Brian Shriver scored two goals in the final four minutes Saturday as the Carolina RailHawks rallied to a 3-2 win against Minnesota United FC at WakeMed Soccer Park.
“I’m disappointed with the first 13 minutes as we gave up some bad goals and bad defensive plays, but apart from that I still think we played well in first half as we had some great chances and they had a hard time containing us and it was important for us to get one back and we did,” RailHawks coach Colin Clarke said. “In the second half, we continued to pass the ball well as we did and created more chances and got the goals we needed.
“We deserved to win today we were the better team. It was fun to watch, it was a great game.”
The victory along with Atlanta’s 2-1 loss to Tampa Bay put Carolina back on top of the NASL standings with two weeks remaining in the Spring Season.
After trailing 2-1, Shriver leveled (2-2) for Carolina with a goal off a pass from defender Kupono Low in the 86th minute. Two minutes later, Shriver scored his league-leading eighth goal of the season – and eventual game-winner – off an assist from midfielder Ciaran O’Brian.
Minnesota posted its 2-0 lead in the first 10 minutes when forward Simone Bracalello received a ball from midfielder Kentaro Takada in the fourth minute. Bracalello turned and unleashed a shot that caught RailHawks goalkeeper Akira Fitzgerald by surprise and snuck into the side netting.
Minnesota added another goal in the 10th minute when goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel crushed his clearance over the heads of the Carolina backline. An onrushing forward Pablo Campos beat RailHawks defender Paul Hamilton and blasted his shot past Fitzgerald to give Minnesota a two-goal lead.
The RailHawks pulled one back when in the 25th minute on a penalty kick.