::RailHawks Soccer Lose One In Seattle
By Marco Rosa, Special To The Raleigh Chronicle
Thursday, May 24, 2007
SEATTLE - The Carolina Railhawks professional soccer team played the first of three road games on the west coast Wednesday night against the Seattle Sounders at Qwest Stadium in Seattle.
The final score was 1-0 in favor of the Sounders with a goal scored by Sebastien Le Toux on a breakaway in the 57th minute.
The first half was uneventful as both teams had opportunities to score but weren't able to capitalize. In the 9th minute Seattle 's O'Brien got dangerous in the middle of the box but was easily blocked by the best defense in the league.
Connally Edozien responded with a shot from outside the box saved by Chris Eylander in the 11th minute and Worthen tried to tap one in the back of the net but ended inches to the right in the 18th minute.
The first half continued scoreless as both teams struggled to find the right combination of plays giving the goalkeepers very little to do.
"We played a lot better in the second half," said RailHawks Coach Scott Schweitzer , "we were definitely the better team, we lost sight and discipline for a split second and allowed them a shot to score."
The split second came in the 57th minute when a breakaway by Sebastien Le Toux of the Seattle Sounders on a pass from Josh Gardner resulted in the first and only tally of the match.
A few minutes later things got a little more physical as scuffle in the Sounders 18 earned Seattle 's goalkeeper Chris Eylander a red card for a retaliation foul on RailHawks' Chad Dombrowski.
The Carolina Railhawks continued to attack throughout the second half with shots by Worthen, Brightwell and Edozien all of which went inches wide or were deflected.
In the 82nd minute Dombrowski played a ball from inside the box back to Steele who was waiting at the 18 yard line and shot a rocket towards the goal but the ball went up high.
"The boys never stopped fighting tonight," Coach Schweitzer continued, "we made some questionable decisions offensively that we could've capitalized on but at the same time Sounders' substitute goalkeeper Ben Dragavon did a really good job in preventing us from scoring."
In the end the final score was one to nothing for the Seattle Sounders in a match that saw the Carolina RailHawks play an excellent game without being able to capitalize on the one man advantage.
Next up for the RailHawks is a trip to Vancouver where they will try to put an end to the undefeated streak of the Vancouver Whitecaps on Friday May 25th at 10:00 PM EST.
"It was a tough loss," said Scott Schweitzer , "but on trips like these you have to pick yourself up, lick your wounds and focus on the next game. We will be focusing on the Vancouver match for the next two days and hopefully obtain a positive result." ::