Hyde School: 3
Masters School: 1
The Hyde School men’s varsity soccer team traveled to the Masters School for a middle of the season matchup with important regular season SENE implications on the line. Both teams have shown some inconsistency in their play thus far and this game could prove to determine which team would thrust into the top half of the table.
From the beginning the Hyde School Wolf pack hounded the back line of Masters, testing the touch and ability of the defenders playing out of the back. Inside the first ten minutes of the game Will Davis (Hyde ’13), netted his first goal of the season blasting a left footed strike past a helpless goalkeeper. Davis and Alvaro Gonzalez, the starting forwards for Hyde School have proved to be a good combination of skill, athleticism and finishing ability. With Gonzalez breathing down the neck of the Masters defense he put the ball into the back of the old onion bag not once but twice in the first half of play. The first goal came from some crafty passing that found Gonzalez in behind the defense and obviously fouled for what could or should have been a penalty kick and dismissal of a Masters player. The referee in fairness played a great advantage and Gonzalez was able to find his footing and slip the ball into the lower right hand corner of the goal. Gonzalez’s second came with fifteen minutes left in the first half when a poor back pass to the goalkeeper sprung Gonzalez free for a one v one. His poise in the situation earned his double and the Wolf pack never looked back. Steady play and strong ball possession in the second half were emphasized and the lads responded well, only conceding a goal on a free kick late in the game. With a little more luck the Wolf pack should have found the net four more times in the second half, with Gonzalez looking for his hat, Jae Kang Lee (Hyde ’14) missing two great opportunities and Blake Smaldone missing the net by the narrowest of margins. Other standout performances was the strength of Andreu Cullere and Graham Davidson in the center back position, as well as newcomer John Doneski, who put in valuable time in multiple positions.