by Jimmi Hemmenbach, Associate sports editor
|On Oct.16, HPU Green defeated HPU White 2-1 in a prestigious
match that pitted them against the No.3 ranked team in the league.
And the way Green won was astonishing.
Late in the first half, Green goalkeeper Zachary Mourad was sent
off in a controversial call. So far, the White Team had controlled
the game. Green started the second half with a morale boost for
what team members considered a bad call, as Green took over the
As a result of that, Andre Whitt put Green ahead 1-0 after evading
two defenders. White, clearly disturbed by the Green’s
success, tried to reply but faced a firm and solid defense. “Once
the goal came, you could see the White Team drop their heads,” said
Frank Doyle, Green’s coach.
Despite one man down, Green kept up the pressure and halfway
through the second half, Green’s forward Sava Sasic dribbled
past the White’s defense, making it look easy as he set
the score 2-0 with a cool finish.
White finally reacted but it was too late. Midfielder Iovo Stefanov
reduced the lead, making the score 2-1, but only seconds remained
and the undermanned Green Team defeated its one prestigious rival.
On Oct.23, Green played the Bulls, who had defeated White two
weeks earlier. Both teams were undefeated before the game, hence
the seventh game seemed to be a difficult challenge for Green.
But the game proved to be easier than expected early on.
After 20 minutes, Torbjorn Hompland executed inside the penalty
area, making the score 1-0. A few minutes later, Mike Harding
outran the Bulls’ defense and set the score 2-0 with a
The Bulls already looked like a beaten team. Green controlled
the game and kept possession of the ball. In the beginning of
the second half, Chris Sinclair ran through the Bulls’ defense,
with the goalie coming out and a defender on his back, Sinclair’s
finish was extraordinary, making the score 3-0.
The Green team guarded its lead and worked hard until the final
whistle. Coach Doyle was extremely satisfied. “The guys
are enthusiastic out there [on the field],” he said. “They
feel no pressure at all,” he added.
After two impressive victories against Bulls and the White Team,
and still undefeated after seven games, modesty really isn’t
needed. The Green Team goes towards the playoffs as favorite
to win the championship.
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