RailHawks Tie Portland 1-1
The RailHawks (3-2-3, 12 pts.) drew the Portland Timbers (3-3-3, 12 pts.) 1-1 at PGE Park on Sunday night. A stoppage time goal by Daniel Paladini decided the match after the Timbers took the lead with Ryan Pore in the 61st Minute. The RailHawks are still undefeated on the road with a record of 2-0-3.
"I am very pleased with the character and determination we showed tonight until the very end," said RailHawks coach Martin Rennie. "Our fitness is a huge part of our work and of what drives us to play so hard and a lot of it is also due to the hard work we do at Athletic Lab with Mike Young."
The first half began with Portland determined to control the match and force the RailHawks into their own box. In the 8th minute a foul was called on Schulte right outside the box but Portland midfielder Ryan Pore sent the free kick high above the crossbar. Portland continued to attack forcing Reed to make two great saves in the span of three minutes both on shots by forward Bright Dike. Dike again found himself close to getting on the scoreboard after finding himself in front of an empty net but the diagonal shot was quickly deflected by Schulte. The teams went to the locker rooms scoreless but not before a spectacular bicycle kick by Gregory Richardson got deflected into a corner kick.
After heavy rain during halftime the teams returned to the pitch both looking for the elusive goal. The RailHawks attacked a little bit more and came close to scoring with Bundu in the 57th minute. The Timbers, however, found the back of the net first when Ryan Pore received a ball from Bright Dike at the top left corner of the 18 yard box and slotted into the back post for the 1-0 lead. The RailHawks tried to even the score almost immediately with a volley by Bundu that went over the crossbar. Coach Rennie made several substitutions including Etienne Barbara for Bundu and Daniel Paladini for Franks. The team showed a lot of heart and resilience and the Paladini-Barbara combination proved to be very dangerous ultimately giving the RailHawks the 1-1 tie. First in the 86th minute Barbara slotted a through-ball to Paladini who shot it only to see Portland keeper Steve Cronin save it. Then in stoppage time Barbara comes into the box from the right side almost at the line and sent the ball into the middle of the box where Paladini shot it into the back of the net for his second stoppage time goal in three matches.
Next the RailHawks continue their West Coast trip in Vancouver on Wednesday night at 10:30 p.m. They will then return home for the first round of the US Open Cup on June 15 at 7 p.m. The next regular season home match will be Saturday June 19 at 7 p.m. when they host expansion side Crystal Palace Baltimore. It will be "Bark in the Park" night and fans are encouraged to bring their pets to the stadium. The RailHawks will also be celebrating "Father's Day" and the organization will be honoring all dads throughout the evening with giveaways and prizes to be announced on Monday. For tickets and information visit the LGFCU Box Office, www.carolinarailhawks.com or call 919-859-5425.
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