Tough Loss for Phoenix Boys Varsity vs Gould 2-3

Hyde School:2 –  Gould Academy: 3

Boys Varsity Soccer traveled to Bethel Maine to play Gould academy on Wednesday.  The match was played under crisp autumn weather with clear skies and a slight northwesterly breeze.

The Phoenix struck first when Captain Ben Mooney`16 scored an unassisted goal in the 4th minute of play.  The boys were back on form and passing the ball well during the first half.  This resulted in some nice offensive attacking chances generated by center midfielders James Kellogg`16 and Captain Brandon Nelson`16.  However, none of the shots resulted in goals. In the 43rd minute, Gould scored to even it before the half at 1-1.

The boys came out of half time playing hard and for a short time were able to control the pace of the match.  In the 58th minute, Lawrence Moreace`17 scored a nice goal off a James Kellogg`16 assist to go ahead 2-1.  At his point, the defensive unit consisting of; James Lee`16 at Left Fullback, Nolan Lowder`16 at Centerback, Brett Van Vort`16 at Right Fullback and Dylan  Budd`16 at stopper, worked to lock it down.  Unfortunately, in the 68th minute, one of the opponent’s forwards broke free and scored to tie it at 2-2.  Both teams battled to regain the upper hand in the final 20 minutes of play.  Each had chances to go ahead, and with just over 3 minutes remaining Gould did just that.  The Hyde lads made one more strong offensive effort, working the ball to the top of the box, but it was tackled away as time elapsed.

This was not the result we were hoping for.  A  2-1 lead is always dicey.  This was definitely a winnable game, but it was not meant to be this time.  The squad played much better than they did in the previous game, but still did not play their best soccer.  In the one practice before our next match, we will be working on moving the ball away from pressure, and discussing the importance of marking in the midfield.  We play Hebron Academy tomorrow afternoon, October 9th at 4:00pm on their field.  It promises to be an intense match.  The last time we faced the Lumberjacks was at the end of last season when we beat them to win the MAISAD league championship.

 

-coach Smith