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Hartford Athletic battle to 1-1 tie with Ottawa

Hartford’s Sebastian Dalgaard scored his first goal of the season for the Athletic Saturday night in Hartford’s 1-1 USL Championship tie with Ottawa at Rentschler Field.

EAST HARTFORD, May 25 – Sebastian Dalgaard scored his first goal of the season as Hartford Athletic earned a point in their second consecutive USL Championship contest with a 1-1 tie with the Ottawa Fury at Rentschler Field Saturday night.

Hartford (1-9-2) won their first USL Championship contest of the season last week with a 2-1 win over Loudon FC in Washington, D.C., and followed that up with another point with the tie with Ottawa. The Athletic began the season with eight straight losses and a 0-9-1 record in their first 10 games in their initial season as a team.

But the Athletic are 1-1-2 in their last four USL championship games and play four of their next five games at home at Rentschler Field as renovations continue at Dillon Stadium, the team’s permanent home.

Trailing 1-0, Dalgaard made a long throw in into the Ottawa penalty box but a Fury defender headed it out of the box and right back to Dalgaard at the side of the penalty area. He took a step and fired a hard ground ball that just got into the far corner of the net past Ottawa goalie Callum Irving to tie the game at 1-1 early in the second half.

Ottawa (5-2-3) took a 1-0 lead with 22 minutes gone in the game after Elhadji Mour Samb belted a bouncing ball out of the air past Hartford goalie Frederick Due. Ottawa’s Christiano Francois faked out a Hartford defender and sent a nice cross into the box. The ball was deflected to Mour Samb.

Fury FC took the lead in the 22nd minute when forward Kevin Oliveira’s effort after a Christiano François cross popped up in the air, leaving forward Elhadji Mour Samb to pick it out of the air and beat Athletic goalkeeper Frederik Due.

Hartford returns to action on Saturday, June 1 when the Athletic host North Carolina at 7 p.m. at Rentschler Field.

 

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