As of Sunday, April 15, 2012
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Gwinnett Daily Post
CARY, N.C. — Leads swapped, tempers flared and balls flew through the net Saturday. But at the end of the night, the Atlanta Silverbacks and Carolina RailHawks both earned a point after a 4-4 tie.
Atlanta (0-0-2, 2 points) grabbed a 4-3 lead in the 80th minute of the game despite being down a man. Silverbacks defender Willie Hunt was sent off late in the second half with the game tied 3-3 after his second yellow card of the night. But forward Reinaldo Navia took a slow-rolling shot through traffic, scoring his second goal of the game and giving his team the advantage with just 10 minutes remaining.
But unfortunately for the Silverbacks, Carolina (0-0-2, 2 points) evened the score up in stoppage time.
Forward Brian Shiver ripped a shot after a pass from midfielder Ty Shipalane to even the game at 4-4 and keep the RailHawks from suffering their first loss of the season.
Midfielder Nick Zimmerman gave the RailHawks an early lead in the game, converting a goal off a deflected shot in the second minute of the game. Zimmerman scored his second goal of the night in the 38th minute off a bad clearance by Atlanta's Martyn Lancaster. He completed a hat trick in the 75th minute to knot the game up at 3-3.
Hunt and Raphael Cox also scored goals for the Silverbacks in the contest.
Atlanta's Nico Colaluca and Carolina's Brian Ackley got into a shoving match in stoppage time after the final goal, leading to red cards for both. After order was restored, the referees decided to end the match instead of playing out the final minute of stoppage time.