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May 2nd, 2004: Hawks 2 LCC International 1
The Hawks took the field on May 2nd vs 3 time state and reigning WPL champs, LCC International on Sunday May 2nd in the first meeting between the two sides. LCC won the Premier handily in the Fall, with an 8-1 record, but the Hawks were poised to make a statement to the league that last week's loss to UAE was a fluke....and make a statement we did. The game was a dominant display of solid possession and attacking soccer. LCC packed it in and relied on the long ball and their dangerous counter attack, but the Hawks prevailed 2-1 by taking risks and opening the game up with strong inside-out play and a steady, determined possession attack.

The game's opening stanza saw the Hawks quickly setting the tone for the match after withstanding an early flurry from LCC to establish strong control of possession. As LCC left huge gaps between their midfield and their striker corps, the flanks were left wide open for Aegean Hawks fullbacks to press into the offensive zone, receive and distribute balls to the open middies, and send in dangerous crosses. The first goal came in the 30th minute. After an exquisiste series of one-touch passes, midfielder Alan Golden received the ball at the top left corner of the box and danced his way past two defenders to the end line for a quick tap to his college and Hawk teammate, Doug Henry. Doug's chip pass from the side of the box found Mike Williams left foot for a dribbling effort that was good enough for the goal as the LCC keeper was forced to guess the shot's direction erroneously. Hawks up 1-0. The rest of the first half continued with the Hawks dominating possession, but LCC almost found the equalizer in the 40th minute, when LCC striker and former Hawk Rich Nyren had a one vs. one with the Hawks keeper, but his far post placement shot fell to the side of the goal frame in a stroke of luck for the Hawks. At halftime, the Hawks were determined to stay vigilent, fully cognizant of LCC's counter-attacking style, and wary that a one goal margin would most likely not be enough to ensure victory.

The second half started and the Hawks escalated the intensity and elevated their play. Possesion was ours on the day and Doug Henry and Mike Williams were orchestrating the midfield beautifully. Both were constantly a presence by showing for defenders and setting up the Hawks attack in a tireless effort. In the 65th minute, the Hawks struck again when forward Scottie Hamilton received the ball on the flanks and danced around a defender to send a destined lob to the far side of the opponent's box. His pass was met by a streaking Alan Golden for a clinical 90 degree header finish that was forcefully put away from 8 yards...Hawks up 2-0. The Hawks continued their domination of possession for the rest of the game but LCC had several solid chances to score. The first opportunity was off a muffed clearance by Hawks keeper Anthony Peters after colliding with center back Alex Peacher that found the ball at the feet of the opposing striker 13 yards from the prize, but his boot to the open goal did not find it's mark. LCC's counter attack gained momentum in the waning moments of the game and they found the net on a nice skimming header off a free kick 1 minute before time. A minor blemish in an otherwise superlative peformance. All in all, an outstanding effort for the entire game by everyone on the pitch. This was one of the best Hawks victories in recent memory, attributable to the tireless efforts of all our players. Alan Golden gets game MVP for knocking in the difference-maker in fine fashion, and honorable mention goes to Jon Knight for a commanding performance at right back. Honorable mentions also go to Doug Henry, John Stephens and Scottie Hamilton for their stellar contributions, but no Hawk present on the day should be forgotten - a great team effort. The Hawks will look to make a statement next Sunday when they face reigning DC/VA state champs, Dynamos FC, in a May 9th showdown at the Germantown Soccerplex at 11 AM. The Hawks have not forgotten the 0-3 drubbing they received by Dynamos in the opening stanza of the Spring 2003 season (a dual regular season/USASA National Amateur Cup match)...it's payback time and this is a different team, with a different attitude.
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Scorers
Mike Williams - 30'
Alan Golden - 65'

Assists
Doug Henry - 30'
Scottie Hamilton - 65'

Saves
Anthony Peters - 4
MVP
Alan Golden - CM/LM
Honorable Mention
Jon Knight - RB
Doug Henry - CM
John Stephens - CB
Scottie Hamilton - FW

 

 

 

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