2011: Region 1 US Amateur Cup Quarterfinal
Hawks Defeat New Jersey Champions Milmay FC Juventus 4-0 Victory Sets Up WPL Classico in Region I Semis vs. Atletico Virginia on June 5th (Richland, NJ – St. Augustine Prep, 2 PM)
The Hawks kicked off their sixth straight year of regional cup play with an away fixture vs. New Jersey champions, Milmay FC Juventus. Milmay qualified for the fixture off a 4-2 victory over northern Jersey Champions League stalwarts, Kappa Real Wykoff on May 1st. Recently decimated by an unprecendented number of injuries, the Hawks were hopeful that their quest for a second national title would be kept alive as they piled into their cars in the early am and made the long trek up I-95. On a muggy afternoon that saw building thunderstorms kept at bay, the Hawks were able to ride the hat trick of striker Ricky Schramm and four second half goals to earn a precious road victory.
The first stanza of the match saw the hosts trying to play the spoiler and the Hawks failing to play up to their standard. Both sides had good chances at the go ahead goal in the intial 20 minutes, a period in which the Hawks defense was paced by the bone crunching tackles of Hawks veteran Eddie Thurston. As the half wore on, the Hawks had several close chances to score but shots were sent wide or high of net and Milmay FC's defense stood strong. Frustrations were compounded by yet another injury that forced the Hawks to replace Gui Fonseca at the break with veteran John Stephens.
A plea for simplicity at halftime seemed to pay dividends as the Hawks wasted no time in getting the go ahead goal off Ricky Schramm's 51st minute breakaway which saw him cooly slot home past the onrushing keeper. Schramm recorded a brace just 9 minutes later off a nice feed from John Stephens on the counter that saw him saved from the offsides call by the midway line and again bury his attempt in similar fashion for a 2-nil margin. As Milmay FC began to push forward, they left themselves exposed and Schramm was able to record his hat trick in the 72nd off another counter attack fed by Hawks veteran Watson Prather. The final tally of the afternoon saw Schramm turn provider to his fellow Georgetown alum Scott Larrabee, who deftly dinked the pass over Milmay's keeper, collected it on the other side and put away the final goal of the match in the 83rd minute.
With the precious road victory, the Hawks were able to keep their US Amateur Cup hopes alive and the semifinal round will be played on June 5th. The opponent will be the Hawks WPL rivals, Atletico Virginia. The match should be another flagship classico in a series that sees the Hawks with an overall record of 7-3-2 against their rivals, but with Atletico winning the last two meetings. With the stakes high, the Hawks hope that some of their injured stars can make a return for the important fixture. The Hawks next take the field on Sunday May 22nd in WPL League action.
Hawks Lineup: Alex Fatovic, Eddie Thurston, James Kpainay, Dave Atkinson, Scott Larrabee, Erwin Diaz, Michael Goldman, Watson Prather, Gui Fonseca (John Stephens - 45'), Jose Colchao (Andrew Loia - 65'), Ricky Schramm