High schools: Whitehead’s two goals carry Hopkinton past Bishop Brady, 2-0, in girls’ soccer opener
Bishop Brady's Emily Santis is upset in a battle with Hopkinton's Lillias Whitehead for control of the ball during their season opener at NHTI on Friday, August 29, 2014. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Hopkinton's Somer Bryant is challenged for control of the ball by Bishop Brady's Lila Bradley during Friday's game at NHTI. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Hopkinton's Lillias Whitehead and Bishop Brady's Briana Puleo clash for control of the ball during Friday's game at NHTI. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
The Bow High girls' cross country team won the season-opening Gilford Early Bird Invitational.
Bishop Brady cornered Hopkinton in its own end for much of the first 12 minutes of yesterday’s season-opening girls’ soccer game.
The Giants delivered corner kick after corner kick, blasting six in the first half – most of them in those first 12 minutes –but the Hawks weathered the storm. And in the 18th minute, Lillias Whitehead broke through for the first of her two goals to lead Hopkinton to a 2-0 victory.
“That was rough to watch, to be honest,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said of the early corner kick barrage. “But I was really proud of the progression from the first half to the second. They were playing the feet, they were using their space, they were communicating a lot more, pushing it through the defense, all of that good stuff.”
Keeping Brady off the scoreboard during that flurry was crucial for the Hawks, but a missed opportunity for the Giants.
“I think that might have been a momentum shift. If we could have converted a couple of those corners when we had them up against the ropes early on, it would have been nice, but you’ve got to execute those,” Brady Coach Rich Dougherty said. “You’ve got to be able to put those away.”
Both teams had a couple of nice scoring chances early in the run of play, but goalies Sophie Palangas for Brady and Kasey Smith for Hopkinton were up to the task. First, Brianna Curley ran onto a long ball on the left wing for Hopkinton, but Palangas scooped up the long-range shot. Then Caitie Barrett set up Meghan Kissinger for a shot to the left corner, where Smith covered the ball. Palangas saved a shot by Whitehead to the near corner, and Smith countered with a save on Nadia Crainich after some nice one-on-one work.
Whitehead broke the deadlock midway through the opening half, beating the defense down the middle on the right before booting a shot past Palangas for a 1-0 Hawks lead.
Brady nearly tied it late in the half, but Smith made a leaping save on Barrett’s direct kick from the 25 that had eyes for just below the crossbar.
Whitehead and Barrett each had chances in the second half, but it was Whitehead who doubled the Hopkinton lead with 10 minutes to play, running onto a through ball from Lily Scammon at the top of the box, splitting the defense and burying a shot to the lower left corner of the goal.
Left defender Aaliyah Curley and freshman Somer Bryant played well for Hopkinton, as did Smith in goal with five saves.
“She’s in shape, she’s strong, she’s very vocal, and very smart with her technique and her movements,” Izzi said of her keeper. “The times she comes out of goal just helps the defense tremendously.”
Barrett and Kissinger sparked the Brady attack, with Emily Santis playing well in front of Palangas (six saves).
“I hate opening with Hopkinton. They’re good players, well coached. What can you do? It’s not where you want to begin your season,” Dougherty said. “I think there were elements of our game where we ran with them, but the final analysis, that two and that zero are the ones that count.”
“My team is just a very young team … they’re getting it, they’re figuring it out,” Izzi said. “They’re pushing hard.”
Winnacunnet 1, Concord 0
Key players: Concord – Bella Rubin, Katherine Muzzey, Kiersten Klose and Cass Thompson
Highlights/key moments: The Tide had the better run of play and hit the crossbar twice but couldn’t finish its chances, while the Warriors had fewer opportunities, but won the game thanks to efficient finishing.
Coach’s quote: “We played well enough to win but couldn’t finish our chances in the attacking third,” Concord’s Bill Nardino said.
Records: Concord 0-1; Winnacunnet 1-0
Coe-Brown 1, Merrimack Valley 0
Key players: Coe-Brown – Jesse Ohrenberger (five saves to earn shutout), Kianna Daudelin (goal), Jelasa Nelson (assist), Christen Gallant (assist); MV – Meredith Ramsey, Brooke Palmer, Isabelle Carr, Danielle Wiley
Highlights/key moments: Daudelin scored in the fifth minute for the contest’s lone goal. Ingrid Kinevich, Molly DeTrude and Kayla Patten anchored the Bears’ defense in front of Ohrenberger to keep the Pride off the scoreboard in the season opener for both teams.
