The Health and Performance Hawks may be in first place, but following a recent rash of stumbles, changes are coming.
“We’re going with guys that want to be here,” said Hawks veteran Clarence Bennett, who said he has assumed coaching duties and roster decision for the club. “The last couple of games we’ve had no subs and I don’t want it to get to a point where it feels like anybody can just show up and play.
“We’ve got a half-dozen players that never played soccer in the senior league, so to still be in first place is a testament to our skill,” he added. “In the second half of the year, we might not be the best team, btu we’ll be the hardest working team.”
The Hawks fell 4-2 Wednesday night in a Corner Brook Molson Senior Men’s Soccer League match against the Investors Group Under-18s at Ambrose O’Reilly Memorial Pitch.
“When it’s 30 degrees out, playing an older team with no subs, they should have run us into the ground and they really did,” said Bennett.
Scoring stats from the game were not available at press time.
According to Under-18s player Alex Hennessey, the focus on passing implemented by new coach Vince Pickett has made a major difference for the team.
“We’ve been working a lot on possession and moving the ball more,” he said. “It’s just a lot of ball movement, a lot of unselfish play and creating a lot of shots for our teammates.”
In the other league game, the West Side Monarchs defeated the Sorrento Tactics FC 3-0.
Eddie Traverse, Tyler Lavers and Santiago Villa were the goalscorers for the Monarchs.
The Under-18s and Hawks are in a first-place tie now, both at 4-2-2. The West Side Monarchs follow at 3-2-2, ahead of the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers at 2-1-4. The Tactics fall to 0-5-2, while Clancy’s FC are at 0-2-0.