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May 1st, 2005: QuarterFinal MDCVSA State Cup: Hawks 5 VA United - 0
In a quarterfinal matchup for the Virginia State Cup, the Hawks faced off against 1st Place NVSL side, VA United in a night game under the lights at Old Redskin Park. The Aegean side was eager to redeem the outcome of it's previous two outings in WPL action, both losses. With MLS referees and state officials watching, an Aegean Hawks team with no subs took it to their opponents in fine fashion to produce a convincing 5-0 victory.

The match marked the debut of Hawks new center midfielder, Mike Goldman, who provided outstanding distribution, coverage, and physicality to the core of the formation. To the game, the Hawks built threatening attacks from the outset with a nice inside-outside game. Outside defenders Jon Knight and Kevin Koitz made piercing runs into the defense to garner free kicks and bang in crosses. The first goal was scored at the five minute mark as Will Phouminh was able to beat the United keeper to the ball and slide in the netter off the Geoff Thompson pass. The Hawks scored again minutes later when Geoff Thompson was able to convert a great Marcos Araus driven ball from the left corner at the far post. Will Phouminh found the net again at the 35 minute mark off a through ball from Alan Golden and a nice move to shake his defender. Halftime score 3-0.

The second half began in the same fashion as the previous 45 minutes. The Hawks put on a good display of passing and possession soccer. The United back line was constantly getting stretched out wide and the crosses kept coming off nice buildups along the flanks, good switching of the ball and complete control of the midfield. The Hawks increased the margin to 4-0 in the 57th minute off a nice Geoff Thompson shot from the edge of the box that beat the keeper easily. In the 70th minute, John Stephens muscled off four defenders after a Hawks corner, slotting the leather past a hapless United keeper for the final Hawks tally in the game and a 5 goal lead. The final score could have been much worse considering the multiple opportunities that went wide.

All in all, a great effort by the fellas playing their second game in as many days. A special thanks to all those who made it: Pierre Fults, Jon Knight, John Stephens, Kevin Koitz, Todd Leber, Mike Goldman, Alan Golden, Craig Cochran, Geoff Thompson and Will Phouminh. A much needed victory that provides confidence heading into next week's WPL matchup with Reds United. Hopefully, enough of the squad will show and the Hawks can play to their form. The next stop in the quest for the State Cup is Richmond on Saturday,June 11th. The Hawks will face off in the semi-final vs. Richmond powerhouse, Lions FC in a heavily anticipated matchup.
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Scorers
Will Phouminh - 5'
Geof Thompson - 15'
Will Phouminh - 43'
Geoff Thompson - 55'
John Stephens - 70'

Assists
Geoff Thompson - 10'
Marcos Araus - 15'
Alan Golden - 43'
Mike Goldman - 55'
Alan Golden - 70'

Saves
Pierre Fults - 2

MVP
Mike Goldman - CM

Honorable Mention
Geoff Thompson - ST


 

 

 

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