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March 28th, 2004: Hawks 1 Glover Park 3
The Hawks finished their preseason off with a semi-final meeting vs. Glover Park at Bretton Woods on Sunday. With several new players in the lineup and several players trying new positions, the game served as a final testing ground for determining the Hawks lineup for the WPL regular season. The game started off with both teams threatening. While the Hawks diligently worked a build-up to the offensive third, Glover Park worked a deadly accurate counterattacking style by playing directly from the defense to a speedy striker corps, who were playing the ball back to an oncoming midfield intelligently and bursting with new runs across the Hawks defense upon release of the ball. The Hawks struck first in the 20th minute, when newcomer Geof Thompson muscled a defender off of a long ball and beat the keeper to slot in the game's first goal.

Glover Park, however, was up to the challenge and answered quickly. A mix-up on the Hawks defense left a gaping hole on the right side of the field, and Glover pushed the ball into the stride of a streaking midfielder, who was left with open space between him and the goal. A valiant effort by the Hawks central defense to track the man down was nullified by a brilliant strike from 22 yards in full stride that soared off Anthony Peters glove and into the left upper 90.

Glover did not waste time in exploiting another defensive Hawks error, when five minutes later, another gaping left a Glover Player wide open on the left and able to crank a beaming shot low and hard to the Hawks net. The ricochet off of a nice save by Peters landed fortuitously at the feet of a Glover Park striker, who notched the easy tap in convincingly. Halftime score 1-2 in favor of Glover Park. The Hawks regrouped at halftime and made some defensive adjustments, but Glover's fortune continued with a brilliant free kick from 18 yards which was laced perfectly past the fingertips of Peters to send Glover up 3-1 at the 55 minute mark.

On the day, the Hawks first touch and passing was off, resulting in many turnovers and the team expending a lot of energy to recover possession. Glover was deserved in winning the game, but the Hawks left the field confident that a future meeting with Glover could end differently. Some key things to ensure success in future games were higlighted as getting the ball to team playmakers more, shoring up the defense, and adding some speed to the striker corps to strecth opposing defenses. With the first game of the WPL season vs. Village Settlements only one week away (4/4/2004), the Hawks will continue to build positively towards playing the type of quality ball we have all come to expect.

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Scorers
Thompson - 20'
(Glover Park - 25')
(Glover Park - 30')
(Glover Park - 55')

Assists
Henry - 20'

Saves
Peters - 5

 

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