Mark Anderson Scores Twice, Gives Fort Lauderdale First Road Win of the Season

Anderson is now one goal behind Pablo Campos for the NASL Lead.

Mark Anderson continues his stellar rookie season.

Anderson scored two goals Wednesday night versus the defending champions Minnesota Stars FC at NSC Stadium to give the Strikers their first road win of the season in nine tries, and their first victory at NSC Stadium since Aug. 10 of last season.

Anderson now has nine goals on the season and is only one goal behind Pablo Campos of the San Antonio Scorpions for the NASL lead in goals.

With the win, Fort Lauderdale (6W-6T-6L) has moved into fifth place in the standings with 24 points.

The first goal of the match came in the 34th minute on the counter attack when a breaking Andy Herron hit Anderson with a pass. Anderson then made a couple of dribbles and fired a shot just inside the far post, beating Stars’ goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel.

The Strikers second goal came just before halftime in the 42nd minute when the attacking duo of Walter Restrepo and Mark Anderson connected for the third time this season. Anderson took Restrepo’s pass and struck the ball high into the near corner of the net for his second goal of the game and ninth goal of the season. The assist was Restrepo’s seventh of the year, extending his NASL lead.

“We went in at halftime and told the guys we have to do whatever it takes to get this win,” said Strikers head coach Daryl Shore.

In the second half, the Stars were able to pull within a goal when former Striker forward Martin Nunez snuck a pass through the Strikers’ defense to Simone Bracalello. The Minnesota forward found himself one on one with Matt Glaeser and tucked his shot under the Strikers’ goalkeeper to make it 2-1.

“I’m really proud of our guys because they fought really hard, winning every header and getting to every second ball.” Said coach Shore.

Fort Lauderdale didn’t have to wait long for revenge on the San Antonio Scorpions. They will play the Scorpions this Saturday in San Antonio.

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