In a soccer match with a somewhat surprising outcome, it was only fitting that it was decided on a somewhat surprising sequence.
Henry Tynes scored the winner in the 24th minute as Red Hook High School stunned Rhinebeck, 1-0, on Saturday.
Rhinebeck, the defending state Class C champs, had beaten the Raiders in seven straight contests, Red Hook coach Steve Sutton said. In fact, the Raiders were shutout in the last several of those matches. The pleasant surprise for Red Hook was that the goal came from Tynes, a defensive midfielder.
“I’m guessing that he was as surprised as anyone else that he scored,” Sutton said of the junior. “It’s not typically part of his job description. He was excited to make a contribution.”
Tynes scored on a rebound of his own shot. He drove inside and fired, but Rhinebeck’s Spencer Hutchins saved it. The ball, however, deflected back to Tynes, who booted it from 6 yards out.
“The matches between us have been tilted in Rhinebeck’s favor for some time, so this was exciting,” Sutton said. “Our seniors have never scored a goal against Rhinebeck. To get a lead, and to just score a goal on them finally, was a big relief.”
Zack Decker made three saves in the shutout for the Raiders (3-0). Zach Sivulich, Liam Gomez and Jhared Vosburgh also were stellar defensively, anchoring the back five and allowing only four shots on goal. Liam Jantzen made a defensive save of a corner kick near the post in the final 10 minutes to preserve the lead.
“We’ve been playing really well defensively and in our first two matches we only allowed two shots,” Sutton said. “(Rhinebeck striker) Ryan Euell moved around quite a bit, but our defense did a good job of keeping track of where he was and not allowing him to get clean looks.”
Hutchins made 11 saves for the Hawks (1-1).
“Rhinebeck is good and there’s a chance we’ll see them again at the end of the season,” Sutton said. “Our team is coming together and this was a nice step for us.”
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