After a 1-1 tie in the season
opening scrimmage versus a nationally
ranked Mills Godwin team, the
Hawks boys’ soccer team knew they
were in for a good ride.
Hanover started the regular season
on a five game winning streak that included
1-0 wins over both Atlee and
Lee-Davis. During that stretch the
Hawks outscored opponents 14-2.
“We came together as a team early
in the season,” senior defender Evan
Wright said, “We were playing well
together and not worrying about who
we were playing.”
After a week off for spring break,
Hanover was tasked with a dual
against Midlothian. The Hawks entered
the match ranked first in the
region followed by the Trojans at No.
2, according to centralvashighschoolsports.
com. Hanover struck first as
Hayden Walter notched a first half
goal, but it wasn’t enough to withstand
Midlothian’s offensive expolosion.
The Hawks went on to fall 5-2.
“Not practicing over spring break
definitely showed agianst Midlothian,”
The Hawks didn’t have any time to
dwell on the loss as they traveled to
another Conference 20 rival, Glen Allen,
the following day. A 3-1 win over
the Jaguars moved the Hawks to 6-1
on the season.
“The loss agaisnt Midlothian gave
us a huge spark against Glen Allen,”
Regular season success alone isn’t
going to please the Hawks.
“We definitely want to make it
to regionals and beat Midlothian,”
Wright said, “We’ll see where we can
go from there.”