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High schools: MV boys’ soccer team shows resiliency in beating Kearsarge, 2-1

  • Merrimack Valley goalkeeper Hudson Aldrich makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Merrimack Valley goalkeeper Hudson Aldrich makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

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  • Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan, left, and Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard fight for control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan, left, and Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard fight for control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

    (For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Merrimack Valley's Tim Bortnick heads the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Merrimack Valley's Tim Bortnick heads the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

    (For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ) Purchase photo reprints at PhotoExtra »

  • Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan gains control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan gains control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

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  • Kearsarge goalkeeper Mike Sullivan makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge goalkeeper Mike Sullivan makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

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  • Merrimack Valley's Christian Welch, right, fights off Kearsarge's Tad Sternberg during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Merrimack Valley's Christian Welch, right, fights off Kearsarge's Tad Sternberg during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.

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  • Merrimack Valley goalkeeper Hudson Aldrich makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan, left, and Merrimack Valley's Cole Remillard fight for control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Merrimack Valley's Tim Bortnick heads the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Jacob Donovan gains control of the ball during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge goalkeeper Mike Sullivan makes the save during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Merrimack Valley's Christian Welch, right, fights off Kearsarge's Tad Sternberg during Tuesday's soccer game at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, September 2, 2014. Merrimack Valley beat Kearsarge, 2-1.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

It was a learning experience in more ways than one. The defensive scheme wasn’t finalized. A pair of forwards without much experience together played up front. The team was coming off a 4-0 loss. It was hot and humid. Combine those things, plus giving up a second-half goal to lose a 1-0 lead, “it was a test,” MV boys’ soccer Coach Mark Boucher said. But it was one the team passed with flying colors.

Jarrett Davis found Cole Remillard on a beautiful run with a minute and 40 seconds left in the match to break a 1-1 draw, giving the Pride (1-1) a 2-1 victory yesterday over visiting Kearsarge (1-1).

“Overcoming adversity,” was the biggest positive taken from the win, according to Boucher.

Offensively, for example, the Pride is without senior captain and center midfielder Noah Seltzer, a big cog in MV’s offense. Without Seltzer controlling possession in the midfield, the Pride’s offense was led by Remillard and Davis, and while the duo was productive against their Division III foes (Davis scored the game’s first goal with Remillard assisting), this was only the second time the two had played together up front. The other occasion was last Friday’s scoreless loss to Lebanon.

In the fourth minute, Remillard found Jarrett on an excellent through ball through Kearsarge’s flat backline. The duo produced several other chances, but none of the others found the mark until Remillard’s game-winner.

“Cole was really having a great game, making great runs. He missed high, right and left, but those two hung in there until the last minute,” said Boucher, adding that, “(Davis) was getting a lot of attention,” from the Cougars defense, so Davis “checked back” and tried to find Remillard on runs through the back. And in the final two minutes it paid off when Davis beat a defender on the left flank and sent the ball to Remillard, who made another beautiful run down the middle, beating a defender in the box and beating Kearsarge keeper Mike Sullivan (12 saves) down low.

“He dialed it in at the right time,” Boucher said of Remillard’s winning strike, “they worked hard all game.”

Although the Cougars maintained a good share of possession thanks to Jacob Donovan’s play in central midfield and central defense, resulting in a Brandon Thibodeau equalizer with 11:31 left in the game (Nick Brady assist), the Pride had more shots on goal, with midfielder Warren Campbell hitting the crossbar and Adrian Bolte creating opportunities in the counterattacking brand of offense MV has utilized in Seltzer’s absence.

There were also plenty of positives on the defensive end where, “we’re still trying to found out what works back there,” Boucher admitted. Among the unsung heroes in the back line is Ben Davis, “who just tore it up the middle, he just wins everything, he’s got a nose for the ball, he’s so valuable in the middle,” said Boucher, describing Davis’s knack for winning 50/50 balls.

Anchoring the defense is center back and captain Nate Mulleavey, “a great kid, great leader, he’s our rock back there,” according to his coach, who also added that, “he’s been very patient,” while Boucher figures out the best formation and position for his talented defenders. The Pride looked good defensively, but it was a brief lapse in organization that led to Kearsarge’s goal, not an error on the part of MV’s “fierce and fearless” goalkeeper, Hudson Aldrich (seven saves).

But for the entire team, coming back after allowing the Cougars to tie the game marked a turning point in the game and in the growth of the MV squad.

“Getting the victory was big, they’ve all grown up over the year,” Boucher said. “It was an excellent game.”

