Phoenix Boys Varsity Soccer at the Berwick Jamboree

Hyde School: 0 – Holderness: 2
Hyde School: 0 –Berwick: 1                                 
Hyde School: 0 –Tilton: 2

Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to South Berwick Maine for the annual Berwick Jamboree on Saturday.  They played three 40 minute scrimmage matches over the course of the sunny and warm afternoon.

Hyde School: 0 – Holderness: 2

The first match was played on natural grass against Holderness School.  They scored an early goal in the 3rd minute and a second in the 9th minute.  The Hyde squad shook it off and worked hard for the remainder of the game, keeping Holderness scoreless until the conclusion of the contest.  Holderness was a strong team that tested the Hyde Defensive unit consisting of; Greg Kidger`17 at Keeper, Nolan Lowder`16 at Center Back, Brandon Nelson`16 at Stopper, Kyler Hella`17 at Left Fullback and Brett Van Vort`16 at Right Fullback.

Hyde School: 0 –Berwick: 1

The second match was played against Berwick on their turf field.  These two teams matched up well against each other.  By this time, the Hyde boys had started to settle into their positions and developed some useful attacking ball movement.  Play went back and forth with both having scoring chances.   Hyde’s Greg Kidger`17 kept the slate clean for the first half, making some athletic saves.
Berwick scored their only goal 2 minutes into the second half.  Hyde center Midfielders James Kellogg`16 and Dylan Budd`16 did a nice job of maintaining possession and creating scoring opportunities with Forwards James Lee`16 and Evans Kagame`16.  At one point it looked like Ben Mooney`16 would score the equalizer with a smartly driven header inside the 18 yard box, but it rung the crossbar instead.

Hyde School: 0 –Tilton: 2

The third and final match of the afternoon was played on natural grass with the Tilton School.  The ball was in the defensive end of Hyde’s field for most of the first half of play, which tested a fatigued but tenacious Phoenix squad.   Seniors Brandon Nelson`16 , Nolan Lowder`16 and Jesse Higgins`16  did a commendable job of weathering the strong offensive attacks.  Things broke down briefly and Tilton scored two quick goals in the last 3 minutes of the first half.  The Hyde boys managed a few strong offensive attacks in the second half of the game, but to no avail.

All in all, it was a solid day for the team.  Though  we didn’t win any games, it was our first opportunity to experience match play against formidable opponents.  Both coach Newberg and I felt that the boys showed some important traits common to successful Hyde teams.   They worked hard for the full duration of each match, demonstrated good sportsmanship, supported and challenged each other in a productive manner and came away feeling like they learned something that can propel them forward.  We have a week of practice to prepare for our first regular season game against Kents Hill School, which will take place at home on Saturday the 19th at 3:30pm.

Coach Smith