Coaches’ quotes: “This is a great way to start the season, with a quality win against an experienced and talented MV squad. We need to maintain defensive pressure and midfield attack when we play next week against Oyster River,” the Bears’ Josh Hils said. Pride Coach Jeff Richard said, “we’re still looking for an identity. Right now we need to get back to playing fundamental soccer.”
Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; MV 0-1
John Stark 3, Sanborn 1
Key players: John Stark – Cara Easter (goal), Danielle Galli (goal), Brooke Shatney (goal), Meghan Blanchette (strong defense), Liz Neal (strong defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Generals scored three goals to dominate the first half. John Stark was on its heals in the second half, allowing a Sanborn goal, but Easter, with the support of Jocelyn Dimond, Morgan Hawkes and Abigail Brandt, controlled the midfield to hang on to the win.
Coach’s quote: The Generals worked hard today and they secured a victory, but we will continue to work on solidifying their game,” Stark’s Heather Doucette said.
Records: John Stark 1-0; Sanborn 0-1
Pembroke 6, Kennett 0
Key Players: Pembroke – Kristin Kezar (shutout), Brianna Douglas (goal), Celia Sartwell (goal), Chelsea Bard (goal), Emilee Harlow (goal), Meghan Gauss (goal), Molly Hamilton and Julia Currier (anchored the back line)
Highlights/key moments: The Spartans took a quick lead, going up 2-0 after three minutes of play, and never looked back.
Coach’s quote: “I encouraged the girls to play right from the first whistle and they answered the challenge, winning the ball off Kennett’s kickoff and finishing it 1:18 into the match. A coach couldn’t ask for a better start than that,” Spartans’ Jess Croft said.
Records: Pembroke 1-0; Kennett 0-1
Belmont 9, Kingswood 1
Key players: Belmont – Makayla Donovan (goal, assist), Chayleigh Cadarette (goal, assist), Cassie Contigiani (five goals, assist), Megan Prescott (goal), Emma Chase (goal), Zoe Zeller (two assists), Chloe Sottak (assist), Hannah Shirley (assist), Kelsey Scott (assist)
Highlights/key moments: The Red Raiders used an efficient possession game and moved the ball extremely well to take control in a win over the Knights. Chayleigh Cadarette and Kelsey Scott controlled the midfield that set the tone for the game. A solid defense was led by veterans Zoe Zeller and Kylie O’Connell, while Donovan and Cadarette led the offense.
Coach’s quote: “We have high expectations coming into the season and I am very pleased with how we played. The score aside, we moved the ball well, shared the ball and the combination play created good scoring chances…solid team win,” Belmont’s Amy Dutton said.
Records: Belmont 1-0; Kingswood 0-1
Bow 3, Fall Mountain 0
Key players: Bow – Maddie Preston, Isabella Urbina, Lilly Naimie, Julia Currier Amanda Murray (first career varsity goal), Brie Achorn (assist), Caitlyn Keenan (goal), Molly Morrison (first career varsity goal), Janna Corsetti (shutout)
Highlights/key moments: The Falcons played their best right before and after halftime to put away the Wildcats. Murray scored (assisted by Achorn) 28 minutes into the first half. Keenan scored after winning the ball in a scramble at the top of the 18-yard box off a corner kick and blasting a low shot past the keeper with two and half minutes left in the first half. Morrison finished the scoring with a goal 4:30 into the second half. Janna Corsetti got the shutout in goal.
Coach’s quote: “We started the game with a little bit of the first game jitters, with five sophomores in the starting line-up. After a while we settled down and played our game. At times the game was frustrating but our girls did a great job staying focused and working hard,” Bow’s Jay Vogt said.
Records: Bow 1-0; Fall Mountain 0-1
Hillsboro-Deering 3, Monadnock 1
Key Players: Bridgette Winters (goal), Paytne Walker (goal), Kym Bergstresser (goal), Mara Grady (two assists), Emily Gibson (assist), Emma Moore (four saves)
Highlights/Key Moments: Winters, Walker and Bergstresser provided the punch, while a defense led by Moore, Madisyn Winters and Kiersten Clough kept the Huskies at bay.
Team records: H-D 1-0, Monadnock 0-1
Derryfield 7, Pittsfield 2
Key Players: Pittsfield – Gretchen Hilton (goal), Morgan Corliss (goal), Kylee Morel (12 saves); Derryfield – Gabby Brummett (seven goals)
Highlights/key moments: The Cougars took control of the game early, peppering Morel with shots and taking a 5-0 lead at halftime. The Panthers played Derryfield even in the second half, but had no answer for Brummett, the Cougars’ star forward.
