Phoenix Girls V Soccer vs Gould, St. Andrews

Girls Varsity Soccer Week 2 Recap!

Hyde Phoenix- 0

Gould Huskies- 4

On Wednesday the Girls Varsity Soccer traveled up to Gould Academy for the first game of the season.  The girls had been working hard since preseason and were itching for a contest.  In the past two seasons Gould has proved themselves to be a tough opponent and this was no different on Wednesday.  In the first half the girls focused on settling into their position and looked to play the ball to one another on the ground.  The Lady Phoenix were challenged on defense and received a lot of pressure from Gould in their defensive third.   Hyde worked hard to keep the ball away from sophomore keeper Alice Yokabaskas ’19 but Gould put two goals in the back of the net to go up 2-0 at halftime.  Second half the girls were ready to make some adjustments on the field to apply more pressure in Gould’s half. They started to move the ball better as a team and Logan Truluck ’20 and Eliza Burroughs ’18 did a nice job in the center of the field to work the ball up to striker Timesha Walker ’17.  Walker had some chances on net but unfortunately none resulted in a goal.   15 minutes into the second half Gould played a ball into the 18 yard box and a misplayed ball off a Hyde defender resulted in an own goal.  Gould found the net again on a one on one to goal and scored their fourth and final goal.  While this game was not a win for Hyde the girls certainly demonstrated the potential they have for the season.  Captain Willow Beavis ’17 was proud of the effort the girls put into their first game and never quit.  Beavis herself had a great game as outside midfielder.  Merrill Truluck ’18 did an outstanding job as sweeper and was a strong last line of defense.

Hyde Phoenix- 3

St. Andrews Saints- 3

Saturday morning the Lady Phoenix began their journey through four different states to travel to St. Andrews in Barrington, RI.  In the past two seasons the girls have both lost and won against the Saints and they were ready for another victory.  From kickoff Hyde had the momentum and worked well to move the ball up field as a team.  17 minutes into the first half striker Timesha Walker ’17 won the ball from St. Andrew’s defense and put the ball past their keeper to take the lead.   The next ten minutes was back and forth soccer until St. Andrews found the back of the net off of a corner to tie it up.  From that moment there was a momentum shift for the Saints and the Phoenix found themselves in their half.  8 minutes before halftime the Saints went up 2-1 after a shot from the top of the 18 went just out of keeper Alice Yokabaskas ’19 hands.

In the second half the girls knew they would need to step up their intensity.  Within the first ten minutes however, St. Andrews scored yet again to put Hyde in a 2 goal hole.  This did not crush the spirits of the Phoenix however and they dug deep to keep the pressure on the Saints.  Halfway through the second half, Logan Truluck ’20 placed a beautiful corner to the feet of Captain Ida Mae Danforth ’17 who volleyed it into the back of the net closing the Saints lead to one.  Hungry for more the girls were really working to connect passes to one another and work it up to their strikers.  With time ticking off the clock a ball from the middle was played to Willow Beavis ’17 who made a nice leading pass to Walker who played a nice pass into the back of the net for her second and the team’s third goal.  Although Hyde dominated the final minutes of the game time became the enemy and they were not able to find the back of the net for the fourth time.  It was an outstanding game to watch and the girls felt proud for never letting down and not quitting.  Each girl had outstanding effort on the field.  Bailey Kent ’18 and Marlena de Castro ’18 had great games at outside midfield.  Captain Emma Levensohn ’17 did a great job stepping into a key defensive role and led her team out of the back throughout the whole game.  The Lady Phoenix showed true heart and grit despite a two goal deficit and proved to themselves that they are capable of working as a team to overcome challenges.

Our next game is on Friday against Bradford Christian in Haverhill, MA!