September 17, 2011
Hyde School – 0
MacDuffie School – 3
On a beautiful fall afternoon, the Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team hosted WWNEPSSA opponent MacDuffie School in its home season opener. Though improved play was evident, the still-in-progress team chemistry prevented the WolfPack from playing at its best, thereby falling to MacDuffie.
With a messy beginning, the Hyde players started to put together some impressive midfield play. Marcy Altobello ’13 moved the ball well through the neutral third of the field, with Andrea Sayegh ’12 and Marlena Reeves ’14 working hard on offense. As MacDuffie controlled most of the play with great teamwork and smooth transitions, the Hyde defense was tested. Aine Zaniewski ’13, Jahmilia St. Claire ’14, and Lauren Maloney ’13 showed incredible improvement in their ability to balance and work as a unit to prevent penetration. Unfortunately, the defense broke down as the midfield failed to support the back, allowing a MacDuffie attacker to dribble nearly up to the goal for an easy finish with 13:22 to go in the half. Deflated, the Hyde offense and midfield did not regain its intensity before the first half came to a close, allowing another point-blank shot on goal, giving MacDuffie a two goal advantage just before halftime.
The second half saw improved play, but still inconsistent from the WolfPack. While the midfield worked to support the defense, the offensive threats became unsupported. Altobello, Reeves, and Sayegh continued their threats on goal, while Molly Giordano ’13 helped with WolfPack transitions. Though outshooting MacDuffie 5-3 in the second half, Hyde could not find the back of the net. With offensive pressure, Hyde got caught out of position on defense with eight minutes to play, giving MacDuffie its final and decisive goal of the game.
Ultimately outshooting its opponent 8-7, Hyde will need to work on quality of offense, increased possession time, and improved team chemistry in order to perform at the team’s potential. Hyde faces SENE powerhouse Lincoln School Wednesday September 21 in Rhode Island.