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April 6th, 2003 -  USASA National Amateur Cup – Aegean Hawks 0 – Dynamos – 3
The Hawks ended their National Amateur Cup campaign on Sunday with a humiliating loss to Dynamos F.C. in a game also counting towards the Premier league standings.  The Hawks showed the rust of not playing together since their previous National Cup game vs. Virginia United in November.  

The inopportune absence of a keeper in the lineup for Sunday’s game left goalkeeping duties in the hands of defender Andy Baldwin.  Several key players were missing from the side as well.  While keepers Nick LaPorta and Kofi Boxill could most likely have saved two of the Dynamos goals, the team’s performance on the pitch left much to be desired.  A squad of accomplished collegiate and former professional players showed little form and a reluctance to play the easy ball.  The Hawks repeatedly tried to force plays forward and the passing game was way off the mark.  “This has to go down as the all-time worst performance of any Aegean Hawks team I have been associated with.” said long-time Hawks defender Jon Knight.  “This was a wake-up call that hopefully will serve as the turning point for our season.  I take solace in the fact that the team on the field was the same that last season ended the regular season with only two losses and the league’s second-ranked defense.  This was just rust – the ability and talent is clearly there.”

To make matters worst, the team lost star forward Craig Cochran to an ACL tear for the remainder of the season.  Craig joins forward Leonardo Nunes (ACL tear) and midfielder Pieter Ockers (elbow surgery) on the injured list. 

The team takes to the field on Sunday April 13th vs. last season’s league title holder AC Hellas, whom the Hawks defeated 3-0 in dominating fashion in the previous campaign.  With several key players returning to the lineup, the Hawks will look to rectify the atrocity of last week’s performance.

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Scorers
Dynamos - 20, 35, 70 
Assists
N/A
Saves
Baldwin - 3

 

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