Hawks knocked out in second round of district playoffs


News staff writer

November 4, 2006

It was not ghosts or goblins that haunted the Horizon Hawks on Tuesday night.

It was two handballs.

The Hawks had prided themselves on playing mistake-free soccer for much of the season, only to be flaged for a handball in the goal box twice against North Clackamas, both of which led to penalty kicks in a 3-1 loss.

Horizon took a 1-0 lead in the first minute, but couldn't make it hold up, as North Clackamas took advantage of Horizon mistakes to score three unanswered goals.

We have not had any hand balls in the box all year, Coach Mark Lago said. We haven t even had any in that area in training. It was weird.

Lago described the contest as a high emotion game, and credited his players for keeping cool heads throughout.

I would have had great difficulty in doing that when I was playing, Lago said.

Lago credited goalkeeper Cameron Root for keeping them in the game. Root was able to stop two of three North Clackamas penalty kicks in the match.

Horizon finishes the season 11-4-1, and will now set about rebuilding for another run next year.

I applaud all the seniors that have played very hard, Lago said. I will miss them.

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