ANNAPOLIS – In a wet evening at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on June 29, the Chesapeake Bayhawks could not find any solutions for their offensive problems.
They came out flat in their home opener against the Atlanta Blaze. The Bayhawks allowed seven goals in the second quarter, allowing Atlanta to take over the lead and ultimately win 19-10.
The Bayhawks (2-1) started the game quickly with a series of goals in the first quarter but once Atlanta (2-1) took control, they never relinquished the lead back to the home team. Steele Stanwick opened the scoring 2:17 into the contest and veteran Matt Abbott (top right) scored an unassisted goal later on, which broke a 3-3 tie towards the end of the first quarter.
However, it went all wrong for the Bayhawks following the break.
The Blaze took their first lead 5-4 with 12:42 remaining in the first half. They set the scoreboard on fire as they expanded their lead by scoring six additional consecutive goals as part of a seven-goal blitz during the period.
The Bayhawks tried to slow down Atlanta’s momentum with Colin Heacock’s goal with more than seven minutes remaining. However, Chesapeake would not get any closer to tying the game.
Atlanta started the second half still in control and growing their lead rapidly. They would score four unanswered goals, including two by Bryan Cole, to take a 14-4 lead. Shayne Jackson would add his third of five goals to start the fourth quarter. Jackson’s goal also increased Chesapeake’s deficit to 10.
Attacker Lyle Thompson scored twice in back-to-back plays, finishing the game with four goals for the Bayhawks. Jackson added two-second half goals to get Chesapeake back into the game. However, they were held scoreless for over 26 minutes throughout the contest, leading to the Bayhawks’ first loss of the regular season.
Chesapeake will try to get back in the winner’s column with a very busy holiday weekend ahead of them with two games in three days.
First, they will travel to face the Denver Outlaws on Independence Day and then play in a much-anticipated rematch with the Blaze on July 6 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.