Last week, the Eddies hit the woodwork twice and settled for a 1-1 draw with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in their NASL season opener. On Saturday, it was another two goalposts off of clear scoring chances, and FCE and its supporters can only wonder what could have been, as the Carolina RailHawks opened their renovated new home park with a 2-1 win over the Eddies.
Austin Da Luz scored the opener early in the second half, beating FCE fullback Edson Edward at the post and then bundling home a perfect cross from winger Ty Shipalane, a player who has consistently given the Eddies fits over the past two seasons. Shipalane was able to keep a ball in play and then floated a dangerous cross in from the right side.
Brian Shriver wrapped up the points in the 71st when his perfect 20-yard free kick found the back of the net. Massimo Mirabelli found the net in injury time to get the Eddies back to within a goal.
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