Hyde Men’s JV Soccer Bested by Carrabassett Valley Academy 5-0
Early Wednesday afternoon the Hyde team boarded the team buses in order to make the long haul to Carrabassett Valley. After over two hours on the bus, where they enjoyed their delicious packed lunches, the team stepped onto the cold and windy pitch at CVA, with nearly no time to warm-up unlike their adversaries. It was decided that the JV would play CVA’s varsity team after the Hyde varsity squad pummeled them 9 to 0 in a showcase of talent and teamwork that lead to a high-scoring shut out. It was perhaps too ambitious to believe that the Hyde JV team could also find themselves victorious in a match against the previously over-matched CVA team. However, the score does not give the Hyde boys’ effort and play the credit it deserves. After struggling all season long to push the players to work together by focusing on teamwork, namely good communication and passing, Hyde finally looked like a real soccer team, and not just for a brief window in the 2nd half as has happened before. The team strung together 90 minutes of considerate play that highlighted not just how much their individual skill levels have increased but also how they have come to be able to function as a team rather than just a group of individuals. Mishka Scarafile ’13 and Marley Dutton ’13 worked extremely hard on defense. James Allen ‘12 did an exceptional job in the midfield of moving the ball up the field, proving himself once again to be a valuable asset to the team. Connor Ketchum ’12 and Ryan Doyle ’13 showed some great chemistry up front on offense, working well together to help the team gets some shots on goal. It is disappointing that the score turned out the way it did at 5 to nil, and certainly a little disheartening that not a single shot was netted by Hyde, but there were some good things to be taken away from the match. This Saturday, the Hyde men’s JV will look to rebound from this loss and continue to improve as they face off against their counterparts from the Woodstock campus. If they continue to play as a team, to communicate well, to pass with a purpose, and to take some shots, there is no doubt that they will capture their first victory of the year.