GVS Raises the Bar in St. Andrews Shootout

November 1, 2010

At Hyde School

Hyde School – 2
St. Andrew’s School – 2

On a frigid fall afternoon, the Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team played an outstanding game against St. Andrew’s School at home.  While the score remained tied, the WolfPack dominated play, ending the game disappointed in the scoreboard, but excited about the elevated level of play.

From the opening whistle, it was clear that the Hyde team had shown up to play and win.  The ball was moved well through the midfield, kept to the flank, and played beautifully into the goal mouth over and over.  Marcy Altobello ’13 lead much of this play, as she charged down the left sideline, pushing a great ball through to Andrea Sayegh ’12, who took on her defender.  Earning a corner kick, Bryn Nolan ’12 sent a beautiful ball into the goal mouth which Sayegh drilled toward the goal off her head.  Though the goalie made the initial save, Sayegh followed up her attack, gathering the rebound to earn her first goal of the season just nine minutes into the game.  Though Hyde maintained complete control of the game, St. Andrew’s earned a counter attack ten minutes later, catching the WolfPack defense off guard.  Though the defense balanced well, St. Andrew’s got a shot off just inside the 18-yard box, barely trickling into the goal, yet evening the score.  With the half time score tied, Hyde’s 11-2 shot advantage propelled them to up the play even more for the second half.

The second half, again, was all Hyde.  With great ball movement and communication, the WolfPack attacked the St. Andrew’s goal again and again.  Hyde was finally able to capitalize ten minutes into the half when Rianna Arellano ’12 sent a beautiful through ball toNolan, who touched the ball to the inside of her defender then drilled it into the back of the net to give Hyde back the lead.  Seconds later, it looked as though Hyde would increase its lead when Arellano intercepted the St. Andrew’s kick off, carried the ball through several defenders, and drilled the ball at the net, only to graze the post.  This would be Hyde’s luck for the remainder of the game, though the level of play never dropped.  Unfortunately, ten minutes after Hyde reclaimed the lead, a St. Andrew’s cross brushed the arm of a Hyde defender, which was awarded as a penalty kick.  Though they capitalized on the opportunity, it seemed over and over that Hyde would enable the scoreboard to reflect the play on the field.  Even outshooting the opponent 25-2, the WolfPack could not earn the advantage the team deserved.

Hyde saw fantastic play from Mari Barnett ’11Aine Zaniewski ’13Altobello, and Arellano in the midfield, Nolan and Sayeghon offense, and Becca Katz ’12Camryn Bindra ’13Hope Eldridge ’11, and Caitlyn Colley ’11 on defense.  The WolfPack will face a rematch with St. Andrew’s in its final game of the season this Thursday November 4 at St. Andrew’s School.