The Carolina RailHawks are playing to a scoreless draw against the visiting Fort Lauderdale Strikers after the first 45 minutes at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday evening.
Though the RailHawks lead the shot count 4 to 1, both teams have been dangerous in their attacks, but have lacked in the opponents box. The first half with 13 fouls saw each side get a yellow card before the 25th minute.
The best chance for both clubs occurred when a clearance fell to midfielder Breiner Ortiz, whose lofted ball found forward Nick Addlery at the back post. Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Richard Sanchez had little trouble with Addlery’s volley on goal.
The even scoreline has been played in part by strong defensive efforts. RailHawks defender Paul Hamilton had two well-timed tackles that denied the Strikers 1-on-1 scoring opportunities.
The Strikers towering centerbacks of Stefan Antonijevic and Rafael Alves at have thwarted many of the RailHawks scoring opportunities.
“My team is playing the same style as they did in the last game so we have improved from the past season,” said Strikers coach Günter Kronsteiner at halftime. “We know that this team (Carolina) has an unbelievable record at home and will push to try to score against us. We need to do a bit more than what we did in the first half. If we can maintain the draw then we can increase our chances to score in the second half.”
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