Wolf Pack V Soccer Shows Grit in Woodstock-Bath Matchup

October 12, 2012

Hyde-Bath – 5

Hyde-Woodstock – 2

In a fiercely contested match up of the Hyde boarding campuses, Hyde-Bath edged Hyde-Woodstock 5-2 in a closely fought battle that the score does not accurately indicate.  After the three hour bus ride to Bath, the Wolfpack found itself slow and lethargic in the opening minutes of the game.  The talented Bath team seized this opportunity as senior striker Jamal Borden beat Woodstock goal keeper Parker Roma ’14 just five minutes into the match to take an early 1-0 lead.  The Bath Phoenix dominated play for the first twenty-five minutes of the opening half, but there was no quit in the Wolfpack.  With about twenty minutes left in the first frame, the Wolfpack finally awoke from its sleep.  Central midfielders Will Davis ’13 and Jake Hedrick ’14 began to combine with strikers Sean Kokdil ’13 and Christian Ejiga ’13 to create some dangerous scoring opportunities.  Davis and Kokdil capitalized on a beautiful give-and-go just outside the box, resulting in a beautiful lefty finish from Will Davis for the equalizer.  The first half ended with both teams seeing scoring chances, but tied at 1.

The second frame proved to be equally exciting.  Bath’s talented Borden struck again about ten minutes into the second half exploiting a communication lapse in the Woodstock backline.  Woodstock, showing its tenacity and grit, equalized ten minutes later off senior central defender Graham Davidson’s trademark throw-in.  Davidson’s long throw bounced around in the box and ultimately fell to the feet of Jake Hedrick, who volleyed home a low line-drive to know the score at 2.  Just minutes later, Woodstock’s Christian Ejiga found himself one-on-one with the goalie and, after some “shaking and baking,” touched the ball past the keeper, but struck the left post and the ball was ultimately cleared away.  Unfortunately, it was all downhill from there for the Wolfpack.  With just thirteen minutes remaining, Borden finished his hat-trick on the day off a beautiful header.  The Wolfpack defense, pressing to find the equalizer, was exploited as it sent numbers forward.  While the final score line read 5-2, the match was much closer than the score indicates.  Congratulations to both teams for a very tenacious game of soccer.

The Wolfpack, 6-4, looks to rebound from an emotional loss when it travels to the Dexter School in Brookline, Massachusetts tomorrow, Saturday, October 13th for a 1:30pm start time.