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.
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.
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
|1||Minnesota United FC||3||3||0||0||5||1||4||9|
|3||Fort Lauderdale Strikers||3||2||0||1||6||6||0||6|
|4||San Antonio Scorpions||3||2||0||1||3||3||0||6|
|6||Ottawa Fury FC||3||1||0||2||5||4||1||3|
|9||Tampa Bay Rowdies||3||0||2||1||3||5||-2||2|