September 24, 2016
Indy routs Cosmos, Rowdies top Strikers
RAYO OKC 1, JACKSONVILLE ARMADA 1
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. —The Jacksonville Armada could not hold onto a lead, gave up a late penalty kick and had to settle for a 1-1 draw with Rayo OKC at Community First Park Saturday night.
Charles Eloundou’s first-half goal staked the Armada to the lead, and just when it looked like they might grab their first win in six games, a stoppage time penalty kick by Michel forced Jacksonville to settle for a draw.
The tie leaves Jacksonville (2-7-6, 12 pts) at the bottom of the fall table behind Puerto Rico FC, but at 3-12-10, 19 pts they are ahead of the expansion side in the overall table. Rayo OKC is 4-5-7, 19 pts (Fall) and 7-9-10, 31 pts.
The penalty came when Billy Forbes one-timed a pass to the middle and defender Futty Danso ran onto it. Armada defenders Karl Ouimette and Mechack Jérôme were running with Danso, and when they brought him down, the referee’s whistle blew.
That squandered a great effort from Eloundou in the 19th minute, when he stole the ball, raced toward goal and lashed a shot into the bottom left corner .
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OTTAWA FURY FC 3, MINNESOTA UNITED 1
OTTAWA, ON - Second half goals from Giuseppe Gentile, Ryan Williams and Lance Rozeboom sealed the Ottawa Fury FC's second consecutive come-from-behind victory over Minnesota United FC on Saturday night in front of 6274 at TD Place.
Gentile's game-leveling strike set the stage for Ryan Williams to steal the lead in the 82nd minute, when the midfielder picked up a stray Carl Haworth pass on the edge of the box, cut inside and slotted the ball into the left corner of the net with a composed strike.
United FC took the lead with an opportunistic rebound finish from Jamie Watson, who buried Christian Ramirez's attempted chip from six yards out in the 20th minute.
In the 57th minute, Gentile, picked up Maxim Tissot's early cross on the edge of the box, took one, then two touches before firing a low, short-side strike past a sprawling Sammy Ndjock.
Williams put Ottawa ahead in the 82nd minute when he picked up Haworth's attempted pass for Gentile on the edge of the box, cut onto his right foot before slotting a low strike into the left corner of the visitor's goal.
Lance Rozeboom put the game away in the 86th minute, firing in Haworth's smart short pass from 10 yards out.
CAROLINA RAILHAWKS 1, FC EDMONTON 0
CARY, N.C. – Austin da Luz recorded the lone goal of the game to give the Carolina RailHawks a 1-0 win over FC Edmonton at WakeMed Soccer Park on Saturday night.
The RailHawks (9-10-6, 33pts overall) broke through in the 34th minute. Omar Bravo chested the ball down into the box where da Luz found it and deftly slipped the ball into the bottom left corner past Edmonton (12-6-7, 43 pts.) goalkeeper Matt VanOekel.
It appeared as though the RailHawks doubled their lead in the 63rd minute, with a ball from Matt Fondy that found the back of the net, but the play was called offside.
The RailHawks finished the game down a man as defender Steven Miller earned a second caution in stoppage time and was sent off.
TAMPA BAY ROWDIES 4, FORT LAUDERDALE STRIKERS 1
LAUDERHILL, Fla.------A hat trick by Georgi Hristov led the Tampa Bay Rowdies to a 4-1 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in front of 1,509 fans at Central Broward Stadium Saturday night.
Hristov’s hat trick is the first in the modern era for the Rowdies.
The Strikers made their first opportunity count in the 4th minute when Nunez's right-footed volley went by Rowdies’ goalkeeper Matt Pickens and into the net.
The Rowdies equalized in the 16th minute when Joe Cole threaded a ball into the six yard box and Hristov steered the ball into the net by Strikers’ goalkeeper Bruno Cardoso.
The Rowdies grabbed the lead in the 36th minute on a Strikers’ miscue. Justin Chavez sent a pass into the penalty area for Tom Heinemann, who had gotten by defender Julius James. Bruno came out to challenge and Heinemann flicked the ball into an open net to make it 2-1.
The Rowdies’ widened their lead in the 43rd minute. Another former Striker, Tampa native Darnell King, sent a shot on net from 12 yards out that Bruno stopped. However, the rebound came right back out to Hristov who sent the ball into the net to make it 3-1.
Hristov capped off his hat trick in the 83rd minute when Preciado’s shot was knocked back out into the penalty area by Bruno. Hristov was there, slid and directed the ball into the net for his third goal of the match and 8th goal of the year.
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INDY ELEVEN 3, NEW YORK COSMOS 0
INDIANAPOLIS – Eamon Zayed, Justin Braun and Dylan Mares all notched a goal and assist to lead Indy Eleven to a 3-0 win over the New York Cosmos in front of 9,157 fans at IUPUI’s Carroll Stadium.
Indy Eleven (8-5-3, 27 pts) reinserted itself in the Fall Season race with the win, getting to within four points of the front-running Cosmos (15-7-4, 49pts) with six games
remaining for each squad and passing The Miami FC and FC Edmonton to claim second place. The victory also pushed Indy Eleven’s home unbeaten streak to 16 games dating back to last October, drawing even with the Cosmos for the longest such active streak in the NASL.
After a few near misses, Indy Eleven broke the scoreless tie in the 34th minute. A cross from Don Smart was redirected by Eamon Zayed. Justin Braun was on the receiving end to head the ball past goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer.
Three minutes into the second half, the Eleven doubled its lead as Mares’ cross was knocked in by Zayed inside the six-yard box.
Only three minutes later, the hosts added another as a hard low shot from outside the box by Mares got past Jimmy Maurer to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
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