Second half goals from midfielder Breiner Ortiz and forward Brian Ackley gave the host Carolina RailHawks a 2-0 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of 4,215 spectators at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. on Saturday evening.
“We’re excited for a lot of reasons tonight,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. “We were coming off four tough results for different reasons and we had to ask ourselves if we were good enough. I think we answered some of those questions tonight.”
The victory ended the RailHawks four-game winless streak however they continued their unbeaten run at the Triangle to 10 NASL games (14 overall) in 2013. Meanwhile, the Strikers dropped their second consecutive match and have not won in their last four encounters.
The best chance for both clubs in the first half, occurred when a clearance fell to the Colombian Ortiz, whose lofted ball found the Jamaican forward Nick Addlery at the back post, however, Strikers goalkeeper Richard Sanchez had little trouble with Addlery’s volley towards goal.
Ortiz got Carolina on the board in the second half with a shot from outside the penalty area that beat the Mexican ‘keeper Sanchez in the 63rd minute.
Sixteen minutes later, Strikers defender Stefan Antonijevic fouled Costa Rican midfielder Cesar Elizondo inside the 18-yard box and the referee awards the RailHawks a penalty kick.
Second half substitute Ackley took the penalty shot and scored in the 80th minute for the 2-0 score in favor of Carolina.
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