North Carolina FC U23 Downs Carolina Dynamo 3-1

Jun 15, 2017
CARY, N.C. (June 15, 2017) – Following a 100-minute weather delay, North Carolina FC U23 overcame a slow start and dispatched the Carolina Dynamo 3-1 on Thursday night at WakeMed Soccer Park to move to 4-2-2 on the season and up to third place in the South Atlantic standings with 14 points.
The Carolina Dyanmo opened quickly and took the lead in the 12th minute after Jon Bakero scored a solo goal with an impressive finish off the post.
NCFC capitalized on a chance in the 43rd minute to level the match at 1-1. Matt Gianfortone was played in by Drew Murphy and slipped his shot past Dynamo goalkeeper Alec Smir for his second goal of the season.
Immediately following the break, NCFCU23 scored again to take a 2-1 lead. On his first touch of the match, second-half substitute Fernando Castellanos led a break down the field. Castellanos fed Dean Rutherford who passed the ball to an open Ryan Spaulding. The attacker added a cool finish past Smir for his second goal of the year.
In the 57th minute, NCFCU23 took a commanding lead with its third goal of the night. Castellanos started the scoring play once again and fed Rutherford, who collected and finished from close range for the goal. The tally was Rutherford’s team-leading fourth goal of the year.
NCFCU23 held off the Dynamo for the rest of the match, dominating time on the ball to clinch the win.
  • NCFCU23’s lineup featured six former Capital Area RailHawks Academy members, including Caleb Duvernay, Ryan Spaulding, Jamil Gracia, Cody Brinkman, Nick Retzlaff and Matt Gianfortone.
  • Carolina Dynamo also featured a former Capital Area RailHawks Academy member in backup goalkeeper, Ryan Cretens.
  • Ryan Spaulding and Matt Gianfortone scored their second goals of the PDL season.
  • Dean Rutherford and Drew Murphy recorded their first assists of the PDL season.
  • Dean Rutherford added his team-leading fourth goal of the season on an assist from Fernando Castellanos.
  • Christoph Schuneuwly made his season debut, checking in as a substitute in the 75th minute
Box Score:
NCFCU23: Ignacio Blanco; Caleb Duvernay Matt Arnone (Christoph Schuneuwly 75’), Alex Comsia, Jamil Garcia; Drew Murphy (Fernando Castellanos, 46’), Cody Brinkman © (Ian Bennet, 54’), Matt Gianfortone, Cameron Steele (Nick Retzlaff 75’), Dean Rutherford (Damien Thomas, 70’); Ryan Spaulding (Alex Moztarzadeh, 64’)
Subs not used: Bardia Asafina,
CD: Alec Smir; Jonny Fenwick (Gideon Betz 80’), Steven James ©, Pascal Derweritsch, Eddie Fulwood (Shane Mecham, 63’); Luis Argudo (Austin Hill, 85’), Rashad Tetteh, Steven Echevarnia, Ebe Kudoio (Matthew Mattis, 73’) Danny Elliott; Jon Bakero
Subs not used: Ryan Cretens, JT Sporth, Justen Shear,
NCFCU23: 3
CD: 1
NCFCU23: Matt Gianfortone ( 43’ Drew Murphy) Ryan Spaulding (46’ Dean Rutherford) Dean Rutherford (57’ Fernado Castellanos)
CD: Jon Bakero (12’ unassisted)
NCFC: Drew Murphy 35’
CD: Steven James 51’, Danny Elliott 74’, Shane Mecham 90+
NCFCU23: --
CD: --


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