Hyde School: 1
Hebron Academy: 1
Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Hebron Maine to play a match against the Hebron Lumberjacks on their natural grass field. The game was played under clear skies and warm temperatures.
The intensity of this game was palpable from the first touch of the ball. These two teams have a history of close matches with physical play. Last season Hyde played them to a 3-3 tie on their field, and lost to them at home 3-4. The last time these teams squared off was at the end of last season in the finals for the MAISAD tournament. Hebron scored in the 4th overtime period to win 0-1 and take the title.
The Hyde squad came out a little flat footed after the bus ride. Hebron had multiple scoring chances in the early part of the game, but keeper Noah Horning`15 made some fantastic saves and kept the ball out of the net. After the initial ten minutes of play, the Phoenix settled into their rhythm and started maintaining possession and moving the ball forward. In the 29th minute an indirect free kick was awarded for a hard tackle just outside the box. Kiefer Cundy`15 scored a pretty goal that he shot over the top of the wall and just under the upper cross bar of the goal. Wilson MacMillan`14 had the assist. Hebron responded by raising the intensity and moving the ball well through the midfield. Hyde’s defensive unit consisting of centerback, Andrew Davis`15, stopper Dow Drukker`15, Eric Stone`15 at left back and Zack Heatley`14 at right back, did a commendable job of hampering their offensive attacks. The score at the half was 1-0.
Tenacious play by both teams continued in the second half. As the half wore on and the score remained at 1-0, the play became a notch more physical and a bit frenzied at times. In the 65th minute, Hebron scored the equalizer on a penalty kick, the result of their player being fouled while going up for a header, just inside the box. With the score knotted, both teams dug deep and pushed harder. Both of Hyde’s strikers; Aidan Dorvee`15 and Cole Faulkner`15 had some solid chances on goal, but their keeper didn’t allow the ball in. Other notable play came from Wes Miller`14 at right outside midfielder, and Ben Mooney`16 who had a great second half at left outside midfield. Our next match is Wednesday the 9th at Exeter Academy against Dublin School.