ATLANTA — The Carolina RailHawks defeated the Atlanta Silverbacks 2-0 to extend their NASL winning streak to three matches on Saturday night.
Forward Zack Schilawski scored in the first half and his replacement Brian Ackley extended the lead late in the second half to secure the three points for Carolina.
Today we earned a valuable three points, RailHawks coach Colin Clarke said. We had a strong showing defensively with the shutout and finished the opportunities in front of the goal. It was great to have the support of our fans in Atlanta and it certainly plays a big role motivating our guys.
The RailHawks (3-5-4, 14 pts.) showed in the first half many of the offensive plays that have earned five wins in the last six matches, with Austin Da Luz providing passes to open up the field and find teammates. Cory Elenio and Kupono Low made several runs to serve dangerous crosses.
Both teams generated chances but it was the former Wake Forest duo of Schilawski and Da Luz that opened up the match for the RailHawks. Da Luz served a ball to Schilawski in the box and he one-touched it over the keeper. It was his second goal of the NASL season as well as the second assist for Da Luz.
The second half featured both teams on the offensive with several good scoring chances for the RailHawks. Ty Shipalane, after several chances to score, was able to assist Ackley in the 86th minute to seal the match and the win for Carolina. Ray Burse earned his second shutout of the season in goal, making three key saves in the second half.
Atlanta fell to 1-5-6 (8 pts.).
The RailHawks will return to action at WakeMed Soccer Park on June against FC Edmonton.