Wolfpack Girls Varsity Soccer Battles Rocky Hill in Season Opener

September 9, 2011, at Rocky Hill School

Hyde School – 1
Rocky Hill School – 7

After soaking rains throughout the week, the Hyde Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to East Greenwich, RI to take on SENE opponent Rocky Hill School on a hot and buggy afternoon.  The game revealed the team’s urgent need to congeal as a unit, though also showed true potential during periods of play throughout the contest.

The first whistle of the season was not a fruitful one for the WolfPack.  Less than two minutes into the game, Rocky Hill received a free kick just outside the 18 yard box.  Though the Hyde goalie got a hand on it, the ball found the net and the WolfPack struggled with an early deficit.  Just two minutes later, Hyde fell further behind, and Rocky Hill rounded out three early goals just ten minutes later.  Finding some rhythm and leaning on a no quit mantra, the WolfPack fought through the first half, receiving several free kicks on account of Rocky Hill fouls.  Taking advantage with fifteen minutes to play in the first half, Bryn Nolan ’12 drove a shot on goal.  As the goal keeper bobbled the shot, Andrea Sayegh ’12 drilled the ball into the net for Hyde’s first goal of the season. Though Rocky Hill was able to earn a fourth goal before half, the WolfPack was improving steadily as the game progressed.

The opening whistle of the second half revealed a different level of play from the Hyde players.  While they had minimal possession time in the first half, Hyde controlled play for the first 25 minutes of the half.  Led by midfield ball movement from Marcy Altobello ’13 and Bryn Nolan ’12, beautiful soccer of through balls and communication led the Hyde offense.  Defensively, the unit of Gillian Weintraub ’12,Hannah Peters ’13Aine Zaniewski ’13 and anchor Becca Katz ’12 improved steadily throughout the game, showing great teamwork and balance in the second half.  Unfortunately, Rocky Hill found an open seam in the defense and sent a perfect through ball for another goal with fifteen minutes left in the game.  While the WolfPack desperately tried to maintain its level of play, the intensity floundered as Rocky Hill managed two more goals before the close of the game.

With clusters of goals coming in short periods of play, it is clear that the Hyde team will need to manage a full 80 minutes of excellent play in order to excel as the season progresses.  The WolfPack looks forward to training time before its next game, Saturday September 17 at home versus MacDuffie School.