Hyde School 4 (win) Hyde School 0 (loss) Hyde School 1 (tie)
Winchendon 2 Tilton School 1 Berwick 1
Hyde Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Berwick Maine for the annual Berwick Jamboree. The format for the day included 44 minute games with running time for the halves. The Hyde boys squared off against Winchendon School in the first game with Billy Martinez`14 in the goal. Cole Faulkner`15 scored the first goal of the new season just 32 second into the game. Winchendon answered with two goals to go up 2-1. Jamal Borden`13 scored two quick goals right before the half, Wilson MacMillan`14 is credited with both assists. The score at half was 3-2 in favor of Hyde. Both teams had lots of opportunities to score in the second half. Nabil Eshraghian`13 scored the final goal of the match to ice a 4-2 victory for the Phoenix.
Hyde played Tilton School in the second game. Alexi Philippoussis`15 was the keeper for Hyde. Tilton played a physical style of soccer that tended to result in hard tackles and a lot of long balls hit from the back. Unfortunately, this didn’t match up well with the type of soccer Hyde has been working to develop. Consequently, Hyde played hard and was able to handle the physical nature of the play, but didn’t create a lot of scoring chances. Tilton scored the only goal of the match on a free kick inside the box. The result of a hand ball by our keeper. The final score was Tilton 1, Hyde 0
Hyde Played Berwick Academy in the last contest of the day. Billy Martinez`14 was the keeper for Hyde. Berwick played a fast paced, controlled style of soccer. By this time in the morning both teams had played a significant amount of soccer and fitness became an issue for some. Berwick scored early in the match. Hyde struggled to transition the ball through the mid-field during the first half which resulted in very few scoring opportunities. However, during the second half of play the Hyde boys settled down and played a more composed style of soccer. They were able to build momentum from the back which was anchored by Wondo Shaw`13. The midfield players started stringing passes together and creating scoring chances for the forwards. Post Grad Ethan Morrow notched his first goal of the season to tie the game. Momentum switched and Hyde controlled the ball a majority of the remainder of the game. Midfielders Kiefer Cundy`15 and Eduardo Gadsden`13 did a nice job passing and possessing the ball. A 1-1 tie was the end result. It was an encouraging match because it showed that Hyde could play a clean/controlled passing style of soccer in spite of being fatigued, down a goal and missing their starting stopper Andrew Davis`15 who was out with a sore hip flexor. All in all, a great start to the season.