Hawks Come Out of a Grueling Weekend All Smiles - Qualify for Regional Play for 6th Straight Year
Tie NCAA D1 Navy 0-0 on Saturday; Win US Amateur Cup (MD) Final vs. Charm City 2-0 & Advance to US O30 Finals (MD) vs Inter AFC 6-1 on Sunday
(Sat -3:30 PM - Annapolis, MD - Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
Sun - 6 PM & 8 PM - Bel Air, MD - Cedar Lane Park )
A confluence of snow cancellations and Cup success placed the Aegean Hawks in the unwelcome predicament of playing 3 fixtures this last weekend. On Saturday, the Hawks would face NCAA D1 side, Navy, in Annapolis, MD. On Sunday, a berth in Region 1 play hung in the balance as the Hawks faced up with Charm City FC in the finals of the MD Qualifying stage of the US National Amateur Cup. Following that match, the Aegean Hawks O30 team would make it's debut in a MD semifinal of the US 030 Cup. In a weekend that demonstrated both the Hawks resolve and depth, the squad was able to emerge undefeated and advance to regional play for the 6th straight year.
Game 1: Exhibition - Aegean Hawks FC - 0 vs. US Naval Academy Midshipmen (NCAA D1) - 0
Saturday March 26th -3:30 PM - Annapolis, MD - Glenn Warner Soccer Facility
The Hawks started the long weekend of matches with a difficult test in the form of a very physically fit and well-organized Naval Academy side.
In a match that was represented by large swings of momentum that saw both sides get good opportunities at finding net, the Hawks and Midshipmen traded blows and ultimately settled for a 0-0 tie. The Hawks would like to thank the Naval Academy for the opportunity and their hospitality.
Game 2: USASA Amateur Cup Finals (MD Qualifying) - Aegean Hawks FC - 2 vs. Charm City (MMSL) - 0
Sunday March 27th - 6 PM - Cedar Lane Park (Bel Air, MD)
On Sunday, the Hawks turned their attention to their only remaining route to regional play, the USASA Amateur Cup Finals (MD Qualifying Stage) vs. familiar foes, Charm City FC. The two sides had always played each other tough, and Sunday's tie was no exception. The Hawks Ricky Schramm put the Aegean side ahead in the 80th after Charm City went to 10 men in the 75th after a two-footed challenge from former Seattle Sounders FC midfielder Noah Merl. With the match seemingly in hand, Charm City was awarded a PK with 5 minutes remaining. Hawks netminder Alex Fatovic earned Man of the Match honors by making a tremendous save on the penalty taken by former Crystal Palace stalwart, Dan Lader. Ricky Schramm's emphatic swerving volley from 20 yards in the closing minute were enough to earn him a brace and send the Hawks to regional play. With the win, the Hawks claimed their first MD crown after a long winter campaign. The Hawks have now advanced to regional play in the USASA Amateur Cup for the 5th straight year and are seeking to taste the 2009 team's glory and earn the club a second national championship. Regional play will commence on May 15th with an Away fixture vs. Milmay FC Juventus (New Jersey Champions).
Game 3: USASA US O30 Cup - MD Semifinals - Aegean Hawks FC - 6 vs. Inter AFC - 1
Sunday March 27th - 8 PM - Cedar Lane Park (Bel Air, MD)
The Hawks O30 team played in it's first-ever official match following the open team's triumph in Amateur Cup action. In a tightly contested game, the Hawks went ahead on Helmis Matute's stunning left footed volley, only to have Inter AFC equalize moments later on a scramble after a corner kick and battle out the remainder of the first half to a stalement. After dominating posession and scoring opportunities for most of the match, the Hawks kicked things into another gear in the 70th minute. When all was said and done, the Aegean O30 crew had bagged 6 with forward Dave Atkinson netting a hat trick, Helmis Matute a brace, and Geof Thompson also finding the net. A special callout is warranted to open team captain Michael Goldman, who played in all 3 games over the weekend and has earned a well-deserved couple days off. The O30 team next faces off against Christos FC next week in a battle that will determine the MD entry into the Region 1 stage of the tournament this year.
Next week, the Hawks will again play 3 fixtures and seek to come out smiling again. On Thursday, the open team will take on the MSU Gunners in a Stewart Cup semifinal played at Catonsville High School. On Saturday, the open team will also seek to begin defense of their 2010 DC United Super Copa V title with their opening match in 2011 against Inter de Virginia of the Manassas Universal Soccer League. Lastly, the O30 team will face up on Sunday against Christos FC and the chance to represent MD in the Region I tournament.
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