Steamy day does not slow Nighthawks attack

Steamy day does not slow Nighthawks attack

LA PLATA, Md. -- Abdullah Al Maari scored twice and gave an assist in Wednesday's hot and humid 7-1 victory for the Northern Virginia Community College soccer team over Southern Maryland.

The Nighthawks improve their record to 2-1-0 on the season, and return to the pitch Saturday against Chesapeake at Word of Grace.

NOVA got its scoring going 11 minutes into the game when Al Maari took a pass from  Abdullahi Abdi and shot high over the Hawks goalie. Less than a minute later, the duo hooked up again, as Abdi scored on a cross from Al Maari.

Nearly 11 minutes later, Bimosan Ghmire was steaking towards the goal when he was tripped up and awarded a penalty kick. Ghimire's shot went low and to the left past the diving goalie to make it 3-0.

In the closing minutes of the first half, Al Maari hit the back of the net for a second time giving him nine for his career, which is good for fifth all-time at NOVA. Al Maari is just one goal from moving into a tie for third with Abdel Alnimiry and Cristian Fuentes.

During second half action, the Nighthawks scored three more times, as Isai Rivera, Esubalew Tenkolu and Tony Singui all hit paydirt to make it 7-0 in the final five and a half minutes of the match.

In the closing minutes of the contest, NOVA's shutout bid was lost when CSM's Nicholas Krisko scored. Krisko's shot was just high enough over Nighthawks goalie Antonio Berger's outstretched arms.