Hawks Taste Sweet Victory, Bitter Defeat In Cup Play Win First Super Copa Title over Victoria in PKs on Saturday in DC; Fall in OT to NY Pancyprians on Sunday in NYC (Sat - 1 PM - Washington, DC - RFK Auxilary
Sun - 2 PM - Jamaica, NY - St. John's University Belson Stadium)
The Dulles Sporsplex Aegean Hawks tasted the thrill of sweet victory and the agony of bitter defeat on a hot May weekend of Cup filled action. On Saturday, the Hawks faced Vicotria in the DC United Super Copa final and claimed the $5 K purse in a penalty kick shootout (4-3) after being tied at the end of regulation 3-3. In an exciting match that saw the Hawks take a 2-0 lead, only to see Victoria rattle off three unanswered goals before a late equalizer by Nick McMorris forced OT, the Hawks came out on top in PKs (4-3) to claim their first Super Copa crown. The following day, a depleted but reslient troupe of 11 Hawks made the journey up to Queens, NY for a Region I Open Cup Quarterfinal match against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms. The team showed courage and determination in the face of great adversity, but fell in OT 1-2 to end the Hawks hopes of reaching the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup for the third time in four years.
At Saturday's La Super Copa final, the Hawks got off to a quick start in the match when Anders Kelto slid a crafty through ball into the penatly area for a streaking Carlos Garcia 15 minutes in, who finished calmly for the 1-0 margin. Kelto turned provider again just 7 minutes later with a nifty ball to strike partner Matt Ney, who thundered home a left footed blast as the Hawks looked to be coasting for an easy win. Victoria had other plans and the Manassas League champions rattled off three unanswered goals, the last in the 80th minute, and looked to be pulling off an impressive come from behind victory. Their plans were shattered in the 85th minute when center back Nick McMorris banged home an impressive header to the upper 90 off a Hawks corner kick that leveled the match and forced extra time. The Hawks would win the penalty shootout 4-3 to claim their first Super Copa crown and a much needed $5 K for the team's coffers.
2010 Super Copa Title Match - Starting Lineups
AHFC (White) vs. Victoria (Grey)
Top: DC United Video Highlights with Interviews in Spanish ; Bottom:AHFC Match Highlights
The Super Copa Final served as the swan song for Anders Kelto, arguably one of the best players to ever don a Hawks jersey. The former Michigan Mr. Soccer, U17 National Team captain, All-Ivy League/All-Big10, and New England Revolution reserve made an incredible impact to the Hawks over 3 and a half seasons. In that short time, he pumped in 32 goals and 15 assists, and is the third all-time leader in Hawks points. While the possibility of a return remains, Anders is heading off to the World Cup in South Africa to cover the tournament for MLSSoccer.com and will return home to Michigan to figure out his next move. It is hard to imagine a better teammate and the Hawks are honored to have had four magical seasons with Anders. It is no mistake that his presence coincided with the best years in the clubs history.
Hawks Lineup - SAT vs. Victoria: Alex Fatovic (GK), Jon Knight (Karsten Smith - 45'), Nick McMorris, Andrew Loia, Devlin Barnes, Nidhal Charfi, Titou Fierro(Erwin Diaz- 45'), Alan Golden (Michael Goldman - 45'), Anders Kelto, Carlos Garcia (Watson Prather - 45'), Matt Ney (Corey Curnutte - 35'), Anders Kelto
Saturday celebrations were further muted as the victory cost the Hawks dearly with three players going down to injury who were slated to play in the more important game of the weekend - a US Open Cup Region I USASA Quarterfinal match in Queens, NYC against the New York Pancyprian Freedoms the following day. A slim lineup was already predicted for this match for a variety of reasons. As such, forfeit for the second match remained a distinct possibility considering the injuries until an 11th man was secured late Saturday evening. The Hawks had a team and would make the trip to NYC in less than ideal circumstances, arriving at the field only to be shocked at the massive artifical pitch in front of them - a 80 x 120 yard field with no subs and everyone having played the day before. The Hawks fought valiantly against their hosts, showing courage and determination that will be remembered, and took the lead in the 65th minute of the match off a stellar shot from striker Robby Wright who was flown to La Guardia from VA Beach for the match on short notice to round out the squad. The Hawks tried to hold on to their lead but it was not to be as the Pancyprians scored an equalizer in the 86th minute to send the match to OT. In OT, the Hawks succumed to a one time scissor kick volley by Pancyprians maestro Dos Santos at the end of the first OT stanza to fall behind on the score sheet. Last ditch efforts to take the match to penalties were thwarted by an incredible set of saves by Pancyprians goalkeeper off a header by Karsten Smith and a short range blast by John Stephens at the death to end the Hawks US Open Cup hopes for 2010.
Hawks Lone Goal Scorer Robby Wright (Red) Challenges Pancyprians' Julio Cesar DoSantos
Hawks Lineup - SUN vs. NY Pancyprian Freedoms : Alex Fatovic (GK), Devlin Barnes, Eddie Thurston, Alan Golden, Karsten Smith, Michael Goldman, Watson Prather, Erwin Diaz, Robby Wright, Carlos Garcia, John Stephens