High Schools: Bow girls’ soccer team gets best of Hopkinton again
Hopkinton goalie, Kacey Smith, clears the ball away from Bow's Maddy Cheney in girls soccer on Friday, October 11, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Bow's Naomi Kramer fights for control of the ball from Hopkinton's Josie Lavigne in girls soccer on Friday, October 11, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
The Bow girls’ soccer team didn’t forget what happened in last year’s state final, when Hopkinton spoiled the Falcons’ undefeated season with an overtime win. Bow simply chose not to focus on that when it hosted the Hawks yesterday in a showdown of Division III contenders.
“Our approach all season has been not to focus on who we’re playing, though we’re very aware of Hopkinton and what kind of team they are, but to worry about ourselves and how we play,” Bow Coach Jay Vogt said.
That approach worked to perfection for the Falcons in their first 11 games, and it worked again yesterday as they claimed a 2-0 win at home. Bow improved to 12-0 with the decision, while the Hawks dropped to 8-2-2. Their only other loss was back on Sept. 4 when they fell to the Falcons, 4-0.
“I thought this was a relatively even game,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said, “but we didn’t take advantage of enough of our opportunities to shoot.”
Bow finished with a 15-6 shot advantage, and the first of those bids that found the back of the net came in the 25th minute when Maddie Lust scored on assists from Lindsey Vogt and Brie Achorn. The Hawks’ best chance of the game came off a first-half corner kick when Nikki Cullinan just missed a header at the near post.
The Falcons made some defensive adjustments at halftime “with marking and being organized, and it made a big difference,” Vogt said. With that end tightened up, Bow went to work on offense and added to its lead when Taylor Morrison scored off a great cross from Maddie Cheney in the 55th minute. Bow keeper Janna Corsetti and defenders Lilly Naimie, Julia Currier and Christy Vinnenberg made sure that lead stayed safe for the rest of the contest, and they had plenty of help from the rest of the Falcons.
“Every person in the game did what they were supposed to do,” Vogt said. “It truly was a team effort against a very good team.”
Coe-Brown 1, Goffstown 0
Freshman keeper Corbin LeBlanc, filling in for injured senior Jake Mele, made 12 saves to record the shutout and help the Bears (4-7-2) snap a six-game winless streak.
“The team is starting to hit its stride, which is good, because we needed some wins to ensure we make the playoffs,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said.
Sophomore Liam Clinch netted the game’s only goal with an assist from Jayson Cleveland in the 60th minute.
Hollis-Brookline 3, John Stark 0
The Generals (5-6-1) played well at Hollis-Brookline (10-2) but gave up three goals in a tough span of 17 minutes midway through the second half.
John Stark had opportunities to get on the board with a close chance going wide late in the first half and a missed one-on-one breakaway with the Cavaliers goalie early in the second.
Brandon Dugay, Jackson Easter, Ryan Nelson and Cam Williams played well for Stark.
OYSTER RIVER 7,
MERRIMACK VALLEY 1
Scott Scoffield scored the only goal for the Pride (3-9), which also got solid performances from Ben Davis, Jonathin Bailey and Noah Seltzer.
Lebanon 3, Pembroke 1
Pembroke (8-2-1) fell at home to a strong Lebanon team (10-2).
No further details were reported.
Bishop Brady 1
After a scoreless first half, the Green Giants (4-7-1) took a 1-0 lead in the 43rd minute before the Hawks (11-0-1) woke up.
“Brady simply played harder than us for the first 42 minutes of the game,” Hopkinton Coach Scott Zipke said, “eventually resulting in them going ahead on a deserved penalty kick.”
After Brady’s Tucker Tripp converted the PK, the Giants packed in their defense to protect the lead, but the Hawks applied constant pressure until Austin Brehio drew a penalty in the box and Doug Fleury made good on the PK to tie things at 1-1 in the 63rd minute. Hopkinton, which scored in the 79th minute on Tuesday to earn a tie against Bow, scored in the 78th minute yesterday when a corner kick from Fleury found Riley McNicholas at the far post for the game-winner.
Jacob Rockwood and Brehio were both energizing factors off the bench for the Hawks, who got five saves from Robbie Ferguson. Dylan Thomson finished with seven saves for Brady.
Mascenic 2, OT
The Hillcats (4-5-3) controlled play at home, but couldn’t pull away from Mascenic (3-9) until early in the overtime period when sophomore Thomas Irving volleyed home a Troy Girard free kick. The game was H-D’s fifth that was decided in OT.
Mascenic got on the board first with a five-minute strike. H-D came back when Jonas Hofstetter found Josh Gould on a breakaway to tie the game in the 32nd minute, then Chase Spruce headed home a second goal with less than a minute in the half remaining (Girard collected another assist).
Mascenic tied the score at 2-2 early in the second half. The Hillcats outshot the visitors 16-6.
