Defensively, the Crusaders didn’t allow a shot in the first quarter and didn’t allow a goal until the fourth quarter. Cam Smallidge scored the lone Hawks goal on an assist from Logan Gilliland.
Besides the one marker, the Hawks struggled to get open shots and penetrate the Crusaders defense. Hannon in particular was effective in the top left of the zone, batting down passes and keeping the NST/EA midfielders from driving. Hannon, who is a first-year player for Shidler, also scored tw o goals.
“He’s (Hannon) come a long way. His first day, he didn’t even know what a ground ball was,” explained Shidler. “He’s an animal. It was good to see him go to the net today.”
The defense overall is inexperienced but yesterday, the slides were crisp and the sticks were disciplined. When he needed to Jake Brennan came up with some timely stops but for the most part the Hawks had trouble getting close enough to the cage to really threaten.
“We’re very young (on defense) so it’s been a work in progress,” said Shidler. “It was great to see them pass off their guys and recover. We’re getting there but we’ll see on Wednesday (against Arlington Catholic). It’s a big conference game.”