On August 31st, the Hillsboro Hawks home opener against the Northwest Lions was cut short by 10 minutes due to lightening. Unfortunately, the game was called off with the Hawks trailing 6-2, giving Northwest the victory.
The Hawks played hard, but two penalty kicks in the second half put the team in a tough position, trailing by four goals. Head Coach Victoria Jackson stated, “The score doesn’t reflect how this game actually went. The boys played well for our first game and we are pleased with where we are to start this season out.”
Northwest jumped out early and found the back of the net twice before Hillsboro answered. Down 2-0, the Hawks Elliott Puhse scored off a pass from Nick Marchetti at 29 minutes into the first half. The score remained 2-1 going into the break.
In the second half, Northwest rattle off two more goals early, putting them out in front 4-1. At 56 minutes, Marchetti fired a shot that found the twine, after receiving a nice pass from Patrick Lee, making it 4-2.
Unfortunately, the Lions added two more goals at minutes 61 and 64 respectively, just before the lightening commenced. The game ended in the 70th minute, with the Lions leading 6-2.
Tate Volmert played all 70 minutes in the net, and faced 11 shots from the Lions. The Hawks managed only five shots in the game.
The team has had a few days to regroup and recover as they prepare for the Timberland tournament, taking place from September 7th-11th.