Eagles Open Season with Hard Fought Metro Contest
On Easter Saturday, the Eagles opened their competitive season with a hard fought, competitive metro match in which the combined Baltimore/Arlington Bohgans squad ran over the top of the DC/Northern Virginia Eagles team. In somewhat dewy conditions at West Potomac Park, the game got off to a quick start with Eagles’ star Kevin Stanley opening up the game with a bit of his typical run and carry magic. Dan Thompson was dangerous all day in the Bohgans forward line and kicked a quick response. The Bohgans had the early advantage in the middle with Kyle Petronella and Rob Strange adding to the scoring, but a new and improved Matty Freeman kept the game within reach for the Eagles with an answering goal. Baltimore/Arlington went into the break ahead 3.1 (19) to DC/NVA’s 2.3 (15).
The Bohgans kept the momentum into the second quarter to kick three goals to zero. The midfield quartet of Petronella, Strange, Kamauff, and Bailey got first use of the footy and streamed forward to kick the goals. New recruit, Simon Jones along with fullback Seth Blanchard gave the Bohgans some great dash off the backline as Baltimore switched play with class. Andy “Country” Lindsey fought hard for the Eagles in the middle and laid some tough tackles to stem the tide. However, Baltimore continued their dominance in the third quarter with five unanswered goals. The Boghans forward line was electric with Eileen Geoghegan kicking perhaps the goal of the year from the pocket on her left foot. Baltimore/Arlington went to the final break with a decisive 11.4 (70) to 2.5 (17) advantage.
In the last quarter, DC/NVA team showed some great spirit with youngsters Vince Barrett and Ryan showing good signs. First game player, Jared Bailey kicked a goal and a behind and showed off a classic “Don’t argue” fend off. For the Boghans, newcomer Chris Jacobs, after kicking a goal in the third quarter, went to the backline and did an excellent job on Kevin Stanley. Overall, the new recruits never looked out of place and appear to have bright futures. Eileen kicked her second goal of the game to end the scoring as Baltimore/Arlington came away victorious 12.6 (78) to DC/NVA 3.8 (26).
Special thanks to Denis and Simon for umpiring and Steven Carty and Greggy Borat for keeping score and time. We’ll be back next week at West Potomac at 9 am for our next Metro games.
Scores: Q1 BAL 3.1. (19) to DC 2.3. (15), Q2 BAL 6.2 (38) to DC 2.4 (16), Q3 BAL 11.4. (70) to DC 2.5 (17), Q4 BAL 12.6 (78) to DC 3.8 (26)
BAL/ARL: Thompson (3), Geoghegan, Skaggs, Strange (2), Jason Bailey, Chris, Petronella (1)
DC/NVA: Freeman, Jared Bailey, Stanley (1)
BAL/ARL: Blanchard, Geoghegan, Jones, Kamauff, Strange
DC/NVA: Freeman, Jared, Lindsey, Stanley