Late-game dramatics led to a 2-1 victory for North Carolina FC over Puerto Rico FC on Saturday night at Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Despite NCFC holding a 1-0 lead for most of the match, Puerto Rico scored late to equalize. However, NCFC was awarded a penalty in stoppage time to retake its advantage in the final minutes and hold on for the win.
Saturday’s box score
Puerto Rico FC
North Carolina FC
PRFC: Trevor Spangenberg; Seth Moses (Walter Ramirez, 82’), Cristiano Dias ©, Ramon Soria, Phanuel Kavita; Jordi Quintilla, Jairo Puerto (Kyle Culbertson, 57’), Conor Doyle; Giuseppe Gentile, Emery Welshman, Sidney Rivera (Michael Kafari, 46’)
Subs not used: Austin Pack, Rudy Dawson, Michael Ramos, Jorge Rivera
NCFC: Brian Sylvestre; Paul Black, Connor Tobin, Christian Ibeagha, Steven Miller; Lance Laing (Bolu Akinyode, 83’), Austin Da Luz (Kareem Moses, 90’+), James Marcelin, Nazmi Albadawi ©, Jose Carranza (Dre Fortune, 83’); Matt Fondy
Subs not used: Macklin Robinson, Saeed Robinson, Tiyi Shipalane, Brian Shriver
PRFC: Phanuel Kavita (83’, Kyle Culbertson)
NCFC: Lance Laing (17’, Nazmi Albadawi), Matt Fondy (90’+, PK)
PRFC: Emery Welshman 31’, Cristiano Dias 66’, Trevor Spangenberg 90’+
NCFC: Steven Miller 71’, Jose Carranza 83’