De­fense drives Hawks to shutout of Scouts

Greenawald’s goal the dif­fer­ence in Ham­burg’s 1- 0 win

The Hamburg Area Item - - Sports - By Jeff De­wees For Dig­i­tal First Me­dia

In or­der to con­tend for hon­ors in Berks Sec­tion 2 soc­cer this sea­son, the Ham­burg Hawks know de­fen­sive prow­ess will be a per­ti­nent con­cern. De­fend­ing sec­tion co- cham­pi­ons Oley Val­ley and Fleet­wood aren’t go­ing any­where.

To that end, the club’s sec­tion cam­paign got off to a strong start on Thurs­day, Sept. 7. Ham­burg ( 3- 1, 1- 0) trav­eled to Robeso­nia and de­feated the host Con­rad Weiser Scouts, 1- 0, al­low­ing just one shot on tar­get dur­ing the match.

Harold Greenawald’s “try- stuff” 25yard float­ing shot on a failed Weiser clear­ance in the 46th minute found the far right side of the net for the only goal of the con­test.

Just as im­por­tantly, the Hawks’ back four of Reece Adam, Brady Adams, Seth Boyce and Ethan Naftzinger kept goal­keeper Trevor Fe­g­ley clean, al­low­ing Fe­g­ley to do the same for the score­sheet. It was ex­actly the kind of out­ing Ham­burg head Chris Zalasky was look­ing for in the league opener.

“It was some­thing we worked on in the off­sea­son,” Zalasky said. “De­fense first, all the time. If you can do that, you can stay in games. The thing I’m hap­pi­est with is that we were able to sti­fle them. Con­rad Weiser is an ex­cel­lent pro­gram.”

Adam and Boyce fea­tured in cen­tral de­fense. Adams and Naftzinger swept the wings. Weiser’s only shot on tar­get came in the 59th minute, a di­rect of­fer­ing from just be­yond the 18 that Fe­g­ley eas­ily nes­tled in his arms.

“The fact we were able to keep our 4- 3- 3 shape and not have to drop back, even to­wards the end of the game, was big,” Zalasky said. “Mo­men­tum swings in soc­cer. You get up a goal, then they press. The fact we

didn’t have to do that is a tes­ta­ment to our back four and our guys in the mid(field).”

Greenawald cor­ralled a missed clear­ance from the left side wing early in the sec­ond half, spun and nailed a float­ing at­tempt on goal that eluded Weiser se­nior keeper Daniel Alt­house, who stum­bled try­ing to po­si­tion him­self. It was the only ball that got by Alt­house, who was sharp on Ham­burg’s five other shots on net.

“I’m not sure what hap­pened there,” Greenawald said. “I saw that the goalie fell and he was out of po­si­tion so I fig­ured I could try to put one in from that far out. … It was an ex­plo­sion of en­ergy. I could feel that from ev­ery­one as soon as it hap­pened. We knew that we got the up­per hand and there was no chance of them com­ing back on us.”

Greenawald, se­nior, shifted to left wing from a cen­tral mid po­si­tion for the 2017 cam­paign. His long- range abil­ity should be a bonus to the Hawks, who will look for op­por­tu­ni­ties as they are pre­sented, then clamp down with that po­tent back line.

“We’re start­ing to come to­gether re­ally nicely,” Geenawald said. “We talk very well. Any chance we can get, we fig­ure it out right away and we move on. I can say that we’re a re­ally tight team. We’ve all been play­ing to­gether since our fresh­man year. I feel this is the sea­son it can all come to­gether for us.” Ham­burg 1, Con­rad Weiser 0 H- Harold Greenawald ( ua), 45: 09 Shots on goal: H 6, CW 1 Cor­ners: H 5, CW 1 Saves: H 1 ( Trevor Fe­g­ley), CW 5 ( Daniel Alt­house)

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