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High schools: Kearsarge field hockey starts off with a win

  • Franklin's Abi Pratt weaves the ball through Kearsarge defense during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Franklin's Abi Pratt weaves the ball through Kearsarge defense during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Kearsarge's Lily Huntoon, center, moves the ball down the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Lily Huntoon, center, moves the ball down the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Kearsarge's Hannah Anderson, right, dribbles the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Hannah Anderson, right, dribbles the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Franklin's Lauren Hennessey moves the ball across the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Franklin's Lauren Hennessey moves the ball across the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Kearsarge's Annie Tilly, right, tries to block a Franklin pass during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Annie Tilly, right, tries to block a Franklin pass during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Kearsarge's Georgie Fantasia, right, hits the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Kearsarge's Georgie Fantasia, right, hits the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Franklin's Lexi Colpack jumps over a swinging stick during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

    Franklin's Lexi Colpack jumps over a swinging stick during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.

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  • Franklin's Abi Pratt weaves the ball through Kearsarge defense during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Lily Huntoon, center, moves the ball down the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Hannah Anderson, right, dribbles the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Franklin's Lauren Hennessey moves the ball across the pitch during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Annie Tilly, right, tries to block a Franklin pass during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Kearsarge's Georgie Fantasia, right, hits the ball during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)
  • Franklin's Lexi Colpack jumps over a swinging stick during Wednesday's field hockey game at Franklin High School, September 3, 2014. Kearsarge defeated Franklin, 2-0.<br/><br/>(For the Monitor/ELIZABETH FRANTZ)

The last time Kearsarge and Franklin met in a field hockey game, the Golden Tornadoes came away with a 2-1 victory. The Cougars (1-0) made sure history didn’t repeat itself yesterday, as Kearsarge capitalized on two penalty-corner deflections to secure a 2-0 victory over Franklin (0-1).

Both teams played through the unseasonably warm September heat and had to deal with an extremely slick field that made moving the ball difficult.

“The grass wasn’t helping us out there,” Kearsarge Coach Dianne Chadwick said. “Both teams had to make adjustments to how they were passing the ball. I think my girls displayed some very strong passing on the field.”

The Cougars experienced a season-long scoring slump last season, tallying only seven goals in their 14 games, but Chadwick has higher expectations for her team this season, saying “we have had trouble scoring the past couple seasons, but I think we did a good job of scoring a couple nice goals this game, and I believe we can carry it over as the season progresses.”

Lilly Huntoon and Issy Lovett scored the goals yesterday, with Huntoon breaking up a scoreless game 10 minutes into the first half and Lovett connecting for a tally in the 20th minute.

Kirsten Westerberg, Kearsarge’s lone varsity freshman, started the game at defense and showed she belonged by breaking up passes and helping the Cougars pick up their first win since the sixth game of last season.

Goalie Breyna Carey received praise from Chadwick for making a couple of huge saves to preserve the shutout. Defender Savannah Bell, a four-year varsity player, was credited for her “rock solid” defense that spread to the rest of the team.

For the Golden Tornadoes, Coach Deb Georgevits saw the game as a string of missed opportunities. “We were down 2-0 at the half. We had the scoring opportunities, but we just weren’t able to finish.”

Despite the shutout, Franklin saw some positive signs out of a few of its players. Aimee Gargano and Hanne Nichols played well defensively, bringing the ball out of the defensive zone, while Hailey Haskins showed poise playing midfield.

“The team played well in our first game of the season,” Georgevits said. “The game was evenly matched, but when we gained possession of the ball, we were not able to finish off the play. This game showed us our strengths and weaknesses.”

Chadwick, meanwhile, knows the season is young, but she sees good things in her team’s future.

“I’m very proud of the effort that my girls have been putting in,” Chadwick said. “I’m looking forward to seeing what this season brings.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

Hanover 2, Concord 1

Key players: Jacob Silverstein (goal), Dylan Thomson (assist), Andrew Grondin (seven saves), Matt Adams and Nick Dupre (great defense)

Highlights/key moments: At the 76th minute, Silverstein took a pass from Thomson and rocketed a shot from the top of the 18 to beat Hanover’s goalie.

