Wolfpack GVS Battles St. Andrew’s

Saturday October 22, 2011
At Hyde School

Hyde School – 1
St. Andrew’s School – 3

The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team continued its path of improvement Saturday, taking on SENE opponent St. Andrew’s School at home. With greater team play and increased offensive threats, the Hyde team revealed more of its potential.

After the first few minutes of the game, the WolfPack looked solid on defense and strong in the midfield. Marcy Altobello ’13 organized the back line and Tess Richards ‘13 provided great shape and control in the middle of the field. Richards, playing her best game of the season, worked incredibly well with team leader Bryn Nolan ’12, who generated great offensive threats from Hyde, hitting the crossbar and goalpost in her attempts. Marlena Reeves ’14 also provided great support in her midfield position and Amelia Lyle ’14 showed her improvement by incessantly positioning herself perfectly to defend and counterattack. With a scoreless first half, Hyde was excited about the level of play and solid performance exhibited as a team.

The second half demonstrated more great play from Hyde. With Richards and Nolan working exceptionally well together, Hyde capitalized on one of the many great through passes from the central midfield. Richards sent a flawless pass, splitting the St. Andrew’s defense, which Nolan was able to run down and finesse the ball into the back of the net, giving Hyde the lead. Unfortunately, the WolfPack was caught off guard just 90 seconds later St. Andrew’s was awarded a penalty kick for a Hyde hand ball in the box. With an impressive shot, the WolfPack steam was lost, as was the lead. Minutes later, St. Andrew’s found the net two more times, with identical plays down the left flank and earning pointblank shots on the Hyde keeper. Though Hannah Peters ’13, Yi Yang ’12, Altobello, and Nolan continued to play tough, the overall team morale had left the field and the WolfPack unable to regain its enthusiasm.

Hyde looks to battle back from an undesired position if necessary, taking on SENE standout Williams School Monday October 24 at home.