Peter Koutroumpis, Raleigh Sports Examiner
August 16, 2011
The first-place Carolina Railhawks (20-14-4-2) seek to halt a two-game losing skid during their upcoming homestand.
The North American Soccer League’s top team has already clinched a playoff spot and with eight games remaining in the regular season the team intends to get back on track in preparation for the postseason.
The Hawks suffered a last-minute 2-1 loss to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers a week ago and after travelling to Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel and getting shut out 2-0 to the Puerto Rico Islanders on Saturday, the Railhawks return to WakeMed Soccer Park and play host to the Minnesota Stars on Wednesday and the Strikers on Saturday.
Hawks personnel are tops
The Railhawks currently top the NASL’s stats lists as Maltese forward Etienne Barbara currently leads the league with 16 goals, 8 assists, and 61 shots while goalkeeper Brad Knighton leads in goals against average (0.92). In addition to watching their leaders return home, Hawks fans will get the opportunity to watch recently acquired midfielder Tony McManus as he arrives in Raleigh focused on contributing to the team’s success.
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