High schools: John Stark settles for 1-1 tie against Hanover in girls’ soccer

  • John Stark goalie Avery Gorhan blocks a header from Hanover’s Riley Craft during the first half on Wednesday. The Generals and Marauders played to a 1-1 draw in D-II action. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • John Stark’s Olivia Sohl (left) and Chloe Astholz (center) battle Hanover’s Carly Craft for the ball during the first half on Wednesday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Thursday, September 14, 2017

WEARE – They were looking forward to Wednesday’s game more than most, and maybe it was too much.

“Hanover is in their head, and Hanover is a good team, but they don’t need to be in their head,” said Chris Pike, the John Stark girls’ soccer coach. “Our girls should have just played their game and not reacted to Hanover’s game. If the girls play their game, they can beat any team in this division.”

For the vast majority of the game, the Generals were beating Hanover. Stark, the defending D-II champs, got a goal in the second minute from senior captain Cady Loos and carried that lead until there was just two minutes left in regulation ... only to see the Marauders find a late equalizer. The Generals had the better chances in overtime, but in the end they had to settle for a 1-1 draw.

“We came out strong and we definitely ended strong,” Loos said. “It’s always a hard-fought game with them. It was a good fight from both teams.”

The rivalry between these two began gathering steam when Hanover beat Stark in the 2014 final, 2-1. They haven’t faced each other in the playoffs since then, but they played a pair of 1-0 games last season (Stark won both), and before this season even began Loos singled out Hanover (2-1-1) as the team the Generals (4-0-1) most wanted to beat.

“We get pumped up every single time we play them,” the senior said. “We were doing that today, in the locker room and listening to music to get ready for them.”

The music worked. Stark got on the front foot early and claimed the quick lead when Loos lofted a shot from 30 yards out that sailed over the outstretched hands of Hanover keeper Bella Bardales for the 1-0 lead. Luck played a part in the goal, but Loos wasn’t complaining.”

“I thought I was a lot closer than I was,” she admitted. “It was definitely a shot, I just didn’t think I was going to kick it that high up, but it crept in, so I was happy with it.”

Like they have during the first five games this season, the Generals maintained their intensity through the early stages of the first half. But that intensity waned as the half wore on, which has also been a trend for this Stark team.

“They always come out strong, but then they settle and that’s been their thing,” Pike said. “We had a game (Tuesday, a 5-0 win at Plymouth) and it was the same thing – came out with intensity and then they settled.”

Hanover definitely had more possession in the first half, but it didn’t translate into any clear scoring chances. Stark defenders Hannah Marquis, Chloe Astholz, Olivia Sohl and Meg Cole made sure of that.

The Generals rediscovered their intensity at halftime and took the play to the Marauders early in the second half. Aria Ulmer and Abby Brandt connected to create a couple of early chances, and soon Cara Easter (Stark’s midfield maestro), Sara Nikias and Chelsea Woodsum joined in on the offensive fun.

Hanover responded with pressure directed by their midfield conductor, Catherine Wagner. She had a pretty volley shot that was saved by Stark keeper Allison L’Heureux (who split time in net with Avery Gorhan) and a dangerous cross that L’Heureux snagged when she smartly moved off her line.

The Marauders stayed in control as the clock wound down, but Stark got more good defensive play from the likes of Meg Blanchette and Autumn Nelson. Eventually, however, Hanover’s effort would be rewarded in the final minutes.

Naturally it was Wagner who created the chance as she dribbled through defenders to the end line and then, as she was falling to the ground, nailed a cross into the box. A mess of players went for it, and in the end the ball ended up in the net and Charlotte Johnson was credited with the goal that sent the game to overtime.

“We were definitely frustrated at first (after giving up the goal), but then we went at them in the overtime,” Loos said.

Easter and Brandt looked especially dangerous in overtime, but so did Wagner, who got off a hard shot in the first overtime that was bravely blocked by Nelson.

The Generals held a 5-2 shot advantage in the extra session, but they had to settle for the tie ... at least until Sept. 22, which is when they travel to Hanover for a rematch.

