October 3, 2011
Hyde – 5
Marianapolis – 0
In its most dominant performance of the season, the Hyde Wolfpack outplayed, outhustled, and outmaneuvered defending SENE champions and local rival Marianapolis Knights 5-0. From the opening whistle, it was clear that the Wolfpack was on a mission. Tenacious and hungry at both ends of the field, the Wolfpack struck its prey early just six minutes into the first frame. After an excellent combination play down the right flank earned a corner kick, Hyde capitalized on the set piece. Senior striker Alvaro Gonzalez whipped a bending ball into the penalty box directly onto the jumping head of fellow senior Nasir Ibrahim who slammed the ball into the back of the net for an early one goal advantage. The next twenty minutes saw the Wolfpack utterly dominate their opponents in nearly every aspect of the game. Central defenders Andreu Cullere ’12 and Graham Davidson ’13 won nearly every ball in the air, while holding central midfielder Nathan Chesley ’12 helped the Wolfpack maintain possession. The Wolfpack struck again with sixteen minutes remaining in the half as Jonathan Doneski ’14 came off the bench and slotted a brilliant through ball to striker Will Davis ’14 who tucked his shot away just inside the right post for a 2-0 lead. Gonzalez continued to pressure the Knights defense and earned a goal of his own with just seven minutes remaining as he weaved his way through three defenders and calmly beat the Knights net minder Jose Rodriguez to take a 3-0 advantage heading into halftime.
Determined to not let Marianapolis back in the game, the Wolfpack stayed hungry in the second half. Gonzalez and defender-turned-midfielder Felipe Azevedo ’15 continued to cause chaos on the left flank throughout the afternoon. With twenty minutes remaining in the second half, Gonzalez again took on a number of Knights defenders and selflessly dished the ball to fellow striker Will Davis who patiently bent the ball to the near post for a 4-0 lead. Just three minutes later, the scoring would culminate when Gonzalez received a nifty through ball from Nate Chesley and chipped Marianapolis’ Rodriguez for the emphatic finish for a 5-0 lead. The final sixteen minutes saw a number of role players for the Wolfpack step up and compete with Marianapolis.
Although the Wolfpack defense did a stellar job on the day limiting the Knights to just two shots on goal, kudos goes to sophomore goalie Griffin Davidson who recorded his second shutout of the season. This is the first time in Coach Folan’s six year tenure that the Wolfpack successfully defeated Marianapolis – 5-0 no less. At 4-3, it is clear that the Wolfpack is beginning to build some very serious momentum. The Wolfpack takes on SENE rivals Falmouth Academy on Wednesday, October 5th at home and travels to St. Thomas More on Thursday, October 6th for two critical conference matches.