Hyde School: 1 – Hoosac School: 3
Hoosac School traveled from Hoosick Falls New York to Bath for a match on Saturday. The contest was played on a natural grass pitch under warm clear conditions.
There was much back and forth play at the start of the game. In the 14th minute Hyde was awarded a Penalty Kick which James Kellogg`16 scored on to put the Phoenix up 1-0. The nature and tenor of the game was high paced and very physical for much of the remainder of the first half. The officials cited numerous fouls against Hoosac early on. In the 24th minute, their Head Coach received a Yellow Card related to his questioning of a call. The opponent outshot the Phoenix in the first half and ultimately found the back of the net in the 43rd minute to tie it 1-1.
The intense physical play continued during the second half. One of Hoosac’s captains received a red card and was required to leave the game in the 67th minute. Less than 2 minutes later, Hoosac scored to go ahead 2-1. Again, possession went back and forth, but the opponent continued to out shoot Hyde. In the 79th minute, Hoosac’s Head Coach was carded again, requiring him to leave the field of play. Near the end of the match, Hyde had a couple of decent scoring chances, but were unable to tie it. Hoosac scored their third goal with just under 8 minutes remaining. Shortly after that, Hoosac’s other captain was booked with a Red Card and ejected. Noteworthy play came from many in this game, including; Captain Brandon Nelson`16 for his gritty determination at Stopper, Nolan Lowder`16 for his tenacity and decision making at Centerback and Brett Van Vort`16 for his toughness and courage at Right Fullback.
This was a tough defeat given that we started with a lead and had chances to tie it after they went ahead. However, it was an important test for the team. Relative to hard work, sportsmanship, and toughness, they passed the test. In regards to composure and teamwork, they demonstrated a need for improvement. When faced with a physically aggressive team that also possess significant skill, we need to be less frantic, maintain possession and work to stay in position.
Our next contest with be with High Mowing School, to be played at a neutral site on the campus of Exeter Academy on Wednesday September 30th at 3:00pm.