Rage go from cold to hot in Chicago

Toasted 3-1 by the Chicago Fire on Friday (June 1) Hamilton FC Rage applied their own heat to the Chicago Inferno the next day for an identical score victory in the United Soccer League’s Premier Development League. The win snapped a three-game losing streak and the Rage improved to 2-3-1 on the season, leaving them in a three-way tie for fourth place with the Inferno and the River City Rovers.

HFC will have an extended break with the next match coming at home at Ron Joyce Stadium on Monday, June 11. Hamilton will welcome the Toronto Lynx, the team they defeated for their first win of the season, at 8 p.m. The Lynx are still looking for their first win of the season, going 0-5-0 to start the season.

The first half of Saturday’s game was a scoreless affair with both sides having great scoring chances. The Inferno missed an early opportunity at the three minute mark and Hamilton couldn’t capitalize on a corner kick at 16 minutes. At 29 minutes, the Inferno missed another opportunity on a header and Hamilton failed to connect on a goal kick at 39 minutes.

Hamilton would break away in the second half with three straight goals.

Fifty eight minutes into the game, Scott McCoubrey gave Hamilton its first lead since the team’s home opener, also against the Inferno. Khody Ellis picked up the assist on the goal. Garret McConville then doubled the HFC lead at 58 minutes from a Will Grocott free kick.

McCoubrey netted his second goal of the match to complete Hamilton’s scoring 74 minutes with an assist from Adam Camillo.

Jakub Piotrowski got the Inferno’s goal at 85 minutes.

McCoubrey scored his first and second goals of the season on Saturday night. McConville scored his second goal of the season as well. His first goal came in the May 20 home opener against the Inferno.

On Friday, the Rage travelled to University of Illinois at Chicago to play their second game in three days and fell behind early.

Fire forward Tyler Engel scored the opening goal at 27 minutes. Hamilton’s Shane Keely received a caution after the goal. The point would be the only marker of the first half.

The Fire doubled their lead at 48 minutes as midfielder Tom Skelly found the back of the net. Hamilton answer just three minutes later when Rage midfielder Stephen Powell scored off a pass from William Grocott.

Chicago added their third goal of the game four minutes later to regain a three-goal lead. The Fire held onto the lead for the victory.

Chicago had the edge in shots on goal, 13-6. Lewis Ellis, with two, Josh Bennett, Andrew Ferguson, McCoubrey and Stephen Powell recorded shots on net. Conor Hurley made four saves.