Jul 9, 2014; Cary, NC, USA; Carolina Railhawks mascot during the first half of the game against FC Dallas at WakeMed Soccer Park. FC Dallas won 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Joshua S. Kelly-USA TODAY Sports

Carolina RailHawks Break Through

The Carolina RailHawks were back in action this week as they played two games and got two different results. The RailHawks played the league-leading San Antonio Scorpions on July 24 and fell 2-0. They then returned home to face Ottawa Fury FC on July 26 and finally triumph in the fall season 3-0.

The Carolina RailHawks play in the North American Soccer League, a second league affiliated with the United States Soccer Federation. They are based in WakeMed Park in Cary, NC.

Carolina RailHawks lose to San Antonio Scorpions 2-0

If you recall, the RailHawks last played Minnesota, the defending spring season champion. Naturally their next game would have been against the current first place team. That would be San Antonio.

Despite the score, the game was close throughout the first half and saw the RailHawks with a fair number of chances that refused to go in. This was another holdover from the game in Minnesota where much the same thing happened.

It was two strikes that quickly followed each other, in the 62nd and 64th minute, which proved to be the undoing of the RailHawks. Though the RailHawks brought in three offensive substitutions to try to make something happen, nothing ultimately did.

Carolina RailHawks defeat Ottawa Fury FC 3-0

That led perhaps to a perfect storm of events. The road weary RailHawks got to return to friendly territory and force another team to travel great distance to face them.

The RailHawks did not waste that opportunity against Ottawa FC. The RailHawks were active early and forward Zack Schilawksi got loose for not one but two goals in the first half, which would earn him Man of the Match honors.

Nor did the RailHawks rest on their laurels. After halftime, midfielder Nazmi Albadawi poked one in at the 48th minute. That 3-0 lead would hold up the rest of the way, and the RailHawks had their first victory of the season.

They can’t stop here. On August 2, they play the New York Cosmos. They may not have Pele like the Cosmos of old, but the RailHawks need to beat them anyway.

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