[D-2 PRO LEAGUE] The Puerto Rico Islanders won their first title, claiming the USSF D-2 Pro League championship 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 tie with the Carolina RailHawks Saturday in the second leg of their two-game series.
Sandy Gbandi, who scored Puerto Rico’s first goal in its 2-0 win in Bayamon, put the Islanders ahead in the 7th minute in Cary, beating Carolina goalkeeper Eric Reed.
The RailHawks equalized equalized four minutes later when Tom Heinemann scored off a Floyd Franks.
Puerto Rico had a chance to add to its aggregate lead in the 88th minute when forward Nick Addlery was brought down in the box by Carolina defender Brad Rusin, who was shown a red card. Addlery was denied by Reed, who tipped the Jamaican's shot off the woodwork.
Oct. 30 in Cary, N.C.
Carolina 1 Puerto Rico 1. Goals: Heinemann 11; Gbandi 7.
Carolina -- Reed, Low (Russell, 82), Rusin, Woolard, Elenio (Shipalane 72), Davidson, Franks (Richardson, 61), Watson, Paladini, Barbara (Gardner, 72), Heinemann.
Puerto Rico -- Gaudette, Martinez, Velez, Rivera, Horst, Delgado, Nurse, Gbandi, Foley (Addlery, 81), Jagdeosingh (Telesford, 72), Hansen
Red Card: Carolina -- Brad Rusin 88.
Referee: Fotis Bazokos (USA).
(Puerto Rico wins 3-1 on aggregate.)