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North Carolina FC Wins 3-0 at FC Edmonton

Sep 10, 2017

EDMONTON (Sep. 10, 2017) – North Carolina FC grabbed a decisive 3-0 result against FC Edmonton on Sunday afternoon at Clarke Stadium to earn a vital three points in the 2017 NASL playoff race.
 
The victory moves NCFC back into playoff contention and to third in the NASL’s combined table with 32 points. The team is level on points with Jacksonville Armada FC, while holding the tiebreaker in goal differential. The New York Cosmos sit just one point behind both teams in fifth place.
 
In a venue that North Carolina FC has regularly struggled at, the side looked at home, winning its first match at Clarke Stadium and taking three points from Edmonton for the first time since a 2011 victory at Foote Field.
 
Nazmi Albadawi got the action started quickly, scoring in the 12th minute with a curling strike from 26 yards out. Renan Gorne’s hold up play drew in the defenders before he dropped the ball to Albadawi. The Raleigh native made no mistake on the shot to score his third goal of the season.
 
Gorne doubled NCFC’s lead nine minutes later, heading home a goal from Dre Fortune’s corner kick. Gorne found himself unmarked inside the six-yard box and placed his header into the far corner of the goal for his second tally of the season.
 
Edmonton placed just two shots on target in the first half, as NCFC’s defense stifled the Eddies’ attacking unit. By halftime, NCFC had jumped out to a 53-47 percent advantage in possession and a 7-3 advantage in total shots.
 
The dominant showing continued into the second half with another scoreless 45 minutes from the NCFC defense. The team waited late for its offensive push. Albadawi hit the post in the 77th minute before Steven Miller gave NCFC a 3-0 lead in the 86th minute.
 
Miller stole the ball near midfield from an Eddies’ defender and broke away for an untouched 40-yard run before slipping the ball past the Eddies’ goalkeeper for his second league goal of the year.
 
NCFC played out the final minutes to clinch the result in its largest margin of victory in a league match this season.
 
Coming Up Next:
NCFC will continue its road trip and face the Indy Eleven on Wednesday, Sep. 13 before returning to Sahlen’s Stadium at WakeMed Soccer Park on Sep. 16 to take on Puerto Rico FC at 7:30 p.m. The match will be presented by Ipreo. Tickets are available online at NCFCTIX.com or over the phone by calling the North Carolina Football Club Ticket Office at 919.459.8144.
 
Notes:

  • Nazmi Albadawi scored his third goal of the season with a strike assisted by Renan Gorne in the 12th minute.
  • Gorne added the second goal for NCFC, heading home a corner kick from Dre Fortune in the 21st minute.
  • Steven Miller scored on an unassisted breakaway in the 86th minute for his second NASL goal of the season.
  • North Carolina FC earned its first win at Clarke Stadium in franchise history and its first win in Edmonton since June 10, 2011 when it won 1-0 win at Foote Field.
  • NCFC ended FC Edmonton’s unbeaten streak, which had reached five matches.
  • The shutout was NCFC’s third of 2017 and the win was the club’s largest NASL margin of victory of the season

 
Box Score
 
Lineups
NCFC
: Brian Sylvestre; Paul Black, Connor Tobin, Christian Ibeagha, Kareem Moses; Austin da Luz, Dre Fortune, Marcel Kandziora (Brad Ruhaak 90+), Nazmi Albadawi (C) (Alex Molano 90+), Steven Miller; Renan Gorne (Jonathan Glenn 69’)
 
Subs not used: Macklin Robinson, Tiyi Shipalane, Lance Laing, Matt Fondy
 
FCE: Tyson Farago; Sainey Nyassi, Netan Sansara (Albert Watson 46’), Shawn Nicklaw, Pedro Galvao, Abdoulaye Diakite; Dustin Corea Allan Zebie, Ben McKendry, Ben Fisk (Sainey Nyassi 69’); Tomi Amoebi ©, Jake Keegan (Daryl Fordyce 56’)
 
Subs not used: Nathan Ingham, Nicolas Di Biase, Mauro Eustaquio, Nik Ledgerwood
 
Score:
FCE: 0
NCFC: 3
 
Goals:
FCE: --
NCFC: Albadawi (Gorne, 12’), Gorne (Fortune, 21’) Miller (unassisted 86')
 
Cautions:
FCE: Nicklaw 59’
NCFC: --
 
Ejections:
FCE: --
NCFC: --


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