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April 10th, 2005: Hawks 7 Village Settlements - 1
The opening game of the 2005 Spring season found the Hawks blessed with unbelievable blue skys, radiant sun and temparatures of 70 degrees. The Hawks were eager to open up their season campaign against league rival Village Settlements. The Hawks were looking to avenge last season's poor 3-2 loss at the hands of Village and eager to showcase some of the newfound talent on the side. In an up-and-down game that had moments of brilliance, the Hawks were able to finish well and commence their season with a convincing 7-1 victory over their opponents.

The scoring started early in the fifth minute with center back John Stephens knocking in a header off Justin Bodiya's corner kick. Newcomer Will Phouminh was able to score in the 25th minute when center mid Alan Golden was able to slot a through ball that was banged home with style. In the 35th minute, Alex Brown scored the goal of the day off a nice individual play in the box by newcomer Todd Leber laying off a nice back pass for a one time blast to the near post upper 90 from 15 yards. Halftime score 3-0 Hawks.

The second half started and Village put on some offensive pressure, earning a questionable penalty kick in the 55th minute, which was converted with ease. The Hawks struck again shortly thereafter when Todd Leber was able to bang home a point blank shot off the Alan Golden assist after a hectic flurry in the Village box. Just minutes later, the Hawks notched their fifth goal when Todd Leber's corner kick found flanker Justin Bodiya running on to a well struck one time volley. The sixth goal came in the 75th minute when Todd Leber found the ball in the box after a Mike Williams blast and was able to bang home his 8th point of the match with ease. The last goal was a clinical finish by Geof Thompson who danced and weaved his way around four defenders in the opponents box and finished off the fine technical display with a powerful blast to the far side netting.

All in all, it was the Hawks day for finishing. In fairness to Village, they had a considerable amount of possession and missed many opportunities to finish, but it appeared that the Hawks' youth and depth was the clear difference maker between the two sides. Well won and great way to start the season. The Hawks next opponent is the World Bank Soccer Club, back in the WPL after a one season stint in the WISL First division. The Hawks will be looking to gain momentum and notch their second victory of the season.

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Scorers
John Stephens - 5'
Will Phouminh - 25'
Alex Brown - 35'
Village (PK) - 50'
Todd Leber - 55'
Justin Bodiya - 65'
Todd Leber - 75'
Geoff Thompson - 82'

Assists
Justin Bodiya - 5'
Alan Golden - 25'
Todd Leber - 35'
Alan Golden - 55'
Todd Leber - 65'
Michael Williams - 75'
Michael Williams - 82'

Saves
Anthony Peters- 4

MVP
Todd Leber - MF/ST

Honorable Mention
Alex Brown - RB


 

 

 

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