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Thursday, June 4, 2009

RailHawks ruling the roost: Idle-week roundup

Posted by on Thu, Jun 4, 2009 at 10:00 AM

Lots of upbeat odds and ends here as the RailHawks, after a brief respite, resume training in advance of a tough 11-day stretch that will see either four or five games.

  • For the second week in a row, Daniel Paladini and Kupono Low were named to the USL-1 Team of the Week. Paladini, of course, kicked another late game-winner as he establishes himself as a crucial midfield playmaker. However, for longtime RailHawks watchers, it's especially gratifying to see the fine season Low is having. He, along with Caleb Norkus, is the team's longest-serving player, and he carries the distinction of scoring the first goal in team history. The massive roster turnover occasioned by the ascendant Martin Rennie era seems to be paying dividends, but Low's continued stellar work on the squad provides a vital link to the past.
  • I neglected to mention, in my account of Friday's last-gasp victory over Cleveland, that the team has now recorded four shutouts in a row and have not conceded a goal in 396 minutes. Plenty of players can be credited for that achievement, not least Low for his airtight work at left back.
  • On the all-important table front: The RailHawks, the Charleston Battery and the Portland Timbers are the class of the league right now. The ’Hawks are three points clear of the Battery, who have a game in hand, and seven points clear of the Timbers, who have two in hand. As it happens, these two squads are the only two that have beaten the RailHawks so far this season. Portland comes to town next Thursday.
  • RailHawks blogger Tim Candon tells us that the main field is being re-sodded. I'm not sure I understand why it's being done mid-season, but I hope to find out. Anyone out there have a clue? What this means is the next couple of home games will be played on Field 2. There will be seating for about 700 on that side, so you might want to bring a picnic blanket for some old school football-watching.
  • Finally, to keep us busy while we wait out the 11-day break between games, the RailHawks staff are encouraging fans to do a little crowing—or cawing, or whatever sound railhawks make—by voting for their favorite of the 12 Carolina goals scored thus far this season. I haven't voted but I say Mark Schulte's. Click here.

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