High schools: Turk scores two late goals to lift Pembroke boys’ soccer team over John Stark, 4-2
John Stark's Ryan Nelson (9) kicks the ball away from Pembroke's Jacob Duval (23) during yesterday's at Pembroke Academy. The Spartans won, 4-2. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
John Stark's Will Pineault (17) and Pembroke's Logan Young (11) try to direct the ball to team mates during Thursday's game at Pembroke Academy. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Pembroke goalie Cole Sporcic picks off a save during Thursday's match against John Stark at Pembroke Academy. (Alan MacRae/for the Monitor)
Down 1-0, it crawled back to tie. Down 2-1, once again it fought back with the equalizer. But the John Stark boys’ soccer team didn’t have a response for the blazing speed of Pembroke senior Justus Turk, whose two goals – both on breakaways – in the final five minutes didn’t allow the Generals an opportunity for one last retort.
“I think this is more frustrating than it is anything,” said Stark Coach Jeff Vogt, whose Generals fell to 1-2. “We’re doing a lot of things right, but we still need to figure out how to try to put a full game together.”
For the Spartans (2-0), it was a learning experience. Pembroke lost nine senior starters to graduation last year, putting pressure on a new core group of seniors and handful of underclassmen. So far, the new group is 2-for-2 in the win column, but it hasn’t been easy.
“That’s kind of how things have gone for us in the early going. We get scored on and we battle back,” Pembroke Coach Peter Bisson said. “We need to learn how to play with the lead. We’ve gotten away with it, but that’s definitely something we’re going to have to work on as we get deeper into the schedule.”
A tale of two very different halves, the Spartans jumped out to a 1-0 lead when Jeremy Caruso beat goalkeeper James Patterson (14 saves) midway through the first half. And that’s where the scored stayed into halftime.
It didn’t take long after the intermission for the Generals to knot things up, as Isaiah Lovering tapped home a loose ball inside the box 7½ minutes into the second half. But the Spartans answered back in a hurry, grabbing their second one-goal lead of the game less than 10 minutes later on a goal by Logan Young.
Stark appeared to have the game headed to overtime when Kyle Clements sniped the top-left corner over the outstretched arms of goalkeeper Cole Sporcic (14 saves) from 25 yards out. But the Generals’ aggressive attack following the strike in the 72nd minute was short-lived.
“We went for it after that goal and he made us pay with his speed,” Vogt said of Turk, who scored goals in the 75th and 78th minutes. “We pushed some guys up to try to get the lead and (Pembroke) just did a good job taking advantage of one player being a lot faster than our backs.
“We simply didn’t have an answer for that.”
Bow 1, Somersworth 0
Key players: Bow – Noah Bult (first career shutout), Calvin Szumierz, Thomas Poulin, Owen Molind, JonPaul Merchand (great defense, limited Somersworth’s chances)
Highlights/key moments: Coach George Pinkham allowed his five freshmen and two sophomores to come off the bench to get quality time against a very good team and watched them respond to the challenge. Bow’s defense held Somersworth’s leading scorer, Jake Hill, to a single shot. Bult made a great leaping punch off a free kick halfway through the second half to preserve the shutout.
Coach’s quote: “A great, great win against a team that I feel should finish in the top four in our division this year. Somersworth opened with two wins on the road against quality opponents Gilford and Bishop Brady. To be able to play them in their home opener and come away with a win shows the character and confidence that this year’s young team is developing. We are only two games into the season but they have already exceeded my early expectations,” Pinkham said.
Records: Bow 1-0-1; Somersworth 2-1-0
Hillsboro-Deering 8, Franklin 0
Key Players: H-D – Troy Girard (two goals, assist), Billy Dubuque (two goals, assist), Pano Galatas (two goals, assist), Cooper Johnson (two assists); Franklin – Jake Gagne (solid defensively), Gio Lemon (helped create opportunities offensively)
Highlights/Key Moments: The Hillcats jumped out to a three-goal lead after just minutes and cruised to the win from there. Possession was vastly in favor of H-D, and for the second time this season, goalkeeper Connor Lane was not called upon to make any saves.
Coach’s Quote: “The boys worked hard and really worked on possession in a lopsided game,” H-D’s Will Titus said. “They made the necessary adjustments and we kept the shutout for our keeper despite the game-long efforts of the Franklin offense.”
Records: H-D 3-0; Franklin 0-3
Kearsarge 4, Berlin 0
Key players: Kearsarge – Maicy Hansen (three goals), Tess Witmer (goal), Kaleigh Davis (six-save shutout)
Highlights/key moments: The Cougars scored three goals in the first half to set the tone.
