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Four Nighthawks Score 2 Goals Apiece in their Home Opener as the 2016 Season Gets Underway

14241597_1074639225959124_4174858578526634299_oThe Defending CIF Southern Section Division 2 Champion Nighthawks opened the season with a10-4 victory over Santiago. Murrieta Valley dominated the game from the opening drop and it was never in question.14211988_1074639039292476_8207074588424183781_n

“We have a lot of new varsity players this year, so I think that opening the season at home was important for us” said Head Coach Bryan Lynton. “We got rid of opening game nerves, and let our guys get that out of the way. It’s good to get this under our belt, we have a big week ahead of us and it was good to get this win at home”.

Murrieta Valley got off to a 3-0 lead n the first period. The Nighthawks added 5 more in the second, going up 8-1 as the Sharks scored their first goal in the quarter. Lynton used the opportunity to substitute in his bench and give them valuable playing time.


14203103_1074639015959145_4349580153429370286_nThe Nighthawks scored 2 more goals in the second half. Santiago would put a goal into the net in the third period and scored twice in the fourth.

Four Nighthawks each scored two goals on opening day; Carson Paiva, Will Barnes, Casey Lynton and Nick Rodgers. Eric Schleuniger and Andrew Gronbach each scored a goal against the Sharks. Goal keeper Collin Winters played tough and shut down the Shark offense.

Kyle Crawford, Keith Green, Ryan Toutman and Trevor Fochtman scored goals for the Sharks.

14238175_1074638869292493_1063716052868540071_n“We want to to go undefeated in league and win the Southwestern Championship” said Coach Lynton. “Thats always goal number 1. We want to go deep in the Division 2 playoffs. I think we have a good chance of getting to the semi-finals and beyond if we keep growing and developing. We have a lot of good role players this year…we don’t have a real standout player but we have a lot of good kids that can play exceptionally well”.

The Nighthawks head out of town this week and wont have another home game until October.

Photos by Mike Clary