2007: US Open Cup - Region 1 Final
Aegean Hawks FC - 3 vs. Danbury United (CT) - 2 (OT)
(Horsham, PA, June 24,
The Hawks rolled into the United German Hungarian Club on a hot summer afternoon to take on co-Region 1 Open Cup qualifiers Danbury United of Connecticut in the Open Cup championship match. With a berth at the USASA Nationals tourney in August at stake, both teams were eager to shake off US Open Cup first round losses to professional teams and reclaim their winning ways. In a thrilling game worthy of championship status, the Hawks came out on top after double overtime by a score of 3-2 to claim their first-ever USASA Nationals berth.
The game was intense and brought the best out of both teams. Danbury showed the flair that nearly gave them an upset over USL-2 side Western Mass Pioneers in the first round of Open Cup play and pushed the Hawks to the limit. The Aegean side was able to rise to the occasion and play true team soccer. It was the pinnacle of the Hawks season. After the game, player/coach/manager Jon Knight had the following statement to the players:
"Last night’s 3-2 victory vs. Danbury United for the Region 1 championship was the most special game I have ever been a part of with the Hawks. I cannot say enough about the effort that everyone gave and how proud I was of your ability to seize the moment. You guys played your hearts out and left everything on the pitch – amazing, amazing effort. It is a special moment that you should cherish and never forget – that snapshot in time and the joy of overcoming obstacles to success. When time slows down and the only thing you feel is the joy of winning and celebrating with your teammates. The emotion that comes from realizing how much effort and collective desire to win and to be part of a group to do something special is wrapped up in an instant – those are the moments we live for in life. Congratulations!!!"
The Hawks hope to repeat a similar performance at the USASA National Finals in Seattle the weekend of August 3rd. There they will represent Region 1 in the Final Four for the first time in the club's history. Their opponent in the semifinal will be Indios USA of El Paso, TX and the NPSL - a new team with ties to Pachuca of the Mexican League. Win or lose, the team is proud of it's achievement as Region 1's top team.