Wolfpack BVS Wins PSA Nailbiter, 3-2

October 26, 2011

Hyde School – 3
Putnam Science – 2

In a stunning come-from-behind victory in the closing minutes of the match, an undermanned Hyde Wolfpack squad defeated a talented Putnam Science team 3-2 in dramatic fashion.  Having played just two games over the course of the past twelve days, the Wolfpack limped into the game today missing three of their normal starters.  Although this gave an excellent opportunity for others to fill the void, the first half saw a rather lackadaisical, timid effort from the Wolfpack.  The PSA Mustangs pressured the Wolfpack from the opening whistle and the defense had a difficult time containing the potent Mustang attack.  PSA scored fifteen minutes into the first frame on a nifty through ball that sliced through the Wolfpack backline.  Despite Hyde net minder Griffin Davidson’s best efforts, he could not stop Suleyman Ozgul’s strike to the near post.  Some twelve minutes later, Hyde’s errant marking was exploited again with yet another through ball as PSA’s Fehmi Agaoglu slotted another shot past the outstretched arms of Davidson for a 2-0 PSA advantage.

The Wolfpack, lacking composure and direction, were in desperate need of some inspiration.  The senior leadership on the team galvanized the young men and was determined to make a run at the Mustangs in the second half.  In the eighteenth minute of the second frame, the Wolfpack was awarded a corner kick.  Midfielder Felipe Azevedo ’14 swung a beautifully driven low ball to the near post where junior Jonathan Donesky ripped home a one-timer to the top right corner to get Hyde on the board with a 2-1 deficit.  The Wolfpack began to play as a team and leaders began to emerge.  Junior striker Will Davis began to connect with midfielders Donesky, Azevedo, and senior Richard Schuller and started to find some space in the middle of the pitch.  The defensive backline of Ethan Thoms ’12, Andreu Cullere ’12, Blake Smaldone ’12, and Graham Davidson ’13 settled down and frustrated the Mustang strikers for the remainder of the day.  With thirteen minutes left in the second half, substitute Brian O’Dea ’14 slotted a gorgeous pass to Will Davis, who found a streaking Azevedo down the left flank.  Azevedo received the ball just inside the eighteen yard box and, after being taken down, was awarded a penalty kick.  Forward Will Davis stepped up to the penalty stripe and calmly bent a lefty shot into the left corner of the goal to knot the score at 2.  With a clear momentum shift in progress, the Wolfpack consistently won loose balls and 50/50 battles across the field.  In the waning minutes of the game, it became a see-saw battle.  Will Davis, the hero of the day, took the game into his own hands.  With just six minutes remaining, Davis, Donesky, and Azevedo made a daring run in transition down the middle of the field with a number of give-and-go passes.  Davis received a through ball from Donesky just inside the penalty area where he ripped a shot into the top right corner to give the Wolfpack a 3-2 advantage, proving to be the ultimate game winner.

The grit and determination these young men showed this afternoon was nothing short of miraculous.  Most teams, down two goals with just over twenty minutes remaining in a game, would quit.  Although the Mustangs proved to be the more talented team on the day, the Wolfpack came out on top due to a superior work ethic, team chemistry, and most importantly, heart.  At 8-4-1, the Wolfpack takes on SENE opponent Williams School away at 2pm on Saturday, October 29.