Hyde School: 5
Putnam Science: 0
Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Woodstock Connecticut on Friday to play two matches. Friday afternoon they had a match with Putnam Science Academy. This match was played on the turf on the Hyde School campus. This was followed by a Saturday contest on natural grass at Marianapolis Prep in Thompson Connecticut.
The first twenty minutes of the match consisted of much back and forth play. Captain Kiefer Cundy`15 score the first goal of the regular season off a nice pass from newcomer James Kellogg`16. The score at the half was 1-0. Dylan Budd`16 had a quick goal at the start of the second half. Gatouch Pan`17 had the assist. Full-backs David Wu`15 and Nolan Lowder`16 did a nice job of keeping the ball on the feet of the midfielders by connecting passes forward. In the 71st minute of play, post grad Abdibaari Hersi was fouled outside the box. Captain Andrew Davis`15 took the free kick and converted for the goal to make it 3-0. Two minutes later James Lee`15 connected with Kiefer Cundy`15 for another goal. Late in the match Max Kaplan`15 foundJames Kellogg`16 who scored. Notable play came from keeper Noah Horning`15 who kept the slate clean by making a brilliant diving save midway through the second half.
Hyde School: 4
After a nourishing breakfast in the Woodstock dining hall, the team made the short drive to Marianapolis Prep’s field. From the first whistle, the Hyde boys focused on maintaining possession and passing the ball with purpose. There were some nice opportunities on goal early in the match for both teams. In the 18th minute post graduate Abdibaari Hersi connected with Kiefer Cundy`15 for the first goal. Cundy figured in the next goal when he passed it to James Kellogg`16 who scored a nice one. The score at halftime was 2-0. Gatouch Pan`17 was fouled six minutes into the second half. Abdibaari Hersi scored on the resulting free kick. In the 54th minute Gatouch Pan`17 scored a header goal off a Kiefer Cundy`15 throw-in.
This was a great start to the season for the Phoenix. The boys really started to gel as a team. Much of this can be attributed to the committed group of returning players who have done a nice job of mentoring the new players. The coaches will focus on tightening up a couple of things in the two days of practice before the home match on Wednesday the 17th with the Kents Hill school.