RailHawks forward Schilawski named NASL Player of the Month

NASL, NASL.com

NASL, NASL.com

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Carolina RailHawks forward Zack Schilawski was named the North American Soccer League (NASL) Player of the Month for April as voted upon by the media and announced by the league on Friday.

Schilawski currently sits atop the league’s scoring list with three goals.

“It’s an honor to be named Player of the Month,” said Schilawski.

“It’s about the team and it’s because of the play of my teammates that it is possible. We’ve gotten off to a good start and now we have to continue to focus on winning games.”

Starting and playing throughout each of the RailHawks’ first three games of the season, Schilawski has tallied his markers in two of them.

He scored his first in Carolina’s 1-1 draw against the Indy Eleven, while adding two more a week later in a dominating 4-1 win over visiting the Fort Lauderdale Strikers to extend the RailHawks’ unbeaten streak at WakeMed Soccer Park to 17 consecutive matches.

His effort against the Strikers subsequently earned him NASL Player of the Week honors.

“It’s a very deserving award for Zack,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke on Schilawski’s Player of the Month recognition.

“His play has been at another level both in matches and his preparation in training. It’s great to see him get the recognition he deserves and look forward to see what he can do the rest of the season.

Schilawski’s selection as Player of the Month caps an exciting April for the NASL that witnessed a number of exciting individual and team performances as a total of seven players were nominated.

Other players considered included: Junior Sandoval, Midfielder, Atlanta Silverbacks; Erick Norales, Defender, Indy Eleven; Matt Van Oekel, Goalkeeper, Minnesota United FC; Christian Ramirez, Forward, Minnesota United FC; Carlos Mendes, Defender, New York Cosmos; Oliver Minatel, Forward, Ottawa Fury FC.