Coach’s quote: “We played a tough game today, and look to bounce back at home against Bishop Guertin on Friday,” Concord’s Scott Dunlop said.

Records: Concord 1-1-0; Hanover 2-0-0

Hopkinton 3, John Stark 2, OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Tucker Windhurst (defense), Nick Fleury (defense), Austin Brehio (goal), Jacob Rockwood (goal), Evan Ruderman (two assists), Riley McNicholas (assist); John Stark – Kyle Clements (goal), Tyler Caswell (goal, assist), Ryan Nelson (great attacking), Keith Nieman and Jackson Easter (good defense)

Highlights/key moments: John Stark scored two goals in the last 15 minutes to send the game into overtime. The Hawks’ overtime game-winner came in less than two minutes when Ruderman played the ball on to Brehio, who had an aggressive run from deep in the field. Brehio finished the goal by placing the ball past the keeper for the win.

Coachesquotes: “(This was a) great way to start the season,” Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke said. “We fought through a couple defensive miscues to earn a hard-fought overtime win.”

“We have yet to put together a full 80-minute game, but I’ll give the boys credit, they hung in there today and were rewarded with a couple of goals on a very good Hopkinton team. We’ll take our lessons from the game and keep moving forward,” the Generals’ Jeff Vogt said.

Records: Hopkinton 1-0-0; John Stark 1-1-0

Belmont 3, Laconia 1

Key players: Belmont – TJ Hennessey (two goals, assist), Brad Cyr (goal, assist), Logan Wilder and Chris Marden (great all-around play), Jonny LeClair (seven saves); Laconia – James Salta, Andrew Sykes

Highlights/key moments: Hennessey got Belmont on the board in the 12th minute with an unassisted goal from about 25 yards out off the hands of the goalkeeper to take a 1-0 lead into the half. Cyr took a great pass from Hennessey and touched it past the keeper for the 2-0 lead. Hassan Sapry scored a goal off a pass from Andrew Sykes to get Laconia within a goal. Cyr returned the favor to Hennessey with five minutes left.

Coach’s quote: “Great work rate by the Belmont boys tonight. Led by Cyr and Hennessey the offense had great opportunities and the midfield held tight throughout the game. The defense led by Corey Derosier and Kyle Gelinas was outstanding. Jonny LeClair made a couple of superb saves. The bench contributed to an all around effort,” Belmont’s Michael Foley said.

Records: Belmont 1-1; Laconia 1-1

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Hopkinton 0, John Stark 0, 2OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Lily Scammon (five shots, great playmaking), Tess Masci (great defense and distributing), Sarah Ewing, Brianna Curley, Maryann Cousins and Hannah Wood (two shots each) Kasey Smith (10 saves); John Stark – Brooke Shatney, Cara Easter and Liz Neal (great midfield play), Angela Beeso, Danny Galli and Jocelyn Dimond (combined to outshoot Hopkinton 20-10), Nicole Beeso, Meghan Blanchette and Savanna Labounty (great defense)

Highlights/key moments: This was a back-and-forth game, with neither team willing to give up an easy goal. Both the Generals and the Hawks worked to exhaustion, playing 100 total minutes of soccer. In the two overtime halves, Hopkinton missed scoring by inches with the ball dinging off the post multiple times.

Coaches’ quotes: “This is what soccer was meant to be: two teams passionately reaching for a victory and working so hard that the result, in the books, feels more like a loss. Both teams put it all out on the field today and I was proud of the overall progression,” Hopkinton’s Lauri Izzi said.

“We dominated the first half, having many opportunities to score including an open net on a breakaway. The Hopkinton keeper had many key saves Meg Blanchette, our freshmen sweeper, was the anchor of the our success,” the Generals’ Heather Doucette said.

