2007: US Open Cup - USASA Region 1 Quarterfinals
Hawks - 4, Greek-American Atlas (NY) - 2 (2 OT PKs - Regulation 2-2)
The Hawks defeated the Greek-American Atlas of New York in penalty kicks (4-2) after both teams ended regulation and two overtime periods tied up at 2-2. The Hawks were unfortunate not to win in regulation, missing several point blank opportunities in both halves. Indeed, it was the Greek-Americans who took the lead in the 60th on a low, well-placed shot against the run of play. The Hawks equalized in the 70th minute after a free kick cross in the box was buried by center back Trevor Martin.
The Hawks misfortune of missed opportunities turned to good fortune when an Atlas defender was shown a straight red at the 70' minute mark. The Aegean side pressured hard against a resolute Atlas defense and was finally rewarded with a goal at 85' mark when midfielder Tre Vaughan-Prather buried a shot past the keeper after a melee in the box. However, the Greek-Americans were able to bang in the equalizer in stoppage time in similar fashion to level the score and send the game to OT. The New York team showed character in the overtime periods and while the Hawks had many chances, none found their mark and the game went to PK's, in which the Hawks prevailed 4-2.
With the win, the Hawks have passed through to the semifinal rounds of Region 1 US Open Cup qualifying, and a May 20th matchup with AC United of Balitimore the only obstacle to a bearth in the US Open Cup and the opportunity to take down some professional teams in America's oldest and most prestigious soccer competition.
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