Boys JV Soccer vs Gould
A cloudy, cold day during Fall Family Weekend brought the Gould Academy Huskies to Bath, Maine to take on the Hyde Phoenix for their second meeting of JV boys soccer. Fresh out of their seminars and onto the field, the JV Phoenix came out full speed at the start of the game. It wasn’t long after the aggressive start that the Phoenix found themselves in the Huskies’ backfield. Forward Akim Sanni ’15 found himself with an opening towards goal. Sanni took a few touches towards the cage and fired a shot past the Gould keeper to put the Phoenix up 1-0 just 8 minutes into the match. After the celebration, Hyde regained their composure and were back to work. Several minutes of play up and down the pitch later, the JV Phoenix would fly high again. A nicely placed through ball to Burke Riley ’15 roughly 25 yards away from net, gave Hyde the chance to go up two. Riley took a few touches on the ball from the right side of the field, and eventually slotted a ball with the left foot past the Huskies’ goalkeeper. Hyde went up 2-0 with 20 minutes left to play in the first half. The always reliable defense of Alec Chapman ’17, Chris Lutts ’15, and David Wu ’15would not allow the Huskies to even get a sniff at goal. Hyde finished the half strong up 2-0.
The Phoenix were matched in their aggressiveness for the start of the second half. Gould Academy came out ready to play hard with the JV soccer squad. Ben Fusco ’14 helped counter the aggressive play of the Huskies by shutting down their offense, as well as putting together some offense of his own. The tides would turn a bit when Hyde was called for a foul in the 18 yard box, and a penalty shot was given. Teo Meyerhoff ’14would make many great saves throughout the day, but he could not stop the penalty shot from the line, and Gould would only trial by one with 25 minutes left. But Hyde would keep their composure for the remaining time. Danny Shaw-Vicente ’15 and Ben Klebe ’14 would give solid minutes on the field, and excellent play from Aidan Bristow ’16 at the left midfield position ensured that Gould would not have a chance at the tie. The final buzzer would reluctantly sound, and the scoreboard read 2-1 in favor of the Hyde Phoenix.
The team would walk up and ring the bell together, and end the regular season with the sound of victory echoing in their ears. The JV boys have come an amazing distance from the start of the season just 9 weeks ago. The team looks forward to continuing to play in the MAISAD playoffs. Hyde will travel to Hebron Academy to face the Lumberjacks on Wednesday, October 30th.