Heartbreak at Hebron for Phoenix Boys JV Soccer

Hyde Boys Varsity Soccer vs Hebron

Hyde: 1
Hebron: 2

On Wednesday afternoon, the Boys JV Soccer team traveled to Hebron, Maine for their first round play-off game against the Hebron Academy Lumberjacks.  This would be the third time that the Phoenix and Lumberjacks would meet on the pitch.  Hyde came out eager and ready to play, while Hebron may have felt over-confident defeating the Phoenix twice already (8-0 and 6-0).  Solid midfield play from senior Cooper Platt ’15 and the always reliable backfield of Chris Lutts ’15 and Jesse Higgins ’16 gave the Phoenix the possession and the distribution to keep the Phoenix fighting all game.  The teams would battle for the first 40, and a couple of shots off the wood-work would keep the game tied at zero at the half.

The second half of soccer would have a much different story line.  Roughly 15 minutes into the second half, a miss cleared ball fell to the feet of the Hebron attack.  Keeper Greg Kidger ’17 would make some great saves on the day, but he wouldn’t be as fortunate this time, and Hebron capitalized on their chance.  Several minutes later, a ball over the top found attackman Michael Harris ’15 in the box.  Harris ’15 would be able to cause enough havoc and panic in the box that Hebron would put the ball in their own net.  The game would be tied 1-1 with 20 minutes to play.

But alas, the Lumberjacks would find themselves with another chance on the slippery conditions.  Hebron would strike a ball off the post and into the net for the lead.  But Hyde did not roll over, and had a great chance to equalize just minutes later.  A ball headed on from Evans Kagame ’16 gave forward Harris ’15 a one-on-one with the Hebron goalie.  A trailing Hebron defender would make a tackle on Harris ’15 from behind just inside the penalty box, but no call would be made despite the aggressive tackle.  This would be Hyde’s last true chance at goal.  The Lumberjacks would hold onto their 2-1 lead.

The last game of the season would prove to be the JV Boys’ best of the season, ending a true high-note.  Newcomers Harris ’15 and Aidan Sperry ’15 would re-energize the team, and were great additions to the core group of Higgins ’16, He ’17, Hella ’17, O’Rourke ’16, Platt ’15, Leonard ’16, Lutts ’15, Kidger ’17, Kagame ’16, and Van Vort ’16.  The team has come a long way from August, and although the road was bumpy, we peaked at the right time.  The training, learning, development, and fun throughout the season have given way to some rising stars that will be sure to make an impact on future teams.