It was a lot of fun watching these boys come together as a team and play a solid 60 minutes of soccer and by far their best 30 minutes ever in the 1st half in which these boys were a machine. Up front the passing game was crisp, and creative with the boys tallying two 4-touch sequences. In the 3rd minute of the game, Graham found the back of the net off an Aryan centering pass. Moments later, Aryan scored again unassisted as a result of winning the ball on high pressure on their defense in possession. Tyler found his first career goal by launching a bomb from midfield. While his intentions may have been to clear the ball, Tyler had the ultimate clear.
Possession was there. The boys applied a ton of pressure on offense. All was good.
Halftime score: Hawks - 4 Fox Valley Bayern Munich - 1
In the 2nd half, things did get interesting in the backfield as Fox Valley was able to apply a lot of pressure and create many scoring chances for themselves. Let's not forget that they still have a good front line and can do some damage if given a little seam. Despite the challenge, Noah, Tyler, Alex and Mateo held their ground well and made me proud of their efforts. That said, whenever they would convert on a goal. Our boys were able to get it right back. Two goals were scored off corner kicks. Tommy's header goal off Markie's corner was ridiculous and a real momentum changer. Matthew finished the game with yet another impressive goal.
Final score: Hawks - 8 Fox Valley Bayern Munich - 4
Let's call out some boys:
Flash and Dash (Matthew and Graham): These two boys are a big reason the offense is so successful at attacking from the wings. Matthew, you got game.
Tommy: Seriously, your goal was lights out. I heard your dad on the sideline looking for more freakish-like goals later in the half.
Tyler: How can we not call out someone who scores his first career goal. Nicely done, young man.
Voodoo Ninja: You continue to impress on defense.
Up next, we use Wednesday's practice to prepare for the Chicago Magic. NO PRACTICE ON SUNDAY. Mom's deserve a break - at least from soccer. Practice on Wednesday will be at 6pm. We will see the boys then.
Happy Mother's Day everyone.