After going the full 90 minutes against USL’s Charlotte Independence without a goal, the Carolina RailHawks snapped a 202-minute scoreless streak with fives goals in overtime to clinch a match-up with MLS’s New England Revolution in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup on June 15.
The five goals scored in overtime surpassed the RailHawks’ scoring total from the previous five games combined.
After 22 shots in regulation were unable to find the back of the net, the RailHawks’ substitutions made the difference as Jonathon Orlando found Billy Schuler in the 92nd minute to break the stalemate.
Nazmi Albadawi and Brian Shriver each scored in the ensuing seven minutes to bring the goal-count to 3-0 as the first half of overtime came to a close.
Orlando, who came on in the 85th minute, got his first goal in orange by sliding a ball under Cody Mizell in the 109th minute.
Schuler, who as was also subbed on late in the second half, rubbed dirt in the Independence’s wounds with his second goal in the 116th minute. Shriver, Schuler’s fellow UNC-Chapel Hill soccer alumnus, assisted.
The RailHawks played the majority of the match man-up after Jun Davidson’s studs made contact with the side of Nazmi Albdadawi’s head in the 29th minute.
The Carolina RailHawks are 6-5 (6-3 at home) all-time against MLS teams in the U.S. Open Cup. Their last meeting against New England Revolution was a 2-1 semifinals defeat in 2007 – the furthest Carolina has ever gone in the cup.