RailHawks Host League-leading Minnesota Stars FCJune 8, 2012 - North American Soccer League (NASL) Carolina RailHawks
The RailHawks will host the Stars for the first time this season after playing in Minnesota twice, recording a 0-0 draw and a 2-1 loss. Carolina and Minnesota's rivalry has been elevated ever since last season's memorable Semifinal matchup in the 2011 NASL Playoffs. After a 1-0 result in favor of the Stars in Minnesota, the RailHawks responded with a dramatic 4-3 result at WakeMed Soccer Park. Minnesota would proceed to advance to the Championship series with a penalty kick victory over the RailHawks.
"We are coming off a difficult loss against Chivas USA, but we have been playing at a high level and certainly hope to continue on this path on Saturday," said Colin Clarke. "I hope our fans continue to show our guys the support they've been getting since our 12th man has been so important in the last few weeks."
NURSE ON INTERNATIONAL DUTY, "BOSS" SERVES SUSPENSION
RailHawks midfielder Chris Nurse will not be available for the match as he is on international duty with the Guyana National Team. Guyana will face CONCACAF powerhouses Mexico and Costa Rica on Friday and Tuesday, respectively, in the group stage of 2014 World Cup Qualifications. Defender Gale Agbossoumonde will serve his one-game suspension for the red card he received against Puerto Rico on June 2nd.
BURSE AWARDED ASSIST
In last Saturday's victory over the NASL leader Puerto Rico Islanders, midfielder Ty Shipalane scored the game winning goal in the 88th minute. Goalkeeper Ray Burse was officially given the assist on Shipalane's goal against Puerto Rico, making him the first goalkeeper with an assist in the 2012 NASL Season.
NASL INDIVIDUAL LEADERS
Brian Shriver and Nick Zimmerman, with four goals each in league play, currently sit in fourth place for the NASL Golden Boot. Midfielder Amir Lowery, and captain Kupono Low are the only two players to have played every minute of official matches for the RailHawks, including the U.S. Open Cup.
LAST SERIES MATCH
Clarke and his RailHawks travelled to Minnesota to play the Stars on May 12th that resulted in a 2-1 loss. The match was the debut for Gale Agbossoumonde with the RailHawks. The match was the beginning of the resurgence of the RailHawks, as they demonstrated their improved play, but were ultimately unable to capitalize their chances. Austin Da Luz scored the RailHawks only goal of the match, his first goal as a member of the RailHawks, as the team tried to overcome a 2-0 deficit.
LAST TIME OUT
The RailHawks faced MLS's Chivas USA in the Fourth Round of the U.S. Open Cup at WakeMed Soccer Park in front of 7,117 fans. Despite outplaying the MLS squad for much of the match, the RailHawks lost in stoppage time when Juan Pablo Angel converted a penalty kick. Substitute Mike Palacio had the equalizer in the second half for the RailHawks. The defeat ended the RailHawks run at the Cup after a memorable come from behind win against LA Galaxy and a 6-0 routing of PSA Elite.
After playing the Stars, the RailHawks will travel to Atlanta to take on the Silverbacks on June 16th at 7:30 PM ET. The match will be broadcast live at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com/live. The RailHawks will return to action at WakeMed Soccer Park on June 23rd when FC Edmonton comes to town to face off against the RailHawks. Tickets for the match are available online at www.CarolinaRailHawks.com. For information about upcoming matches and tickets, contact the Cruizers Box Office at 919-459-8144 or tickets@CarolinaRailHawks.com.
North American Soccer League Stories from June 8, 2012
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