Phoenix Girls Varsity Soccer @ Berwick Jamboree

 Saturday September 12th at the Berwick Jamboree

Hyde School: 0 – Holderness: 4
 Hyde School: 0 –Berwick: 3                                 
 Hyde School: 1 –Tilton: 3

On Saturday afternoon Hyde Girls  Varsity Soccer along with Boys Varsity Soccer traveled down to South Berwick, ME for our annual Berwick Jamboree.   The girls faced three strong opponents in back to back 40 minute games through the afternoon.

Hyde School: 0 – Holderness: 4

It was a slow start for Hyde who faced Holderness, a team from New Hampshire, in their first match of the day.   From kick-off Hyde was on their heels in the first half and Holderness took advantage offensively.  Holderness took a lot of early shots on Keeper Diamond Brown ’16 and were able to sneak one past in the 7th minute of play.  Sweeper Kelsey Talbutt ’16 worked to re-group her defense but in the 16th minute Holderness put another in the back of the net.  In the second half Hyde picked up their intensity but lost momentum in the 17th and 18th minute when Holderness scored back to back goals.  Holderness was certainly the toughest opponent Hyde saw in the afternoon and the girls knew they needed to elevate their level of play significantly in their next two games.

Hyde School: 0 –Berwick: 3

The second match was played against Berwick, the home team.   Early in the first half, a breakdown in communication amongst the Hyde defense allowed for Berwick to score an easy goal.  Down by one only two minutes in put the pressure on Hyde’s offense  to step it up.  Strikers Lilli Allen ’17 and Ida Mae Danforth ’18 hustled to every ball in the offensive third of the field and worked to be targets for their midfielders.  Despite some opportunities up top, Berwick scored 2 quick goals before the half.   In the second half Hyde’s defense, particularly defender Cherry Weng ’17, shut down Berwick’s offensive attempts and kept them to a scoreless half.  While Hyde had more offensive attacks the were unable to put the ball in the back of the net.

Hyde School: 1 –Tilton: 3

The third and final match of the afternoon was played against Tilton on the turf field.  This was Hyde’s best showing of the day by far and really demonstrated the level of play that they are capable of attaining.  From the whistle the midfield possessed and worked with their strikers to create great ball movement in Tilton’s defensive third.  Center midfielders Jill Tolman ’16 and Alex Bassinger ’17 controlled the center of the field well giving Hyde the momentum.  On a quick transition, Tilton scored in the 7th minute but Hyde refused to let that deflate them and continued to work the ball in their half.  In the second half although Tilton scored in the 5th minutes, Hyde answered when Tolman collected a ball in the 18 off of a throw-in and snuck a nice shot in near post.   It was a well-deserved goal by Tolman who left it all on the field throughout the entire day.  They play continued to be back and forth but as a result of some pulls and strains that put some girls on the bench, Tilton applied the pressure in Hyde’s defensive half and scored one last goal before the final whistle.  Emma Levensohn ’17 worked the entire game at defense and shut down a number of Tilton opportunities and Willow Beavis ’17 worked tirelessly

Despite going 0-3 for the afternoon, Hyde finished strong in their third match and proved they could play with some tough competitors.  Hyde GVS has definitely seen some improvement from each of their players and they walked away having learned a little bit more about themselves and each other as soccer players.  This upcoming week Hyde will return to the practice field to prepare for their home opener at 1:00 on Saturday September 19th against St. Andrews from Rhode Island.  Hope to see you all there!

Coach Lobozzo