Boys Junior Varsity Soccer vs Putnam Science Academy 10/8/14
Loss 7-0; Season Record 0-0-6
The boys junior varsity team lost 7-0 to Putnam Science Academy on Wednesday 8, October. Playing at home, the Wolfpack hoped to demonstrate its improvement this season in the rematch against the Mustangs’ experienced squad. Although the Mustangs exploited its athletic advantage by attacking Hyde’s defensive flanks, leading to four goals in the first half, Hyde’s offense clearly had improved. Leo Wang ’15, Jerry Wang ’16, and Jason Ruan ’17 were able to link passes and through balls behind Putnam Science’s outside backs and put pressure on the opposition. Andrew Kim ’16had his finest game of the season; once he took position at the outside midfield, the Mustangs could not find a way past him. Our newest arrival, Devon Churchill ’17, showed promise for the Wolfpack’s upcoming annual match at Hyde-Bath on Saturday 18, October.
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer at Marianaopolis 9/29/14
Loss 0-1; Season Record 0-0-5
Hyde was defeated 0-1 by Marianopolis on Monday 29, September when the Knights were able to capitalize on a defensive miscommunication early in the second half. Hyde had its best performance this year, dominating possession and creating multiple shots on goal from Jerry Wang ’16 and King Jin ’17. The boys showed excellent toughness, winning possession of loose balls and working hard to double-team opposing attackers. Center-back, Aaron Cao ’16, and keeper, Sean McKinley ’16, had excellent games. Aaron Petion ’17 entered into the offense in the second half and showed great field awareness and spacing. The loss was heart-breaking for the boys, whose effort and play should have earned a better outcome. Needless to say, the boys will be working on their finishing technique in upcoming practices.
Boys Junior Varsity Soccer at Portsmouth Abbey 9/23/14
Loss 0-3; Season Record 0-0-4
On Wednesday 23, September, the Wolfpack traveled to coastal Rhode Island in hopes of earning its first victory of the season but, after falling behind 0-1 in the first half, the Wolfpack allowed Portsmouth Abbey to extend its lead and win 0-3. Nevertheless, the game marked a turning point in the season as players have settled into roles, improved their understanding of team play, and competed confidently against their opponents. This game showcased evenly matched teams, and were it not for a penalty kick and late game strategy the Wolfpack might have pulled even. Sean McKinely ’16 delivered excellent punts to create offensive chances for fellow captain, Leo Wang ’15. Outside midfielder, Markus Rhyner ’17, used his speed to stymie Abbey’s attackers and help transition the Wolfpack into its offense. The Wolfpack looks forward to its rematch agains Marianapolis on Monday 29, October.