ell, this one is certainly one to forget. Easily the largest defeat during WPASL competition, we were mercilessly torn apart by rivals Hayward Wolfpack FC in a 0-6 drubbing at Bollinger Fields this past Sunday.
This was the side that teams were fearing when it came to Hayward's 2022 season. A short snap of three consecutive losses all but took them out of title contention in 2022, but that doesn't mean they can't play the spoiler. As for that, well, we'll see...
Hayward had three goals in by halftime courtesy of the two main men, Mally Lumsden and Finn Huffington. Lumsden opened the scoring the 21st minute and Huffington quickly doubled it with a fabulous solo effort eight minutes later. Then, just a minute before halftime, Lumsden made it 0-3 off a deflected free kick.
It didn't get any better after halftime either. Goals in the 60th, 62nd, and 76th minutes cemented the result. They could've had more if not for a missed penalty part way through the second half.
While down 0-3 just after the interval, Tye Kreutzfeldt had a goal wrongly disallowed for offsides. One goal doesn't necessarily change the final scoreline, but it would've shifted momentum, if even for a moment. Instead, the missed call by the AR sucked the wind from our metaphorical sails (Bateaux don't have sails).
Around the 85th minute, a double red card was issued after an altercation on the far side near half field. Wolfpack winger Jordy Finneran and Bateaux midfielder Dalton Hoepner traded shoves and stopped just short of blows thanks to both sets of teammates jumping in to separate the pair. No word on what happened to escalate the situation, but fortunately that was the worst it would get.
There are no takeaways from a game like this. We've never really had HWFC's number except in final standings, and that may yet prove to be the case, but it sure would be nice to secure the season series over them. Maybe in 2023...
STARTING XI: Mullally, Walters, Klusendorf, Rosenberger, Solberg, Ripplinger, Hoepner, Burk, Smith, Espanet, Tepole
SUBS: Bushendorf, Goodrie, Kreutzfeldt, Nelson, Nunn, Schwartz, Thiel, van Nelson, Xiong
Yellow cards: Beckfield (coach) - 70th minute, Noskowiak (coach) - 72nd minute
Red cards: Hoepner (unsporting conduct) - 85th minute