As for Kearsarge, “it was a total team effort and experience we gained (from playing a strong, experienced MV team) will pay off in the long run,” Cougars Coach Rob Ragazzo said.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Coe-Brown 5, Milford 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Spencer Nowland (two goals, assist), Isaac Nowland (goal, assist), Jayson Cleveland (goal), Jake Dunkerley (goal), Corbin LeBlanc (nine saves)

Highlights/key moments: A 2-1 halftime score was closer than the Bears wanted, but after a halftime talk about keeping their shape, they were much more disciplined in shape and more dynamic on the attack and found the back of the net three times as a result. Milford hustled the entire time and played hard all the way through to the last whistle.

Coach’s quote: “We learned some tactical things tonight which will make us stronger going forward … nonetheless, we got to see from Milford what going 100 percent for the full 80 minutes looks like. So far this year, the boys have shown persistence and patience and have been rewarded. When we play Oyster River on Friday, an expected high caliber team this year, we’ll see if we can put our game plan together with full 80-minute focus and effort. If we do that, we are going to beat a very solid squad,” the Bears’ Christian Gompert said.

Records: Coe-Brown 2-0; Milford 0-1

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Mascenic 1

Key players: Troy Girard (goal), Shane Kelly (goal), Brenden Doherty (goal), Dominic Downs, Reed Erickson and Ryan Edsall (played organized defense)

Highlights/key moments: After Mascenic’s Jared Stauffeneker made his way through five Hillcat defenders to score the game’s first goal, H-D came back with three unanswered goals, capped off by Doherty lasering a shot into the top corner of the goal just two minutes into the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We played a good first half, even more so after we gave up the opening goal. Both teams seemed to sputter out in the second half under the heat as play got really sloppy and disjointed. I think whoever had the lead midway through the second half was probably going to hold on,” H-D’s Will Titus said.

Records: H-D 2-0-0; Mascenic 0-1-0

Somersworth 5, Bishop Brady 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Sam Earp (goal); Somersworth – Jake Hill (two goals)

Highlights/key moments: Somersworth scored four goals in the opening 20 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “We got a valuable lesson today, it doesn’t matter how well we keep the ball. If we can’t deal with a long ball, we’ll be in trouble. We have to get back on the training field and right our mistakes to be ready for our next game,” Brady’s Nick Green said.

Records: Somersworth 2-0-0; Bishop Brady 1-1-0

GOLF

Bow First

Key players: Bow – Jeremy Duhamel and Doug Champagne (co-medalists, even par 36), Ronan Lucy (38), Tyler Cole (43)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons boasted the two best scores on the Crotched Mountain course to handily defeat Mascenic (181) and Conant (221) in their opener with a team score of 153.

Records: Bow 2-0; Mascenic 1-1; Conant 0-2

Bishop Brady second

Key players: Bishop Brady – Jack Bryck (42), Danny Bryck (45), Jackson Bouley (45), Justin Muise (49), Madison Smith (50). Plymouth – Christian Babin (40, medal ist)

Highlights/key moments: With Jack Bryck leading the way, Brady (231) edged Plymouth (234) at par-36 Beaver Meadow for its first win of the season, while finishing just behind Goffstown (227).

Records: Bishop Brady 1-4; Plymouth 1-4; Goffstown 3-1

Hopkinton first

Key players: Hopkinton – Max Legier (co-medalist, 42), Peter Benson (43), Evan O’Keeffe (43) and Jay Crouch (48); Profile – Jake Raichle (co-medalist, 42)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton (176) came in 10 shots better than runner-up Profile (186) to sweep its season-opening match. Inter-Lakes (195) and Moultonborough (211) rounded out the field.

Coach’s quote: “For our first match of the year, today’s play was excellent. We faced a very good Profile team on their difficult home course and met the challenge. This is a great start to the season,” Hopkinton’s Jeff Cahill said.

Records: Hopkinton 3-0; Profile 2-1; Inter-Lakes 1-2; Moultonborough 0-3

Franklin second

Key players: Franklin – Corey Nelson (48), Courtney Mazur (career-best 51) and Nate Cartier (career-best 55)

Highlights/key moments: Franklin nearly came away with two victories in its season opener, shooting a 210 to host Newmarket’s 209. Farmington was third with a 227.

Records: Newmarket 2-0; Franklin 1-1; Farmington 0-2

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

H-D at Jamie Martin INvite

Key players: H-D – Andrew Roberge (33rd, 19:19), Andrew Hultgren (101st, 23:13), Logan Snow (157th, 28:11), Andrew Edwards (167th, 29:15), Anthony Dupont (175th, 31:25); Gilford – Ryan LaFrance (first, 16:34)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats placed 15th in a 16-team invitational hosted by Sanborn. Mascenic placed three runners in the top 10 take the team title with a score of 65. Goffstown (91), Kingswood (128), Hollis-Brookline (137) and Pelham (164) rounded out the top five.

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