Victory matches the longest winning streak in team history
FORT LAUDERDALE, FL (AUGUST 30, 2013) – The Strikers (3-0-2, 9 points) made it three in a row with a massive, 1-0, victory over the first place Carolina Railhawks (3-1-1, 10 points). The first half saw both teams threaten to take the lead but neither team could break through. In the second half the Strikers came out aggressive and never let up, culminating in Darnell King’s game winner and a second clean sheet in a row by keeper Richard Sanchez.
In the 50th minute the Strikers Ivan Guerrero put in a dangerous cross that found King who finished the chance with his left foot. A few minutes later the ball found King’s feet again but his shot spun just wide of the far post.
“It’s all Ivan (Guerrero), said King. “He is a work horse. He gets up and down the line, and somebody’s got to be there on the back side, we just have to be in the box cause we know he’s going to serve in the box. It was a good ball and I was there at the right time.”
It was a tough match against the top team in the league, but we got the win, said Strikers head coach Günter Kronsteiner. “There’s still a lot of work to do, but the team’s confidence is getting higher with each win.”
The Strikers came out firing early in the game getting two corner kicks within the first two minutes. The Railhawks were quick to respond with a great chance from Brian Shrivier, in the 4th minute that was kept out by Sanchez.
Momentum stayed on the side of the Railhawks as they continued to pepper the Strikers box with precise through balls and cross but could not score, thanks to strong play from the Strikers back line. Carolina’s continued pressure led to a great chance for Austin Da Luz to open the scoring in the 23rd minute but he was unable to put his chance on target from point-blank range.
In the 34th minute, a Yaikel Pérez freed up Martin Nuñez on the right side with a great back-heel flick but Nuñez’s cross could not find a teammate. Carolina responded immediately in the 36th minute when Kenny Walker found himself alone at the far post but blasted his shot high.
The Railhawks Tiyiselani Shipalane received a yellow card in the 38th minute for taking down Nunez at the top of the box. The Strikers Mark Anderson sent the ensuing free kick over the top crossbar.
In the closing minutes of the first half both teams created a few chances but the score remained 0-0 as they headed to the locker rooms.
Only a few minutes after coming on the field, Walter Restrpo put on a string of good moves but had his shot blocked by the Carolina defense in the 66th minute.
In the 79th minute Restrepo made his presence felt again forcing the Railhawks Akira Fitzgerald into a one-on-one save.
Alves came up with a huge one-on-one stop in the 90th minute to preserve the Strikers1-0 victory.
The next match for the Strikers will be Saturday, September 7th, 2013 against the San Antonio Scorpions at historic Lockhart Stadium. Tickets for all upcoming home games are available for purchase online at www.strikers.com or by calling 954-606-0400. Call or visit Strikers.com for more information. Follow the Strikers on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
GOAL SUMMARY –
FTL – Darnell King 3 (Ivan Guerrero 2) - 50
FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS (4-4-1-1) – Richard Sánchez; Stéphane Guillaume, Rafael Alves, Stefan Antonijevic, Iván Guerrero (C); Darnell King, Manny Gonzalez, Toni Ståhl, Martin Nuñez (Justin Chavez 83’), Mark Anderson (Paulo Jr. 69’), Yaikel Pérez (Walter Restrepo 63’)
Unused substitutes: Matt Glaser (GK), Daniel Arcila, Gonzalo De Mujica, Aly Hassan
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS (4-4-2) – Akira Fitzgerald, Kupono Low, Bryan Gaul, Austin Da Luz, Tiyislani Shipalane (Enzo Martinez 69’), Julius James, Nick Millington (Brian Ackley 85’), Kevin Rutkiewicz, Brian Shriver, Zack Schilawski (Cesar Elizondo 78’), Kenney Walker
Unused substitutes: Paul Hamilton, Tim Murray (GK), Breiner Ortiz
BOOKING SUMMARY –
CAR- Shipalane 38’, James 89’
FTL- Perez 58’, Alves 74’