HILLSBORO, OR – The Stags (5-0) defeated the Nighthawks (1-3) at Hillsboro Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
How it Happened: The Nighthawks went up early on Portland, scoring their first point and then putting in a break. The Stags were able to get back in and outscore the Nighthawks 6 – 4 in the first quarter. With a score to start the second quarter the Stags looked like they might be able to run away with the game, but some costly Stags mistakes and great Nighthawks defense cut the Stags to one point by half. The third quarter saw lots of big hucks, but ended with the teams only trading points and the game tied at 15. It wasn’t until the fourth quarter that the Stags were able to finally pull ahead and close out the game.
Turning Point: The fourth quarter started with a huck from Timmy Perston to Chris Hancock that ended with a bad landing for Hancock. He was carted off the field and never returned to action. The Stags were able to rally after this and outscored the Nighthawks 4 – 1 in the fourth. Hancock has been diagnosed with a dislocated hip.
Player of the Game: Timmy Perston is continuing to impress with several key goals and some big plays over star defender Morgan Hibbert.
Stat of the Game: One. While the game only featured one lead change, the teams were tied three times and with no team leading by more than three points anytime during the game.
Quotable: “We had a few more mistakes going into the fourth quarter,” says Nighthawks star cutter Brendan Wong. “Portland was able to capitalize on defense and pull away.”