Posted on September 2, 2012
BAYAMON, PUERTO RICO – The Carolina RailHawks earned their third road victory of the season with a 3–1 win over the Puerto Rico Islanders in North American Soccer League action on Saturday.
The RailHawks (9-7-7, 34 points) climbed to fourth place with five games remaining. Brian Ackley, Jason Garey, and Nick Zimmerman scored for the RailHawks and Hector Ramos tallied for the Islanders (10-8-6, 36).
“For the first half we didn’t show up,” Islanders coach Adrian Whitbread said. “I tried to motivate them during halftime, but we couldn’t get to the net. Carolina wanted it more and they deserve the result. We have to stay positive. The season is not over.”
Carolina coach Colin Clarke, who once directed the Islanders, walked away satisfied.
“Tonight was a big win,” he said. “We are starting to play some of our best soccer and now we return home with a big matchup awaiting us against San Antonio.”
The visitors struck in the 20th minute, when a Greg Shields header bounced off the crossbar. Ackley collected the rebound, poking the ball across the goal line. In the 36th minute, a streaking Brian Shriver found Garey open at the top of the box. Garey waited for the Islanders last defender to commit before picking out the bottom right corner of the goal.
The Islanders took off the second half with a sense of determination. In the 47th minute, Richard Martinez passed the ball to an onrushing Nick Addlery, who sent it to the center of the field where Ramos scored their first goal. In the 61st minute mark, Jonathan Faña replaced for Fojo. He tried for the equalizer, but his shot went wide by a few inches.
In the 71st minute, Zimmerman took a pass from Shipalane and scored for a 3-1 lead.
Categories: Caribbean, Puerto Rico
Tags: Adrian Whitbread, Brian Shtriver, Carolina Railhawks, Colin Clarke, Jonathan Fana, Nick Addlery, North American Soccer League, Puerto Rico Islanders, Richard Martinez