High schools: Coe-Brown boys’ soccer team shuts out John Stark for first win
Coe-Brown Northwood Academy defender Andrew Hooper goes up against John Stark Regional High School's Jackson Easter (right) after a corner kick during Coe-Brown's 4Ð0 victory at John Stark in Weare on September 3, 2013.
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Coe-Brown Northwood Academy midfielder Garrett Kunz stays close to John Stark Regional High School forward Ethan Roush (right) during Coe-Brown's 4Ð0 victory at John Stark in Weare on September 3, 2013.
WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
The Coe-Brown boys’ soccer team held a 2-0 lead in the second half yesterday, but John Stark found itself with a penalty kick and a opportunity to swing the momentum in its favor.
Bears netminder Jake Mele made sure that didn’t happen.
The senior made a key save to preserve his shutout, then the Bears added two more goals to finish off a 4-0 victory to even their record at 1-1.
Spencer Nowland put Coe-Brown on the board early with a goal 1:35 into the game. Jayson Cleveland tallied the second goal to give the Bears a 2-0 lead at halftime, but Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert knew the game was far from over, and that his team needed to maintain its intensity.
“All in all, in the second half we did a much better job communicating,” Gompert said.
Midfielders Liam Clinch and Isaac Nowland (one goal) anchored team communication on the field, playing what Gompert called “really smart soccer.” Alex Wimsatt scored the game’s final goal with a diving header, and Trey Berry tallied two assists.
The Generals (1-1) had strong defensive performances from Jackson Easter, Brandon Dugay and freshman Ryan Nelson.
“We certainly controlled play for parts of the game,” John Stark Coach Jeff Vogt said, “but we just couldn’t finish.”
Vogt acknowledged that his team missed an opportunity to turn the tide of the game with the second-half penalty shot, but gave credit to Mele.
“He did a good job getting himself in position to make the save,” Vogt said.
The Generals look to regain focus and bounce back from the loss.
“We’ve got some tough games coming up,” said Vogt, whose team travels to play Oyster River on Friday, “so we need to be ready.”
Despite the decisive victory, Gompert believes his team has plenty of room for improvement throughout the season.
“We have a lot of work to do,” he said, “but it’s nice to see hard work pay off.”
Coe-Brown looks to once again make hard work pay off as it hosts Merrimack Valley on Friday.
John Stark will travel to Coe-Brown for a rematch on Sept. 14.
Concord 1, Exeter 1
The Crimson Tide fired off 28 shots and faced just six from Exeter, but each team knocked in one goal and an overtime period couldn’t break the stalemate.
After a scoreless first half, Emmanuel Smith gave Concord (1-0-1) the lead, scoring on a pass from Trevor Devanny. With six minutes remaining in regulation, Exeter tied the game. A Concord penalty kick in the final seconds of overtime was stopped by the Blue Hawks (1-0-1), and they escaped with the tie.
“It was a dominant performance for us,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said. “But we struggled to finish off chances.”
Andrew Grondin recorded six saves in goal for the Crimson Tide, while Kyler Thayer played a solid game in midfield.
Bow 2, Kearsarge 1, OT
After a scoreless second half and seven minutes of knotted overtime, Bow’s Christopher Ketchum squeezed a low, hard shot inside the near post from the end line about 15 feet away to give the Falcons (2-0) the victory. The play originated on a deep throw-in from the right sideline to Josh DeYoung, who one-timed a cross to Ketchum for the game-winner at 7:12 of the first OT.
Bow struck first, 23:40 into the game, when Ben Maurer converted an assist from Louis Miyara. Kearsarge (0-1) struck back 10 minutes later, when Roudy Rehor delivered a long throw-in to Nick Bailey, who floated a long shot over the Bow keeper. The score stayed 1-1 through the second half, despite several golden scoring chances by both teams.
Mike Sullivan (six saves) had a strong game in goal for the Cougars, while Miyara and Mitchell Blair played well for Bow, along with goalie Timothy Bradley.
Hillsboro-Deering 5, Mascenic 1
Goals by Jonas Hofstetter in the second and fourth minute of the game put the Hillcats ahead 2-0, and they never looked back as they cruised to a convincing win.
