Boys JV Soccer vs Gould
A hot, sunny afternoon saw the Hyde JV Phoenix take the field against the Gould Huskies for 80 minutes of hard fought soccer. The Huskies caught the Phoenix off guard in the first minute of play. The Hyde defense over-committed and the Gould offense turned on the breakaway speed and a quick shot past the keeper for a fast 1-0 lead. Several minutes later, a foul in the 18 box by goalkeeper Teo Meyerhoff ’14 gave the Huskies a penalty kick and they capitalized on the chance. Hyde was trailing 2-0 early. But instead of rolling over and giving up, the Hyde Phoenix channeled that energy and worked together as a team. Forward Akim Sanni ’15 put together another solid game of soccer, including a few attempts at the net. The Phoenix trailed 2-0 at the half.
Wing midfielders, Aidan Bristow ’16 and Alexy Billon ’14 put together solid and reliable play for most of the game for the JV squad. And the aggressive play of defenders Joey Romo ’15 and Ben Klebe ’14 kept the Phoenix fighting for the next 60 minutes of the game. The second half saw many more chances for the Hyde Phoenix, and with 15 minutes left in the game the Phoenix got their best look. A through pass by Akim Sanni ‘15to a cutting Ben Fusco ’14 gave Ben an open look at the goal. Fusco kept his composure and struck a hard hit ball to the back corner of the cage. The Phoenix celebrated briefly, but then kept the pressure on the Huskies, as they were down only 2-1 with minutes left. A few mental errors and turnovers saw the Phoenix’s chances slip away, a late surge of attack could not crack the Gould defense.
The whistle would seal the game with the score 2-1 in favor of the Huskies. Teo Meyerhoff kept the Phoenix in the game, making many key saves between the pipes. The Hyde Phoenix seemed to find their gears in the last 20 minutes of the game, playing their best soccer of the season so far. They hope to carry the momentum into their next week of practice and when they travel to Berwick on Wednesday.