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Written by Ian Squires
“I’ll tell you this,” said Head Coach Keven Moldenhauer minutes after the DC Current opened the season with its second consecutive tight loss, “we are not going to go 0-3.”
Next Saturday the 0-2 DC Current travel to Philadelphia to play their first road game, and it seems Coach Moldenhauer just put the Spinners on notice.
Saturday night at Blazer Stadium in Silver Spring, MD was a high-scoring affair that included an incredible 17 ties, with the Boston Whitecaps pulling it out in the end by a final score of 20-19.
DC Current co-captain Sean Keegan opened the game with two nifty assists to David Cranston and Calvin Oung, and the Current jumped to an early 2-0 advantage. But the Whitecaps evened the score at two before the teams essentially traded points until late in the fourth quarter. That’s when Jeff Graham scored one of his four goals on the night with 2:24 remaining, giving the Boston Whitecaps their first two-point cushion at 20-18.
The DC Current closed to 20-19 when Keegan delivered a strike to Markham Shofner, then regained possession by forcing a Boston turnover with under 30 seconds to play. Shofner then hucked into the endzone as time expired but the Current were unable to come down with the disc, and the Whitecaps escaped with a victory.
Coach Moldenhauer said he is not overly worried about the early 0-2 hole his team finds itself in.
“It’s very frustrating, but the positive takeaway is that we were in it both games,” he said before promising a successful road trip to Philadelphia next weekend. “We’re putting ourselves in a situation to win, and now we just need to maintain composure,” he said. “We play all these teams again and we’ve seen what they have to offer, but I don’t think they’ve seen everything we have.”
With the first, second, and third quarters ending with the score tied, and time expiring in the fourth quarter with the Current just one break away from forcing overtime, Keegan, who led the team with five assists, said there was only one way to look at the opening back-to-back losses by the slimmest of margins.
“You can’t help but laugh,” he said. “That’s two games in a row we could have won, feel like we should have won.”
Starting with an 0-2 record, how will the Current finish?
“8-2,” Keegan said. “You gotta think that. We just want to get better every game and if 8-2 happens, great, but our goal is to make the playoffs and see what we can do from there.”
Cutter Markham Shofner, one of 11 different players to score at least one of the Current’s 19 goals, walked away from the loss with his head up.
“I think it’s a good 0-2. I think we’re a strong 0-2 team right now,” he insisted. “The Spinners and the Whitecaps are both very solid teams and we gave them good games. We’ve shown them, the fans, and ourselves that we are a good team. I think that we can fight any team on the East Coast.”