BERKELEY, CA – Here is a quick recap of San Francisco’s 16-14 win over the Vancouver Nighthawks on Sunday at Yellowjacket Stadium.
How it Happened: The Dogfish went up by three in the first quarter, then the Nighthawks pulled within one and the teams traded points. The Dogfish gained a two-point lead halfway through the second quarter and maintained that into half. In the third quarter the Dogfish widened their lead to as much as five, and closed out the quarter ahead by four. The Nighthawks closed the gap again in the fourth quarter but couldn’t come closer than two by game’s end.
Turning Point: The Dogfish didn’t relinquish the lead throughout the game, and, despite some nice runs by the Nighthawks, San Francisco kept their cool and played their swing game.
Player of the Game: Morgan Hibbert showed that he can play most of a game and remain one of the strongest players. With four assists, a goal and a lot of strong handling transitioning to upfield cuts, he was key to Vancouver’s push in this game.
Stat of the Game: 6. The number of turnovers in the first point of the game. Both teams seemed to adjust better to the wind and to each other in subsequent play.
Quotable: “We go into each and every game fired up, ready to play and we take them one game at a time,” said Dogfish cutter James Sheridan. “By doing that we hope to take it all in the Western Conference Championships.”
What’s Next: San Francisco plays a double-header on the road next weekend, facing the Nighthawks again on Saturday and the Seattle Rainmakers on Sunday.