Hurricane Boys Soccer Earns Hard Fought Tie
Hartford 2 Burr & Burton 2, OT
By John Seaver
In a physical battle the Hurricanes went toe to toe with Division 1 Burr & Burton and earned a 2-2 tie in an exciting game at Maxfield Tuesday afternoon. The Bulldogs got off the bus with a lot of energy and pressed the Hurricanes early. Senior forward Felix Kershaw got the scoring started just 1 minute in to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 lead.
But the Canes settled in after the early strike and began putting pressure on the Bulldogs back line. Burr & Burton was called for several fouls in the first 10 minutes on pushes and strong challenges, a theme that continued the entire game. At 12', the Hurricanes took advantage of one of these fouls when Pat Brady lofted a perfect ball into the box off a direct kick. Kyle Prior leaped to get a head on the shot but it was just out of reach. But the Bulldog goalie, concentrating on Prior, misplayed the ball and Brady's direct kick ended up in the back of the net for a 1-1 tie. Just before the Brady free kick, Bulldogs coach Peter Mull could be heard telling his players to stop taking "stupid fouls".
Following yet another foul by Burr and Burton, Hartford scored again at 31'. This time Brady sent a scorcher to the far post that Prior dove for and expertly headed into the net for a 2-1 lead. If there's been a prettier goal this year I haven't seen it. (Picture in this article is Kyle's header)
The Hurricanes took the 2-1 lead to the half but the lead didn't last long. Senior midfielder Wally Hynds scored the equalizer for the Bulldogs at 44' to tie the score at 2.
The balance of the second half & OT was evenly played with both teams having chances to break the tie. Hurricane keeper Jordy Allard made a terrific save at 76' to preserve the tie. Midfielders Pat McGlone & Ben Rouillard both had solid games controlling the middle of the field.
Category 5 Hurricane Player of the Game: Junior midfielder Pat Brady who had a goal and an assist on two terrific direct kicks.
Game Notes: The Hurricanes record now stands at 4-2-1 and they remain solidly in the top 8 in the Division 2 standings. Next game is Friday at Mt Anthony at 6:00.