GVS Wolfpack Struggles in 5-2 Loss to Lincoln

September 22, 2010

At Hyde School

Hyde School – 2
Lincoln School – 5

The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team stumbled out of the starting blocks and struggled to connect to its typical level of play, falling to Lincoln School at home.

With a sluggish start, the WolfPack found itself behind on the score board just 14 seconds into the game, as the Lincoln offense came on with full force and the Hyde defense stood by and watched.  With slightly more even play during the majority of the first half, the WolfPack midfield found difficulty in generating forward momentum.  Unable to gain sustained control of the ball, Hyde faced a two goal deficit with 15:29 remaining in the half when the Lincoln offense gathered a loose ball rebound and easily knocked it into the goal.  The WolfPack finally caught a break when the team was awarded a free kick about 40 yards from the goal.  Rianna Arellano ’12 sent a beautiful through pass toBryn Nolan ’12, who was able to finesse the ball past the Lincoln keeper at 6:49 remaining in the half.

Unfortunately, the second half saw the same lethargic start from the WolfPack, as they fell behind by three more goals in just fifteen minutes of play.  After losing standout Arellano to injury, Hyde seemed to tally only obstacles throughout the afternoon.  However, inspired by a great all around effort from Mari Barnett ‘11, the WolfPack showed its grit.  Barnett, moving the ball well all game, pushed the play down the left side of the field, maintaining possession past numerous defenders, setting up Joy Yang ’12, who placed the ball with composure past the Lincoln keeper with 8:37 to play in the game.  Although Hyde did not play with the same tenacity as usual, its strong finish showed the character of the team nonetheless.

Hyde also benefited from the strong play of Arellano, Nolan, Barnett, and defender Caitlyn Colley ’11, who showed tremendous improvement in her level of play.  Hyde goalie Lara Cornelius ’11 picked up ten saves, including a penalty kick.

Falling to 2-2 on the season, Hyde looks to elevate the level of play and time of possession, facing Providence Country Day School Wednesday September 29 in Providence.