September 21, 2011, At Lincoln School
Hyde School – 1
Lincoln School – 6
The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team traveled to SENE standout Lincoln School Wednesday September 21. The first four minutes of the game proved lethal to the Wolfpack, but the Hyde team rebounded like the resilient women they are, playing some of the best soccer the team has seen.
Just 45 seconds into the game, Lincoln found the back of the net as the Hyde team was not quite ready to play defense, leaving an unmarked player right on top of the 6 yard box. The next three minutes would reveal similar play: wide open green shirts able to simply tap the ball into the net. Down three goals only four minutes into the game, the WolfPack would not crumble and instead figured out the defensive struggles and engaged the midfield players to give Lincoln a real game. Becca Katz ’12 was outstanding on defense, refusing to allow any further penetration from the Lincoln offense and rallying her troops as the general of the back line. Though offense was slow to interact on the field in the first half, the midfield play of Marcy Altobello ’13 and Andrea Sayegh ’12 began the transition that would lead to a better second half, while Katz kept Lincoln off the scoreboard for the remainder of the half.
The second half saw much better play from Hyde, but little improvement on the scoreboard. Although Lincoln maintained possession of the ball for greater periods of time, Altobello and Sayegh worked well with the offensive duo of Bryn Nolan ’12 and Marlena Reeves ’14 to present threats on the Lincoln defense. Even with solid play from Katz supported by Jahmilia St. Claire ’14, Hannah Peters ’13, and Yi Yang ’12, Lincoln was able to capitalize on an indirect shot just inside the penalty box seven minutes into the half. Clustered scoring plagued the WolfPack as Lincoln struck again just three minutes later with a shot that squeaked by the Hyde goalie. Lincoln rounded out its scoring five minutes later on a breakaway and well placed finish. Never a team to play defeated, Hyde played to the very end of the game, earning several quality offensive threats from Nolan and Reeves. With less than two minutes to go in the game, Altobello sent one of many fantastic through balls to Nolan, who earned a corner kick. Nolan took the corner kick, which Katz was able to deflect to the far post for aReeves finish. A true team goal, the spirit of the WolfPack was evident to the final whistle of the game.
While the defensive unit of Katz, Peters, St. Claire, and Yang impressed as the game progressed, goalies Kelly Umatoni ’12 and Andrea Crute ’12 were tough in net. Umatoni earned 8 saves in the first half and Crute picked up 3 in the second. Hyde looks to build on the final two minutes of this game when the team faces Pomfret School this Saturday, September 24, at home.