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June 3, 2002
Riverhawks have a rough weekend

The Cincinnati Riverhawks had a jammed packed weekend at Landmark Christian High School. On Friday night the Riverhawks hosted their rivals, the Indiana Blast. Despite the delay for bad weather and the Riverhawks dominating the game, the Riverhawks and the Blast battled it out for 90 minutes with no scoring. The game went into overtime where Gino DiGuardi of the Blast took the cross from Paul Dolinsky to score the golden goal and win the game.

On Sunday the Riverhawks took on the Vancouver Whitecaps. The Whitecaps got the first goal from a penalty kick. The score at halftime was one to zero despite the Riverhawks many opportunities to tie up the match. The Whitecaps found the back of the net again in the second half. The game finished with the Whitecaps winning two to zero.

The Riverhawks will be playing their first game on June 14th against the Seattle Sounders at 7:30 p.m. at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. For more information, please contact Lauren Westkamp at 591-4622.

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May 29 , 2002
Sod is laid... plans for June 14th home game at Fairgrounds planned

The sod has been laid at our new field, but time is needed for it to take hold before we play. The next 2 Riverhawks home games (May 31st and June 2nd) will once again be played at Landmark Christian School. Landmark School is located behind St. Ritas School for the Deaf on Glendale Milford Road near the 75 overpass in Evendale. We hope to be in our new stadium at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds for the June 14th game. Please call 513-591-4622 for more information.

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May 28, 2002
Hawks take 5 points from the Hounds

Cincinnati came out firing on all cylinders in this A-league match. Pittsburgh came into Cincinnati after a 2-0 loss to Rochester the night before. The Hawks hungry after a weeks rest from last weeks 3-0 loss to Minnesota went right at the Hounds with a vicious attack.

The Hawks using the midfield to start their attacks through the use of Lucas were threatening on goal. Also threatening were storm clouds out to the west that were making their way to the pitch. At the 16 minute mark the storm hit delaying play for 50 minutes due to lightning.

After the delay, the Hawks came out and hit hard scoring a goal in the 19th minute and putting the Hawks up 1-0. Simon Lowey created the opportunity with a cross to the center where Ryan Lucas finished it off. With the field wet and making the play sloppy the referee blew several fouls to try and gain some control and settle the players down. The rest of the 1st half was played in very hard fashion by the players. The Hounds struggling to gain form in the league were here trying to prove something and the Hawks are a team wanting to prove something as well made for the hard play. The 1st half ended at 1-0 to the Hawks.

The 2nd half began with the Hounds substituting their two forwards bringing in Flavius and Houser trying to jump-start things. Both teams made drive at goals and play was quite even. Free kicks were becoming a common sight in this half with the number of fouls being called. After Cincinnati made a substitution the Hounds took advantage of it with Worthen assisting the goal by Flavius. It was a great goal it seemed to provide a much needed spark for Pittsburgh. However, Cincinnati came right back and hit the Hounds with a punch that sent them reeling. Byarunhaga finished off a fine dribble with a shot that could be heard over on Interstate 75 putting the Hawks back up
2-1. The Hounds frustrated at this point started making mistakes and the Hawks were taking advantage of the fact. Pittsburgh continued to try and score off of several freekicks and without the FANTASTIC goalkeeping of Chris Wanamaker a couple of goals would have gone in. With 3 minutes of added time at the end of the game Cincinnati again took advantage of a mental lapse by the Hounds to go up 3-1. Endozien crossed to Byarunhanga and he slotted home the goal to give the Hawks the much needed 5 points to put them into 2nd place in the Central Division of the Western Conference just 1 point behind Minnesota but 3 games in hand.

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May 14 , 2002
Riverhawks' Season of "Firsts"
The Cincinnati Riverhawks have two players on the USL team of the week for the first time in the club's history. Shawn Rockey made team of the week for scoring the only goal against the Portland Timbers last Saturday. Rockey has been a member of the Riverhawks since their beginning in 1997.

Chris Wanamaker became a member of team of the week for his shut-out against the Portland Timbers. Wanamaker, who also joined the team in 1997, returns to the goal after being out for two years due to a torn ACL. Both players are from Cincinnati, Rockey from St. Xavier High School and Wanamaker from Oak Hills High school, and this is the first time two players from Cincinnati have been on the team of the week.

The Riverhawks, winners of their first two games this season, return to action this Saturday, May 18th. The Hawks will be playing their next two home games, May 18th and 25th, at Landmark Christian High School due to the adverse weather conditions that has caused delayed construction at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds. The Riverhawks will be playing the second place, Minnesota Thunder this Saturday and will battle it out for the lead of the conference. For more information, please contact Lauren Westkamp at 591-4622.

