November 15, 2014
Hyde School 0
Christian Heritage 1
Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Belmont Massachusetts on Saturday to play the semifinal match for the NEPSAC New England Class D Tournament. The game was played on artificial turf under sunny skies and cool temperatures.
Hyde played well in the first half of the match. Senior Captain Kiefer Cundy`15 worked tirelessly with his center midfield counterpart, post graduate Abdibaari Hersi, to move the ball up field. Wingers James Kellogg`16 and James Lee`15 helped in this effort, and were successful in creating some offensive chances for forwards Evans Kagame`16 and Ben Mooney`16. Despite controlling the game in the midfield, and out possessing the opponent, the score at half time was knotted 0-0.
Hyde continued to play well for much of the second period. However, as the game wore on, the opponent increasing applied pressure to the defensive unit consisting of Captain Andrew Davis`15 at centerback, Dow Drukker`15 at stopper, Nolan Lowder`16 at right fullback and David Wu`15at left fullback. These boys did a nice job of keeping shots to a minimum and Captain/keeper Noah Horning`15 kept the few that got through from finding the back of the net. At the end of regulation these evenly matched teams were still tied 0-0.
The first of two possible 5 minute ‘golden goal’ overtime periods resulted in more back and forth play between the two teams. Unfortunately, an offensive player for the opponent found the ball at his foot and was able to chip one over the outstretched reach of our keeper to dash hopes of advancing to the finals. It was an abrupt end to a great season.
Captains, Noah Horning`15, Kiefer Cundy`15, and Andrew Davis`15 did a wonderful job of providing leadership for their team this season. It was a tremendous season in so many ways. This group of boys were able to work together in a way which allowed them to develop synergy, and play the game at a level that few teams could compete with. They won 15 games, tied 2 and lost 1. They did it with class, grit and a competitive spirit.