The RailHawks are winless as they enter this Saturday’s home game against the first-year San Antonio Scorpions, and defensive problems continue to be a big reason why.
Carolina (0-1-3, W-L-T) has played well enough offensively to walk away with more than its three ties, but opponents have kept RailHawks goalkeeper Ray Burse busy on the other end of the field. Burse has faced 62 shots - 30 of them on goal - in just four games. His 21 saves are the most in the North American Soccer League.
In Carolina’s most recent game on Saturday, the Puerto Rico Islanders (3-0-1) were selective - taking just seven shots, but putting five on goal in a 3-1 win.
In the first half of their most recent road trip, the RailHawks’ outside backs played better in a 1-1 tie at Tampa Bay, but it was hard to find a bright spot in the loss at Puerto Rico.
The good news for this much-maligned group is that San Antonio (0-1-2) hasn’t given too many back lines a test this year, only scoring twice in three games.