2009:Washington Premier League Regular Season
Eight is Great Hawks Capture WPL League Title for 8th Consecutive Season with 3-1 Victory Over Convergent Pandemonium FC (Fairfax, VA- Fairfax High School, 8:00 PM)
The Aegean Hawks clashed with WPL debutantes Convergent Pandemonium FC on a cold Sunday night to close out the weekends WPL fixtures. Convergent had won their last four matches, performing nicely and adding to the league's depth in their first season. The game was certain to be competitive and the Hawks took the field knowing that, coupled with the Reds earlier 3-2 victory over Atletico VA, a win would secure the Washington Premier League title for a record 8th consecutive season.
The Hawks started the match well and jumped to a 1-0 lead in the 13' minute of play when Erwin Diaz was able to control the ball in the Convergent box and fire home his team-leading fifth goal of the season. The Aegean side enjoyed a majority of possession throughout the match, but Convergent was able to capitalize in the 34' off a Hawks defensive miscue to send a looping equalizer into the Hawks net. The Hawks responded quickly and enjoyed some fine combination play just a minute later which saw Erwin Diaz feed strike partner Ricky Schramm on the break, whose shot ripped off the keeper's glove and clanked off the far post to safety. The Hawks reassumed their advantage in the 38' on a nice sequence of passing that sprung outside back Adam Gracia towards goal on the right flank of the Convergent defense. His cool and clinical finish left no mistake. Just before the break, the Hawks took advantage of a defensive error of their own when Ricky Schramm slotted home to tie teammate Erwin Diaz's goal tally. Off a nice sequence of passing Diaz crossed into the box for the streaking Schramm, who was able to tap-in the Hawks third and final tally of the evening after the Convergent keeper's attempt to parry away Diaz's ross failed.
The second half was dominated by the Hawks in the possession category and saw Convergent tally only 1 shot on goal. On the offensive end of the pitch, the Hawks poured wave after wave of attack, but Convergent's defense stood strong and the score stood the same as the halftime break. All in all a solid victory over a good team that shows much promise for the future and whose ascent to the WPL is welcome. Convergent showed a physical determination and enough horses to prove a handful for any team in the WPL. The win marks a record eighth consecutive WPL championship for the Aegean Hawks in a season where many teams were in the running. Winning the title was not easy, and the resolve to maintain a consistent standard of play is a quality that all Hawks players should be commended for. While the Hawks have clinched the title, the squad will play one more regular season matchup with Natural Mystic on the evening of November 24 to close out the regular season prior to national cup qualification.
Nick Carlin-Voigt, Alan Golden, John Stephens, Andrew Loia, Adam Gracia, Alex Herrera, Watson Prather, Mike Goldman, Corey Curnutte, Erwin Diaz, Luis Martinez, Ricky Schramm, Jon Knight