Carolina RailHawks Update: 9/17


It has been a busy period for the Carolina RailHawks of the North American Soccer League. They drew against Ottawa Fury FC and defeated the powerful San Antonio Spiders. In between they were involved in a couple of player transactions too.

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Carolina RailHawks tie Ottawa Fury FC 2-2 on September 7

It was a controlling start by the RailHawks, but sometimes luck is in the other guy’s corner. In the 24th minute it was the Fury that came up with the first goal of the game. That lead stood up throughout the first half of play.

In the second half newcomer midfielder Danny Barrera registered his first goal with the RailHawks at the 61st minute to tie the score. The push continued for the RailHawks as Tiyi Shipalane played a rebound shot into the goal in the 64th minute. Now up 2-1, the RailHawks worked to preserve the lead.
That was successful until stoppage time. Ottawa got one final goal on a controversial call, as the ball did not appear to fully cross the goal line. That denied the RailHawks the road win and left them with only a draw.

Devon Sandoval Loaned by Real Salt Lake

The RailHawks got some reinforcement when Real Salt Lake of MLS loaned them forward Devon Sandoval. Sandoval is supposed to be a goal scorer, so it should be exciting to see what he can do. He also has lots of hair.

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  • RailHawks sign Forward Nacho Novo from Spain

    The RailHawks added yet another striker to their arsenal by signing the 16 year veteran Nacho Novo. Novo played most prominently for the Glasgow Rangers in Scotland, and aided the Rangers to 2008 UEFA Final in Europe. The RailHawks are looking see what they can milk out of Novo’s twilight years.

    Carolina RailHawks defeat San Antonio Spiders 3-1 on September 13

    Sandoval made an instant impact for his new team as he produced an early threat and later set up the final goal the RailHawks got to beat San Antonio. The first goal was scored by Nazmi Albadawi, who would gain NASL player of the week honors for his performance in this game.

    Albadawi found Leo Osaki for the second goal in the 61st minute of action. That gave Albadawi an assist to add to his earlier goal. The Spiders attempted to rally, scoring in the 73rd minute, but Enzo Martinez scored off a Sandoval kick to put the game out of reach. It cemented a big victory, as San Antonio was leading the standings at that moment.

    The RailHawks play the New York Cosmos on September 20.