It’s Carolina and Puerto Rico in the 2010 USSF D2 Finals
The Carolina RailHawks and Puerto Rico Islanders will be meeting in the USSF D2 Pro League finals starting next weekend. The final series is a home and away total goals series with the first leg played at lower-seed Puerto Rico next Saturday, October 24 at Juan Ramon Loubriel, Bayamon, Puerto Rico. The second leg will take place at WakeMed Park on October 30 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina 2-0 Montreal
The RailHawks defeated the Montreal Impact on Sunday evening at WakeMed Park. Carolina (#2 seed) came into the game down a goal after a 1-0 loss to the Impact last Thursday in Montreal.
The RailHawks were still down a goal aggregate going into the second half of play. Brad Rusin brought the series even for Carolina in the 72nd minute.
In the dying moments of the game Matt Watson delivered a through ball to Tom Heinemann. The Carolina forward, who was loaned from the Championship D3 Charleston Battery, delivered for his new team. He blasted the ball past Impact goalkeeper Matt Jordan in the 86th minute for the game and series winner.
Puerto Rico 2-0 Vancouver
The Puerto Rico Islanders were the lowest seed team to enter the playoffs at number 8. But the Islanders have a history of playing up in big games. Puerto Rico and Vancouver entered the contest tied 0-0 aggregate after a 0-0 draw last Thursday in Puerto Rico.
The return leg at Swangard had Vancouver playing dominating soccer but unable to finish. The two teams found themselves tied 0-0 at the end of regulation even though the Whitecaps had fired off 11 shots to Puerto Rico’s 3. The Islanders’ Bill Gaudette was brilliant on several saves to keep his team in the game.
Overtime would be the undoing for Vancouver as Nicholas Addlery scored the game winner in the 113th minute of play. The ball fell to Addlery on the edge of the box and he one-timed the ball past Whitecaps keeper Jay Nolly who had an excellent season for Vancouver. Another late goal was had by Addlery when Nolly come to the center line to help keep possession for his team which was desperate for an equalizer. The forward dribbled by Nolly and shot from 40 yards out. The goal put the game out of reach for the Whitecaps and closed the division 2 chapter of their history.
Vancouver will now focus on their 2011 entry to Major League Soccer and the Islanders will focus on their CONCACAF Champions League game this week and then their home championship match with Carolina next weekend.
Final, Leg 1
|Oct. 24||Puerto Rico Islanders vs. Carolina RailHawks||6:05 p.m.||Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel; Bayamon, Puerto Rico|
Final, Leg 2
|Oct. 30||Carolina RailHawks vs. Puerto Rico Islanders||7 p.m.||WakeMed Soccer Park; Cary, N.C.|