November 12, 2014
Hyde School 1
Bancroft School 0
The Bancroft School traveled from Worcester Massachusetts on Wednesday to Bath for the class D quarterfinal match of the New England NEPSAC Tournament. The game was played on the turf field under overcast skies and moderate temperatures.
Both teams played with the intensity one would expect of post season play. However, Hyde struggled to find their offensive stride in the first half. Bancroft School had strong defensive players who successfully thwarted attacking runs. Likewise, the Hyde defense was equally up to the task. Strong play from Centerback/Captain Andrew Davis`15, Stopper Dow Drukker`15, Nolan Lowder`16 at left fullback and Brandon Nelson`16 at right fullback, kept the game even. The score at half time was 0-0.
Some tactical changes in the second half resulted in more chances on goal for Hyde. James Lee`15 moved to left winger and Dylan Budd`16 shifted to right winger. They worked with center midfielders; Captain Kiefer Cundy`15 and post graduate Abdibaari Hersi, to move the ball forward to strikers Ben Mooney`16 and James Kellogg`16. By maintaining possession, and better distributing the ball, they were more successful in creating attacking runs. This kept the Bancroft defense on their heels. In the 59th minute, Evans Kagame`16, playing striker, was fouled going up for a header. A free kick was awarded just inside the half, slightly left of center. Andrew Davis`15 lofted the kick deep into the box and connected with Kiefer Cundy`15 who headed it into the goal. Unfortunately, the goal was called back due an off-sides call. In the 71st minute Andrew Davis`15 took a throw-in deep in the offensive third of field, on the left side. The ball was headed out by a Bancroft defender and ultimately found its way to the feet of Brandon Nelson`16 who was 15 yards outside the box to the right. Nelson`16 crossed it back into the box. Kiefer Cundy`15 took it off the bounce, and shot into the back of the net. The Hyde lads locked down the defense and preserved the lead to win the match.
The team will play #4 seed Christian Heritage School in the semi-final game on Saturday. That match will be played at Belmont Hill School in Belmont Massachusetts at 2:00pm. It promises to be a good match.