Hyde School, Woodstock CT
Hyde- 4 Falmouth-0
Fresh off a stunning 5-0 win over cross town rivals Marianapolis, the Hyde School Mens soccer team played host to visiting Falmouth Academy. With forward and leading point scorer Alvaro Gonzalez out of the lineup due to injury, Hyde School needed a strong showing to cement the rumors that they are in fact a contender in the SENE Conference.
In the opening fifteen minutes, defender John Doneski, inserted into the starting lineup for the first time played a wonderfully placed through ball ahead of Daniel Weintraub springing the Hyde offensive. Weintraub took a few touches on the ball before slipping it past the goalkeeper to get the home team on the board first. Seven minutes later, defensive center midfielder Nasir Ibrahim found Felipe Azevedo for a second goal, this time the shot put on target was muffed by the Falmouth goalie and a true gift was given. A little luck for the hard work Azevedo has put in all year and his switch from defense to the midfield has proven a good move by coach Kevin Folan.
The game begin to lull a tad as Hyde dominated possession and created scoring opportunities but none found the back of the net until five minutes left in the half, when Sean Kokdil found himself one v one for almost the full length of the opposing half. A ball slipped behind the defense by Azevedo was well received and the quick number nine forward did the rest; a strong effort by a talented player from the Chevy Chase, Maryland area. The second half would be a test of Hyde’s learning process as they have been apt to let down when going up by a few goals. Before many substitutes found the field late in the game, the score was widened one more when Weintraub beat his defender down the touch line and laid a subtle cross that Kokdil put away.
The Hyde School Men’s team travels to St. Thomas More tomorrow, an anticipated rematch that will find the boys trying to replicate a 6-2 win just ten days ago.