IMPACT 0 CAROLINA 2
With this win, the RailHawks registered their 10th consecutive victory.
Forward Pablo Campos opened the scoring with his sixth goal of the season at the 30th minute. Following a lob from Chris Nurse behind the Impact defence, Campos beat goalkeeper Evan Bush with a left-footed low shot.
Four minutes later, Carolina doubled its lead on a goal from forward Nick Zimmerman, named the NASL Player of Week last Tuesday. Following a long ball from midfielder Johnny Steele, Zimmerman beat Bush with his head before scoring in an open net.
"I'm not satisfied because you can't have a 38-year old player (Eduardo Sebrango) registering three scoring chances at the end of a game. Some players are not ready to sacrifice themselves for this team," said Impact head coach and sporting director Nick De Santis. "We dominated in shots, but when we get to the final third, we are not efficient. We should have scored on certain occasions."
Impact forward Ali Gerba got the first scoring chance of the game at the 4th minute when his point blank shot from the middle of the 18-yard box hit the chest of Carolina goalkeeper Brad Knighton, who registered his fifth shutout of the season.
At the 23rd minute, goalkeeper Evan Bush distinguished himself with two consecutive saves on point blank shots from Zimmerman and Campos, after getting the ball from Steele.
Following a turnover at midfield, striker Étienne Barbara, the NASL leader in goals and points, came on a breakaway at the 55th minute, but Bush made another huge diving save.
At the end of the game, striker Eduardo Sebrango got several scoring opportunities. Sebrango had replaced Leonardo Di Lorenzo at the 55th minute of play.
At the 61st minute, defender Amir Lowery gave the ball to Simon Gatti, who sent a cross to the second post for Sebrango, but his header was stopped by Knighton.
From inside the 18-yard box, Sebrango received a pass from forward Mignane Diouf at the 86th minute, but his low shot went a few inches to the right of the Carolina net.
In stoppage time, Sebrango came close once again when he deflected a free kick from defender Philippe Billy above the net.
"We managed well the beginning of the game, but after the first goal, we became disorganized and gave up," added De Santis. "We got a few scoring opportunities in the second half, but we must be stronger mentally if we want to get out of this position. We now have 10 days before our next game. Those who will work hard will play against Fort Lauderdale."
Goalkeeper Bill Gaudette and Maxime Crépeau, defenders Nevio Pizzolitto and Richard Pelletier, as well as forwards Reda Agourram and Pierre-Rudolph Mayard missed the game due to injuries.
The Impact will play its next home game at Saputo Stadium against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, on July 13, at 7:30pm (CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports). Tickets for this game are still available through Admission Network (admission.com / 514-790-1245) or at Saputo Stadium’s ticketing office.
THREE NEXT GAMES
• Wednesday, July 13 – Fort Lauderdale Strikers @ IMPACT – Saputo Stadium – 7:30pm (CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports) • Saturday, July 17 – Atlanta Silverbacks @ IMPACT – Saputo Stadium – 3:30pm (CKAC Sports, THE TEAM 990, radio-canada.ca/sports) • Friday, July 22 – IMPACT @ Minnesota Stars – National Sports Center – 8:30pm