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November 21st, 2004: Hawks 2 Fan Rats (CVSA) 4
The Hawks took the field on a balmy sunday afternoon in a first-time meeting with Richmond amateur soccer powerhouse, Fan Rats, in a state semi-final matchup for the USASA National Amateur Cup. The Fan Rats were fresh off of a 4-0 drubbing of WPL standouts LCC International in the quarterfinal round and were a formidable side. All of the players on their roster were standout players at the NCAA D1 level and more than half had professional experience. News trickled to Aegean Hawks management prior to the matchup that the Fan Rats scrimmaged VCU’s varsity team (who reached the elite 8 in the NCAA Tournament this Fall) for two 30-min halves a couple days prior to the match and beat them.

To the game - it was a great match, very exciting to participate in and very entertaining to watch. The first half was the best offensive soccer an Aegean Hawks side had ever played. We went up a goal in the 20th off a fantastic sequence of one-time passing, culminated by a blast by forward Robbie Wright past the Fan Rats keeper from about 12 yards. When they scored at the 30 minute mark off a blast from the 18, we countered two minutes later off a great individual effort by Alan Golden to send a driven cross in the middle and onto Robby’s head for a magnificent skimming header that found the far left corner. Unfortunately, a botched clearance by the Hawks defense was gobbled up by a Fan Rats forward in the 40th and taken for a successful 1 vs 1 conversion into the Hawks net. Thus, despite dominating play and creating by far the better chances, the Hawks found themselves tied up at halftime 2-2.

The Fan Rats utilized a far deeper bench and pumped in their full allotment of seven subs throughout the second half, while the Hawks decided to stick with our original eleven. In the end, this strategy determined the outcome of the match. The Hawks began to tire and the offensive onslaught from the first half was lacking. We didn’t have many chances as most of the second stanza was played at midfield and in our half. After performing admirably, the Hawks defense finally succumed to the go-ahead Fan Rats goal in the 79th minute. A Fan Rats forward was able to shoulder the 50-50 challenge for a through ball with a Hawks defender and take the ball in alone for the simple finish. The Hawks pushed forward, desperate for the equalizer, but instead got caught on a counter attack in the 85th. Game and season over. Congratulations to Fan Rats. We'll certainly look forward for a second meeting, perhaps in the MDCVSA State Cup in June.

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Scorers
Robby Wright - 20'
Fan Rats- 30'
Robby Wright - 32'
Fan Rats - 40'
Fan Rats - 79'
Fan Rats - 85'

Assists
Doug Henry - 20'
Alan Golden - 32'

Saves
Anthony Peters- 5

MVP
Robby Wright - ST

Honorable Mention
Alan Golden - CM


 

 

 

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