::Railhawks Soccer Win 4-1, Face Seattle
By Marco Rosa, Carolina Railhawks
With Jarrett Campbell of TriSoccerFan.com
Wednesday June 13, 2007
RALEIGH - On Tuesday night, the Carolina RailHawks professional soccer team entered the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup with a bang after handily defeating RWB Adria, a USASA team from Chicago.
The team scored four goals in front of a crowd of 3,062 fans at SAS Soccer Park in Cary for the evening game. The final score was 4-1 in favor of the Carolina RailHawks.
The game was mostly a one sided affair with the RailHawks dominating the play on the field, as they coasted into the 2nd round of the US Open Cup with the 4-1 victory over RWB Adria.
Connally Edozien, who earlier on Tuesday was named USL Player of the Week for Week 8 for his two goal performance against the Rochester Rhinos, last Friday, netted another brace for the RailHawks.
RWB Adria's hopes of pulling off a dramatic Cup upset faded quickly as the RailHawks broke through in the 5th minute when Joey Worthen finished a Jonny Steele cross to give the 'Hawks the early lead.
Edozien would then add two more in the 31st and 34th minute before Caleb Norkus made it 4 without reply in the 64th minute.
With Carolina clearly coasting into a second round match against Milwaukee Bavarians, an amateur team which did manage to beat their professional competition in Cincinnati (USL-2) tonight, Adria pulled back a meaningless goal in the last quarter hour through Carlos Carrillo to produce the final score.
RWB Adria ended two men down when two players were ejected in the 71st and the 89th minute.
The RailHawks will now face the winner of the Bavarian SC - Cincinnati Kings match on June 26th at SAS Soccer Park in Cary for the second round of the U.S. Open Cup.
The next regular season match is Friday June 15th at 8:00pm, when the Carolina RailHawks will host the Seattle Sounders.
(see preview below).
SCORES: CAR 4 Worthen 5th minute (Steele), Edozien 31st minute (Steele), Edozien 34th (Maher), Norkus 64th (Leite)
SCORES: RWB 1 Carrillo 76th Minute
CAUTIONS: Ejupovic (RWB 16th minute), Norkus (CAR 61st), Ayegbusi (RWB 65th), Leite (CAR 68th).
EJECTIONS: Filipovic (RWB 71st), Alebic (89th)
Seattle Sounders Friday Night
The Carolina RailHawks are gearing up for their national television debut. Friday night, June 15, at 8:00pm the RailHawks will host the Seattle Sounders at SAS Soccer Park in Cary. The event is the USL match of the week featured on Fox Soccer Channel.
The RailHawks enter this match with a record of 3-2-5, with their most recent regular season match resulting in a tie with the Rochester Rhinos in an epic battle last Friday night.
Connally Edozien notched a pair of gems for the RailHawks side that earned him USL-1 Player of the Week honors.
Edozien also scored a couple of goals in Tuesday night's victory over RWB Adria, a USASA team from Chicago, to breeze through the first round of their inaugural quest for the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup.
"I'm very impressed with the RailHawks organization as a whole," said Seattle Sounders head coach Brian Schmetzer. "Usually expansion teams have many difficulties their first year and that is clearly not the case for the RailHawks. They have been playing a tremendous game of soccer and I expect Friday night's match to be a good one."
The Seattle Sounders have already had a chance to see the RailHawks in action having hosted them to a 1-0 victory last May in Seattle.
Led by former Tarheel Danny Jackson, the Sounders will be looking to break the RailHawks home undefeated streak and to climb over the Montreal Impact to claim sole ownership of third place in the standings.
"Seattle is a strong and experienced team," said RailHawks head coach Scott Schweitzer. "They know how to win especially on the road -- I expect them to make some adjustments from our first encounter but nonetheless it will be a great game."
The theme this week is Soccerpalooza and there will be three local bands performing around SAS Soccer Park before the match and at halftime.
Stolen Youth, Saving Athalia and B-Side Pilots are all local youth rock bands ranging from 14 to 21 years of age.
In addition the African Children's Choir will be performing during the halftime show on the field.
The African Children's Choir is composed of children between seven and twelve years of age who come from five countries in Africa - Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Nigeria, and Ghana. Many of them are from very poor backgrounds or are orphans.
Most recently they have been featured on American Idol Gives Back and in the movie Blood Diamond.
In a continuous effort to be a presence in the community, the Carolina RailHawks have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Raleigh and are collecting art supplies, small card games and soccer supplies for disadvantaged children in the triangle.
Fans are invited to drop off their donation at the box office and they will receive a free program.
The first 3,000 fans will ALSO receive a team photograph courtesy of East Coast Digital Printing and fans are encouraged to get them signed at the end of the game at Autograph Alley on the north side of the stadium. ::