EDMONTON — The Rowdies' seven-game unbeaten streak ended with a 1-0 loss to Edmonton on a snowy Sunday afternoon.
With the win, the Eddies joined the New York Cosmos and the Indy Eleven in clinching NASL playoff spots in Week 15 play. The Rowdies (9-9-10) remained one point out of the fourth and final playoff spot with four games left.
Edmonton's Ben Fisk scored the only goal in the 13th minute, nodding home a Dustin Corea cross from the left wing past Rowdies goalkeeper Matt Pickens at the near post.
The Rowdies had a few scoring chances, including close-range shots from Tommy Heinemann and Keith Savage, but didn't put enough of them on target. They took 13 shots, but Eddies goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel had to make just two saves en route to his NASL-record 15th shutout of the season.
"We had two or three really good scoring opportunities in the first half," Rowdies coach Stuart Campbell said. "If we take one of them and score, it's a completely different game. … We can't keep relying on our defenders to keep clean sheets to give us a chance to win. We need to start putting the ball in the back of the net more regularly."
The temperature at kickoff was 32 degrees, and the first half was marked by significant snowfall and gusty winds blowing into the face of Pickens. Conditions were milder in the second half.