Hyde School, CT vs Dexter
Friday 14, October
|First Half Score||Final Score|
|Hyde School–Woodstock, CT||1||2|
Friday, October 14th, the Hyde School, CT Wolfpack hosted the Dexter School, and both teams played well in an exciting soccer match that Hyde won 2-1.
Dexter demonstrated its strength in midfield and attack in the opening minutes of the game, using flanking ball movement against Miles Li ‘17, who, as a first-time starter, demonstrated that hard work can effectively counter high skill. Keeper Dan Murray ‘17 made the first of several spectacular saves on the day, but he crossed the eighteen yard line in his diving scramble to steal the ball back from Dexter. In the ensuing chaos, Dexter guilefully shot the ball while Hyde’s defense was still setting up and took an early 1-0 lead. However, the Wolfpack had reconfigured its lineup, moving Cooper Felt ‘19 into a leading role in the defense and freeing Derek Rwikangura ‘18 and Jon Bell ‘17 to use their expertise and experience to pick apart Dexter’s backline. Hyde showed great improvement in its ball movement and time of possession. With just seconds left in the half, Li was able to find Brooks Doll ‘17 on a through ball into the box, where he was fouled. Doll powered the resulting penalty kick into the back of the net to send the teams into a 1-1 tie at halftime.
The Wolfpack increasingly took control of the game in the second half, despite Dexter’s counter-attacks. In the fifty-seventh minute, Altug Yilmaz ‘19 sent a dangerous cross in front of Dexter’s goal, which led to another penalty kick for Hyde. Bell’s placed shot was blocked, but minutes later he would avenge Dexter by looping an outstanding corner kick between their defenders and the near post. Hyde would hold the 1-2 advantage through the remaining minutes of the game, demonstrating poise and pragmatic ball possession.
The team will travel back on Monday 17, October to the Rocky Hill School, making up a previously scheduled match which was cancelled due to weather.