Park’s injury-time goal lifts Hawks past Tactics FC

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Health and Performance Hawks’ Brandon Ezekiel, right, kicks the ball away before Sorrento Tactics FC’s Adam Anderson, middle, reaches it with Hawks’ Steve Hobbs close by during play at the Wellington Street Sports Complex Wednesday.
— Star photo by Geraldine Brophy

For 90 minutes on Wednesday night, there was little discrepancy between the Health and Performance Physiotherapy Hawks and Sorrento Tactics FC.

The 91st minute, however, proved to be the difference.

“I guess when you think the game is over and you’ve got a tie in your pocket ... we just let our guard down for a second,” said Tactics’ Jordan Murrin. “It’s unfortunate, but you’ve just got to take it and deal with it.”

Nick Park scored the late game-winner into a yawning cage past Lucas McKay after being the recipient of a pass on a 2-on-0 break.

Ryan Harnett provided the other goal for the victors in the 2-1 Corner Brook Molson Senior Men’s Soccer League victory at Wellington Street Sports Complex.

Robert Wheeler dented the mesh on the other side for the Tactics.

Mike Normore was the winning netminder, with Lucas McKay taking the loss.

“To lose a 2-1 game in the last minute is pretty unlucky for them,” Park said. “They played well all game, you’ve got to give them credit.

“We were pressing hard at the end,” he added. “We were lucky enough to get a nice little run there after we found out there was an extra minute.”

Harnett began the scoring for the Hawks in the 23rd minute, which was the lone goal of the first half.

Then, in the 51st minute, Wheeler knotted the game 1-1.

Park’s goal in injury time might as well have been a golden goal, as the whistle blew almost immediately after the two teams lined back up at midfield.

Though it was a tough way to lose a game, there were positives the Tactics could draw from the defeat, specifically the play of backup goalkeeper McKay.

“He came in and played an incredible game,” said Murrin. “So many great saves.”

Murrin sees progress in the Tactics’ overall game, particularly their passing attack.

“We’re just playing the ball really well on the ground,” he said. “There’s been a big improvement the last couple of games.”

As for the Hawks, a loss to the Investors Group Under-18s last week sparked talk of big changes for the first-place club, but victories over the Steers Insurance Curling Rangers and now the Tactics seemed to have calmed the storm.

It doesn’t hurt to get Park back, who considered leaving the team, but returned once he was able to give up coaching duties and just focus on playing.

“This league is tight for anyone, we were just lucky to pick up a win,” he said.

Murrin was impressed by them on Wednesday.

“It seems like their team is coming back together, for sure,” he said. “So look out for those guys, I guess.”

The following is a summary of the other league game on Wednesday night:

Rangers 1, Under-18s 0

Ryan Oxford’s goal in the 14th minute was the only offence as the Rangers blanked the Under-18s.

Zack Taylor registered the clean sheet in the Curling crease.

Organizations: Soccer League, Investors Group Under, Steers Insurance Curling Rangers

Geographic location: Oxford

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