The Hustle rebounded with a great team victory on the road in Charlotte. With several key offensive players missing, the Hustle offense showcased their depth, putting together an impressive performance. The Hustle defense shined again holding the Express under 20 goals and scoring 8 times.
Congrats to Matt Smith on his 100th career goal, 5 on the night.
The Hustle defense opened the game with a break, 1-0. Charlotte and Atlanta exchanged points until the Hustle defense punched in another conversion to make it. 4-2. The rest of the quarter went to serve ending with the a Hustle offensive possession that finished with no score. 6-5 Hustle lead up 2 breaks. Ken Porter had a highlight grab for a goal past the outstretched bid of Robert Runner.
The Hustle received to start the 2nd quarter and the offenses battled back and forth for 7 straight holds. This was a relatively windless night in the Queen City, a big contrast to their last matchup in Atlanta in week 2 when it was quite gusty. Up 10-8, Coach Greg Swanson used a timeout to sub his offense in on a break chance. They did exactly that to extend the lead to 3. The defensive unit went back out and tacked on a second break for good measure. The Express offense then got a hold to end the 1st half scoring, Atlanta up 12-9.
The Hustle stayed on the field during a long halftime break recharging for the 2nd half.
The third quarter began like the 2nd with the two offenses matching each other point for point. At 16-13 the Hustle defense was able to generate a turnover and punch it in for a break to go up 17-13. The quarter would end 17-14.
In the final quarter the Hustle were receiving meaning that Charlotte would need 4 breaks to take the lead. Instead of being satisfied with this cushion the Hustle defense went out and got their team 3 more breaks. The Express never stopped fighting though. They earned their first and only break of the game on a stingy Hustle offense. It was too little too late though. Atlanta left the station with a 24-19 victory improving to 3-1 on the season. They go back on the road next saturday to face the Jacksonville Cannons.
The Hustle ended all 4 quarters with the disc in their hands but they used all of their last second excitement up in week 3 versus Nashville. Steven Hicks, Evan Boecking, and Kyle Stapleton anchored the efficient offensive unit. Sam Gainer, Austin Draco, Matt Smith and Trenton Spinks did the leg work.
- Hustle Defense with 8 breaks.
- Hustle Offense broken only once with 13 zero-turnover scores.
- Nathan Vickroy 4A - 4Blk
- Sam Gainer with 3A - 4G
- Steven Hicks with 4A - 3G
- Matt Smith 5A
- Kyle Stapleton 3A - 1G
- Austin Taylor 2A - 2G
- Robert Runner 2A - 2Blk
- Parker Bray with his 1st career game played
- Taylor Goforth with bookends (1Blk & 1G on the same point)