Carolina Railhawks ground New York Cosmos 3-0

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The New York Cosmos once again struggled to find the back of the net, dropping a physical road match against the Carolina Railhawks 3-0.

Railhawks forward Brian Shriver victimized the Cosmos backline twice in the first half, opening the scoring in the eighth minute off of a Zack Schilawski feed and once again in the 28th, poaching the ball from a misplaced Hunter Gorskie backpass.

While Shriver’s brace should be the story of the half, physicality was the bigger narrative. Carolina was called for 14 fouls to the Cosmos’ 7, while both teams suffered ejections within the opening 45 minutes. Former New York Red Bull Austin da Luz was ejected after receiving a pair of yellow cards – the second a suspect call while contesting a header. Joseph Nane left the match after being called for a foul and dissension, leaving both teams with 10 men in the second.

“We’re creating chances, but we have to put them away as that is how the game goes,” said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese at halftime. “Unfortunately we are not concentrated in certain times and they have capitalized on them. We need to do a better job in our finishes now it is 10 against 10 so in the second half we still have a chance.”

The Cosmos looked to pad their loss in the middle with the insertion of Danny Szetela and the addition of debutante Roversio who came in for Alessandro Noselli and Korey Veeder.

While the Cosmos had the better chances in the second, the Railhawks did their best in frustrating the expansion side in the final minutes. Forward Cesar Elizondo was taken down in the box, earning a penalty kick for his side. Brian Ackley got the nod on the spot and beat Kyle Reynish in the 88th minute.

Adding insult to injury, the Cosmos went down to nine men with Sebastian Guenzatti shown a straight red card in stoppage time after a dangerous tackle. The loss marks 180 minutes since the Cosmos last goal.

The Cosmos will now be without two of their starting midfielders as they return to Hofstra University this Saturday against the San Antonio Scorpions.