Hyde School: 3
Putnam Science: 1
Hyde School: 0
Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Putnam Connecticut this past Friday to play Putnam Science Academy. The match was played on their natural grass pitch under cloudy skies.
Hyde captain Wilson MacMillan ‘14 started the scoring for Hyde on a perfectly placed free kick in the 5thminute of play. Putnam Science had a few countering opportunities, but strong defending by centerback Andrew Davis ‘15 and stopper Dow Drukker ‘15 thwarted attacks down the middle of the field. Hyde moved the ball well; fullbacks Brian Edwards ‘14 and Eric Stone ‘15 did a great job of stopping attacking players and distributing the ball out to flanking players Cole Faulkner ‘15 and Wes Miller ‘14. Late in the first half, scrappy play by forward Kienan Brown ’16 resulted in a second goal when he stripped the ball from the keeper and put it in the back of the net.
Putnam Science countered in the 3rd minute of play of the second half to bring the score to 2-1. However, center midfielders Kiefer Cundy`15 and Wilson MacMillan`14 kept up the pressure, possessing the ball through the middle and attacking thirds of the field. They created numerous scoring chances both for themselves and with nicely played through-balls to the strikers. In the 51st minute of play, MacMillan`14 delivered again with a shot to the upper corner of the goal.
After spending the night as guests on the Woodstock campus of Hyde School, the squad traveled to nearby Thompson to compete against Marianapolis Prep. The game was played on their natural grass pitch under sunny skies with moderate southwest winds.
The Hyde players started the game a bit flat, taking a while to adjust to the field conditions and to work through the inevitable tightness that comes from playing back to back games. After settling into their game, they managed to create some good scoring chances, but none that resulted in goals. With just over 18 minutes remaining in the half, Marianapolis scored the only goal of the match on a corner kick.
There was much back and forth play in the second half with both teams having numerous chances to score. The Hyde boys struggled at times to maintain composure and rushed their play rather than settling down and doing what had worked so well for them the previous day. Consequently, the clock ran out before they were able to even the score.
All in all, it was a solid road trip. Though it would have been nice to come away with two wins, the team played well against two quality clubs. It afforded us an opportunity to test our resolve and showed us some areas of our game that we need to work on. The next contest will be on the turf field at home on Wednesday the 18th at 3:00 against Kents Hill School.