Apex, NC - The Holly Springs Golden Hawks opened up the season with a 9-goal victory over conference for Apex Friendship. Holly Springs was paced by Senior attackman Matt Calleri's 6 points (4g/2a). The game was riddled with extra-man opportunities and Holly Spring's ability to capitalize was a big part of their victory.
Calleri opened the season scoring the games first two goals. Freshman Kolton Huff notched his first career goal during a second quarter man-up opportunity, on a feed from Nate Greenberg. Calleri would net his first-half hat-trick with 3:15 to go. Friendship's Dominic Miracle buried a feed from Zach mulling to get on the board for the first time in the game. Trevan King cut the Hawk's lead in half with 23 seconds to go scoring in a 5-on-5 situation, leading to a halftime score of 4-2.
The second half opened with each team having an unsuccessful possessions, and then back to back Friendship penalties. Holly Springs capitalized on the second penalty to extend their lead to 5-2. A flurry of penalties ensued for both teams as the quarter wound down, but neither team was able to capitalize on their chances. With just over a minute and a half left in the third, Friendship's Sam Johnson beat his man down the left hand alley and slipped it through the 5-hole. Holly Springs answered just 40 seconds later on a goal from Sophomore Hayden Bingham.
The final stanza started with the Golden Hawks down a man. Friendship was unable to capitalize on the remainder of a 2-minute full-time body check call. Holly Springs, after killing the penalty, went on a four-goal run in four minutes. The Patriots tried to respond, scoring twice in just 8 seconds, but the come back ended there. Holly Springs maintained possession for most of the rest of the game.
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