Records: Hopkinton 1-0-1; John Stark 1-0-1

Oyster River 5, Coe-Brown 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Christen Gallant (goal, assist), Kylie St. Francis (goal), Sarah Curtin, (two assists) Jelasa Nelson (assist), Jesse Ohrenberger (eight saves)

Highlights/key moments: Oyster River opened the scoring just five minutes into the game and converted on a penalty kick four minutes later to go ahead 2-0. Gallant answered for the Bears just 18 seconds later on the restart on an assist from Nelson and Curtin. The score at halftime was 3-2 in favor of the Bobcats. The score stayed tied until the 33rd minute when Oyster River converted on a direct kick with a collision in the net on Coe-Brown keeper Ohrenberger to go ahead 4-2.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play our best soccer, and have to limit the mental mistakes. Oyster River took advantage of them on three of their goals. The first 18 minutes was action packed and goals were everywhere. Once we settled down, our possession was better and we had plenty of opportunities, including six second-half shots inside the 18. Overall, we have better soccer to play and the season is still young,” Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils said.

Records: Coe-Brown 1-1-0; Oyster River 1-0-0

Belmont 5, Stevens 2

Key players: Belmont –Cassie Contigiani (two goals), Makayla Donovan (two goals, assist), Chayleigh Cadarette (goal), Emma Chase (assist), Jasmine Syed and Kylie O’Connell (great defense), Megan Prescott (strong left-footed shots), Kelsey Scott (controlled midfield play)

Highlights/key moments: Game started out evenly matched with both teams feeling the play out. Donovan used her speed and physical play to take a feed from Scott and finish in the 25th minute to go up 1-0. Play continued back and forth until Donovan set up Contigiani in the 45th minute to go up 2-0. Belmont got caught celebrating the previous goal and Stevens broke through the defense to make it 2-1 in the 46th minute. Both teams traded goals to make the game 3-2. Donovan and Contigiani sealed the deal, each scoring another goal.

Coach’s quote: “This was another great team win. We have lots to work on, but when the team is firing on all cylinders we are playing solid soccer. Consistency and team defense will be an early key for the team. The girls are working hard and already looking forward to our next game Friday when we travel to White Mountains,” Belmont’s Amy Dutton said.

Records: Belmont 2-0-0; Stevens 1-1-0

Bow 3, Campbell 0

Key players: Maddie Cheney (goal), Brie Achorn (two assists), Caitlin Keenan (two goals), Gianna Celenza (great hustle), Lilly Naimie, Julia Currier and Maggie Vogt (solid defense), Janna Corsetti (great saves)

Highlights/key moments: Cheney scored halfway through the first half for the eventual game-winner. Corsetti made some key saves and then Keenan had two goals late to seal the win.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t have our best game today, but the girls worked very hard, fought through it and came up with the goals when we needed it. They came up with the big defensive stops and saves to preserve the win. I am happy with the contribution of all of the players in today’s game, we worked together and won this game as a team,” Bow’s Jay Vogt said.

Records: Bow 2-0-0; Campbell 1-1-0

Pittsfield 3, Lin-Wood 1

Key players: Pittsfield – Brook Vien (goal) Morgan Corliss (goal, assist), Makayla Emerson (assist), Gabby Bartlett (goal) Alyssa Sullivan and Katie Rollins (great defense)

Highlights/key moments: Ten minutes in, Lin-Wood scored, but Pittsfield countered two minutes later (Vien from Corliss) and once again (Corliss from Emerson) before the half. Bartlett finished the scoring unassisted halfway through the second half.

Coach’s quote: “For the second game in a row the defense started a little flat, but our offense had some opportunities early. Once the defense tightened up we controlled a good portion of the game,” Pittsfield’s Peter Tuttle said.”

Records: Pittsfield 1-1-0; Lin-Wood 0-2-0

GOLF

Concord third

Key players: Concord – Matt Latourette (45), Trevor Moore (48), Ben Tardiff (49), Samantha Reed (49), Sam Tardiff (50), Hayley Reed (50); Bedford – Ryan Brown (medalist, 36)

Highlights/key moments: A young Crimson Tide team (241) gave itself a starting point for the rest of the season, finishing in third place behind Bedford (196) and Exeter (218).

Coach’s quote: “Our team is in the process of learning. Eight of our 12 players are new to the team this year. We will take our score from today and look to improve each time out,” Concord’s Ed Deshaies said.

Records: Concord 0-2; Bedford 4-0; Exeter 3-1

Coe-Brown first, MV second

Key players: MV – Jesse Demers (medalist, 41), Brandon Desilets (47), Joe Dougherty (55)

Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown (227) led the way, beating out Kingswood (232) by five strokes and defeating Merrimack Valley (262). Jesse Demers picked up his first medal of the season for Merrimack Valley.

