Hyde School: 1
Lexington Christian Academy: 0
The Semifinal match was played on Saturday on our turf field under sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures. It was a battle from the first kick of the match. Both teams had numerous chances to score. Hyde defensive players; Wondo Shaw’13, Andrew Davis’15, Nabil Eshraghian’13, and Post Grad Sam Mann did a stellar job of helping Keeper Billy Martinez’13 preserve the shut out. The Hyde mid-fielders; Kiefer Cundy’15, Eduardo Gadsden’13, Cole Faulkner’15 and Wes Miller’14 did a good job of maintaining possession of the ball and finding ways to move it forward to strikers, Wilson MacMillan’14 and captain Ethan Morrow. The tension was palpable in the final minutes of the game as the clock ticked down. LCA had a couple of nice opportunities to score, but their efforts were for naught as the Phoenix stood their ground. With less than a minute remaining, the lads worked the ball up the left flank where it went out of bounds deep in LCA’s defensive end. With the clock ticking down toward overtime, Kiefer Cundy’15 whipped a huge throw-in into the box and Wilson MacMillan’14 found the back of the net with 12 seconds left on the clock. With the win we advanced to the finals at Middlesex School in Concord Massachusetts on Sunday.
Hyde School: 2
MacDuffie School: 1
The Championship match was played at Middlesex School in Concord Massachusetts yesterday. The match was played on a natural grass pitch under clear and sunny conditions. The atmosphere was brimming with excitement as there were four championship (class A,B,C,D) and two all-star matches being played in the same day. The best of the best in prep school soccer from across New England were gathered to determine this season’s champions.
The match started with a quick goal from Captain Wondo Shaw’13 off a Kiefer Cundy’15 corner kick. From that point on, the Hyde lads dominated the possession game, but struggled to find the back of the net. Center mid-fielders Eduardo Gadsden’13 and Kiefer Cundy’15 did a great job of keeping the ball in our attacking third of the field, but their keeper made some fantastic saves and kept the score to 1-0 at the half.
MacDuffie came our strong in the second half and had a couple of break-away chances, but defenders; Sam Mann, Wondo Shaw’13, Andrew Davis’15 and Nabil Eshraghain’13 managed the back and thwarted their attacks. However, in the 76th minute, a MacDuffie player went down in the box and was awarded a penalty kick. Keeper Billy Martinez’13 made a terrific save on the PK, but unfortunately, it was poked in by the opposition off the rebound to even the score. The game remained tied at the end of regulation.
The Hyde boys refocused during the break before overtime and once again took the field with determination and poise. They created numerous opportunities to score, but the first overtime expired in a knot. Hyde’s defensive unit weathered a couple advances early in the second overtime period, but managed to move the ball up the field to Captain Ethan Morrow who was streaking toward goal. Morrow laid the ball off to wide open Wilson MacMillan’14 who converted the golden goal to cement the championship win.
These boys had what will be a very memorable season. They faced many challenges on their run to the title. In the end, it was their commitment to playing as a team that created the synergy and strength of character, which allowed them to fulfill their championship potential. They are a special bunch, and coach Plourde and I are very proud of their collective grit, tenacity, and sportsmanship this fall. They represented themselves and our school with class. It was a fitting end to a wonderful season.
WInning Goal in Double Overtime (Video)
NEPSAC Championship Game: First Half
NEPSAC Championship Game: Second Half
NEPSAC Championship Game: Award Ceremony/Group Shots