Hyde School Girls Varsity Soccer
September 7, 2013
On Saturday, September 7th the Phoenix traveled to Berwick to participate in the annual pre-season Berwick Jamboree. This year the participants included Tilton, Winchendon and host’s Berwick Academy.
With little time to warm up, the team took to the field with enthusiasm and focus and played well against a historically tough team. Mid-fielders Carolyn Moore ’14 and Cailin Darling ’14 were able to control the ball and generate several offensive opportunities. A strong defense was led by Emma Leonard ’14 who has assumed a new position on this year’s team. Despite their efforts, the game remained scoreless and ended in a draw.
The second game was a test of strategy as the Phoenix faced a much stronger Winchendon squad. After an initial carry by a Winchendon striker, it was obvious our opponents had some highly skilled players that would be tough to shut down. Hope Stinson ’14 did her best against several break-aways but ultimately let in two goals early in the first half before the defense began to organize. Winchendon continued to dominate and never allowed the Phoenix to generate scoring opportunities.
The final game of the day was against the hosting team Berwick. The Phoenix were still on their heels and had difficulty organizing on defense. Hope Stinson ’14 played an absolutely amazing first half saving several difficult shots. She came hard off her line shutting down repeated one on one attempts by Berwick strikers. Julia Jackson ’14 worked with other mid-fielders to counter, but by the end of the first half, they had only carried it into the opponents end a few times. After reorganizing the formation, the Phoenix fought hard in the second half and put an end to the shooting. The game ended in a draw.
The players of the day were clear in goalkeeper Hope Stinson ’14 and Sonya Kobayashi ’14 on defense. The two put in a tremendous effort and showed clear determination and will. Overall, it was a solid day and great way to gauge where focus needs to be put during practices.