WASHINGTON, DC – The Washington Eagles hosted their first metro game of the year last Saturday against Beltway rivals, the Baltimore Dockers, and didn’t disappoint—winning by 46 points.
It was the fourth installment of the Battle of the Beltway series for 2017, the Dockers having already claimed the trophy after winning the previous three encounters at home.
Nevertheless, the Eagles were determined to impress in their first home game at West Potomac Park, and dominated play in the first quarter to lead by 15 points, keeping Baltimore goalless with just one behind.
The Dockers rebounded early in the second term, slamming four quick goals in succession to take the lead. The momentum had clearly swung Baltimore’s way, but DC were able to stem the tide, finishing the half with three additional goals and in front by 8 points.
The second half was all Washington, with the Eagles lifting the intensity, winning first ball, while forcing turnovers when not in possession. The Eagles kicked 8 goals to 2 in the second half, running out 46 point victors.
DC coach, Danny Seow, lauded his team’s effort, saying the Eagles were more composed in the second half.
“We fumbled at the beginning of the game, panicked with the ball. As we went on in the second half, we were better, more composed, and looked for players to pass to instead of rushing with the ball.”
Seow was particularly pleased with his midfield’s effort, with Jake Moyer, Jared Kirkwood, David Glass, and Robert Strange each proving instrumental to the Eagles’ win. Best-on-ground, however, went to youngster Harrison Griffiths, who kicked 3 goals up forward.
Baltimore coach Dean Vigus conceded the Eagles outplayed his team on the day.
“DC brought it today, and we didn’t.”
Despite the end result, Vigus noted the improvement of new recruits who made the trip to the nation’s capital.
“Nick Tyson was one of our best today,” referring to the new American recruit who only started playing with the Dockers this year.
Washington Eagles – 13.11. 89
Baltimore Dockers – 6.7. 43
Ryan Raybould 3
Harrison Griffiths 3
David Glass 2
Jared Kirkwood 1
Geoff Duvall 1
Bort Edwards 1
Robert Strange 1
Scott Bradford 1
Ian Payne 2
Dean Vigus 2
Kit Drury 1
Brent Bates 1
DC and Baltimore reunite once again as they host North Carolina and Boston in Washington on September 9. The women’s will also be playing that day.
Match-day details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/143275599597712/