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Legion settles for a draw against Hartford Athletic

BIRMINGHAM — Birmingham Legion FC tied against Hartford Athletic 2-2 at BBVA Field on June 22.

After an early goal from Hartford, #9 Chandler Hoffman bagged his first home goal in his hometown, bringing Legion FC level with a stellar effort into the top left corner from outside the box in the 31’ minute off an assist from #7 Brian Wright. The visitors pulled ahead just before the half to go into the break up 2-1.

The deficit did not last long for Birmingham as #5 Mikey Lopez latched onto a ball at the edge of the box and rifled it into the bottom left corner with a first-time strike. That’s three games in a row for the energetic midfielder with a goal or an assist.

Despite the two quality goals, Head Coach Tom Soehn pointed out that after outshooting an opponent by more than double and leading in possession, crosses and chances created, that he was disappointed in not coming away with a win.

“I credit the guys for fighting back,” said Soehn. “We created tons of chances, but we’ve got to start finishing our chances and put teams away. It’s a lot easier to play when you’re ahead than it is when you’re behind, and we’re having difficulty doing that. We have to find a way to get ourselves up for it. The disappointing thing is chasing the game. We’ve got to come out and find a way to get teams on their heels a bit more instead of waiting so long.”


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