The RailHawks U-23’s squad became Regional Champions for the 3rd consecutive year at the annual USASA Region III National Cup Competition last weekend. The regional championship, which was hosted in Montgomery, Alabama, saw the RailHawks take on teams from Louisiana, Charlotte and Texas on the road to claiming the trophy.
There was never any doubt that Head Coach Dewan Bader and the RailHawks U-23’s would repeat their success again this year, as they finished the tournament with a stunning goal differential of +17 after only three games. In their first game on Saturday, the RailHawks defeated Louisiana 7-1, and went on to play their most difficult game of the weekend against Carolinian rivals Charlotte, who they defeated 3-0.
On Sunday the RailHawks won a landslide victory against South Texas in the championship, emerging victorious in the final with a score line of 9-1.
Standout performances for the RailHawks included center back Gbenga Makinde and goalkeepers Nathan Dean and Eric Hamilton, who together conceded only 2 goals throughout the tournament. On the attack, striker Zabarle Kollie and midfielder Nasmi Albadawi also delivered noteworthy performances, in addition to Jared Rist, who scored two decisive goals in the semifinals match against Charlotte to ensure the RailHawks place in the championship.
The U-23 squad featured several young stars from the Carolinas, including five players from NC State, two players from UNC, two players from Campbell, and two players from Elon.
The RailHawks U-23’s are sponsored by JRW Associates (www.jrwassoc.com), a United Benefit Advisors firm that covers over 10 million members. For more information on the RailHawks organization and the U-23 program visit CarolinaRailHawks.com, or (919) 859-KICK (5425).
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