Josh Gould scored two goals and added an assist, while Max Parenteau added a goal.
Troy Girard, Shane Kelly, Billy Dubuque and Cooper Johnson all tallied assists. Brett Bennett started the game in goal, making one save before sophomore Connor Lane took over and made his varsity debut. Lane recorded three saves, including two clutch stops on breakaways.
Winnisquam 4, Kingswood 1
The Bears found the right form after being shut out in their opening loss to Bow, getting two goals from Nick Welch and improving their mark to 1-1.
Christian Stock and Ben Wentworth added goals for Winnisquam, while Stock had an assist. Jason Robinson added an assist for the Bears, and Mike Buxton made five saves to get the win.
Exeter 5, Concord 0
Facing the four-time defending champions on the road in only its second game of the season, the Crimson Tide (1-1) came away with a tough loss.
Exeter (2-0) put heavy pressure on the Concord defense right away, using the turf field and Tide turnovers to its advantage, creating a goal in four minutes. The Blue Hawks continued to pressure Concord goalkeeper Becky Weld, who made several fantastic saves, but Exeter caught the Tide defense napping, putting away a rebound three minutes later to go up 2-0. Weld finished with 13 saves in the match.
Concord managed to put together a couple of limited counterrattacks, but trailed 3-0 at halftime.
“We struggled just to get the ball and to keep it,” Tide Coach Bill Nardino said.
But Concord made some adjustments at the break and started playing the ball out wide, stretching the Blue Hawks defense and creating some passing lanes. Claudia Roy played well off the bench and led an attack that finally sustained some rhythm and possession.
Bishop Brady 2,
Nadia Crainich and Taylor Fortin each scored goals to put Brady (1-1) up 2-0 at halftime en route to a win on the road against H-D (0-2).
Crainich scored in the fifth minute off an assist from Caitie Barrett. Fortin later scored in the 35th minute, bending her corner kick inside the back post.
The Green Giants were more consistently the better team in the first half, but the game almost got away from them in the second.
“We came out in the second half strong, ready to set the tone, but then we relaxed,” Brady Coach Rich Dougherty said. “We couldn’t establish a rhythm. ... It was back and forth.”
Bridgette Winters scored a goal from 20 yards out (assisted by Paytne Walker) with 10 minutes left to bring H-D back into the game, but Bishop Brady preserved the lead thanks to the strong play of Lila Bradley and Becca Olson.
Sarah Ingalls anchored the defense and Hannah Murdough played well in the midfield for the Hillcats. Hillary Madore had seven saves.
Belmont 2, Inter-lakes 1
The Red Raiders (2-0) showed a lot of fight and great team effort in a win over the Lakers (1-1).
Cassie Contigiani scored the opening goal in the 38th minute off assists from Mikayla Donovan and Emily Ennis to give Belmont a 1-0 halftime lead.
Inter-Lakes tied the game in the 58th minute, but freshman Emma Chase scored her first varsity goal on a breakaway for the game-winner.
“I was really happy with how the girls responded,” said Belmont Coach Amy Dutton, adding that Emma’s twin sister Sarah Chase played well off the bench and sisters Anna and Kelsey Scott also played well to help preserve the lead.
Dutton described the game as competitive, despite the fact that Belmont held a 36-4 advantage in shots. Kaitlyn Berry made three saves and sweeper Zoe Zeller blocked a Laker shot with a wide-open net. Chayleigh Cadarette played well in the midfield against a strong Lakers forward.
KENNETT 5, BISHOP BRADY 0
The Green Giants (0-1) couldn’t clear their lines early in the game, falling behind 2-0 after 11 minutes in a home loss to Kennett(1-0).
“We didn’t have a sense of urgency right off the bat,” Brady Coach Kelly Owen said.
But then Bishop Brady’s defense, led by Meg Houten and Meg McMurphy, buckled down and held off the Eagles for 10 minutes before Kennett netted a third goal. Brady then kept the Eagles scoreless for the final 10 minutes of the half to go into the break down only 3-0, no small feat against an elite D-II program.
