Story by Matt Young. File photos by Tom Mousseau and Hal Goodtree.
Cary, NC – WakeMed Soccer Park hosted an important game Saturday night as our NASL Carolina RailHawks (7-7-7) played the Edmonton Eddies (5-6-11) in front of just under 4000 fans.
Railhawks goalie Akira Fitzgerald (Wake Forest University), making his first start in the NASL, was beaten by Edmonton’s Paul Craig nine minutes into the match.
Nick Zimmerman tied it up for the Hawks with an unassisted goal at 29:06 – a great shot to the far post.
In the second half, Zack Schilawski had a great chance to add to the score in the 64th minute for the Hawks but it was a near miss. Kyle Porter of Edmonton pounded a left footed shot in to re-claim the lead in the 73nd.
Seven minutes later, Zack Schilawski tied it again.
Shipalane Continues Late Game Heroics
In extra time, Carolina’s Ty Shipalane “danced by 4 defenders” (that’s from the official boxscore, folks) and scored the game-winner for the RailHawks.
Coach Clarke’s strategy of bringing Shipalane off the bench late in the game bears dividends once again.
On Saturday, September 8th, the RailHawks will return to WakeMed Soccer Park after a road trip to play against the San Antonio Scorpions. Prior to the game fans can visit the RailHawks Homebrew Soktoberfest, which will include local homebrew sampling and Lonerider beer for $10. For information www.CarolinaRailHawks.com.