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High Schools: MV field hockey team beats Milford in first round of Division II tourney

  • Merrimack Valley High School's Cassidy Huckins takes on Milford's Kelsie Pouter as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School's Cassidy Huckins takes on Milford's Kelsie Pouter as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School's Olivia Thurber gets one past Milford's Erin Tyrrell as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School's Olivia Thurber gets one past Milford's Erin Tyrrell as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.


    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Merrimack Valley High School's Cassidy Huckins takes on Milford's Kelsie Pouter as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School's Olivia Thurber gets one past Milford's Erin Tyrrell as Merrimack Valley girls' field hockey beats Milford 2–0 in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Merrimack Valley High School girls field hockey hosts Milford in Penacook during D-II playoffs on Thursday, October 24, 2013.<br/><br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

The Merrimack Valley field hockey team didn’t play Milford during the regular season. But the Pride was plenty familiar with the Spartans heading into yesterday’s Division II first round game.

Coach Kim Kenney saw Milford’s final regular-season game, a 1-0 victory over Bow, and came away with a realization. When the 11th-seeded Spartans went after the ball, they put everything – and everyone – into the pursuit.

“We had noticed that,” Kenney said. “We tried to take the ball to the weak side of the field, because it was wide open.”

The strategy helped the No. 6 Pride put together a terrific first half, putting two goals up on the board en route to a 2-0 victory, which set up a quarterfinal matchup with No. 3 Souhegan.

According to Kenney, the plan unfolded as predicted. The Spartans (6-9) overloaded to the side of the field the ball was on, allowing MV (10-4-1) to move the ball up through the middle of the field.

“We were going to the ball very well, following the game plan we had going in,” Kenney said. “That was working well for us.”

Olivia Thurber had the first goal, putting the Pride up with 8:19 left in the first half. Cassidy Huckins made it 2-0 nearly seven minutes later, taking a pass from Haley Puntin and scoring with 1:25 left.

“We knew they were going to be a good team,” Kenney said. “Our strongest half was the first half.”

Erin Frost also had a good game offensively for MV at midfield, while Autumn Hoyt led the defensive effort for the Pride, who next play a Sabers team that lost only twice all year. One of those losses, however, came against MV, a 2-1 overtime decision on Sept. 24 that gave the Pride one of its most impressive victories of the season.

It was a tight contest then, and Kenney doesn’t expect anything different when the two teams meet up again.

“We’ve got to go there and battle, or it’ll be a different story,” she said. “It’s going to be who has more heart for 60 minutes. … It is what it is in terms of skill at this point. It (comes down to) what you have inside of you.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

Coe-Brown 1, Trinity 0

Sophomore forward Jake Dunkerley scored the lone goal of the game in the ninth minute to boost the shorthanded Bears (5-8-3) to a road win against Trinity (6-8-2) in the last regular-season game.

Windy conditions made offensive opportunities scarce at times, but Coe-Brown had the better of the possession, particular in the second half.

Corbin LeBlanc (seven saves) and Jake Mele (five saves) shared time in net to earn the shutout.

The Bears will likely enter the Division II tournament as the No. 11 or 12 seed.

Hollis-Brookline 3, Merrimack Valley 0

The Pride (4-12) was shut out at home by a hot Hollis-Brookline squad (14-2) that has won eight straight games.

Goalkeeper Hudson Aldrich was busy in net and made 16 saves. Seniors Andrew Peick, Kevin Crutchfield and Johnathin Bailey were honored on senior night.

MV is on the outside looking in at the Division II playoff picture, in the 15th spot – 14 teams make it – through last night’s games.

bishop Brady 2, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Sam Earp scored once in each half to lead Bishop Brady (8-7-1) to a home win in the team’s final regular-season game. H-D drops to 5-7-4. Both teams should make the Division III tournament, with Brady in the No. 12-13 range and H-D looking to sneak in at the 19th spot in the standings. The Green Giants have won four straight games.

JP Nemcovich and Nick Stuart assisted on Earp’s goals.

“It was a good night for our whole back line,” Brady Coach Ryan Joy said. “It’s the first winning record for the Brady boys in almost 20 years.”

Newmarket 3, Pittsfield 1

The Panthers (6-8-2) saw their regular season end on a down note, as the Mules (10-6) grabbed a 2-0 lead at halftime en route to the home win.

Jesse Slater narrowed the gap to 3-1 late in the second half, scoring on an assist from Xenthios Cyr.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Dover 3, Concord 2

Despite taking a 2-0 first-half lead, Concord (7-9) lost its final game of the regular season after Dover (7-7-2) scored three times in the second half, with the last two goals coming on penalty shots.

Concord had the better of the play during the first half, but Dover upped the pressure in the second.

Caroline Andy scored in the 11th and 27th minutes for the Crimson Tide, getting assists from Kiersten Klose and Rachel Stevenson. Eliza Bunnell and Irene Ireme starred in defensive midfield.

Concord was tied for the 11th place in Division I as of last night.

John Stark 2, Con-Val 2

The Generals (5-7-4) went ahead by a goal twice in the second half, but Con-Val (7-8-1) pulled back both times, including scoring the final tying goal with six minutes left.

Kelsey Johnstone had the first goal for John Stark before Con-Val tied it five minutes later. Kendall Keim put Stark ahead again with 10 minutes left.

Seniors Johnstone, Jordan Shatney, Savanna Wood, Chloe Loos, Bri Legrand and Maddison Janelle were recognized on the team’s senior night.

John Stark sits in 13th place in Division II.

Merrimack Valley 4,
Hollis-Brookline 4

Danielle Wiley scored the second of her two goals with less than a minute left in the game to tie the score at 4-4 and pull the Pride (8-3-5) all the way back from a 3-0 deficit against Hollis-Brookline (10-5-1). The loss breaks an eight-game winning streak for the Cavaliers.

Wiley put the ball in during a scramble in the box after Hollis-Brookline had pulled ahead 4-3 with nine minutes left in the game.

MV had been in dire straits early in the second half, with the Cavaliers pulling ahead 3-0 five minutes into the half. The Pride came back in a furious six-minute span started by Wiley’s first goal. Sammi Osborne made it 3-2 before Emily Mulleavey scored a tying penalty shot after a Hollis-Brookline hand ball in the box.

Mulleavey, Mikayla Godfrey, Teagan Lavery, Erin Bresslin, Mary Mullen, Asia Hazeltine, Mayson Kimball and Brooke Cotton were all outstanding for MV.

The Pride are in sixth place in Division II going into the postseason.

Newmarket 2, Pittsfield 0

Pittsfield (5-10) gave up a goal in each half in a road loss to Newmarket (12-4), which has won four straight games.

Center midfielder Star Chagnon and forward Gretchen Hilton worked hard to create scoring chances for the Panthers. Goalkeeper Kaylee Morel was strong with 14 saves, while the defensive trio of Brooke Vien, Savannah Godin and Alie Wolfe played well.

Pittsfield has its final game of the regular season today and should finish in the 13th spot for the Division IV tournament.

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Monday, October 28, 2013

Jake Dunkerley, Coe-Brown boys’ soccer, goal in 1-0 win Danielle Wiley, MV girls’ soccer, two goals including last-minute tying goal in 4-4 tie Sam Earp, Bishop Brady boys’ soccer, two goals in 2-0 win Caroline Andy, Concord girls’ soccer, two goals in 3-2 loss … 0

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