Published: Jul 12, 2011 10:05 AM
Modified: Jul 12, 2011 10:05 AM
The closing moments provided the stunning end of two lengthy streaks of the Carolina RailHawks.
With only a few minutes of stoppage time left in a road contest at NSC Minnesota Stars, Carolina surrendered the game's only goal to Minnesota's Amani Walker.
And so fell the team's franchise-record 10-match win streak and 13-match unbeaten streaks.
The NSC Minnesota Stars won by the 1-0 score on their home field Saturday night.
The Stars' Devi Del Do sent a cross towards the back post, which was headed by Geison Moura back to the near side, where it found an open Walker, who sent it in for the stunning victory.
It was eerily similar to the RailHawks' only other loss this season - the opener against Puerto Rico, which was also decided by a stoppage time goal with the RailHawks down a man.
Midfielder Chris Nurse was given two yellow cards against the Stars, removing him from the game in the 84th minute.
Minnesota (5-3-7) was also the first team to keep the RailHawks (12-2-1) off the scoreboard this year.
The RailHawks had no better chance than when a handball was called in the box, prompting a penalty kick by the league's leading scorer Etienne Barbara.
Barbara tried the right top corner, but was stopped cold by Minnesota goalkeeper Joe Warren.
Barbara tried to knock in the rebound with Warren lying on his stomach, but that shot sailed well high of the goal.
The RailHawks complete their two-game road trip Wednesday at 9:30 pm. at FC Edmonton. Those two sides will tangle again on July 23 at the RailHawks next home match.