Girls Varsity Soccer Comes Up Short in Williams Matchup

October 2, 2010

At Williams School

Hyde School – 1
Williams School – 3

Though the weather made for the perfect fall day, the Hyde Girls Varsity Soccer Team could not catch a break in its game Saturday October 2 at Williams School.  Even controlling the play and outshooting the opponent, the WolfPack came up short of its potential.

The first half of play saw an outstanding performance from the Hyde players.  They moved the ball well through the midfield and stretched offensively to repeatedly challenge the Williams defense.  Rianna Arellano ’12 and Bryn Nolan ’12 worked together extremely well with their passing combinations, and yet could not find the back of the net.  Hyde also saw ample play generated from the hard work of Mari Barnett ’11, who was consistently supported by Arellano and Nolan.  Unfortunately, Williams somehow found the goal first.  With 8:45 left in the first half, a Williams player received a through pass that broke her even with the strong Hyde defense and she tapped the ball past the Hyde keeper.  Refusing to end the half with a deficit, the Hyde players elevated their level of play.  Arellano worked the ball through the midfield to Barnett, who fed Joy Yang ’13 at the top of the box.  Yang was able to move the ball past the defender to Hope Eldridge ’11, who finessed the ball into the back of the net with 3:07 left in the half.  This gave Hyde an overdue goal and the momentum going into the second half of play.

That momentum, however, would cease at half time, as the WolfPack never fully found its stride in the second half of play.  Still outshooting and out possessing the opponent, the team did not have the same spark or tenacity that was clear in the first forty minutes of play.  In a five minute span shortly after half time, Williams was able to find the back of the net twice.  The WolfPack did not respond well to the deficit and seemed to slow the level of play as the remaining 27 minutes of play continued.  Still able to hold a 12-8 shot margin and possess the ball for most of the game, Hyde could not connect in front of the net, resulting in a disappointing finish for the team.

Hyde benefitted greatly from the play of Barnett and Arellano in the midfield, as well as the much improved defensive unit of Becca Katz ’12Camryn Bindra ’13, and Caitlyn Colley ’11. The team looks to better its record and play at its full potential for an entire game, facing local rival Marianapolis Preparatory School Monday October 4 in Thompson, CT.