Two goals from forward Brian Shriver and another by teammate Brian Ackley gave the host Carolina RailHawks a 3-0 against the New York Cosmos in front of a crowd of 4,096 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday night.
The victory extended Carolina’s unbeaten streak at home to nine matches, while New York suffered its first loss of the Fall Season.
“New York probably had the more shots and more possession, but we took our chances,” said RailHawks head coach Colin Clarke. “For me, that was our biggest weakness in the Spring and something we have worked on a great deal. New York is a very good team, with good players. This was a big win tonight, we will enjoy it and then move our focus on to the next match.”
The first-ever meeting between the two sides had the RailHawks opening the scoreline only eight minutes into the match when midfielder Ty Shipalane charged forward before connecting with midfielder Zack Schilawski outside of the Cosmos’ box. Schilawski then fed the ball to Shriver, who one-touched the pass into the net to put the RailHawks ahead 1-0.
The RailHawks added to their lead twenty minutes later when Cosmos defender Hunter Gorskie misplaced a back pass, allowing Shriver to take possession in the Cosmos’ box with only goalkeeper Kyle Reynish to beat. Shriver took a delicate touch around the keeper and slotted the ball into the open net for his 11th goal in the league, which puts him atop of the NASL Golden Boot race.
Minutes before halftime, midfielders Joseph Nane of the Cosmos and RailHawks Austin Da Luz were both shown their second yellow cards of the match in a three-minute span, leaving both clubs with 10 players.
In the second half, the Cosmos defender Hunter Freeman’s corner found substitute Roversio but his header was saved by RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald in the 54th minute.
With 10 minutes remaining, midfielder Ayoze earned a free kick at the top of the 18-yard box, however midfielder Marcos Senna’s shot went over the cross bar.
In the 88th minute, Carolina midfielder Cesar Elizondo was foul by Gorskie inside the New York penalty area. RailHawks Ackley took the shot and scored past Cosmos ‘keeper Reynish with a minute remaining.
In stoppage time, Cosmos midfielder Sebastian Guenzatti was shown a straight red card for a dangerous tackle.
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