Jacksonville Sports Day

NASL: RailHawks Down Armada FC, 4-0

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Carolina RailHawks four first-half goals propelled them to a 4-0 victory Saturday night, spoiling the Armada’s first-ever sell-out at Community First Park (8,573 fans), snapping their perfect home record and ending their slim hopes of a North American Soccer League Spring Season title.

Now, their path to the league playoffs hinges on either winning the Fall Season or finishing with one of the top-two best overall records among the rest of the field.

But that seems a long way off now. With two games remaining before the summer break – including one against the likely Spring Season Champions New York Cosmos – the focus is just to stop leaking goals after consecutive losses of 3-2, 3-0 and 4-0.

Against Carolina, three of those goals came in an eight-minute stretch near the end of the first half, when the Armada were pushing ahead for an equalizer.

“When we started losing 1-0 we went into a little bit of a desperate mode trying to recover,” said head coach Guillermo Hoyos. “They caught us unguarded.”

A mid-week loss in the U.S. Open Cup could have left Jacksonville a bit below full strength, and they were also without injured star striker Alhassane Keita, but the RailHawks were in the same boat having also played Wednesday and with co-leading scorer Nacho Novo on the bench.

The Armada will take the field next on Sunday, June 7, hosting the Ottawa Fury at 4 p.m. Tickets, starting at $10, are available by calling 1.844.2.Armada or visiting armadafc.com.

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