|Sat. 4/7||at Puerto Rico (7:30)||Wed. 7/4||FT. LAUDERDALE (6:30)|
|Sat. 4/14||EDMONTON (7:30)||Thurs. 7/12||at Minnesota (8:30)|
|Wed. 4/18||CAROLINA (7:30)||Sun 7/15||at Edmonton (4:05)|
|Sat. 4/21||at Atlanta (7:30)||Sat. 7/21||PUERTO RICO (7:30)|
|Sat. 4/28||FT. LAUDERDALE (7:30)||Sat. 7/28||EDMONTON (7:30)|
|Sat. 5/5||at San Antonio (8:30)||Sat. 8/4||at Carolina (7:00)|
|Sat. 5/12||SAN ANTONIO (7:30)||Sat. 8/11||ATLANTA (7:30)|
|Sat. 5/19||at Atlanta (7:30)||Sun 8/19||at San Antonio (8:30)|
|Sat. 5/26||MINNESOTA (7:30)||Sat. 8/25||PUERTO RICO (7:30)|
|Sat. 6/2||at Ft. Lauderdale (7:30)||Sat. 9/1||at Ft. Lauderdale (7:30)|
|Sat. 6/9||at Puerto Rico (7:30)||Sat. 9/8||ATLANTA (7:30)|
|Sat. 6/16||at Minnesota (8:30)||Sun. 9/16||at Edmonton (4:05)|
|Sat. 6/23||SAN ANTONIO (7:30)||Wed. 9/19||CAROLINA (7:30)|
|Sat. 6/30||MINNESOTA (7:30)||Sat. 9/22||at Carolina (7:00)|
After tying Carolina in all four regular-season meetings, the Rowdies got a winning result when it mattered the most.
Tampa Bay emerged from Cary, N.C. with a 2-1 win Saturday night in the first leg of the NASL semifinal. Daniel Antoniuk scored the winner on a header in the 85th minute.
The teams play Game 2 next Saturday back at Al Lang.
Total goals scored in the two games determines who advances to the championship. With Saturday's win, the Rowdies now just need a draw in St. Pete to advance. Even a 1-0 loss would suffice; if teams end up with the same amount of goals, a tie goes to the side with the most road goals.
After a scoreless first half Mike Ambersley put Tampa Bay ahead in the 63rd minute, a key road goal if not the winner. But Carolina would even things up on a penalty kick 15 minutes later.
Evans Frimpong set up Antoniuk with Frimpong's first assist of the year. Antoniuk has the team lead with eight goals.
It was the first playoff victory for the Rowdies since they returned to existence in 2010.