Shilawski nabs NASL Player of the Week award

The Carolina RailHawks forward's Week 3 showing earned the NASL's weekly award for the second time this year.

Zack Shilawski was on fire this past weekend, as a pair of goals from the Carolina RailHawks forward paced the hosts to their first victory of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season and back in the fourth spot of the Combined Table to currently qualify to ‘The Championship.’ His performance in Week 3 earned him the NASL Player of the Week for the second time this year.

“It was a great win over the weekend and I am glad I was able to contribute,” said Schilawski, who is tied for third in this year’s NASL goal scoring list with five. “I am just happy that the team got another home win and that we got the three points.”

After dropping a 2-0 decision on the road to league-leader San Antonio Scorpions during Wednesday Night Fútbol on July 23, the RailHawks bounded back and ended their four-game losing streak with a 3-0 triumph over Ottawa Fury FC at WakeMed Soccer Park this past Saturday.

Schilawski scored in the opening 10 minutes of the match after he finished off a left-side cross from midfielder Enzo Martinez with a one-time shot.

The Cary, N.C. native added his second tally in the 38th minute with a chip shot over the head of Ottawa goalkeeper Devala Gorrick after an assist from midfielder Cesar Elizondo.

“He has been working hard all year long, so if is great for him to get the recognition he deserves,” said RailHawks Colin Clarke on Schilawski’s award. “It is a well-deserved award for Zack after scoring two big goals on Saturday.“

Prior to joining his hometown RailHawks, Schilawski, spent two years with the New England Revolution. Schilawski was selected ninth in the 2010 MLS SuperDraft and had 50 appearances during two seasons, including 28 starts. He netted a hat trick in his first career match against Toronto FC, becoming just the third rookie to register a hat trick and the first to do so in a home opener. Schilawski played his college soccer at Wake Forest, where he made a school-record 99 appearances.

Kleberson leads line for international stars

The league’s international stars continue to shine brightly in Week 3 of the North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season, as they provided key performances like Kléberson‘s stoppage time goal that elevated Indy Eleven to third place in the Fall Table.

Colombian midfielder Rafael Castillo and Turks & Caicos Islands forward Billy Forbes each scored pivotal goals to lead host Scorpions to a 2-0 victory over Carolina RailHawks during Wednesday Night Fútbol on July 23 at Toyota Field. The crowd of 7,884 spectators also witness Trinidad & Tobago forward Trevin Caesar assist on the second tally for San Antonio.

Three days later, on Saturday, July 26, San Antonio successfully extended its unbeaten streak to nine matches and a perfect 6-0-0 record on the road this year with a 2-0 win against Tampa Bay Rowdies. Polish striker Tomasz Zahorski and Gambian native Sainey Touray each scored for the Scorpions, who are five points clear in the #Fight4Fall and two clear in the overall Combined Table. Defender Julius James (Trinidad & Tobago) and forward Eric Hassli (France) each added an assist to San Antonio’s scoring.

Elsewhere on an action packed NASL match day, Dutch forward Hans Denissen assisted on the visiting New York Cosmos goal early in the first half, however Brazilian forward Jenison Brito scored via a penalty kick to earn a 1-1 draw for 10-man Fort Lauderdale Strikers team at Lockhart Stadium.

Also down south, midfielders Enzo Martinez (Uruguay) and Cesar Elizondo (Costa Rica) provided assists to the first two goals scored by the Carolina RailHawks in the 3-0 triumph over visiting Ottawa Fury FC at WakeMed Soccer Park. The victory put the RailHawks in the fourth spot of the Combined Table to qualify to ‘The Championship.’

On Sunday, as noted above, a stoppage time goal from Brazilian midfielder Kléberson gave Indy Eleven a 1-0 victory over hostC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium.