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NORTH AMERICAN SOCCER LEAGUE

August 6, 2016
NASL ROUNDUP
Indy moves into first

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JACKSONVILLE ARMADA FC 2, CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 0
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--- Charles Eloundou scored two goals as the Jacksonville Armada FC held off the Carolina RailHawks in a 2-2 draw at Community First Parl Saturday night.

Matt Fondy opened the scoring for the RailHawks (2-3-2, 8 pts Fall/6-7-4, 22 pts overall) in the 6th minute, scoring on a ball from Drew Beckie. Mexican international Omar Bravo also got an assist on the play.

Jacksonville (1-5-2, 5 pts Fall/2-10-6, 12 pts overall) responded in the 19th minute as Eloundou scored his first goal for the club, sending an unassisted shot over Akira Fitzgerald’s head. Eloundou went for his second just two minutes later, but Akira Fitzgerald denied his ground shot.

The Armada surged ahead when Eloundou struck at the start of the second half in another unassisted play. The forward weaved through the Carolina defense to knock it by Fitzgerald for the second time.

Bravo headed in the equalizer off of a beautiful cross from Steven Miller in the 69th minute.

TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 2, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla.--- Keith Savage and Joe Cole scored second half goals to lead the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 2-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers at Al Lang Stadium Saturday night.

Savage opened the scoring in the 50th minute, receiving a cross from Cole and smashing it off the underside of the crossbar and into the net for his first goal in nearly two years.

Eight minutes later, Cole got himself onto the scoresheet. Cole played Hristov a ball into the box and then made a charging run to the penalty spot. Hristov spotted the run and found Cole 18 yards from goal for a first-time shot past Fort Lauderdale goalkeeper Bruno and into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Strikers substitute Jose Angulo pulled one back for the visitors to shift momentum in the Strikers’ favor, but a missed penalty kick by Adrianinho and a spectacular last-gasp save by Rowdies net-minder Matt Pickens denied any hopes of a comeback.

The Rowdies improve to 2-3-2, 8 pts (fall) and 6-5-6, 24 pts (overall) while the Strikers fall to 1-5-1, 4 pts (fall) and 5-8-4, 19 pts (overall).

INDY ELEVEN 1, OTTAWA FURY FC 0
INDIANAPOLIS – Indy Eleven stayed undefeated at home with more late drama, as a 92nd minute goal by midfielder Don Smart lifted them to a 1-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC in front of 7,760 spectators at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.

With the win, Indy Eleven stayed atop the NASL’s Fall (18 points) and Combined (9-2-7, 34 pts.) Season standings and pushed its undefeated streak at “The Mike” to 12 games dating back to last October. Ottawa falls to 3-4-0, 9pts (fall) and 5-9-3, 18 pts (overall).

The late-game magic came two minutes deep into stoppage time on a restart that found Dylan Mares with ample space down the left flank. His far post cross passed everyone except a waiting Smart, who redirected with little space available between Peiser and the woodwork and snapping Ottawa’s shutout streak before it reached four full games.
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MIAMI FC 4, MINNESOTA UNITED 0
BLAINE, Minn. -- Jonathan Borrajo set up three goals to lead a Miami FC 4-0 rout of Minnesota United at NSC Stadium Saturday.

Miami (3-1-2, 11 pts fall/4-6-6, 18 pts overall) took the lead in the 9th minute. Jonny Steele received the ball from Borrajo out of the back and took the space he was given on the pitch to cut into his left boot. His shot took a deflection on the way toward net and caught United goalkeeper Steward Ceus off balance as it bounced once and ricocheted off Ceus into the back of the net.

Miami scored again in the 21st minute when Dario Cvitanich connected with Ariel Martinez. Martinez took advantage of a gap between the United center backs and dribbled through the back line in on Ceus. He took a long touch to his left, then slotted it low beyond the United goalkeeper into the back of the net.

In the 26th minute, a somewhat wayward pass from Borrajo caught United back-peddling and met Kwadwo Poku perfectly in stride and in alone on net. There wasn’t much Ceus could do as Poku dribbled around him to make it 3-0.

The final goal came in the 87th minute. Aaron Dennis found the ball between the United midfielders and defenders and carried the ball forward to the penalty area. Taking a glance up, he found the bottom corner of the near bar and beat Ceus low.

Minnesota falls to 3-2-2, 11 pts (fall) and 8-6-3, 27 pts overall.

FC EDMONTON 1, PUERTO RICO FC 0
BAYAMON, PR---A second half goal by Tomi Ameobi was all FC Edmonton needed to record their third straight win, 1-0 over Puerto Rico FC at Estadio Juan Ramón Loubriel Saturday night.

With the win, Edmonton moved to 5-1-1, 16 pts (fall) and 10-4-3, 33 pts overall, while Puerto Rico FC falls to 1-3-4 7 pts.

Ameobi headed in his first goal of the season in the 74th minute. Right back Shawn Nicklaw worked an overlap up the right wing before dropping off for Dustin Corea, whose perfectly weighted cross into the box was met by Ameobi.


   
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