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RailHawks and Eddies Tie in Edmonton

2012 September 13
by Brian Quarstad

Edmonton players celebrate Kyle Porter’s brace and second half goal in Wednesday evening’s match against Carolina. Photo courtesy of Tony Lewis.

Carolina RailHawks 2-2 FC Edmonton

Edmonton had nothing but pride to play for as they entered Wednesday evening’s match against the Carolina RailHawks in Edmonton. The Eddies had been mathematically eliminated from the playoff hunt with the Minnesota Stars’ win on Tuesday night.

The RailHawks came into the match in 6th place and had clinched a playoff berth last weekend in their home loss to San Antonio but still are in a position to battle for the 3rd or 4th place spot which would give them a home field advantage in the first round of the playoffs.

In the end the best either team could come up with was a draw. Nick Zimmerman scored a brace for Carolina and Kyle Porter did the same for Edmonton.

Zimmerman’s first goal came in the 5th minute on a defensive miscue for Edmonton. Ty Shipalane intercepted a pass and laid a cross off to Zimmerman who finished. His second was the game-tying goal which came in the 57th minute after he picked up his own rebound and curled a shot in past Edmonton’s Lance Parker.¬†Zimmerman’s goals were his 14th and 15th of the season keeping him securely in 2nd place in the league for goals scored.

Porter, who has struggled for goals this season, collected his 4th and 5th of the season. ¬†His first came just 4 minutes after Carolina’s first strike. Porter scored again in the 49th minute to take the lead for his team, but the Eddies’ joy was short lived. Zimmerman’s equalizer squared the game less than 10 minutes later and neither team was able to find the game winner.


3 Responses
  1. Fotbalist permalink
    September 13, 2012

    I hope the Eddies end the season on a high note. I think they are a decent club and hopefully with a long future. It’s great for Edmonton but also great for Canadian Soccer in general. Let’s hope Calgary steps up in the future.

  2. September 13, 2012

    I understand that there are some internal issues amongst players and coach that will have to get resolved before things get better up there, Fotbalist. As I’ve previously said on the podcast, I’m still unclear why Sinkgraven was given an extension to that contract when that team has one of the higher if not highest payrolls and is struggling as they are. They have much more talent on that team this year and really should have finished higher. These things need to get ironed out before they are going to get any better.

  3. Bart permalink
    September 13, 2012

    Mr. Fath must be asphalting a lot of roads up in the Canuuk countryside to meet the cash flow demands of this team. Just goes to show you that having money to burn does not mean decisions are made efficiently.

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