By Randy Del Valle
HAMDEN, Oct. 10 – Hamden High striker Emmanuel Yeboah scored three goals to lead the Green Dragons to a 4-1 win over Lyman Hall. After losing to the Trojans 5-2 in September, Hamden finally got revenge on Lyman on Tuesday in a non-league bout.
Hamden improved to 5-4-3 on the year, while Lyman Hall (6-4-1) lost its second game in a row.
Yeboah got his first goal in the final minute of the first half when he dribbled by defenders, crossing them up, before taking the shot that went in. It gave Hamden a 2-0 lead.
He scored two more times in the second half.
With 11 minutes to play, Yeboah completed the hat trick, scoring his third goal by getting by two defenders. He took the shot left of the net and the ball went under the legs of one defender going into the net.
“I feel really happy, because I wanted to help the team so that we could move forward and win trophies and win states,” Yeboah said after the game.
Hamden assistant coach Matt Gilmore said, “He’s a fantastic player, he’s just so composed. Today he got the goals, which is something that will be great for his confidence and he just played really well."
It was a physical first half as the teams combined for 12 fouls, including three yellow cards. The first yellow card happened in the 18th minute of the match when Lyman Hall defender Sabastian Gonzalez slid and tripped Yeboah inside the box on a breakaway.
Jordan Pattavina took the penalty shot. He ran and hit the ball, shooting it to the left aimed at the net. Goalkeeper Andrew Mastroianni dived to the left going for the save, but failed to make the save as the ball just got by Mastroianni for a goal. Hamden High took the lead 1-0 midway through the first half.
Hamden dominated Lyman Hall in the first half taking 13 shots with seven of the shots on goal.
The Trojans had no answer to the Green Dragons attack as Yeboah and Pattavina took repeated shots at Mastroianni.
Gilmore thought the team was much more prepared for Lyman Hall this time around.
“We came into this game with the mentality that we had to win it, I think we were a bit too complacent going into that early game and being prepared, wanting a little bit more in this game.” Gilmore said.
Lyman Hall head coach Arnie Jandreau thought his team’s injuries and shot selections were two key reasons why it struggled this time against Hamden High.
“We have three defenders hurt right now and it’s a huge difference right now. I had one of them that didn’t even play at all,” Jandreau said. “We tried to shoot the ball too far outside and the guys their heads were down on the ball, they weren’t just going through the space.”
Next up for Hamden High they face off against Notre Dame at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 13, looking to extend its winning streak to three games. Lyman will play Foran on Friday.
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