RailHawks and Eddies Tie in Edmonton
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.