Blas Perez's Hat Trick Guides FC Dallas Over Carolina RailHawks 5-2

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FC Dallas advances to the semifinal round after their big win on the road.

After a back and forth first half, FC Dallas ran away with things late as they dominated the NASL's Carolina Railhawks on Wednesday night in a 5-2 win.

Blas Perez scored a hat trick in the win while Fabian Castillo and Mauro Diaz also picked up goals.

Carolina raced out in the beginning of this match with a goal in the ninth minute from former New England striker Zach Schilawski.

FCD would respond in the 22nd minute with the first Perez goal after Tesho Akindele chipped the ball into the penalty box for Perez to hammer it home.

Dallas would take the lead just moments later in the 34th minute with Perez's second goal. Je-Vaughn Watson raced down the right side of the field, he would dish the ball off to Perez and the veteran striker calmly placed it in the back of the net.

Carolina would respond just two minutes later with some pressure in the penalty box. After a bad touch in the ball Moises Hernandez would fall on the ball and the center official would call him for a handball in the box. The ref would allow Carolina a penalty kick, which Enzo Martinez would put home to tie the game up.

Right before the halftime whistle Castillo would give FCD the lead for good. The Colombian would find his way into the box and would then fire off a tough angled shot by the Carolina keeper.

Carolina would push for a response in the second half but the Dallas defense was up to the challenge. Before the game would end Diaz would come into the game and cause even more issues for the RailHawk defense. In the 89th minute, Castillo would make a long run down the field after getting the ball from Diaz, as Castillo got into the penalty box he drew three defenders over and would then dish the ball off to Diaz, who easily placed the ball past the Carolina keeper.

As the game went into extra time, a similar play would break out as Castillo would drive into the penalty box and dish the ball off to Perez after drawing a couple defenders over. Perez had little trouble putting the ball in the back of the net for his third goal of the game.

With the win, FC Dallas advances to the semifinal round where they will host the Philadelphia Union on August 12.

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