“We’re definitely looking forward to that,” Loos said, “we always are with them.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341 or tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20)


Bishop Brady 4, Inter-Lakes 0

Key players: Brady – Dani DesRuisseaux (2 goals, assist), Emily Senko (goal), Emlee Sanuth (goal), Olivia Crainich (3 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Giants earned their second shutout in two days and their fourth of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Good team effort from start to finish. Played well in our second game in two days. Every member of the team contributed. We move forward to prepare for our next games next week.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Brady 4-2-0; I-L 1-2-1

Pittsfield 2, Wilton-Lyndeborough 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (goal), Emily Thompson (goal), Kira Wood (2 assists), Jolene Wood (defense), Kylee Morel (defense), Gwen Clough (hustle), Becca Smith (3 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Rollins connected on a Wood pass at the 30 minute mark of the second half to give the Panthers a 1-0 lead. Thompson took a feed from Wood and scored 10 minutes later. Pittsfield’s defense held the Warriors to three shots in the match.

Coach’s quote: “It was tough to get going tonight, but our defense really stepped up and gave them nothing. It was nice to see the girls finish their chances when they had them.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 4-1-0; Wilton 0-3-2


Concord 4, Nashua South 1

Key players: Concord – Emily Forward (2 goals), Carly Torrance (2 goals), Maria Armaganian (controlled the game)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide’s resilience and strong play finally resulted in the squad’s first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Well played by both teams on a very hot day for field hockey. The goals that were scored were very good.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Concord 1-4; Nashua South 0-5

Bow 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Bow – Erin Boldwin (2 goals), Shannon Ford (assist), Dillon Hicks (assist), Lauren Walter (defense); Bri Mullen (defense), Courtney Baer (8 saves); Hopkinton – Anna Hoffman (goal), Maddie McCluskey (6 saves), Caroline Barrett (defense), Carley Kanter (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Boldwin scored her first goal less than five minutes into the game. Hoffman tied the game in the first half, but Boldwin netted the game-winning goal in the second half and the Falcons hung on.

Coaches’ quotes: “The team really clicked today. They passed with confidence and supported each other well. It was an exciting game.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

“We played a great first half and had some great shots on goal. In the second half, Bow began to take over. We played a strong game and just came up short.” – Hopkinton’s Patty Connolly

Records: Bow 3-1; Hopkinton 2-2

Gilford 8, Laconia 0

Key players: Gilford – Kellie Ryan (3 goals), Nicole Berube (2 goals, 3 assists), Laurel Gingrich (goal), Bri Salanitro (goal), Laurel Normandin (first varsity goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Eagles got to the ball quickly and passed well, which resulted in many scoring chances.

Coach’s quote: “We had more quality minutes on passing and stopping ball, but still have many minutes to go for a complete game.” – Gilford’s David Rogacki

Records: Gilford 5-1; Laconia 1-3

Mascoma 4, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Melina Jackson (29 saves), Kalie Palmisano (defense), Olivia Fatcheric (midfield), Olivia Desainde (shot on goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals and Royals played a scoreless first half, but the Royals finally broke the deadlock with just over 19 minutes left in the game. The game stayed 1-0 until there were around five minutes left, when Mascoma rallied for three late goals.

Coach’s quote: “After losing to Mascoma, 10-0, last season, our Generals played their best game of the season against them. The final score doesn’t do this game any justice as it was a great game for the first 55 minutes. We played with great passion and aggressiveness and I believe we are on the cusp of breaking out.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Mascoma 3-3; John Stark 0-4

Newfound 2, Berlin 0

Key players: Newfound – Caroline Marchand (goal), Julianne Marchand (assist), Kylee MacDonald (goal), Jasmine Peterson (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears controlled much of the play, tallying 17 corners and putting 26 shots on the Mountaineers’ goal, while only giving up two corners and three shots.

Coach’s quote: “I thought we played well, we just need to become more efficient in our offensive circle.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 5-0; Berlin 3-2

Pelham 3, Pembroke 1

Key players: Pembroke – Maddie Bennett (goal), Alysse Cleasby (assist), Taylor Monterio (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans dominated the first half and scored the first goal, but the undefeated Pythons took control with three second-half goals.

Coach’s quote: “The Pembroke girls were determined to win. They showed in the first half that they have what it takes. Unfortunately, they lost some of that momentum in the second half. I still do believe in these girls. They improve with each game and will eventually come up with more wins.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Pelham 5-0; Pembroke 1-4


Prospect Mountain 172, Pelham 179, Lebanon 180, Belmont 194

Key players: Belmont – Will Robarge (41), Robbie Skaff (49), Wyatt Paquin (50), Hunter Davies (54)

Highlights/key moments: Robarge finished just three strokes behind the medallist, Prospect Mountain’s Ryker Burke, but the Raiders dropped the four-team match.

