Defense drives Hawks to shutout of Scouts
Greenawald’s goal the difference in Hamburg’s 1- 0 win
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)