, the team has failed to defeat the RailHawks in seven prior meetings.
In Carolina’s last match, Ty Shipalane was again the hero for the home side, coming off of the bench to score the game-winning goal in the first minute of stoppage time to defeat Edmonton 3-2 with a moment of individual brilliance inside the box. It was a familiar sight for the RailHawks who have seen Shipalane create or score a goal in the last five minutes of the match six times already this season. The victory closed the gap on the Minnesota Stars, who are now level on points with Carolina with 28, though the RailHawks have played one game less.
The Silverbacks are coming off of a scoreless draw with Minnesota Stars FC at Atlanta Silverbacks Park. The hosts were forced to play the final 30 minutes of the match a man down after Ciaran O’Brien was shown a straight red card in the 61st minute. It was the second match in a row the Silverbacks defense kept their opponents off the score sheet.
The RailHawks continued their unbeaten record against the Silverbacks with a 2-1 victory in the last meeting between the sides. Nick Zimmerman spoiled Eric Wynalda’s professional coaching debut for the Silverbacks by scoring both goals inside of four minutes on either side of halftime. Seven previous meetings have resulted in a total of 28 goals, an average of four goals per game.
While the Silverbacks still have a slim shot at making the playoffs, every match is sure to be treated as a must-win for Head Coach Brian Haynes and his men as the try and capture the sixth and final playoff spot the RailHawks currently occupy. The RailHawks have collected just five points on the road this season, the fewest of any NASL team, and with trips to Puerto Rico, Edmonton, San Antonio, and Tampa Bay still to come, it isn’t about to get any easier for last year’s Regular Season Champions.
Atlanta Silverbacks vs. Carolina RailHawks
Saturday, August 25, 2012— 7:30 P.M. EDT
Atlanta Silverbacks Park
Webcast: NASL on ustream
TV: Azteca Atlanta CH 4
2012 Series: Carolina, 2-1-0, 7 points
2011 Series: Carolina, 4-0-0, 12 points
Head Coach Brian Haynes Colin Clarke
2012 Records 8th: 4-7-11, 18 points 6th: 7-7-7, 28 points
Last Five Games L L W T T W L T L W
Goals Leader Matt Horth (6) Nick Zimmerman (12)
Reinaldo Navia (6)
Assists Leader Ciaran O’Brien (4) Mike Palacio (6)
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