Saturday September 15, 2012
At MacDuffie School
Hyde School – 0
MacDuffie School – 1
The Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer Team kicked off its regular season play with an out of league contest against WWNEPSSA opponent MacDuffie School in Granby, MA.
Slow off the initial game whistle, the WolfPack took control about ten minutes into play, showing great promise and improvement since the opening of preseason practices. The midfield, led by Maureen Bellwoar ’13 and Alina Donnelly ’13, was stellar in moving the ball from flank to flank, looking for an attack channel. Bellwoar continued her tremendous game contribution with several impeccable corner kicks, but the Hyde offense was unfortunately unable to capitalize. Even with a 6-2 shot advantage in the first half for Hyde, MacDuffie was able to catch a flatfooted WolfPack with about ten minutes remaining in the half and claim the lead. After Hyde missed a beautiful corner kick opportunity, MacDuffie counterattacked quickly, finding a 6v3 advantage as the WolfPack midfield was slow to recover. With numbers up and a well-placed shot, Hyde fell behind on the scoreboard even with dominating play.
The second half of play saw total domination by the WolfPack. Bellwoar and Donnelly continued to control the pace of the game with the support of Samantha Frisoli ’14, solidly contributing in nearly every position on the field. Marlena Reeves ’14 amped up her offensive threat while Grace Briggs ’14 continued to look for opportunities in the box and ways to support her teammates from the striker position. The defensive four ofKatherine Hagood ’13, Lauren Maloney ’13, Hannah Peters ’13, and their leader Marcy Altobello ’13 denied MacDuffie any offensive penetration, never allowing the ball to cross half field. Adding to the impressive play was goalie Sarah Gaebe ’15, who found minding the net for the first time after the starting keeper fell to an injury the day prior. Her grit and tenacity inspired her teammates.
Even with such pressure, ball control, and strength in the back, however, the WolfPack never found the back of the net and learned that a momentary lapse in work ethic costs a victory on the playing field, even with superior play the other 99% of the game.
It was a promising start to the season for Hyde and the team looks forward to intensified competition as league play begins this Wednesday, September 19 at home against SENE opponent Lincoln School.