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September 11th, 2005: Hawks - 0, Quilmes - 1
The Hawks opened their Fall 2005 campaign on a Sunny afternoon at the Maryland Soccerplex versus Argentine side Quilmes. The departure of seven teammates over the offseason for a variety of reasons, and the recent arrival of seven new players to fill their shoes left Hawks management interested in seeing how the team would respond against a decent team to open up the season. Forwards David Ambush and Titou Fierro, midfielders Watson Vaughan-Prather and Emerson Sykes, and defenders Mfundo Hlatshwayo and Jean-Marc McClean were all making their debuts for the Hawks on the day. The occasion also marked the first game with new uniforms provided by player/manager Jonathan Knight. The Hawks had embarassed Quilmes 4-1 in the previous meeting between the two sides, and the Argentines were eager to show the Hawks a better game.

To the game, the Hawks quickly established a superior passing game, but clearly were having trouble absorbing the new talent. It was clear that the touches and potential were there, but the squad had an uncharacterisitic tough time stringing together consecutive passes. A tendency to play too direct, too early provided Quilmes with ample opportunities for the counter attack. Regardless, the Hawks were clearly the more polished side, and Quilmes could count themselves lucky to be tied up at the half with no goals for either team.

In the second half, uncharacteristic poor finishing kept Quilmes in the match. While again the Hawks had the better of the play, the Hawks defense looked shaky at times and Quilmes also missed some golden opportunities to take the lead. It was the kind of game where Quilmes was able to hang around, and then in the 75th minutes, they took the lead off a defensive error allowed a cross to penetrate the Hawks box. In the ensuing melee, the ball squirted out to an opportunistic Quilmes forward who tapped in the goal for the first tally of the match. Quilmes up 1-0. Despite a flurry of opportunities in the last minutes of the game, the Hawks could not muster the equalizer and ended their first game of the season with a loss. Alan Golden gets the nod as man of the match with his deadly free kicks and Kevin Koitz gets kudos for his precision passing and havoc on the wings all day long. Tre Watson gets props for displaying some fantastic distribution that bodes well for the Hawks this season. With a plethora of center midfield options, the Hawks will look to find the right formula in the coming weeks as the team goes into a bye week looking to build the necessary chemistry for success.


Other WPL Scores on the Day: (Next week's added)
Glover Park 1, LCC International - 4
Rangers - 0, Reds United FC - 3
World Bank - 4, Village Settlements - 2
Glover Park - 3, Bier FC - 7
Rangers - 4, Quilmes - 4
World Bank - 1, Reds United FC - 1
LCC International - 1,
Village Settlements - 0

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Scorers
Quilmes - 75'


Assists
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Saves
Anthony Peters - 4

MVP
Alan Golden - CM

Honorable Mention
Kevin Koitz - RMF
Mike Goldman - CM



 

 

 

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