RailHawks suffer first loss of season to Fury

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

Peter Koutroumpis, Triangle Sports Network

OTTAWA, ONTARIO –The Carolina RailHawks (1W-1D-1L, 4pts) were blanked 4-0 and suffered their first loss of the season to the host Ottawa Fury (1W-0D-2L, 3pts) at Keith Harris Stadium on Saturday.

The loss dropped Carolina to fifth place in the North American Soccer League (NASL) standings and ended its recent five-game unbeaten streak since the Fall 2013 season.

A hat trick from Brazilian forward Oliver Minatel paced the Fury to the shutout win in front of a crowd of 2,158 who witnessed the first-ever victory by the newest Canadian expansion club in the NASL.

“Carolina is a team that we respect a lot, but today we came in very focused,” Ottawa head coach Marc Dos Santos said.

“We knew exactly what we wanted from the game, and I thought that we responded very well.  Our possession was excellent.”

The RailHawks trailed 1-0 at halftime and weren’t able to even the score while falling further behind throughout the final 45 minutes of play.

“Well, being one-nil down at halftime hurt,” Carolina head coach Colin Clarke said.

“We weren’t good in the first half.  They came out; they were ready. We weren’t good enough.”

Carolina returns to WakeMed Soccer Park to face the New York Cosmos on Sat., May 3rd.

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BOX SCORE

LINEUPS:

CAR: GK Fitzgerald, D Low, D Tobin, D Scott, D Stahl (Albadawi, 75), M Elizondo, M Millington (Grella, 61), M Davidson, M Burt, M Martinez (Aaron King, 61), F Schilawski

OTT: GKGorrick; D Maykon (Soria, 41), D Trafford, D Beckie, D Fresenga (Jarun, 61); M Donatelli, M Ryan, M Ubiparipovic; F: Oliver (Dantas, 80), Haworth, Davies

GOALS: CAR: — ; OTT:Oliver (34, 63, 72), Davies (56)

CAUTIONS: CAR: Low (41), Stahl (71) ; OTT:P. Davies (51)

NASL Standings – Week 3

P TEAM PLD W D L GF GA +/- PTS
1 Minnesota United FC 3 3 0 0 5 1 4 9
2 NY Cosmos 3 2 0 1 5 1 4 6
3 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 3 2 0 1 6 6 0 6
4 San Antonio Scorpions 3 2 0 1 3 3 0 6
5 Carolina RailHawks 3 1 1 1 5 6 -1 4
6 Ottawa Fury FC 3 1 0 2 5 4 1 3
7 Atlanta Silverbacks 3 1 0 2 4 7 -3 3
8 Indy Eleven 3 0 2 1 4 5 -1 2
9 Tampa Bay Rowdies 3 0 2 1 3 5 -2 2
10 FC Edmonton 3 0 1 2 1 3 -2 1