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April 31st, 2005: Hawks 2 Glover Park - 5
With rain threatening play, the Hawks were able to take the field on a damp Saturday 3 PM game vs. the previous season WPL champs, Glover Park @ Trinity College. Glover Park had never beaten the Aegean Hawks in league play and came ready to play. Unfortunately, the Hawks came with a limited number of field players (12) and no goalie. Backup keeper Pierre Fults could not navigate his way to the DC field from Northern Virginia and the Hawks were forced to improvise goal tending duties. In a game where field play was a toss up, the Hawks fell to their rivals 2-5 .

The first half began with flanker Matt Carroll minding the nets for the Aegean side. The Hawks were able to strike first and take the lead off a scramble in front of the box and tap-in by striker Will Phouminh at the 5 min mark. However, Glover answered quickly off a free kick at the edge of the box which was taken quickly and struck at the corner. The ball was easily savable but the untrained keeper Carroll did not challenge the shot. Game tied at 1-1. The rest of the first half was fairly even, with Glover Park getting a bit more solid chances on breakaways with their speedy forward. The Hawks applied pressure of their own but were not rewarded. Glover went up 2-1 in the 35 minute off another shot that should have been easily saved. Down 1-2 at halftime, the Hawks made a change at the keeper position and player/manager Jon Knight took the responsibilities between the nets. It was not a wise decision as his speed and physical presence was needed at the back to thwart the direct Glover attack on the counter.

Shortly after halftime, the Glover forward was able to push off the Hawks defense and come in alone for a shot that was actually poorly placed and very savable - except the goaltender was of the poorest quality. Hawks down 1-3. Another goal was scored in similar fashion by Glover minutes later, and the Hawks were down 1-4. At the 65 minute mark, striker Irving Williams was able to slam home a goal for the Hawks to make it 2-4. Doug Henry's free kick in the 70th hit the crossbar, and Glover scored again off a botched clearance attempt by the neophyte Hawks keeper. The last 15 minutes of the game was all Hawks applying considerable pressure, but the result stayed 2-5 in favor of Glover. A very disappointing result considering some nice interplay by the guys on the pitch. If a keeper was available, the score could easily have been tied or even gone in the Hawks favor off the effort. One thing that was clear was the effect of not having needed subs as in the first two games. Fortunately, the Hawks didn't have to wait too long for an opportunity to show well, as a MDCVSA State Cup match awaited the following evening vs. 1st place NVSL side, VA United. Next week in WPL action, the Hawks will look to take revenge upon a Reds United side that beat the Hawks 4-0 in the previous matchup.
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Other WPL League Action on the Weekend:
Dynamos - 3 vs. Rangers FC - 3
LCC International - 3 vs. Quilmes - 1


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Scorers
Will Phouminh - 5'
Glover Park - 8'
Glover Park - 20'
Glover Park - 50'
Glover Park - 60'
Irving Williams - 65'
Glover Park - 70'

Assists
Justin Bodiya - 5'
Alan Golden - 65'

Saves
Jon Knight - 0
Matt Carroll - 1

MVP
Todd Leber - MF

Honorable Mention
Alan Golden - CM


 

 

 

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