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Cosmos lose, 1-0, to Carolina RailHawks

Cosmos defender Ayoze controls the ball in front

Cosmos defender Ayoze controls the ball in front of Carolina Railhawks forward Aaron King during the first half of a game at Hofstra's Shuart Stadium in Hempstead on Saturday, Aug. 2, 2014. Credit: Brad Penner

It once was considered a fortress for the club, but the Cosmos can't seem to do anything right at Shuart Stadium these days.

Case in point: their 1-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks before 4,649 spectators Saturday night.

The defending NASL champions again struggled offensively on their home field, dropping their third home match in seven games.

Returning from a promising 1-0-1 road trip with four points, the Cosmos (1-2-1) suffered their second consecutive home defeat of the fall season.

"It's always very frustrating when you lose at home, especially at this moment when we're trying to be at the top of the table," said midfield general Marcos Senna, who made his first home appearance since suffering a groin injury against Indy Eleven on May 24.

Said Cosmos coach Giovanni Savarese, "It's not a concern, but we have to realize that it's the second game in a row. We have to question ourselves why. We always try to talk to the players about making sure the mentality when we play at home is that here, nobody is able to come to beat us. But that is not the case now. We're certainly not content."

The Cosmos have struggled to find the back of the net at home. They have scored only eight times in seven home matches and haven't scored more than one goal in any game other than their opener (a 4-0 win over Atlanta) en route to posting a 3-3-1 record at Hofstra.

"What we have to do is score goals, and without goals, we can't win," Senna said.

But the RailHawks found a way to score. Ty Shipalane, who tallied against the Cosmos in a 1-0 win May 3, connected on a spectacular goal in the 38th minute.

Shipalane maneuvered around the Cosmos' Danny Szetela, Hans Denissen and Carlos Mendes in tight quarters before slipping the ball past goalkeeper Jimmy Maurer from 10 yards.

"We were unlucky to give away the goal," said midfielder Connor Lade, who suffered a separated shoulder in his debut as a loan player from the Red Bulls.

"I tried to leave it out on the field,'' Lade said, "and I think my shoulder is still out there somewhere."

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