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April 17th, 2005: Hawks 8 World Bank - 3
The second game of the Spring 2005 season found the Hawks pitted against long time rival, World Bank Soccer club in another 5 PM game at the Soccerplex. The weather did not disappoint for the second week in a row with temperatures in the 70s and clear skies. In ideal settings, another offensive onslaught for the Hawks was about to begin. The team was rarely threatened in the game and cruised to an 8-3 victory over the newly promoted World Bank side.

The scoring started early in the 10th minute when center midfielder Mike Williams found a near post seam off a low, driven corner by flanker Justin Bodiya. Justin assisted again minutes later, finding striker Will Phouminh in the box, who settled nicely and poked the nugget past the keeper for a 2-0 Hawks lead. The Bank struck next, taking advantage off a quickly played free quick while the Hawks jabbered with the referee. A World Bank player received the quick ball in the box and was able to slam a shot near post to make it a 2-1 game. The game stayed the same until the end of the first half when the Hawks were able to convert again off a nice individual effort by striker Craig Cochran. Receiving the ball from flanker Marcos Araus, Craig turned and rifled a shot past the opponent's net minder, caught unawares. Halftime score Hawks 3, World Bank 1.

A wide open second half provided five more goals for the Hawks, and unfortunately two more for the Bank. The Bank scored first off a poorly granted penalty which was converted for a 3-2 tally. Minutes later the Hawks scored again off a devastating sequence of one-time passing which resulted in a blistering one-time strike by flanker Todd Leber near-post for a 4-2 Hawks lead. Shortly thereafter, a handball in the box granted World Bank another penalty kick, but keeper Anthony Peters came up huge again and thwarted the opportunity. However, the World Bank was not finished and were able to exploit an uncharacteristically porous Hawks defense to find an open flanker, who converted off a nice shot to the upper 90.

With the game becoming a closer affair, the Hawks looked to make no mistake and were rewarded in the 65th minute when center midfielder Doug Henry received a brilliant one-time lead pass from striker Will Phouminh and was able to finish. Hawks up 5-3. Minutes later, Geoff Thompson was tripped up in the box and the Hawks were rewarded with the penalty. Will Phouminh stepped up and missed the PK, but was fortunate enough to bang home the rebound to redeem himself and add to the Hawks tally. Hawks up 6-3. Five minutes later, a pretty sequence of passing found center midfielder Mike Williams receiving the ball in the box hitting an excellently placed shot to the far corner for a 7-3 margin. The final Hawks tally was collected by center mid Alan Golden, who decided to run by the entire World Bank defense and rifle a shot between the sticks. The ball was well struck, and while it should have been saved by the World Bank keeper, it found its way off his gloves and in the back of the net for the final Hawks tally on the day.

Overall, a stellar performance by the Hawks offensive unit, but the team defense certainly left much to be desired. Let there be no mistake, the Hawks will need to improve their defensive shape in order to contend for a league championship this season. The Rangers should provide a tough test in next weekend's matchup.

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Other WPL League Action on the Weekend:
LCC International - 2, Village Settlements - 2
Glover Park FC - 2, Reds United FC - 1
Quilmes - 1, Dynamos - 0
Rangers FC - 3, St. Ides - 2

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Scorers
Mike Williams - 10'
Will Phouminh - 15'
World Bank - 25''
Craig Cochran - 43'
Todd Leber - 55'
World Bank (PK) - 58'
World Bank - 62'
Doug Henry - 65'
Will Phouminh - 70'
Michael Williams - 75'
Alan Golden - 82'

Assists
Justin Bodiya - 10'
Justin Bodiya - 15'
Marcos Araus - 43'
Geof Thompson - 55'
Will Phouminh - 65'
Alan Golden - 75'

Saves
Anthony Peters- 3

MVP
Mike Williams - CM

Honorable Mention
Justin Bodiya - MF


 

 

 

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