September 26, 2011
Hyde – 6
St. Thomas More – 2
In its most dominant, complete performance this season, the Hyde Wolfpack dismantled the St. Thomas More Chancellors 6-2. From the opening whistle, it was clear that the Wolfpack was on a mission to avenge its weekend loss to Wheeler. Possessing the ball with confidence and composure, Hyde won nearly every 50/50 ball, consistently made smart choices, and played selflessly. As a result, numerous players notched points on the day. Junior midfielder Sean Kokdil jumpstarted the Wolfpack offense twelve minutes into the game as he made a daring run down the right flank, slotted a cross perfectly onto the stride of fellow midfielder Dan Weintraub ’12, who nailed home his first goal as a Varsity player for a 1-0 lead. Continued Wolfpack pressure led to its second goal just eight minutes later. After a series of beautiful combination plays down the left flank between Weintraub and central midfielder Nate Chesley ’12, Weintraub raced to the endline, crossed the ball to striker Alvaro Gonzalez ’12, who selflessly laid the ball off to Kokdil who slammed home his first goal in a Hyde uniform to up the score to 2-0. While netminder Griffin Davidson ‘14 did not see much action on the day, he stopped a breakaway with poise with about five minutes remaining in the first half to preserve the clean sheet. Although Hyde continued to dictate play for the remainder of the first session, the Wolfpack entered halftime with just a two goal lead.
Determined to completely shut the door on the Chancellors, Hyde struck again just seventy seconds into the second half. Gonzalez, after beating several Chancellor defenders on the right flank, picked his head up, found a darting Weintraub in the penalty box, and threaded a pass to his foot, where he calmly slotted the ball inside the right post for a three goal lead. Further Wolfpack possession led to two easy scoring opportunities for Gonzalez, who now leads the team with 6 goals on the season. The Wolfpack scoring ended with senior midfielder Nasir Ibrahim taking a touch to his right and ripping a shot from twenty yards out just inside the left post for a 6-0 lead with approximately twenty minutes remaining in the game. Other strong performances on the day were turned in by Wolfpack defenders Graham Davidson ’13, Andreu Cullere ’12, Ethan Thomas ’12, and Felipe Azevedo ’14.
At 3-3, the Wolfpack plays local rival Putnam Science Academy in Putnam on Thursday, September 29 at 4pm.