GVS Bested in Rocky Hill Rematch

October 20, 2010

At Rocky Hill School

Hyde School – 4

Rocky Hill School – 6

The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team could not find its stride in a midseason rematch against Rocky Hill School.  With a much more favorable outcome for Hyde the first time the teams faced each other, the Wolfpack allowed several obstacles, such as missing key players, to impede its ability to play at the level that is typical for the team.

Though obstacles were in place, the Hyde team found itself quickly ahead on the scoreboard with a great play generated by Marcy Altobello ’13 just three minutes into the game.  Altobello carried the ball down the left flank and sent a great cross to Bryn Nolan ’12, who ripped a shot to the far post.  While the first shot was saved by the Rocky Hill keeper, Hope Eldridge ‘11 was able to collect the rebound and place the ball into the back of the net.  The rest of the first half did not reveal much greatness from the WolfPack.  Less than ten minutes later, Hyde thought the team had found an opportunity with a free kick just outside the 18 yard box.  As the kick was delivered into the Rocky Hill defensive wall, Hyde was unable to slow the counterattack, and a faced a fast break from the Ricky Hill offense.  Rocky Hill standout Erica Santos capitalized on the counter, blasting the ball in a well-placed shot past the Hyde keeper.  Though Hyde did not generate much momentum or possession time as the first half ticked away, the score stayed tied until there were eight minutes to play.  Rocky Hill’s Santos essentially replicated the play that got her on the scoreboard earlier in the half, and Hyde faced its first experience of losing a lead.

Slightly more determined in the second half, Hyde continued to allow obstacles to weigh down the team’s performance.  In the first fifteen minutes of the second half, the WolfPack faced a three goal deficit as Rocky Hill picked up a rebound goal from Katie Meringolo and another fast break goal from Santos.  Demonstrating hard work in her season debut, Sarah DeNunzio ‘11 worked to get through the Rocky Hill defense and broke into the 18 yard box, where she was taken down near the mouth of the goal.  Composed as ever, Hyde standoutRianna Arellano ’12 drilled a penalty kick into the back of the net, giving the WolfPack some much needed momentum.  Hyde elevated the level of play, though it remained far below the potential of the team.  DeNunzio continued her hard work on offense, collecting a very nice through pass from Aine Zaniewski ’13 and finessed the ball past the Rocky Hill keeper, narrowing the opponent’s advantage to one goal.  Unfortunately, with 7:25 left in the game, Rocky Hill was able to find yet another fast break goal.  Never a team to relent, the WolfPack scored immediately off the kickoff, as Arellano sent a nice through ball to Joy Yang ’12, who passed to Mari Barnett ‘11 at the corner of the 18 yard box. With a great shot to the far post, Barnett earned the first goal of her soccer career, keeping the score within one in the final minutes of the game.  With tremendous offensive pressure, increased time of possession, and a higher level of play, it seemed that Hyde would be able to even the score.  And yet, the offensive momentum caused the Hyde defense to unbalance, allowing an insurance goal from Rocky Hill with less than five minutes to play.

Though the game was not representative of the typical Wolfpack force, Hyde saw great midfield play from AltobelloNolan, andArellano, as well as ever improving defensive play from Camryn Bindra ’13.  Hyde goalie Lara Cornelius ’11 picked up 17 saves, while the WolfPack outshot Rocky Hill 18-17 for the day.

Hyde looks to improve the team record and improve team dynamic and motivation as it faces another season rematch this Saturday against Marianapolis Preparatory School at home.