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Rowdies snap three-game losing streak with tie against Carolina

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Well, it beats losing.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies tied the Carolina Railhawks Saturday night, 1-1, ending a three-game losing streak in the NASL. The Rowdies, who have been challenged offensively for most of the season, have only four goals in the Fall Season.

This time, they got a go-ahead goal from Georgi Hristov, who scored on a one-timer on a cross from Darnell King. The Railhawks tied the score three minutes later, however, on a goal by Mark Anderson. Neither team could find the net again.

“In the end, it’s probably a just result,” Rowdies Head Coach Thomas Rongen said. “I’m disappointed that we gave up their goal. … We had two or three other good scoring opportunities. Our goalkeeper (Kamil Contofalsy), didn’t have to make many saves. Their goalkeeper had to come up big a couple of times.”

The Carolina goal, for instance, came when Anderson turned a kicked a bouncing ball in the six-yard box past goalkeeper Confalskiy. Tampa Bay had several scoring chances afterward but were unable to score.

Corey Hertzog had a chance in the 41st minute, but Carolina keeper Akira Fitzgerald made a save. Hertzog had another chance in the 67th minute. In the 72nd, Maicon Santos headed a corner kick by Hristov but was just wide of the goal. In the 78th minute, King had a one-on-one, but Fitzgerald got a hand on the goal.

“We came here for three points after the three losses,” Rongen said. “but I also told the team that a tie, depending on how the game goes, would be sufficient, based on the face we needed to get something positive on the

The Rowdies are home Saturday night against the Jacksonville Armada in an interstate game. The Rowdies beat Jacksonville 3-2 earlier in the season.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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