Published: Aug 26, 2010 11:54 AM
Modified: Aug 26, 2010 11:57 AM
The Carolina RailHawks (9-7-7) broke another franchise record Wednesday night by defeating the Tampa Bay Rowdies (6-9-9) 2-1 at George Steinbrenner Stadium.
First-half goals by Matt Bobo and Etienne Barbara proved to be enough for the Railhawks to take home their seventh road win of the season. This victory breaks the previous record of six away wins set in 2009.
“The team showed a lot of carachter and played very well tonight,” RailHawks head coach Martin Rennie said in a statement. “I am very pleased with the result and had we taken more chances it would’ve been a very comfortable win for us. It is great to break another franchise record and breaking two records in a week gives the team a lot of confidence going forward.”
The other franchise record was achieved on Aug. 18 when the team earned its first ever come-from-behind win in a 2-1 decision over Miami FC.
The RailHawks moved into a tie for fourth place in the USSF D2 Pro League with 34 points.
In the 23rd minute, defender Matt Bobo connected on a corner kick by Daniel Paladini for the 1-0 lead.
In the 40th minute, Matt Watson found Etienne Barbara on a run down the middle. Barbara beat two defenders and slotted the ball past Sattler to give the Railhawks a 2-0 lead at the half.
RailHawks goalkeeper Nic Platter earned his third consecutive start and kept a clean sheet in the first half.
Heavy rain marred the run of play in the second half slowing down the pace considerably. Barbara found himself in front of Sattler in the 43rd but the Rowdies keeper was able to clear easily.
In the 49th, Paladini’s free kick was punched out by the Tampa goalkeeper Daryl Satter. Watson kicked the resulting rebound wide by a few inches.
Tampa go on the board in the 88th minute of play as Rowdies midfielder Ricardo Sanchez was able to draw one back on a free kicks from 30 yards out. Tampa almost tied up the game in stoppage time, but Bobo was able to clear a ball off the line to preserve the 2-1 victory.
The RailHawks return home on Saturday for the Puerto Rico Islanders.
Carolina will be at home for six of the remaining eight games on the schedule, including a Sept. 6 friendly against Pumas Morelos. Newcomer Claudio Suarez, one of the most experienced Mexican national players, is slated to play in that contest.