September 24, 2011, At Hyde School
Hyde School – 1
Pomfret School – 0
The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team picked up its first win of the season during a “Battle of Route 169,” taking on neighboring Pomfret School. Enduring the incredible mugginess, Hyde continued to demonstrate improved play, edging out a very well-coached and disciplined Pomfret squad.
Though Pomfret possessed the ball nicely during the beginning minutes of the game, the Hyde defensive unit of Jahmilia St. Claire ’14, Hannah Peters ’13, Yi Yang ’12, and General Becca Katz ’12 changed that tone and stimulated play for the entire WolfPack. Their communication and intensity was felt throughout the Hyde team, inspiring impressive midfield play from Marcy Altobello ’13 and Marlena Reeves ’14. Less than 10 minutes into the game, Katz cleared a ball to Altobello, who sent one of many perfect through passes to the Hyde offense. Standout Bryn Nolan ’12 out-hustled the Pomfret back line, beating them to the ball and drilling it into the back of the net with a fantastic shot to the far post. Hyde used this momentum to continue impressive play throughout the first half, spreading the field, using the flanks, and playing as a whole team.
The excited half-time talk did not necessarily translate to equivalent play in the second half of the game, though Hyde continued to play tactically sound throughout. Pomfret was not to be defeated, and played with heart and determination throughout the entirety of the game, truly testing the WolfPack. Katz kept her troops engaged while Altobello, Reeves, and Molly Giordano ’13 supported through the midfield. Aine Zaniewski ’13 made her season debut at striker, working very well with Nolan. The duo used the midfield play to continually threaten the Pomfret defense. While play collapsed slightly for the WolfPack in the last five minutes of the game, Katz and drastically improved Hyde goalie Kelly Umatoni ’12 kept the team’s lead for a hard fought and well deserved win.
Hyde will need to keep building on the improved play, as well as increase fitness levels, facing 4 time consecutive SENE Champions and reigning New England Class C Champions Wheeler School this Friday September 30 at Wheeler.