Hawks continue run into playoffs
The Red Oak Hawks and Lady Hawks continued the run into the play offs last Friday night.
The Lady Hawks faced off against a well-known opponent, the Lady Panthers from Midlothian. Last year, it was the Lady Panthers who knocked out the Lady Hawks in the same round of the play offs, but the Lady Hawks would avenge last year’s loss.
The Lady Panthers, for the most part, were the more aggressive team, firing off more shots on goal than the Lady Hawks.
However, the Lady Hawks got their chance about 15 minutes into the game when Lorina Salinas got one through the defenders legs and past the goalie.
That would end up being the game winner for the Lady Hawks.
The Lady Panthers continued to apply pressure during the rest of the game; it would be the Lady Hawks defense which would provide the shut out and advance to the Class 4A Region II Semi-Finals.
They will play Richardson J.J. Pearce at 6 p.m. at Dallas Kincaide Stadium.
The Hawks also played Friday night and just like the girls, they too adavanced to the Class 4A Regional Semi-Finals in a 2-0 win over the Crowley Eagles.
This game was pretty much controlled by the Hawks.
They were all over the Crowley players as soon as they touched the ball.
With the exception of a few good shots, the Eagles never had anything going and the Hawk’s keeper had no problem handling them.
Both goals came off the right foot of Senior Adam Pierce during free kicks and both were nearly from the same spot.
Pierce’s first goal, the result of a Eagle penalty, was a line drive a few inches off the ground that some how made it past the wall of defenders and under the goalie.
The second goal, from nearly the same spot and the result of another Eagle penalty, left the Eagle’s keeper no chance at a save. Pierce’s second goal found the top right and corner of the net at over 90 mph.
Unlike the Midlothian game earlier in the week, the Hawks remained aggressive until about the four minute mark, when coach Trent Kutch gave the order to run the clock out.
A sidebar to the soccer game, were the number of fans that turned out to watch their Hawks, even with a chilly north wind.
The varsity cheerleaders were leading cheers, members of the Might Hawks Band (and maybe a couple that are not, but hey that’s what makes it fun) had drums and other instruments playing and the stands were full of excited, standing and screaming fans.
It was very close to a Friday night football game atmosphere and with warmer weather expected at the Semi-final game, there should be more fans in the stands.
Results and photos of both games will appear in next week’s paper. Don’t forget to check out http://sports.hawke ye-news.com for photo slide shows and up to date play off information.