[NASL REWIND: Week 13] The NASL spring season will go down to the wire with three clubs still alive in the race to host Soccer Bowl. That's all possible because the Carolina RailHawks failed in their bid to wrap up the title Saturday. The RailHawks could have clinched with a win over Atlanta but had to settle for a 1-1 tie, grabbing a dramatic equalizer in the 89th minute before a crowd of 5,304 at WakeMed Soccer Park.
Bobby Reiss gave Atlanta the lead in the 63rd minute, but midfielder Austin Da Luztied it with a minute remaining.
"We knew that the first goal was going to be important tonight as we had our chances and we didn't take them so it wasn't what we were looking for," said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke. "It was important that we wanted to win it [the Spring title] in front of our own fans tonight, but we couldn't so we will have to do it on the road next week."
The RailHawks, who were coming off a 3-0 loss at Real Salt Lake Wednesday night in the Open Cup quarterfinals, are still in first place and can take the title with a win at San Antonio on Thursday.
Atlanta will win the title if it beats Minnesota United FC on the road and Carolina loses at San Antonio.
In case of a San Antonio-Carolina tie and Atlanta win, Carolina will likely capture the title as it currently holds an edge of plus-4 in goal difference over the Silverbacks.
-- The Scorpions stayed alive as they came back from 1-0 down to win at Ft. Lauderdale 4-1 on goals by Seattle Sounders loan player Eriq Zavaleta, Hans Denissen, Kevin Harmse and Bryan Jordan.
The win was their fourth in a row, though the odds are still stacked against them. They've need to beat Carolina by three goals and hope Atlanta doesn't win at Minnesota.
-- Minnesota was eliminated with its 3-1 loss with Sunday at FC Edmonton. Former Minnesota player Neil Hlavaty had a goal and two assists for the Eddies.
-- The last-place Strikers fired Coach Daryl Shore after their loss to home to Atlanta.
NASL RESULTS: Week 13
Sunday, June 30
FC Edmonton 3 Minn. United 1
Carolina 1 Atlanta 1
Fort Lauderdale 1 San Antonio 4
NASL SPRING STANDINGS:
PTS TEAM W-L-T +/-
20 Carolina 5-1-5 20/14 (+6)
18 Atlanta 5-3-3 17/15 (+2)
17 San Antonio 5-4-2 17/15 (+2)
15 Tampa Bay 4-3-4 17/14
14 Minn. United 4-5-2 18/20
14 FC Edmonton 3-4-5 13/11
8 Fort Lauderdale 2-7-2 10/20
Note: teams in bold are still alive
NASL LEADING SCORERS
G PLAYER, TEAM
8 Brian Shriver, Carolina
6+1 Hans Denissen, San Antonio
5 Georgi Hristov, Tampa Bay
5 Simone Bracalello, Minn. United
NASL SCHEDULE: Week 14
Thursday, July 4
Tampa Bay vs. Fort Lauderdale
Minn. United vs. Atlanta
San Antonio vs. Carolina
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