The Hawk Takes on the National Team

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The Hawk Takes on the National Team

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On Saturday, October 8th everyone at GCHS was prepping for homecoming after a great week that was capped off with a win over the Alton Redbirds. Senior Reed Hawkins had helped plan the dress up days, dressed up on those days, and had the idea for the tailgate, but on Saturday he wasn’t donning a suit at the dance. He was preparing for a soccer game against the U.S. Men’s National Team.

With both academies being so good the coaches decided to pick the best 20 players of the two teams and have a good game.”

— Reed Hawkins

Reed has played soccer his whole life and currently plays for Scott Gallagher’s Illinois academy team, which is ranked 9th in the nation after beating the Missouri academy a few weeks ago. So the U17 National Team needed an exhibition and St. Louis, a historical soccer power, reached out to Scott Gallagher.  

“With both academies being so good the coaches decided to pick the best 20 players of the two teams and have a good game.” said Reed, who is currently verbally committed to play soccer at SLU next year.  

You may have seen him all dressed up at the park on Saturday, but after that he went to play the National Team in front 3,300 people at Soccer Park. Reed started at right back and played 75 minutes before cramps in his leg ended his night. The defense held strong and the game ended 1-1 before penalties broke the deadlock. Gallagher won 6-5 on penalties. Beating the national team after having a wonderful homecoming week doesn’t sound too bad to me.