Aegean Hawks F.C.

September 25th, 2004: Hawks 3 Glover Park 2
The Hawks took the field early on Saturday morning against an undermanned, but game Glover Park squad. While undermanned themselves, missing several key players, the Hawks were still eager to put last week's disappointing showing behind them. Glover Park has been one of the top two teams in the WPL for the last three seasons, and the Hawks were hoping to capitalize on a strong 3-1 result against them in the Spring season. Saturday's matchup took place on an extremely narrow and rocky Fairland Regional Park field in Laurel, MD.

To the Hawks amazement, Glover Park took to the pitch with eight field players. Knowing that they would hold a two man advantage for the duration, the Hawks looked to capitalize early. Several chances came close in the opening minutes, until Alan Golden was able to beat the Glover Park back line and get a one vs. one on the keeper, which he tucked away to the right corner with ease. Hawks up 1-0 in the 10th minute. Glover Park, however, was managing some threatening chances of their own by playing the ball to their speedy forward, #4 - Matt Ney. The Hawks managed to leave said player alone up top and with space to turn and face the defense or at times failed to double properly on long balls sent his way. In the first half, the Hawks error in strategy paid dividends for the Glover Park team. They were packing in the defense and sending their forward into space. Often with only one man to beat, he was getting chances. In the 25th minute, he was able to convert after beating his man down the right side and cutting into the box. Before the central defender could come and close his angle, he was able to blast a shot near post to the roof of the net. Game tied up 1-1.

The rest of the half saw the same type of up and down play. The field was so narrow that the Glover Park defense was able to pack it in effectively. The Hawks naturally had more chances given their advantage, but Glover was continuing to capitalize on the Hawks inability to contain their lone forward properly and they were getting opportunities at the net. The Hawks were able to convert their second goal was a beautifully struck header by center back John Stephens off a driven corner into the box by Jamie Pettengill. Hawks up 2-1 in the 35th minute. Once again, the Hawks lead was short lived as a indirect free kick deep in the Hawks box was converted by Glover Park with a low hard shot that left Hawks keeper Anthony Peters heavily screened and helpless to stop the shot. Game tied 2-2 in the 41st minute and that's the way it stayed until halftime.

At halftime, the Hawks decided to man mark the lone Glover forward for the duration of the game. From the opening kick of the second half, it was a different story for the Hawks. The team was able to dominate the remainder of play and use their man advantage, and the defense rose to the occasion as Chris Douglas and John Stephens were able to nullify the Glover forwards attacks. Jamie Pettengill played an excellent game in the middle and also was threatening from the flanks playing outside back. Newcomers Ikenna Myers and Justin Bodiya played well and were able get more familiar with the other team members. Veteran forward Irving Williams turned in another stellar performance in relief up top. Glover had one very good chance in the 73rd minute off a great individual effort that beat three men, only to have the final shot sail mercifully way over the crossbar. Besides this defensive blemish, the Hawks were able to press forward with wave after wave of attacks. Several shots hit the post before John Stephens hit a rocket from 20 yards in the 80th minute that took an opportune hop, leaving the Glover Park keeper defenseless to stop it. That's how the game ended. The Hawks took advantage of a golden opportunity and picked up the needed win, but not without a fantastic effort by Glover Park, who should hold their heads very high in threatening for the outcome. The Hawks look to turn in a better effort on Sunday against Emerald Knights. Several more players will be available for tomorrow's game against the Emerald Knights. The Hawks will look to avenge their lone loss from the Fall 2003 season and pick up another coveted W.

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Alan Golden - 10'
Glover Park - 17'
John Stephens - 35'
Glover Park - 41'
John Stephens - 80'

Jamie Pettengill - 35'
Alan Golden - 80'

Anthony Peters - 2

John Stephens - CB
Honorable Mention
Jamie Pettengill - MF/FB




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