Friday October 9th, 2015
Hyde v. St. Andrews
Heavy rain and strong winds confronted Boys Varsity Soccer on Friday as the team began its match against St. Andrews. The Wolfpack anticipated needing to play a defensively heavy game but came out strong and was able to play the ball in the offensive end. The boys ran hard, pressured the ball, and connected passes; results were seen almost immediately. Ten minutes into the match, Richard Tang ‘16 made a pass to Jerry Wang ‘16 who fought through the crowded goal box to score the first goal of the game. The supporters on the sideline erupted with cheers as the team celebrated on the field and bench. The Wolfpack continued to play tough but St. Andrews managed to answer the goal with one of its own only a few minutes later. By the end of the half, St. Andrews had scored once more, leaving Hyde trailing 1-3 as the boys took to the sideline.
The second half proved to be a more difficult undertaking, with a midfield breakdown forcing the defense to work overtime throughout the forty minutes. Anthony Martocchio ‘16, Aaron Petion ‘17, Markus Rhyner ‘16, Aaron Cao ‘16, and Altug Yilmaz ‘19 deserve a great deal of credit for holding the opposition off for so long. Their effort was impressive but in the last eight minutes, the lack of support from other positions on the field finally caught up with the Wolfpack. St. Andrews took advantage of the depleted team and scored three more times by the end of the match.
Although the final score read 1-6, this does not reflect the tremendous game played by Rodney Ray ‘17 in net. Throughout the match, Ray displayed his growing understanding of the position, coming out of the goal to challenge near-breakaway situations and holding his ground to prepare for farther shots. His quick footwork and fast hands allowed him to make many big saves that kept Hyde competitive on the scoreboard. Ray continues to surprise and impress; he is a solid anchor in the defensive end and his coaches and teammates are excited to see what the rest of the season holds for him.
To prepare for their Wednesday away match against Dexter, the boys will practice challenging 50/50 balls, quicker game transition, but will primarily focus on building their fitness. Go Wolfpack!