Xenthios Cyr gave the Panthers (4-8) a 1-0 lead in the fourth minute, but Wilton (9-3) tied things in the 18th minute, took a 2-1 lead into the half and eventually went up 3-1 on its way to the home win.
Derek Pike scored the other Pittsfield goal, Max Tuttle had two assists, and sweeper Ryan Marquis turned in an excellent performance.
Pembroke 38, Kingswood 23
The Spartans (2-4) scored 25 unanswered points on the road to put Kingswood (1-5) in a deep hole and snap a four-game losing streak.
Keenan Abbott was all over the field receiving, catching four passes for 120 yards and two touchdowns. He caught one touchdown apiece from Vinny Dustin (4-for-7, 122 yards) and Chris Cushing (2-for-6, 90 yards, two touchdowns) on receptions of 39 yards and 24 yards, respectively.
Adam Gelinas caught a 25-yard TD pass, Dean Dustin ran in a 9-yard score, and Dustin and Gelinas both had rushing touchdowns for the Spartans.
Abbott and Dustin set a physical tone for Pembroke on defense, while Shane Gillen and Mike Patnode excelled on the offensive and defensive lines.
Merrimack VAlley 1,
Olivia Thurber scored the winner for the Pride (9-4) during a goalmouth scramble midway through the first period, giving MV the victory at Plymouth (7-5-1).
Merrimack Valley had more opportunities to score and controlled the pace of a defensively focused contest. The Pride has allowed more than one goal in only two games this season.
Goalie Maggie Carey got the shutout, and Hannah John played well at halfback.
Conant 3, John STark 1
The Generals (1-10) tried to hang tough at Conant (5-7), but the Orioles scored goals on either side of the halftime break.
John Stark goalie Jerrilyn Wilson kept the score close by making a career-high 30 saves. Annalise Blouin helped Wilson’s cause on defense.
Morgan Hussey scored the Stark goal with five minutes left in the game on an assist by Steph Wetherbee.
Kingswood 3, Bow 0
It was the sixth straight loss for the Falcons, dropping them to 3-9. Laura Zbehlik, Lyndsey Wheeler and Katie Lawson all played well for Bow. Kingswood moved to 3-9-1 with the win.
Coe-Brown 3, Windham 0
The Bears (11-1) took sole possession of first place in Division II with this hard-fought 25-14, 25-21, 26-24 win at home.
“The scores might not show it, but this was a battle,” Coe-Brown Coach Rick Veno said.
Windham (10-2) held a 24-23 lead in the third game, but Emma Easler (20 kills) came up with a huge block to swing momentum, and Jessie Stevens delivered the match-winning kill moments later.
The Bears also got great performances from Meg Rouillard (19 kills), Lacey Locke (35 assists), Debbie Peabody (25 digs) and Abby Ahern (19 digs).
Winnisquam 3, Mascoma 0
The Bears (10-2) rolled to the win on homecoming night, 25-4, 25-2, 25-4, over rebuilding Mascoma (2-11).
Everyone on the Winnisquam roster got into the match and the Bears finished with 27 aces as a team. That service assault was led by Bailey Long (nine aces, four kills), Erica Doubleday (16 assists, six aces) and Marissa Deblaise (five aces), who had a 16-point service run to open the second game.
Belmont 3, Prospect Mtn. 0
The Red Raiders (11-1) fought through a tight first and third game to earn a tough sweep of Prospect Mountain (5-8), 29-27, 25-19, 26-24.
Megan Bailey had a team-high 28 assists to go with three aces, three digs and two kills, while Jessie Bergeron had 23 digs, four kills and an ace. Shannon Conway (five kills, two digs, block) and Alyssa Woods (seven kills, five digs) also played well, and the duo of Ashley Ortiz and Sam Lugar formed a strong defense in the back row.
Portsmouth Christian 3,
John Stark 0
The Generals (4-8) were swept on the road at Portsmouth Christian (5-6), 25-18, 28-26, 25-20.
Emily Edwards (six kills, ace), Hannah Davis (six kills, four aces), Shelby Brouillet (seven kills) and Brittney LaCerte (four kills) played well for John Stark.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Bow finished in first place with 17 points at the John Sanborn Invitational held at Plymouth High. The Falcons placed ahead of runner-up Kennett (43 points), Kingswood (79) and Plymouth (100).
Freshman Sohani Demian won the race in 21:51. The Falcons swept the first through fourth spots, with Allie Krause (second, 21:53), Olivia Krause (third, 22:13) and Ashlie Tucker (fourth, 22:17) coming in behind Demian. Naina Vig (eighth, 22:48) also scored for Bow.
Other Bow finishers were Hannah Weckstein (11th place), Haleigh Garrett (13th), Kaitlynn Leary (18th) and Haley Parker (22nd).