Coach’s quote: “We came out really flat,” Pittsfield’s Peter Tuttle said.
Records: Pittsfield 0-1; Derryfield 1-0
Concord 2, Winnacunnet 0
Key players: Trevor Devanny (goal), Ethan Dupre (goal), Chris Pinkham (assist), Andrew Grondin (three saves), Ian Scura, Matt Adams, Dom Girard (great defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide controlled play all game, finishing up with a 23-3 advantage in shots, but didn’t get rewarded for its work until late. Devanny headed in a cross from Pinkham in the 72nd minute, and Dupre added a goal at the very end of stoppage time.
Coach’s quote: “That was a very dominant performance for us,” Concord’s Scott Dunlop said.
Team records: Concord 1-0, Winnacunnet 0-1
Coe-Brown 4, St. Thomas 1
Key players: Coe-Brown – Jake Dunkerley (hat trick), Isaac Nowland (goal, assists), Corbin LeBlanc (five saves)
Highlights/key moments: Dunkerley scored the game’s opening goal, but the Saints tied the score, 1-1, at halftime. However the Bears played their game in the second half a strong defensive unit consisting of Ethan Barbeau, Jason Cleveland, Spencer Liam Clinch, Josh Conrad and Ron Berry, held a talent St. Thomas midfield in check.
Coach’s quote: “We have an exciting team to watch this year. If we can continue to shore up our defensive shape we can be dangerous. We are creating a lot of opportunities going forward, and fortunately the players aren’t losing their defensive focus,” Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert said.
Records: Coe-Brown 1-0; St. Thomas 0-1
Lebanon 4, MErimmack Valley 0
Key players: MV – Hudson Aldrich (six saves), Ben Davis (good defense)
Highlights/key moments: Aldrich made three stellar saves in net and Davis played strong defense, winning several 50/50 balls, but the Pride fell to a tough Raiders team.
Coach’s quote: “We lost to a top team and I thought we handled it well. We can use this tough defeat as a gauge and next time we see Lebanon the score will be closer. I still believe this MV team can be as good as our opponent today…we need to reflect on this loss and prepare for Kearsarge so we can make the playoffs,” MV’s Mark Boucher said.
Records: MV 0-1; Lebanon 1-0
Pembroke 3, Plymouth 2
Key players: Jeremy Caruso (two goals, assist), Ryan Lustig (assist on game-winning goal, great defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Spartans scored the game-winning goal in the final minute of the second half
Coach’s quote: “It’s good to start the year with a win,” Pembroke’s Peter Bisson said.
Records: Pembroke 1-0; Plymouth 0-1
Bishop Brady 3, Conant 2
Key players: Bishop Brady – Jacob Yanksy (two goals), Jake Davis (assist, great defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants scored two goals in the last four minutes of the first half to take a 2-1 lead into the break.
Coach’s quote: “The team did a great job of keeping possession and dominated for long periods and if we continue to play the same way for the rest of the season we’ll have a good year,” Brady’s Nick Green said.
Records: Brady 1-0; Conant 0-1
Bow 1, Fall Mountain 1
Key players: Bow – Thomas Poulin (anchored central defense), Owen Molind (strong midfield play), Calvin Szumierz (good defense).
Highlights/key moments: The Falcons took a 1-0 lead eight minutes into the second half on a great shot from the right side just inside the 18-yard box by Colin Buck (Owen Molind assist), but Fall Mountain scored with 1:15 left in the game when Bow failed to defend a long throw.
Coach’s quote: “ (It was) a good way for a young team to start. Fall Mountain is a veteran team who returned eight starters from last year. We had chances to win the game but will settle for the tie. … We are headed in the right direction,” Bow’s George Pinkham said.
Records: Bow 0-0-1; Fall Mtn. 0-0-1
Hillsboro-Deering 10, Mascoma 0
Key players: H-D – Troy Girard (three goals, assist), Jonas Hofstetter (two goals, assist), Cooper Johnson (goal, two assists), Austin Wheeler (two goals), Ryan Edsall (great defense)
Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats grabbed a 2-0 lead after 10 minutes. Mascoma dug in and made it tough for a while, but three quick goals at the end of the first half sealed the win. The Hillcats had their way with the game in the second half, doubling their lead. The defense, led by Edsall didn’t allow any shots on goal for Hillcat goalkeeper Conner Lane to deal with.