Records: Kearsarge 1-2; Berlin 0-2
Key players: Coe-Brown – Joel Bolanger (medalist, 2-over 38), Luke Zollman (39), Ryan Oliver (42), Taylor Dow (43), Ben Porter (43)
Highlights/key moments: Bolanger shot his best round of the season to earn medalist honors and lead Coe-Brown (205) to victory at its home course of Nippo Lake. Plymouth (216) took second, with Sanborn (254) third.
Records: Coe-Brown 5-2; Plymouth 2-5; Sanborn 0-4
Bishop Brady second
Key Players: Bishop Brady – Sam Olson (44), Jack Bryck (44), Jackson Bouley (47), Spencer Fleming (49), Madison Smith (49); Hanover – Phin Choukas (medalist, even-par 36)
Highlights/Key Moments: Brady (233) played consistent golf, having six players score between 44-49, but it wasn’t enough to stay with a very talented Hanover (209) squad. Danny Bryck tied for the fifth spot at 49 via a 60-foot putt on the ninth hole. Kennett finished third at 248.
Records: Brady 2-5; Hanover 7-0; Kennett 2-3
Merrimack Valley third
Key players: MV – Jesse Demers (41), Brandon Desilets (47), Joe Dougherty (52), Chandler Pierce (52), Garrett Mack (59); Souhegan – Ryan Stankiewicz (medalist, 39)
Highlights/key moments: MV carded a 251 team score to finish behind Souhegan (207) and Hollis-Brookline (223).
Records: Souhegan 4-1; Hollis-Brookline 2-3; MV 0-6
John Stark third
Key players: John Stark – Matt McFall (medalist, 40), Ryan Rothdiener (46)
Highlights/key moments: McFall, a senior, carded the low round of the day, but John Stark (245) came up just short of runner-up Oyster River (240). Kingswood won on its home course with a 231.
Records: Kingswood 6-1; Oyster River 3-1; John Stark 2-3
Key Players: Bow – Doug Champagne (medalist, 1-under 35), Tyler Cole (39), Jeremy Duhamel (41), Ronan Lucey (43)
Highlights/Key Moments: Champagne fired a 1-under 35 in his first-ever round at Hooper Golf Club in Walpole. The round was good enough for medalist honors, helping the Falcons to a 158. Derryfield was second at 173, while Fall Mountain closed with a 218.
Coach’s Quote: “We’re coming together,” Bow’s Mike Seraikas said. “Noboby had seen the course before, but I thought it was a good effort. The kids’ games are coming together.”
Records: Belmont 2-0; Winnisquam 0-2; Prospect M t n. 0-4
Belmont first, Winnisquam second
Key Players: Belmont – Mike Sanborn (medalist, 38), Caleb Drouin (43), Brandon Pearl (45), Nicole Antonucci (46); Winnisquam – Marshall Bordeau (49), Ethan Bryson (63), Ryan Fowler (63), Brandon Broby (66)
Highlights/Key Moments: Sanborn’s 2-over 38 was good enough for medalist honors, helping Belmont (172) to a decisive sweep of Winnisquam (241) and Prospect Mountain (276).
Coach’s Quote: “A team score of 172 is a very solid score at Canterbury for our first match, considering we seldom broke 190 as a team last season,” Belmont’s Kevin Charleston said. “Mike’s 38 was impressive to watch. He was on his game today, hitting each fairway and green, and two-putting all day long.”
Records: Belmont 2-0; Winnisquam 0-2; Prospect M tn. 0-4
Key players: Kearsarge – Andy Arnold (co-medalist, 1-over 37), Lucas Muzzey (39), Adam Devine (41), Laura Rodgers (53); Laconia – Colin Horton (co-medalist, 37)
Highlights/key moments: Opening the season on its home course at Country Club of New Hampshire, Kearsarge shot a 170 to beat Laconia (176) and Stevens (199).
Coach’s quote: “Laconia is a good team, we knew we had to play well,” Kearsarge’s David Muzzey said.
Records: Kearsarge 2-0; Laconia 1-2; Stevens 2-2
Pelham 6, Pembroke 0
Key players: Pembroke – Goalie Rachel Stottlar (regardless of the score, she had a great game defending the goal), defensive line of Lauren Christi, Emmi Ferrera and Teresa Hromis along with Kim Dugan (worked hard).
Coach’s quote: “We had much more intensity at today’s game, and went in to do our job: play field hockey. The defense worked hard during every corner and offense worked hard on trying to get the ball up the field. We have a lot of work ahead of us, and we will continue to work on our skills and reflect on things we need to fix,” Pembroke’s Erin Cayer said.
Records: Pelham 2-0; Pembroke 0-2