Saturday October 29, 2011
At Hyde School
Hyde School – 0
Falmouth Academy – 0
On an unseasonably cold late fall afternoon with skies preparing for snowfall, the Hyde Girls Varsity Soccer Team played its best game of the season. After falling to Falmouth Academy 4 – 0 early in the season, the WolfPack used improved skill, tactics, and team chemistry to earn a draw with an impressive SENE opponent.
With a solid start to the game, Hyde lost a little steam about 20 minutes into the first half. This gave Falmouth tremendous momentum and required the defensive unit of Marcy Altobello ’13, Jahmilia St. Claire ’14, Hannah Peters ’14, and Gillian Weintraub ’12 to increase their aggression, dynamic, and team play. With midfield help from Becca Katz ’12 and Amelia Lyle ’14, the WolfPack was able to end the first half scoreless.
The second half saw incredible play from Hyde, though possession time still remained in Falmouth’s favor. The trio of Becca Katz ’12, Tess Richards ’13, and Bryn Nolan ’12 in the middle of the field proved threatening for the Falmouth midfield and defense, while the speed and work ethic of Marlena Reeves ’14 impressed all. Late in the game, Hyde had a rocket from Richards that the Falmouth goal keeper was just able to keep her hands on, followed by a flawless corner kick from Nolan that was nearly put into the back of the net. Supported by great defensive play from the back four, the Hyde offense was finally able to generate consistent and competitive attacks. Woman of the match went to Jenna Kowalski ’13, who filled in for the usual starting goalie. Kowalski did everything in her power to keep the ball out of the Hyde net, earning the first shut out of the season for the WolfPack and a place on the starting 11 with her grit, determination, and positive team spirit.
Hyde hopes to keep such intensity and team play on the field, taking on St. Andrews School Monday October 31 in Barrington, RI.