Saturday October 17th, 2015
Hyde v. Williams
On a crisp Fall Saturday, Boys Varsity Soccer competed against Williams on Hyde’s turf field, supported by relatives on campus for Family Weekend. The team came out strong and to the excitement of Hyde coaches, played a cohesive game as one unit. In the past, the Wolfpack struggled to play as a team on the field and often relied on individual skills to carry the group. For the first time, the boys consistently connected passes and generated creative play throughout the game, resulting in an enjoyable match to spectate. The first half brought two goals scored by Jonathan Bell ‘17, one from a direct kick at the top of the goal box that soared over the goalie’s head, and the other off of a well-delivered ball from Anthony Martocchio ‘16 in the back line. With the score at 2-0 by the end of the half, the coaches praised the teams’ play in executing skills learned in practice and its success in playing as a team.
The second half brought another goal by Bell ‘17, who expertly dribbled through many defenders then took a strategic touch to pass the aggressive goaltender, scoring with his weak foot. Feeling the pressure, Williams retaliated by scoring its first goal off of a rebound that was not cleared out of the defensive area, then scoring once more less than two minutes later. Rodney Ray ‘17 held the lead by making clutch saves in goal as the time wound down and was able to hold off the opposing attackers up until the end of the match. Other notable players include Aaron Petion ‘17 and Ian White ‘18 who stepped to and fought hard for every ball. Hyde concluded the game with a win 3-2, adjusting its season record to 3-5.
The Wolfpack will continue to practice hard in preparation for its upcoming game against the Hyde School in Bath, ME. The desire to beat the other Hyde School will certainly create for a competitive atmosphere and exciting match!
Wednesday October 14th, 2015
Hyde v. Dexter
The Wolfpack traveled to Dexter on Wednesday yearning for another win. Unfortunately, the boys began the game flat-footed after the lengthy trip and allowed Dexter to score its first goal within the first thirty seconds of the match. Fueled by the quick goal, Hyde began pushing harder and found many opportunities in the offensive end. After some time, the Wolfpack was awarded a free kick near the midfield area. Altug Yilmaz ‘19 located teammates near the far post of Dexter’s goal then delivered the ball with great accuracy. Jonathan Bell ‘17 received then settled the ball and quickly released it into the back of the net, tying the game 1-1. The boys continued to compete throughout the half but were unable to add any more points to the scoreboard. Dexter scored once more before the end of the first forty minutes, leaving Hyde trailing 1-2.
A new Hyde team stepped onto the field at the start of the second half with a greater sense of urgency. Much of the half was played in the offensive zone and a huge amount of pressure was put on the Dexter team. A ball served into the goal box by Kris Carroll ‘16 was received by Yilmaz ‘19 in front of the goal, who fought through a crowd of players to score the team’s second goal of the game. Hyde celebrated the tie score, but quickly gave up another goal to Dexter. Determined to stay competitive, Eamonn Joyce ‘16 found himself with a passing opportunity in the attacking half and split the defense with a through-ball that sent Bell ‘17 running. Bell caught up with the ball and slipped it past the goalie. Again, the excitement of a goal was short-lived as Dexter retaliated and added another point to the scoreboard itself. With sixteen minutes left in the match, Markus Rhyner ‘16 gave the ball to Joyce ‘16 who, still pumped full of adrenaline from assisting his first goal, hustled past the defense and scored his first goal. Unfortunately, the remaining ten minutes posed difficult for the Wolfpack. As exhaustion took its toll, players struggled to transition from offense to defense and allowed Dexter to settle the ball and penetrate gaps. The match concluded with a disappointing loss of 4-6, but the earlier parts of the game showed the boys what they are capable of on the field.
Although the improvement of skills and strategic understanding could be seen on the field, the most notable element of growth was observed and felt during the halftime talk. The team truly came together and discussed what needed to be done in order to emerge victorious. Spirits were high and negative comments were transformed into constructive advice, something the team often struggled to do. The positive outlook spanned the team and camaraderie was rampant.
The Wolfpack looks forward to its match against Williams on its home turf on Saturday for Family Weekend. The team will continue to work on constructive criticism and transitions on the field.