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First-place RailHawks off to their best start
by Paul Kennedy, April 27th, 2009 7AM



[USL] The Carolina RailHawks wrapped up a perfect three-game homestand with a 1-0 win over Minnesota on Sunday and are off to their best start in the team's three-year history. With nine points, Carolina remains in first place.

"Right before we played [Minnesota] the first time in the opener, coach [Martin Rennie] said we had a good opportunity to stamp our foot and let the league know the RailHawks aren't what they've been the last couple years," said midfielder Brian Plotkin, who scored the game's only goal in the 58th minute Sunday.

The wins marked the first time Carolina has won three games in a row.

Miami FC lost for the first time in three games when it fell, 2-1, at home to Rochester on Sunday. Miami's weekend games at FIU Stadium and Lockhart Stadium drew only 1,568 and 1,510 fans, respectively.

Expansion Austin tied defending champion Vancouver, 1-1, and beat Cleveland, 3-0, top remain unbeaten. Englishman Eddie Johnson scored twice in the win over the City Stars.

April 21

Austin 1 Vancouver 1
VAN: Marco Reda (Wes Knight) 18
AUS: Gifton Noel-Williams (Sullivan Silva) 67
Att.: 1,549.
April 24
Charleston 1 Minnesota 1
MIN: Leonel Saint-Preux (Ricardo Sanchez) 6
CHA: Tsuyoshi Yoshitake (penalty) 38
Att.: 4,145.
Miami FC 2 Montreal 1
MIA: Diego Serna (penalty) 50
MIA: Leo Inacio Nunes 55
MON: Joey Gjertsen (Rocco Placentino) 75
Att.: 1,568
Puerto Rico 0 Rochester 0
Att.: 4,078.
April 25
Austin 3 Cleveland 0
AUS: Eddie Johnson (Yordany Alvarez) 13
AUS: Sullivan Silva (Eddie Johnson) 71
AUS: Eddie Johnson (Zach Pope) 90
Att.: 3,248.
Vancouver 1 Portland 0
VAN: Martin Nash 63
Att.: 5,102.
April 26
Carolina 1 Minnesota 0
CAR: Brian Plotkin 58
Att.: n/a.
Miami FC 1 Rochester 2
ROC: Johnny Menyongar (Andrew Gregor) 8
MIA: Connally Edozien (Zourab Tsiskaridze) 20
ROC: Johnny Menyongar (Taiwo Atieno) 44
Att.: 1,510.

Carolina 3 0 0 4 1 9
Miami FC 2 1 0 6 4 6
Austin  1 0 2 5 2 5
Vancouver  1 1 2 3 3 5
Puerto Rico   1 0 1 2 1 4
Rochester  1 1 1 2 2 4
Charleston  0 0 3 1 1 3
Minnesota 0 2 2 3 5 2
Montreal  0 1 1 1 2 1
Portland 0 1 0 0 1 0
Cleveland  0 2 0 1 6 0



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