A Week to Remember….
This week, the Hyde boys JV soccer team had four away games, three of which were on the road. Long trips, questionable shortcuts taken by coach Begly and a sampling of post game food were the main story… that is if you forget about the games! Our record this week was 0-2-1 yet it is clear that the young Phoenix may have found an identity and pride in our travels. Let’s dive in!
The Phoenix JV boys team took on their rival, the Morse shipbuilders under the lights and on the turf. The boys put on a show! Great passing, teamwork and grit led to an impressive 3-0 victory.
The Phoenix started with a bang in the first, inspired by Keeper Thompson Upham Davis and junior leader Bernard He. Both held down the defense for the Phoenix and allowed for quick counter attacks. In the 20th minute, Junior Sailor Xu scored a lovely goal, chipping the ball with his left foot over the keeper. At the half, the Phoenix led 1-0.
The story of the second period was the play of striker Se Jun Kim. Kim scored two goals in the half ( first of his Hyde career ) and the Phoenix held on to win 3-0. A great game and our second victory of the season!
On Tuesday, we traveled to Brunswick to take on our local rival. Coming off a difficult loss at Berwick ( 4-1 ) we were hungry to get back on the field. However, injuries and illness limited us to only 11 players. Junior striker John Westmoreland, a player with serious pace scored a fantastic goal in the 28th minute to tie the game. The Phoenix woke up in the last ten minutes, peppering the net with a variety of shots and crosses. However, we couldn’t break through. A disappointing result, but at least we were finally able to sample the joys of Wendy’s postgame. Frostie for this guy!
On Wednesday we traveled to Gould, a hefty 2 hours away from Bath. It was clear from the opening 5 minutes that we were not ready to play. Again; excuses could be made about injuries and illness but frankly, we did not come out with the energy needed to compete. One bright spot was Thompson Upham Davis, our senior keeper and emerging captain. Upham Davis had 30 saves. I kid you not. Fantastic job and our keeper should be an option to join the varsity down the line.