September 12, 2012
Hyde – 4
Rocky Hill – 1
Mother Nature provided a perfect fall day as the Hyde Men’s Varsity Soccer squad opened its 2012 campaign in convincing fashion defeating defending New England Champions Rocky Hill 4-1. Focused and tenacious from the opening whistle, it was clear that the Wolfpack was eager to attack. Hyde jumped on the score board just eight minutes into the game as striker Christian Ejiga ’13 made a beautiful run down the right flank and bent a perfect cross onto the head of senior midfielder Will Davis, who gently placed it just inside the far post for a 1-0 advantage. Ten minutes later, senior striker Sean Kokdil settled a nifty cross from fellow senior Jared Larsenand slammed it past the Rocky Hill keeper for a two goal lead. Kokdil notched his second goal of the game just six minutes later as he received a through ball from fellow striker Ejiga, turned on a dime, and raced off for a breakaway goal. Christian Ejiga finished Hyde’s scoring with eight minutes remaining in the first frame as he danced around two defenders inside the penalty box and calmly tucked the ball just inside the left post for a 4-0 lead. The Wolfpack defense stymied the potent Rocky Hill attack throughout the first half led by Graham Davidson ’13, juniors Jake Hedrick and Felipe Azevedo, and freshman Toby Obayashi. Special kudos to net minder Parker Roma ’14, who did a spectacular job in goal, after just starting as a keeper a few days ago.
Unfortunately for the Wolfpack, Hyde rested on its laurels and the second half was dominated by Rocky Hill. Central defenders Graham Davidson and Jake Hedrick made numerous critical tackles to help preserve the win. It is clear that if Hyde is to fulfill its potential this season, it must be able to play a full 80 minute match.
At 1-0, the Hyde Wolfpack opens its non-conference schedule against the MacDuffie School at home this Saturday, September 15th at 2pm.