Kennett sustained a strong attack thanks to six corners, and the Green Giants, led by forward Colleen Earley, had several offensive opportunities of their own but couldn’t finish.
Gilford 10, Franklin 0
It was a learning experience for the Golden Tornadoes (0-1), who fell in their home opener to Gilford (1-0).
For more than half the players (freshmen and new players), it was their first time playing field hockey. Shelby Joyce made several saves for Franklin, while freshman Anna Doherty played well defensively.
Winnisquam 7, Mascenic 3
Winnisquam scored early and often, holding a 5-0 lead at halftime en route to winning its season opener.
Lauren Bolstridge led the way for Winnisquam, tallying three goals and an assist. Erin Atherton scored two goals, while Alyssa Clogston contributed a goal and an assist.
Molly Tinker (one goal), Rachel Willcutt (two assists), Cora Kelley (one assist) and Erin McNamara (one assist) also contributed to the offensive effort.
Kendra Lonergan, Briana D’Amore and Haley Milton combined for the victory in goal.
Bishop Brady second
In their season opener at Nippo Lake Golf Club, the Green Giants shot a 200, just shy of Portsmouth’s 195. Lebanon (212) placed third and Coe-Brown (220) finished fourth.
Alex Thompson led Bishop Brady with a 37, while Alex Von Svoboda shot a 38. Connor Gagnon (40), Nick Vermette (41) and Jack Bryck (44) rounded out the scorers.
“I’m very pleasantly surprised with Gagnon’s 40,” Bishop Brady Coach Ken Gauthier said. “He didn’t play last year, and that’s a fine score.”
John Stark second
The Generals shot 202 to finish behind St. Thoms (185), but ahead of Hollis-Brookline in a match at the Angus Lea golf course.
Chris DePaula led John Stark with a 36, only one stroke behind medalist Alex Bickford of St. Thomas. Zack Hellings (39) golfed well for the Generals, who travel to Hanover on Tuesday.
Derryfield dominated the match at Candia Woods, shooting a 2-under 138. Hopkinton’s 174 was a distant second, while Sunapee (197) placed third and Newmarket (224) finished fourth.
“In my six years of coaching I’ve never heard of a team that low,” Hopkinton Coach Jeff Cahill said of Derryfield’s performance.
Despite stiff competition, Cahill was pleased with his team’s performance. Sam Winslow led the Hawks with a 41, while Evan O’Keeffe (42), Peter Benson (45) and Jamison Crouch (46) rounded out the scorers.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Portsmouth 25, Merrimack Valley 32
MV came up just short against a top-ranked Portsmouth team despite the absence of top runner Brendan Polichronopoulos.
Carter Saltmarsh was second overall with an 18:07. Walker John (18:32), Brandon Richardson (18:34) and Keegan Hanks (18:42) placed fifth, sixth and seventh, respectively. Damon Perron rounded out the scorers, placing 12th with a time of 20:57.
John Stark Third
John Stark (75 points) finished third in a home meet, behind winners Trinity (26) and runner-up Con-Val (33).
Kaden Hirschenhofer was the lone General in the top 10, running the 5K course in 20:17 to finish ninth. Robert Kram (20:38), Noah Payeur (22:34), Joseph Boucher (22:35) and Tyler DeStefano (28:07) rounded out John Stark’s scoring in its first meet of the season.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Portsmouth 20, Merrimack Valley 41
The Pride showed a lot of promise in its first race of the season, especially considering last year at this time it didn’t have enough runners to field a team.
Raquel Gelinas was third overall with a 23:05, while Cassie Owens finished fifth at 23:46. Cindy Fanny (16th, 27:13), Kelsey Belanger (19th, 28:39) and Miranda Crane (20th, 28:43) also scored for MV.
John Stark Second
Hazel Johnstone finished in second and the Generals placed three runners in the top 10 in its first race this season to narrowly defeat Trinity, 45-47, for second place in a home meet.
Con-Val won the meet with 32 points. Johnstone’s time of 21:22 led all Stark runners and was joined in the top 10 by Madeline Ishak (fourth, 22:02) and Hailey Nase (sixth, 22:26). Erin Scott (24:34) and Hannah Erskine (26:43) also scored for the Generals.