2004: Hawks 2 – Rangers FC – 2
A humid day found the Hawks
matched up with Rangers FC, a team comprised of former Georgetown
and Davidson University varsity players, at the Polo Grounds in
DC. The pitch was in awful shape and made connecting passes difficult
for both teams. However, the pitch seemed to suit the kickball style
of Rangers squad more than the possession oriented Hawks.
The Hawks struck first in the
25th minute with Alan Golden making a nice play on the side of the
box to pass to wide open newcomver, Sean O'Sullivan, who calmly
slotted the ball past the Rangers keeper. Hawks up 1-0, but not
for long as 10 minutes later, the Rangers were able to find the
net after a miscommunication in which Hawks keeper Anthony Peters
picked the ball up directly from a throw in of his own teammate.
The ensuing indirect free kick about 8 yards from the prize was
tapped by the Rangers and slammed with authority to send the ball
into the net in pinball fashion. A mental breakdown and the game
tied up at 1 apiece at halftime.
The second half found the Hawks
pressing for another one-goal margin, and they found it in the 75th
minute off a beautiful chip shot by Scottie Hamilton off a nice
cross from Sean O'Sullivan. Scottie took the cross and rounded a
defender to send the chip over the charging Rangers keeper into
the upper 90. Hawks up 2-1 and seemingly in control. In yet another
breakdown in the last minutes of the game, the Hawks coughed up
possession to Rangers near midfield and a Rangers striker was able
to take a pass and send a nice long-range shot into the Hawks net
past the lunging hands of keeper Anthony Peters. It was the 85th
minute and that's how it ended...a 2-2 tie. A haunting loss of 2
points for the Hawks, who look to face a red-hot La Universitario
in a Thurs night match up under the lights at South Run Park.
Sean O'Sullivan - 25'
Scottie Hamilton - 75'