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Narain’s Hat Trick Grounds Falcons

September 2, 2017

The reigning League VIII Champions opened the 2017 campaign Thursday afternoon with a 4-2 victory in a scrimmage at the Knox School.

The Bears were the aggressors in the opening minutes as they engineered several scoring opportunities right out of the gate, but it was the Falcons who got on the board first when they converted a penalty kick after a foul in the box. The Bears equalized minutes later when Gift Okwa served a deft heel flick to Jai Narain who sent a lefty touch across the goal line.

Knox regained the lead when their speedy forward received a long ball, accelerated past the defense and bulged the net, but the advantage would be short-lived. The Bears knotted the match at 2-2 when Chris Swiatek, who displayed some brilliant play at midfield, sent a no-look pass to a streaking Narain who banged the ball off the keeper before burying the ricochet for his second goal. Minutes later the Bears grabbed their first lead when Swiatek corralled a deflected Owen Sobel shot attempt before sending the ball into the left side netting. Narain completed the hat trick in the opening minutes of the second half when he again rebounded his own shot attempt before finding rope.

The defense, led by Sam Han in his first varsity start in goal, made sure that the lead held up. The offense displayed excellent patience and creativity as they engineered quality possession after quality possession.

The Bears begin the regular season on Wednesday at home against Southold.

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