Coach’s quote: “Will (Robarge) stepped up his game and it was a great job by Eamon Kelley and Paige Irving. Even though they didn’t score for us their play was impressive.” – Belmont’s Kevin Charleston

Records: Prospect Mtn. 5-1; Pelham 3-6; Lebanon 8-4; Belmont 1-9

Farmington 190, Hopkinton 202,
Newport 224

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (47), Trent Gagnon (49), Andrew Fairneny (52), Colby Malcolm (54), Brandon Boris (54)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks split a tri-match at Farmington Country Club.

Coach’s quote: “It was the third road match in three days for the Hawks and the team looked a little rusty.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Farmington 5-0; Hopkinton 5-3; Newport 1-6


Concord 3, Merrimack 0

Key players: Concord – Maria Wimpey (13 kills), Brenna Vandersea (12 digs), Abby Rochette (24 assists), Mia Harmon (6 kills), Emma Ferguson (2 blocks)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide remained undefeated with a 25-17, 25-11, 25-11 victory over the Tomahawks.

Coach’s quote: “This team is developing a well-balanced offense and defense. There are 12 volleyball players on the team who are all solid. As long as we keep our focus on always improving and not worry about winning, Concord has a good deal of potential.” – Concord’s Jonathan Flower

Records: Concord 5-0; Merrimack 1-4

Milford 3, John Stark 0

Key players: Stark – Sara Medvetz (9 kills, 2 blocks, 4 aces), Hannah Chartier (2 kills, 10 digs, 5 aces), Haley Philibotte (15 digs)

Highlights/key moments: Milford traveled to Weare and left with its undefeated record in tact after the 25-18, 28-26, 25-23 win.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight’s match was a battle of two good teams. John Stark had opportunities to win each set, but Milford found the way to win all three.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 2-2; Milford 4-0

Gilford 3, Plymouth 0

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (18 digs, 16 kills), Maggie McNeil (9 kills), Karly Sanborn (15 assists), Naomi Eldridge (9 assists)

Highlights/key moments: Beaudet recorded her 500th career dig in the third set and led the Eagles both offensively and defensively in a 25-19, 25-13, 25-15 win over the Bobcats.

Coach’s quote: “Brooke (Beaudet) is the fifth player in school history to (break 500 career digs). The amazing part about that is that Brooke sat out last year with ACL surgery, so she reached the milestone in two years and three games.” – Gilford’s Joan Forge

Records: Gilford 2-1; Plymouth 1-2

Winnisquam 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Shannon Goodwin (13 kills, 3 digs), Gabby Isabelle (6 kills), Talia DeBlasie (21 assists, 2 kills), Olivia Dill (5 aces, 3 digs), Madisyn Skeats (3 kills); Franklin – Sarah Sorette (3 digs), Lexy Lynch (3 kills)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears defeated the Tornadoes in straight sets, 25-11, 25-10, 25-8, thanks to a strong service game.

Coaches’ quotes: “Shannon (Goodwin) had a big game at the net and our serving was good tonight.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

“The girls played really well and are working on fixing some issues.” – Franklin’s Stephanie Shepard

Records: Winnisquam 4-0; Franklin 0-4

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Mascoma 0

Key players: H-D – Kaelyn Snair (3 kills, 4 digs), Kimmie Rodier (2 kills, block, assist), Mackenzie Murdough (6 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats dominated the opening set, 25-6, and closed the match with a narrow 27-25 victory in the third set to earn their first victory of the season.

Coach’s quote: “The Hillcats came out strong, winning the first set, and they continued to set up great plays, and position themselves well on the court to cover (Mascoma’s) hitters and blockers. The Hillcats worked hard to take a home a win all the way to the last point of the match.” – H-D’s Shannon Synan

Records: H-D 1-3; Mascoma 1-2

Inter-Lakes 3, Belmont 1

Key players: Belmont – Amber Lemay (defense), Chantelle Martin (blocks), Keagan Berry (blocks), Tatum Hartford (played well off bench)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers jumped out to a quick lead, taking the first two sets by identical 25-12 scores. The Raiders won their first set of the season, taking the third, 25-22, before ultimately falling in the fourth, 25-12, in a game played on Tuesday.

Coach’s quote: “I felt the girls played well. We made a few to many mistakes early, but everything seemed to come together in that third (set). It was really fun to watch and was a great feeling for myself and the girls to (win a set). I think in the fourth (set) we again made too many mistakes, costing us the game.” – Belmont’s Adam Gaulin

Records: I-L 2-0; Belmont 0-3