Records: Coe-Brown 3-2; MV 0-4; Kingswood 4-1

Hopkinton first, Franklin second, H-D fourth

Key players: Hopkinton – Peter Benson (37, co-medalist), Nick Fairneny (37, co-medalist), Max Legier (40), Jay Crouch (42); Franklin – Corey Nelson (career-best 38), Jacob Geddis shot (career-best 41), Courtney Mazur (52), Nate Cartier (56)

Highlights/key moments: Hopkinton (156) continued its undefeated streak, steadily outshooting Franklin (187), Newmarket (197) and Hillsboro-Deering (204). Nelson and Geddis led the way for Franklin. The Hawks’ Benson secured his co-medalist position with birdies on three of his last six holes.

Coach’s quote: “Nick played with great composure today and really gave our team a boost in earning co-medalist honors from the fifth slot in our lineup,” Hopkinton’s Jeff Cahill said.

Records: Hopkinton 6-0; Franklin 3-2; Newmarket 3-2; Hillsboro-Deering 0-6

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Coe-Brown 22, John Stark 33, Pembroke 84

Key players: Coe-Brown – Ahna McCusker (first, 21:38), Hannah Parker (second, 21:43), Eleanor McDonough (fifth, 24:06), Brooke Laskowsky (sixth, 24:06), Sarah Dupuis (ninth 25:47); John Stark – Madeline Ishak (third, 22:48), Hazel Johnstone (fourth, 23:46), Hailey Nase (seventh, 24:06), Laura Martin (eighth, 24:11), MacKenzie Nase (11th, 26:12); Pembroke – Stephanie Berube (14th, 27:19), Alison Fischer (16th, 28:34), Rebecca Frederickson (17th, 28:34), Jonatha Decker (18th, 30:42), Christine Pearl (19th, 31:46)

Highlights/key moments: McCusker, a freshman, picked up the win for Coe-Brown. John Stark’s Ishak looked strong in this early contest. Freshman Martin ran very well in her first 5K race. MacKenzie Nase finished well, rounding out the top five in her return to cross-country.

Coach’s quote: “The team is so much fun together and they were excited to begin the season. This run was a good indicator of every athlete’s fitness and the girls are very pleased with their personal results and moving forward,” John Stark’s Pat Scott said.

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Pembroke 28, coe-brown 29, john stark 80

Key players: Pembroke – John Sanborn (second, 19:52), Kam Anderson (third, 19:53), Duncan Taylor (fifth, 19:54), Steven Abbot (sixth, 20:10), Jaydon Anderson (12th, 21:04); Coe -Brown – Jared Nelson (first, 19:45), Davio Deluca (fourth, 19:54), Chris Pratt (seventh, 20:21), Tristan Jardon (eighth, 20:52), Zach Richards (ninth, 20:57); John Stark – Michael Metcalf (tenth, 20:57), Noah Payeur (16th, 23:07), Brandon Lombard (17th, 23:35), Joseph Boucher (18th, 23:54), Brendan Pouliot (19th, 23:54)

Highlights/key moments: John stark Senior Michael Metcalf ran well in his first ever XC meet, placing 10th. The race for second and third came down to one second between Pembroke teammates John Sanborn and Kam Anderson. Nelson picked up the individual win, beating the runner-up by seven seconds.

Coach’s quote: “Many boys experienced their first meet ever, learned a lot and had a great time. They will use this initial meet to set goals throughout the season,” John Stark’s Pat Scott said.

Related

High school Stars of the Day

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Makayla Donovan, Belmont girls’ soccer, 2 goals, assist in 5-2 victory over Stevens Caitlin Keenan, Bow girls’ soccer, 2 goals in 3-0 victory over Campbell Austin Brehio, Hopkinton boys’ soccer, game-winning goal in 3-2 OT victory against John Stark …

Correction

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Due to incorrect information provided to the Monitor, the Kearsarge goalie was misidentified in a story and photo caption in yesterday’s paper. Kaleigh Davis was in net for Kearsarge’s 5-1 loss to Merrimack Valley. …

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