How It Happened: The Nighthawks jumped out to an early 3-0 lead after starting the first quarter with three consecutive breaks to put a lot of pressure on the Rainmakers out of the gate. After spending the rest of the first quarter and the beginning of the second quarter fighting to erase their early deficit due to unforced errors on offense, Seattle took command of the game. After allowing a Nighthawks score by Joshua Lam to tie things up at 5, Seattle ripped off four consecutive scores (including a Henry Phan callahan) to take half at 9-5. The Nighthawks offensive unit could never get revved up after their defensive line gave them a great start, converting on just 35.0 percent of their offensive points. Seattle continued to pull away in the second half and took home their fifth win of the season, 21-10.
Turning Point: Henry Phan’s callahan to make it an 8-5 game late in the second quarter proved to be a huge momentum swing for Seattle. Getting an extra offensive possession before the end of the first half allowed them to extend their advantage to 9-5 and continue rolling in the second half. Scoring seven consecutive points to build a 12-5 advantage, Seattle cemented their win with an insurmountable lead as the Nighthawks would never get within more than six.
Stat of the Game: 5.0% FHSE. The story of the game boiled down to the Nighthawks inability to move the disc and capitalize on offense. FSHE, or first hold scoring efficiency is the percentage of times that a team converts on the first possession of a hold opportunity. The Nighthawks were unable to score on the opening possession of their offensive points until 6:58 remaining in the fourth quarter and the inability of their offensive line to take care of the disc and convert was the main contributing factor to the dissipation of their early lead.
Player of the Game: Phan was hands down the man of the match in the Rainmakers win over the Nighthawks. His Callahan was the standout play of the game, but he finished the game with a goal, three assists, and a pair of blocks to help lead the Rainmakers defensive unit to a stellar performance and the ultimate goal of a Seattle victory.
What’s Next: The Nighthawks travel to Portland next Saturday to take on the Stags at 3:00PM PT at Milwaukie High School Turf Field in Milwaukie, Or. where the Stags are still playing for the best record in the West. The Rainmakers will also travel in Week 9 as they head to San Francisco to take on the Dogfish. Opening pull for the Rainmakers and Dogfish is set for 3:00PM PT at Yellowjacket Stadium in Berkeley, Ca.