Rowdies complete Dream Week with victory

by Gary Shelton on June 5, 2016 · 0 comments

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Hristov has scored three times in two gams for the red-hot Rowdies./ERIC TILLOTSON

Sunday 6 a.m.

The Tampa Bay Rowdies had the kind of week they have been waiting on all season.

The Rowdies won for the third time this week, beating the Ottawa Fury, 2-1 as Georgi Hristov scored two goals. Hristov had also scored the only goal of the game in a 1-0 victory over Cincinnati.

His second goal came only three minutes after Ottawa had tied the game after he took a nice pass from Joe Cole.

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Joe Cole is tangled up as he plays for Rowdies./ERIC TILLOTSON

Joe Cole is tangled up as he plays for Rowdies./ERIC TILLOTSON

"It was the perfect response," Rowdies Head Coach Stuart Campbell said. "We spoke at halftime about going out as if the score was 0-0 because I thought the next goal would be huge. When they scored, I was frustrated because of the manner of it. For a split second, I thought, 'Oh boy, here we go again at home,' but thankfully the guys gave a great response and got a goal pretty much straightaway."

For Hristov, the three goals in two games have come after a slow preseason. The Rowdies have won five times and tied three times in their last 10 games.

"It's been good," Campbell said. "I've said it all season. The guys come in day in and day out and the attitude and application from the guys has been superb. We haven't quite had a couple calls go our way. If we had them, we'd be right up there. Credit to the guys because they haven't been disappointed, they've been frustrated and they come every day to set things right."

Hristov's first goal came on a pass from Kalif Alhassan.

"It feels great (to be on this kind of run,)" Hristov said as the Rowdies earned their third win in eight days. "It's tough to play three games in one week and we won all of them. I have to say that the whole team, all of the guys, have been working really, really hard. They work so hard and this win is for all of us."

The game got somewhat chippy late in the game. Two Ottawa players drew yellow cards for rough play against former teammate Tommy Heinemann.

“I like that,” Campbell said. “We can more than look after ourselves. We can more than handle the physical confrontation that's thrown at us.”

The win pulled the Rowdies within striking distance of the Cosmos in the NASL Standings.

Ottawa's Romauld Peiser couldn't stop Hristov in a 2-1 loss./ERIC TILLOTSON

Ottawa's Romauld Peiser couldn't stop Hristov in a 2-1 loss./ERIC TILLOTSON


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