Hyde School, CT vs Rocky Hill
Wednesday 17, October
|First Half Score||Final Score|
|Hyde School–Woodstock, CT||2||4|
The Wolfpack traveled to Rocky Hill School in Rhode Island for a beautiful afternoon game by the ocean. Hyde’s passing game was slower due to the grass and Rocky Hill’s experience on their home field allowed them to win multiple balls. In the tenth minute Rocky Hill was awarded a penalty kick due to a . Dan Murray ‘17 attempted but missed the shot giving Rocky Hill its first point. Two minutes later Hyde answered with a beautiful through ball from Derek Rwikingura ‘18 to Brooks Doll ‘17. The two teams battled relentlessly in the coming minutes and Rocky Hill was rewarded in the 17th minute with another goal, putting them up 2-1. It would be another fifteen minutes before either team scored but the play on both sides was intense and focused. Rocky Hill repeatedly attacked the defensive line with through balls testing Murray. In the 30th minute they were rewarded with another shot on net. A minute later Hyde’s Cooper Felt ‘19 took a direct kick from 50 yards out, pinged the top bar, and dropped the ball on the line. Doll touched the ball into goal for good measure putting Hyde closer at 2-4 at the half.
The second half brought even more intense play from both teams. Fifty-four minutes in Hyde closed the gap when Rwikingura again found Brooks Doll on a through ball pass which he successfully put past the keeper making the score 4-3. In the next ten minutes the Wolfpack was repeatedly frustrated by shots that were either saved or flew inches wide. Two well-struck balls broke Hyde’s heart as they dinged the crossbar and then ricocheted off. Throughout the second half the defensive line of Alex Sobel ‘17, Ian White ‘18, and Robert Carter ‘18 worked hard to hold the line again Rocky Hill’s repeated onslaughts. In the midfield Altug Yilmuz ‘19 worked hard on both ends of the field, working to possess the ball and find attackers while also hustling back on defense. Sixty-five minutes into the second half Rocky Hill again bested Hyde’s defense. This was answered five minutes later when Felt again took a direct kick from midfield and placed it delicately over the keeper’s head and in the net. Hyde inched closer again at 5-4. As time ticked down the Pack made repeated forays into Rocky Hill’s defensive third but seemed unable to finish. A few tough calls against both teams only furthered the frustration on the field. In the 37th minute a penalty kick was awarded to Rocky Hill for an unintentional handball. They successfully scored sealing the score at 6-4.
The Wolfpack ultimately learned a great deal about the team’s defensive weaknesses while also demonstrating that they will not quit. A great deal to be proud of. They head south again for a match against Williams School on Wednesday, October 19th.