Coach’s quote: “We didn’t put any teams away last year and we talked about how important finishing games and finishing off teams was to our team this season. Today was our first opportunity to test ourselves and push to keep up our intensity for 80 minutes and the team passed with flying colors,” H-D’s Will Titus said.
Kearsarge 2, Winnisquam 0
Key players: Kearsarge – Francis Carpenter (goal), Jacob Donovan (goal), Gunnar Nurme (two assists), Tad Sternberg (strong midfield play), Mike Sullivan (two saves to earn shutout)
Highlights/key moments: After a scoreless first half, Nurme set up Carpenter in the 50th minute an Donovan in the 63rd to give the Cougars the win. Sternberg played well in midfield to give Kearsarge control of the game and prevented the Bears from getting many chances against Sullivan
Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Winnisquam 0-1
Derryfield 2, Pittsfield 1
Key players: Xenthios Cyr (goal), Ryan Marquis (assist), Gabe Anthony (strong defense).
Highlights/key moments: Pittsfield cut its deficit in half when Cyr took a pass over the defense from Marquis and found the net in the 74th minute.
Team records: Derryfield 1-0, Pittsfield 0-1.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Early Bird Invitational
Key Players: Hopkinton – Dom Repucci (second, 17:29.4), Aaron Dobe (17th, 20:14.4), Simon Doneski (18th, 20:15.0), Duncan Calder (24th, 20:34.8), Peter Sawitsky (30th, . Bow – Dylan Wheeler (23rd, 20:32.8), Robert Ciotti (27th, 20:50.4), Samuel Neff (34th, 21:26.7), Hayden Udelson (42nd, 22:07.6), Aidan Irish (49th, 22:35.1). Winnisquam – Zach Baker (16th, 20:10.3), Nathan Houghton (31st, 21:13.8), Tyler Mann (63rd, 23:24.4), Alex Mango (90th, 24:54.0), Ryan Smith (107th, 26:16.6), John Swain (112th, 26:47.1). Belmont – Ian Rupp (32nd, 21:23.9), Brennan Malone (50th, 22:37.0), Nikolai Fernandez (52nd, 22:41.5), Isaiah Knowlton (67th, 23:36.6), Christopher Spooner-Bishop (85th, 24:29.8). Hillsboro-Deering – Andrew Roberge (25th, 20:40.8), Paul Mooney (76th, 24:17.1), Andrew Hultgren (97th, 25:22.8), Seth Johnson (109th, 26:22.7), Anthony Dupont (148th, 31:30.5).
Highlights/Key Moments: Repucci guided the Hawks to 90 points, good for third behind Derryfield (68) and Inter-Lakes (86) and in front of Prospect Mountain (fourth, 93) and Plymouth (fifth, 152). Bow (sixth, 165), Winnisquam (ninth, 238), Belmont (10th, 238) and Hillsboro-Deering (12th, 316) rounded out the locals.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Early Bird Invitational
Key Players: Bow – Dominique Biron (10th, 24:26.7), Olivia Krause (11th, 24:27.4), Sohani Demian (12th, 24:29.4), Sarah Zecha (19th, 25:49.4), Nandita Kasireddy (28th, 26:17.4). Hopkinton – Sarah Nadeau (third, 21:10.9), Maddie Clark (fourth, 21:43.5), Emily Calder (fifth, 23:11.1), Andra McGlashan (21st, 26:02.9), Victoria Flood (57th, 29:31.0). Winnisquam – Caitlin Dumont (13th, 24:39.8), Hayley deSousa (33rd, 26:58.8), Sierra Dolan (35th, 27:05.6), Sierra Black (47th, 28:30.2), Laura Harmon (88th, 33:25.2). Hillsboro-Deering – Maggie Girard (31st, 26:43.2), Brianna Dumeny (58th, 29:32.7), Shannon Thomes (64th, 30:18.4), Ruthie Robinson (69th, 31:07.9), Brianna Gretchen (76th, 31:53.5) and Karaline Pelchat (77th, 31:53.9).
Highlights/Key Moments: The Falcons used a tight group just outside the top 10 to put up 59 points and take first place ahead of Hopkinton (74). Plymouth (92), Derryfield (111) and Prospect Mountain (122) rounded out the top three, while Winnisquam (eighth, 170) and Hillsboro-Deering (ninth, 239) were also in the mix. “We had no expectation of winning today,” Falcons Coach Barb Higgins said, “and really went into the race with the goal of learning to work together and to assess our fitness level. We are pleasantly surprised.”