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May 13, 2002
Riverhawks Timber the Timbers
The Cincinnati Riverhawks strengthened their hold on first place in the Central Division with a win over the Portland Timbers on Saturday night. Although out-shot 19 to 13, the Hawks failed to convert on three break-aways and hit the crossbar on another shot. Timber goalkeeper, Matt Napoleon kept Portland in the game with his outstanding play. Shawn Rockey was the lone scorer in the game. Rockey scored in the first half as Ryan Lucas back-heeled a no-look pass to Rockey tearing down the right side and he beat his man to place a far post shot past Napoleon. Although, in the second half, the Timbers had numerous offensive attacks, the Riverhawks' defense kept them from out of the goal. Riverhawks' goalkeeper, Chris Wanamaker had an outstanding game with several great saves including a point-blank header late in the contest. Fred DeGand, Ben Fisher and Joe Mercik anchored the defense to preserve the shutout.

The battle for first place continues this Saturday night when the Riverhawks take on the second place, Minnesota Thunder at 7:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Lauren Westkamp at 513-591-4622.

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May 6, 2002
Riverhawks Go on a Rampage

The Cincinnati Riverhawks opened their season Saturday night against the Milwaukee Rampage in front of 941 people at Sycamore High School. The game was for the Open Cup qualification and both teams were looking for a win. Marcel Matis scored the first and only goal of the first half for the Riverhawks as the Riverhawks' defense proved to be too tough for the Rampage to penetrate.

The Rampage came back in the second half to attack. Digital Takawira put the Rampage ahead as he scored two goals. The Riverhawks' offense would not relent and pushed on with an assist by Shawn Rockey to Fred Degand to tie the game two to two. The game intensified at the end of the second half when two players from the Riverhawks and one from the Rampage were given yellow cards in a five-minute span. With the action going back and forth the game went into overtime.

Although both teams made a push to get the ball into the net, the sudden death overtime was over when the Riverhawks' Peter Byrauhanga put the ball past the Rampage goalie after Marcel Matis's shot came back into the field of play. The Riverhawks' offense proved to be the difference as three different players scored for the Riverhawks compared to only one for the Milwaukee Rampage. The first game of the Riverhawks' season ended with them winning three to two over the Rampage.

The Riverhawks will be back in action at Sycamore High School this Saturday, May 11th at 7:30 p.m. against the Portland Timbers. For more information, please contact Lauren Westkamp at 513-591-4622.

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April 19, 2002
Hawks Nest in the Making!!

Work has started on the new Hawks Nest at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds.The lease for the project for the full package of a stadium with 4 practice fields will be voted on next Wednesday (April 24th) by the Hamilton County Commissioners. Odds are that it will be approved. It will be a great thing for the City of Cincinnati and for the Riverhawks.

The Hamilton County Fairgrounds is currently used for County auto auctions and the Hamilton County Fair in July. The schedule for the Hawks have worked around the time that the fair will be running. The grounds sit in the dead center of the city of Cincinnati. It is a perfect location and will be easily accessible for all communities. Directions.

The ground will seat 3500 with full concessions and locker room facilities. The field dimensions
will be 120 X 75 with a natural grass surface. Even though the seating will be at 3500 there will
be plenty of room for growth as seen in the pictures. New sod will be laid as well as stands being built on the east end of the field.

Picture shows the ground from the north. The current stand is shown on the right near the tower.



Picture shows the existing stand. Another stand of similar structure will be built at the other
side of the field.



Picture shows the field from the southeast corner.

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April 15, 2002
Riverhawks vs. El Paso to be televised on Fox Sports World
Fox Sports World is the first and only 24-hour English-language, all international sports network
in the United States, offering year-round coverage of world-class soccer, championship rugby, cricket and daily global sports news. Fox Sports World is currently available to approximately
14 million homes through affiliated cable systems, and through DirecTV and Dish Network
satellite providers. Fox Sports World is affiliated with Fox Sports International, an international sports programming and production entity housed within the Fox Cable Networks Group, one of
the major operating units within the Fox Entertainment Group (NYSE: FOX) and News Corporation (NYSE: NWS). For more information, visit Fox Sports World online at www.foxsportsworld.com.

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March 19, 2002
Would you like to sing the National Anthem?

The Cincinnati Riverhawks are looking for people to sing the National Anthem before each Hawks home games. Please contact Lauren at 513-591-4622 or email at cincinnatiriverhawks@yahoo.com to request a date or more information.

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February 5, 2002

Cincinnati Riverhawks partner with HealthSouth
HealthSouth Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation are joining the Cincinnati Riverhawks' team. HealthSouth will provide athletic trainers at Riverhawks' games during the season to treat and take care of Riverhawks players. The partnership goes beyond game day into everyday life with HealthSouth being present at all the Riverhawks' tournaments to provide medical treatment if needed. The Riverhawks and HealthSouth will also work together on a variety of programs to help athletes stay safe and in shape. At Riverhawks' camps, HealthSouth representatives will demonstrate the proper way to warm-up to prevent injury for that day as well as for the future. Besides demonstrating the techniques, HealthSouth will provide information about health and wellness relating to soccer players, but also for coaches and parents.

The Riverhawks' team physician will be Dr. Frank R. Noyes from Cincinnati Sports Medicine. Dr. Noyes will be present at all Riverhawks home games and will be the physician "on call" for the team. "We hope this season will benefit all those involved including the fans and is the beginning
of a long and successful relationship," said Richard Wanamaker, General Manager of the Cincinnati Riverhawks.

For more information, contact Lauren Westkamp at
513-591-GOAL.

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