Boys JV Soccer vs. Henron
A cool Saturday afternoon saw the Hyde JV Phoenix take the field against a strong Hebron Lumberjack opposition. The Phoenix were ready for battle with the help from a few varsity athletes. Hyde came out firing at full speed, moving the ball up and down the field with the Hebron squad. The Lumberjacks would be the first on the board, when a miss-hit goal kick landed right at a Hebron striker. Hebron composed themselves and placed the ball past the keeper to go up 1-0. Hyde would not lose their momentum, and several minutes later received an indirect kick from roughly 20 yards out. Ben Mooney ’16 would hit a rolling ball off of the set piece and place it in the back corner of the net. Hyde would be tied with Hebron 1-1 at the half.
First time goalkeeper, Ben Klebe ’14 would help to keep the Phoenix in the game for the second half. Klebe was aggressive and relentless in the cage. Reliable play in the back field from Wyatt Lichtenger ’14 and Elliot Wang ’14 would also help to keep the Phoenix fighting. The teams battled back and forth for the first twenty minutes, until a loose ball in Hyde’s 18 would find its way into the goal. Sound play from Chris Baldwin ’15 at the left winger and David Wu ’15 at central midfield allowed the Phoenix to keep getting more chances at Hebron’s goal. With minutes left in the game, Hyde would receive a throw in deep in the Hebron defense. The ball bounced off of a few heads and landed at the feet of Akim Sanni ’16 who would strike it into the back of the net. With 2 minutes left to play, the Phoenix were tied 2-2.
Hebron would come back and push up most of their team into Hyde’s half and with seconds winding down had to have a shot. The ball was swung around to the left side to an open midfielder. The Lumberjack hit a ball that would slip past Hyde’s keeper with seconds left on the clock. The whistle would blow with the final score Hyde 2 Hebron 3.
The Hyde JV Phoenix played some of their best soccer of the season against Hebron. Thanks to the varsity players who swung down, the JV squad gained confidence in their own ability and each other. As always, the team is looking forward to working hard and their next match against Fryeburg on Monday.