September 18, 2010
Hyde School, Woodstock – 3
McDuffie School – 0
Boy’s Varsity Soccer hosted its first regular season home game Saturday against the McDuffie school. The weather was perfect but unfortunately the team was lacking in numbers. Plagued by injuries, only fourteen players dressed. Play opened with Hyde controlling the ball and working to space as teammates settled into some new positions. In the opening minutes the Wolfpack had a few opportunities but was not able to place the ball on net. It was in the thirteenth minute that senior Henry Killeen converted on a free kick by crossed the ball beautifully to fellow forward Jae Kang Lee ’13 for a head ball. The team was thrilled to put themselves on the board and kept up the attack. Controlling the mid-field was Dan Weintraub ‘12 who did a great job of distributing the ball to right middy Adam Carreau ‘11 and left middy Kun Il Kim ’12. Within minutes, Hyde earned its second opportunity in the form of a penalty kick. Recently healed junior Nathan Chesley took the shot and placed the ball in the top right corner to put the Wolfpack up 2-0. The team was tenacious in its effort and saw strong work from defensive duo of Nick Dresch ’12 at right back and Ethan Thoms ’11 at sweeper.
McDuffie showed increased resolve in the second half as they improved their attack and won more 50-50 balls. Hyde defender Scott Connolly ’11, at left back, worked hard and performed admirably in the second half in light of McDuffie’s increased offense. While less composed in the second half, the Wolfpack did have the drive and hunger to bring home the victory. Numerous opportunities presented themselves including a rocket from Killeenwhich ricocheted off the left post and was whiffed in a scramble of cleats and dirt at the keeper’s feet. In the 67th minute however, Chesley crossed the ball to Killeen for a beautiful shot to seal the deal at 3-0. Significant contributions were made briefly by Nick Sackman ’11 before he came out with an ongoing injury. He was replaced by Jonah Birnbaum ’12 who continues to show significant improvement in both his touch and vision for the field. Despite low numbers the team displayed determination as it found its groove.
The Wolfpack plays again at home this coming weekend, September 25th against Wheeler.
Men of the Match: Henry Killeen with a goal and assist; Adam Carreau for his indomitable spirit and work ethic.