It was a cool, cloudy day in Woodstock, Connecticut when the JV Boys Soccer team took to the field to square up against their friendly rival Hyde Wolfpack. The team was fired up and ready to play. The JV boys came out aggressive, running through 50-50 balls and chasing down Woodstock defenders. The Phoenix dominated play, possessing the ball in the Wolfpack’s defensive end for the majority of the first half. Roughly 15 minutes into the game, the Phoenix found themselves in the Wolfpack’s 18 yard box. Akim Sanni ’15 made some clever moves in the box and would eventually scrum the ball into the back of the net. The JV Phoenix took their first lead in a game of the season and did not look back. Five minutes later, Akim Sanni would put his name in the score book again. Sanni trapped the ball inside the 18 and slammed one past the wolf pack keeper to put the Phoenix up 2-0. With about 15 minutes left in the first, the Phoenix received a free kick from 40 yards out. Alec Chapman ’17 placed a nice ball that landed at the feet of Jeremy Jing ’17, who composed himself at the top of the 18. Jing took a touch and from 12 yards struck a ball that would hit the post and go in. The Hyde Phoenix would lead at half time 3-0.
The defense of David Wu ’15, Lawson Lin ’15, Chris Lutts ’15, and Alec Chapman ’17 in the back field would continue to shine in the second half. With a short bench, these defenders would see all 80 minutes of play, and allowed only a handful of shots on net. Newcomer Burke Riley ’15 played solid in his first game alongside James Lee ’15 at their midfield positions. Both gave major minutes to the Hyde cause. The Wolfpack would get their best chance of the afternoon, when an accidental handball in the box lead to a penalty kick. The shot was hit to the left side of the cage, where Evan Davis ’17 made the initial stop, but he couldn’t quiet hold onto the ball and it found its way across the line. The Phoenix held their composure through the sloppy play of the second half. The play of the game would go up and down the field, but the Wolfpack would never sniff the goal again. And with minutes feeling like days, the Phoenix held onto their lead and successfully closed out their first win of the season.
The whistle would blow with the final score Woodstock 1 – Bath 3. The victory bell was sounded for the first time later that night. The JV Phoenix hope to ride the positive momentum into their last two regular season match ups against Kent’s Hill and Gould Academy.