The Braddock Road Warhawks needed a half to adjust to the pressure of the U.S. Youth Soccer national championships before coasting to a 2-0 victory over the Kansas City (Kan.) Legends in their opening first-round game of the under-17 tournament yesterday in Orlando.
The Warhawks, who qualified for the championships by winning the Region I (Northeast) title July 6, scored their first goal in the 58th minute when reserve midfielder Robbie Wolfer (Robinson) put in a rebound. Forward Abe Thompson (W.T. Woodson) forced the play with a shot from the left side of the penalty area.
"When Abe gets a shot off, it's either going to be deflected back out or it's going into the back of the net," Wolfer said in a telephone interview from Orlando. "That goal relieved a lot of tension for the guys."
Thompson made the score 2-0 with two minutes remaining.
"I think both teams at the beginning were a little nervous," said Braddock Road Coach Gene Mishalow. "I knew that if we could get a goal it would turn the team around and hopefully get the first-day jitters out of the way."
The Warhawks will continue first-round play today against the Claremont (Calif.) Stars, who defeated the Piedmont (N.C.) Stars Red, 2-0, in the tournament's other first-round game. After round-robin play, the top two teams will meet in the final.