NORFOLK (NNS) -- A team of Sailors assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69) (Ike) played a friendly soccer match against Norfolk Police Department United Soccer Club at Capt. Slade Cutter Park in Norfolk, Nov. 15.
Although the "Ike Warriors"lost to the Norfolk P.D. team 5-0, Aviation Boatswain's Mate (Handling) 3rd Class Oliver Freeman, the Ike Warriors' assistant coach, said that the final score wasn't all that important.
"The aim was to go out there, make friends and have a good time," Freeman said. "That's what this game was all about."
Norfolk P.D. team member Mikhail Angstrom, who along with Freeman organized the event, said they intend to make this match the first of many between the Ike soccer team and the police.
"We would love for this to be the beginning of something," Angstrom said. "I think it'll show the community that we care about the military and the people who live and work in the city."
Norfolk Police Chief Michael Goldsmith said he was delighted to see his police department play an organized match against a Navy team for the first time.
"It's great to see our guys out there, our men and women playing against the folks from the Eisenhower," Goldsmith said. "I think it's a great way for the police department and the Navy to build some camaraderie. We are very supportive of the Navy, we're very happy to participate in this, and we look forward to having another game."
The police department team scored their first two goals in the first half and netted three in the second to secure the decisive win. Intelligence Specialist 2nd Class Brian Bowick said he was proud of his team regardless of the final score.
"It was great sportsmanship," Bowick said. "Everybody played well and kept it clean. I look forward to the next time we play them."
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