Solid Start for Boys Varsity Soccer at Berwick Jamboree

Berwick Jamboree Result:

Hyde School: 1;  Winchendon: 0
Hyde School: 1;  Tilton: 1
Hyde School: 1;  Berwick: 0 

Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to South Berwick Maine to participate in the Annual Berwick Jamboree on Saturday.  The format for the Jamboree consisted of three 44 minute games.

Hyde played Winchendon first on a natural grass pitch.  Hyde dominated the possession game for much of the first half, but the score was knotted at 0-0 at the break.   Play in the second was much the same with the Hyde boys creating multiple scoring chances.  Wilson MacMillan ’14 scored the only goal of the short game off a Kiefer Cundy ’15 feed with just over six minutes remaining on the clock.

Hyde faced off against Tilton next.  This game was also played on grass.   Tilton played a kick and run style of soccer from the first whistle.  Hyde’s defensive unit struggled to adjust to this style of play initially and went down a goal in the 2nd minute.  After restarting with the ball, they quickly switched momentum and worked to maintain possession by stringing passes together through the midfield and up to the attacking players.  They had numerous scoring opportunities, but were still down a goal at the half.  With five minutes remaining in the game, Zack Heatley ’14 was fouled in the box, resulting in a penalty kick.  Kiefer Cundy ’15 converted to tie the match.

Hyde squared off against the skilled Berwick team on their turf field for the final match of the day.  The two teams matched up well with scoring chances for both teams throughout the game.  Center back Andrew Davis ’15 did a nice job of hampering their attacking efforts, as did  keeper Noah Horning ’14 who made a beautiful diving save to keep the score 0-0 at the half.   The second half was much the same, with back and forth play and numerous scoring chances by both teams.  With less than four minutes remaining, Wes Miller ’14 sent a magnificent flighted cross in from the right wing that Cole Faulkner ’15 found the back of the net with on a perfectly placed full volley shot.

 On the whole, it was a good day of soccer for the Hyde squad.  They  scored 3 goals on the attacking side of things, and gave up only 1 goal defensively.  They showed poise and determination and represented their school well with good sportsmanship.  A solid start.  The next contest will be Friday against Putnam Science Academy on the turf field at our sister school in Woodstock Connecticut.