In an evenly matched, seesaw battle, the Bulls hung on to win an exciting, hard fought contest. New Hampton would score first just eight minutes into the game on a perfectly placed long ball from outside the 18 that floated into the top-right corner of the Holderness net. Bull’s goalie Alan Yu got a piece of it, but this shot was going in on any goalie.
Ten minutes later, Young Gwon would take the ball into the NHS box and crack a shot on net. The ball ricocheted off a New Hampton defender and into the far corner to tie the game up. Three minutes later, Gwon found himself on a one-on-one breakaway vs. the NHS keeper. The Husky’s keeper made a dramatic diving save, but the ball came right back to Gwon who tapped it into the open net.
Now up 2-1 with fourteen minutes left on the first-half clock, the Bulls defense became porous and allowed New Hampton numerous scoring chances. The Huskies would take advantage of the Holderness miscues and score two goals to close out the half up 3-2.
The second half proved to be all Holderness, but it wasn’t always pretty. Much of the credit goes to the improved defensive play of Boss Ngamkanjanarat, Charlie Crumbo, Mikey Cosgrave and Spencer Glascock. For thirty-five minutes, they played smart defense in front of goalie Alan Yu and kept New Hampton off the board. Meanwhile, Young Gwon continued his hot streak and scored two more goals to give the Bulls their first win of the season. Gwon’s first goal came just three minutes into the second half off a perfectly placed through-ball by Crumbo. Then with twenty minutes left on the clock, he scored the game winner on a pretty give-and-go play with Ethan Hayes. The last twenty minutes was a bit nerve wracking at times, but midfielders Henry Richard, Finn Pilaro, Alberto Bazzoni and Steve Ju played smart soccer and kept the ball in the Husky end as much as possible to preserve the 4-3 win.
The team hits the road again next Wednesday and travels to Kimball Union for a 2:30 start.