Phoenix Boys Varsity Tops Bradford Christian 6-1

Hyde School: 6 – Bradford Christian: 1

Bradford Christian Academy traveled to bath to play a match on the turf at the Jaye Family Athletic complex.  The weather was seasonably warm and clear with bright sun.

Hyde scored their first goal in the 8th minute on a breakaway goal by Duncan O’Rourke`16James Kellogg`16 scored 6 minutes later when Winger Dylan Budd`16 passed him a nice ball in the box and he dribbled by the keeper and slotted it in.  The score at halftime was 2-0

In the 49th minute of play, Captain Ben Mooney`16 crossed the ball into the box from the right wing.  Their keeper bobbled the ball and Duncan O’Rourke`16 gobbled it up and found the back of the net.  Ben Mooney`16 scored less than one minute later off a James Kellogg`16 assist.  Bradford Christian scored their lone goal in the 65th minute.   Keeper Greg Kidger`17 came off his line to stop a breakaway,  got a piece of the ball, but was not able to maintain possession, allowing  the opponent to regain it and score.  In the 80th minute Evan Kagame`16 crossed the ball in from the right side and found Henry Tao`18 who headed it in, near the far post.   These two paired up again with less than 8 minutes remaining on the clock.  Evans Kagame`16  shot and the keeper got a piece of it, but could not control it.  Henry Tao`18 deftly retrieved it and put it away.  Other notable play came from the strong defensive unit of;  Nolan Lowder`16 at Centerback, Captain Brandon Nelson`16 at Stopper, Kyler Hella`17 at Left Fullback and Brett VanVort`16 at Right Fullback.  In addition, Aidan Bristow`16 had a solid game as a holding Center Midfielder.

This match was a good opportunity for us to work on learning and maintaining positions.  The first half of play was a bit disjointed and somewhat unorganized.  However, the second half was much better in terms of the team passing the ball, maintaining possession through the midfield and the attacking players making productive runs.  The team will be working on ‘switching fields’ and avoiding the ‘offside trap’ in the practice sessions leading up to Saturday’s match with Hoosac School.  That game is scheduled to be played at home at 10:30am on the 26th.  It promises to be a good test for us.


-coach Smith