WASHINGTON, D.C. – Here is a quick look at the D.C. Current’s victory over the New York Rumble on Sunday at Cardinal Stadium at Catholic University.
How it Happened: On a rainy Saturday night in the nation’s capital, the D.C. Current were able to avenge last week’s loss to the New York Rumble. The game initially was delayed over an hour to start the matchup, but both teams were able get out to a solid start with back and forth points. It was not until the second half the Current ran away with the matchup outscoring the Rumble 12-8 in the final two quarters.
Turning Point: Tied at nine heading into the second half, D.C. came out of the locker room and scored four-straight points, the last three being break points. The defensive unit that was pivotal to the team’s championship run last season returned to form generating turns and unforced turnovers from New York. With the lead at four, D.C. never relinquished, allowing the Rumble to close the gap to only one once with two straight breaks. However, D.C. withstood the run and was able to hold on for the win.
Player of the Game: Jeff Wodatch. With family and friends watching him and his brother John go at it, the older Jeff came out the victor. Not only on the score board but in the stat sheet as Jeff Wodatch was able to score a game-high nine points on five goals and four assists. Wodatch was pivotal in the team’s final quarter of play, being responsible for four of the team’s final points.
Stat of the Game: Three. D.C. was able to generate eight breaks, three more than the Rumble, which proved to be the deciding factor in this game.
Quotable: “Going into the second half we got that quick break, and then the next two points they were locked down making them work really hard. At that point we knew we were finally hitting that stride we were trying to reach on defense,” said Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer. “Even when New York scored, they had to work very hard to score and that is our defense’s calling card.”
What’s Next: The Current host the Spinners at Cardinal Stadium next Saturday, May 23 while the Rumble host their second home game of the season against the Boston Whitecaps.