Hawks Overwhelm Convergent Pandemonium in Halloween Encounter
Dominant 5-0 Victory Highlights Growing Chemistry Among New Teammates
(Arlington, VA – Washington & Lee High School, 6:30 PM)
After a slow start to the WPL season, the Hawks were looking to keep the momentum gained from last week's 4-0 victory over Armenia FC in WPL action. Next on the menu were Convergent Pandemonium, who had a tough start to their season but had shown well in recent matches against top opponents and proven that no game in the WPL could be taken lightly. In a dominating performance that displayed a growing chemistry amongst new teammates, the Hawks wore down Convergent, breaking through with four second half goals to produce a 5-0 victory and the team's third straight clean sheet.
Veteran skipper Michael Goldman opened up the initial scoring in the 20th minute, banging home a short range volley off a nice chip by outside midfielder and new teammate, Scott Larrabee. The Hawks pressed on in the first half with several solid scoring opportunities, but Convergent's defense held strong thanks in large part to the stellar play of their keeper. Undaunted the Hawks pressed on in the second half and scored quickly on a nice counter attack up the flanks, which saw Adam Gracia stroke it into the far corner off a feed from Mike Goldman. Another Hawks newcomer, Mateus dos Anjos turned provider for the remainder of the match, and his hat trick of assists setup teammates Nate Burkey, Erwin Diaz, and Ricky Schramm with a goal a piece to finish in fine style. Overall it was a fine performance by the new-look squad, showing that the new faces are building the necessary chemistry to maintain the Hawks standard.
With only two games left in the WPL, the Hawks have the highest goal differential (14) and the fewest goals against (3) among all league teams. The team is methodically getting better with each match, and while the WPL title may be out of reach due to a slow start, all the pieces are coming together for another historic run at the National Cups. The team will take a break from outdoor action this weekend to participate in the Copa DC X indoor tourney sponsored by DC United. A select group of Hawks will take a stab at claiming the $3 K prize and claim the trophy for the first time in club history.
Alex Fatovic, Eddie Thurston, Devlin Barnes, Jon Knight, Mark Zeman, John Stephens, Andrew Loia, Scott Larrabee, Adam Gracia, Alan Golden, Michael Goldman, Mateus dos Anjos, Nate Burkey, Erwin Diaz, Ricky Schramm
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