It was a shining moment for Hamilton FC Rage when Diamond Simpson scored in the W-League game at Ron Joyce Stadium on Wednesday (May 23).
Not only was her goal the first for Hamilton’s entry in the United Soccer League’s women’s division this season, but it stood as the winner as the Rage held on for a 1-0 victory over the Rochester Ravens.
And for an added bonus, the Rage finds themselves sitting atop the Central Division with a win and a tie. The Toronto Lady Lynx are one point behind. Hamilton FC gets a chance to improve on that record on Sunday (May 27) when the Ottawa Fury visit for a 4 p.m. game at McMaster University Alumni Field. The Fury play their first game of the season the day before in Rochester.
Simpson’s goal came with one minute left in regulation time for a 1-0 victory.
Both of Hamilton’s previous games, last weekend’s season opener and the pre-season game the previous week, ended in scoreless draws. Though there were plenty of great chances during those games none resulted in goals.
It was beginning to look like the game would end in another scoreless draw until the final minute, especially after an HFC goal was called back. At the 81 minute mark, after a fantastic set up, Hamilton appeared to have taken the lead but the goal was called back as the play was deemed offside.
Simpson then became the hero of the game when she scored the decisive game winner at the 89 minute mark. Christabel Oduro picked up the assist on the goal.
Hamilton outshot Rochester 20-7.