Hyde School: 12 – Maine Central Institute: 0
A day after losing a tough home match up to Tilton, the boys varsity squad travelled on May 12th to Nokomis High School to play a neutral-site game against Maine Central Institute Huskies. The contest was played on natural grass on a hot May afternoon.
Playing a second-year program and with very few substitutes, the Phoenix looked to come out and control the contest from the first whistle. With three goals in the opening frame and six more in the second, they did just that as they cruised to a 12-0 victory, their second shutout of the season.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Phoenix focused on a new look that stresses cutters and off-ball movement. Using this fresh offensive scheme, the team got points from some familiar names in captains Aidan Bristow ‘16 (4g), Shemar Jack ‘16 (4g, 2a), and Greg Kidger ‘17 (1g, 1a), as well as some newer faces in Tim Nickerson ‘17 (1g) and Brandon Nelson ‘16 (1g). Notably, senior Adam Frankel ‘16 (1g) scored his first ever varsity goal on a great cut to the net, highlighting the potential of the offensive shift.
On a day when we were without some of the usual defensive leaders, the Phoenix got incredible defensive effort from Thompson Upham-Davis ‘16, Brett Gerry 16, Randy LaVea ‘16, and Connor Foye ‘18. The four anchored a scoreless effort in front of keeper McGehee Porter ‘17 (12 saves). Other strong play on both ends came from Jake Durkin ‘16, Ben Mooney 16, and Tyler Friedlander ‘18.
It would have been easy to accept a half-hearted effort from the team following a tough loss and without our usual bench, but instead the Phoenix gutted out a great team win to move to 10-3 on the 2016 season.