Hyde School: 4 – Dublin School: 1
Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Epping New Hampshire to play a neutral site game with Dublin School on Wednesday. The match was played on an artificial turf pitch under mostly sunny skies and warm temperatures.
The Phoenix scored their first goal in the 12th minute on a corner kick taken by Duncan O’Rourke`16. Captain Ben Mooney`16 got a piece of the incoming ball, which deflected to the feet of Henry Tao`18 who deftly found the back of the net. In the 40th minute, James Kellogg`16 took a long free kick from the right side. He found Ben Mooney`16 who scored from the far post on a header. Just 4 minutes later James Kellogg`16 scored an unassisted goal from the left side to make it 3-0 at halftime.
In the 53rd minute Henry Tao`18 scored his second goal on a nice Adam Frankel`17 through ball. The opponent scored in the 50th minute when they found an unmarked Forward coming in from the left side of the box. The Hyde defensive unit consisting of Jesse Higgins`16 at Left Back, Nolan Lowder`16 at Center Back, Lawrence Morace`17 at Stopper, and Brett Van Vort`16 at Right Back locked it down and thwarted further attacking runs. Other notable play came from Aidan Bristow`16 who did an impressive job of working the ball up the left flank at the Winger position. In addition, Keeper Greg Kidger`17 was on form; he made some great saves and aided the attacking efforts of the midfield with his penetrating punts.
The team played well during this match. They passed the ball nicely through the midfield, and the Forwards made good attacking runs. There were many situations during the early going that required players to make quick passes in order to maintain possession during attacks both, up the middle, and on the flanks. They did this by playing simple, two touch, soccer and finding the open man in the offensive third of the field. The team will focus on increasing the speed of transition to defense, and switching fields, in the practice sessions leading up to the next match, which is against Kents Hill School on Saturday October 17th. That contest will be played on their artificial turf field at 2pm. They are a good team and it should be an exciting one.