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High schools: Belmont wins tale of two halves in girls’ soccer opener

  • Bishop Brady's Nadia Crainich watches as Belmont's Zoe Zeller heads the ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady's Nadia Crainich watches as Belmont's Zoe Zeller heads the ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Emily Ennis nearly collides with Bishop Brady's goalie, Sophie Palangas while chasing down a ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Emily Ennis nearly collides with Bishop Brady's goalie, Sophie Palangas while chasing down a ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady's Nadia Crainich watches as Belmont's Zoe Zeller heads the ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's Emily Ennis nearly collides with Bishop Brady's goalie, Sophie Palangas while chasing down a ball during the girls' soccer game on Friday afternoon, August 30, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

Makayla Donovan ran rampant in the first half, owning the right side of the field and giving the Belmont girls’ soccer team an early lead in yesterday’s season opener against visiting Bishop Brady. The Red Raiders upped their advantage early in the second half, but they couldn’t shake Brady.

“I thought we dominated the first half, but Bishop Brady came on really strong in the second half,” Belmont Coach Amy Dutton said. “It was really a tale of two halves, and give Bishop Brady credit, they wouldn’t go away.”

The persistent Green Giants finally were rewarded for their efforts with a goal in the game’s final minutes, but that was all they could muster against the Raiders stingy defense as Belmont came away with a 2-1 victory.

Brady had no answer for Donovan in the first half, and the Belmont junior took advantage in the 10th minute when she ran onto a through ball from Emily Ennis and gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead.

“It was a one-time rocket to the far corner, the goalkeeper had no chance, just a beautiful goal,” Dutton said. “I really thought Donovan was the difference in the first half.”

Brady’s Sammie DeMaria hit the crossbar about five minutes later, but that was one of the few chances the Giants had in the first half against Belmont’s back line – Zoe Zeller, Chayleigh Cadarette, Courtney Clairmont and Jasmine Syed – and keeper Caitlyn Berry.

“We really needed Berry to step up and play big and she did that,” Dutton said. “She was aggressive and active and I was really pleased with her play.”

It stayed 1-0 until halftime and the Giants utilized the break to rally and reorganize.

“We really intensified what we were trying to do,” Brady Coach Rich Dougherty said. “We had to step to the ball more because we surrendered a lot of initiative in the first half.”

The Giants’ refocused efforts resulted in a breakaway early in the second half, but Zeller was able to stop the play with hustle and grit. Brady then misplayed a ball in its own end and Belmont capitalized as Megan Prescott’s hard work won the ball and set up a goal from Ennis to make it 2-0 in the 50th minute.

The Brady defense tightened after that, led by keeper Sophie Palangas (11 saves) and back Lila Bradley, who battled Belmont’s talented striker, Cassie Contigiani.

“That girl can really play,” Dougherty said of Contigiani, who had multiple shots on goal. “I thought Lila looked really good against a very skilled player.”

The Brady offense finally broke through when Taylor Fortin found the back of the net with 1:30 left on the clock.

“It was a great opener,” Dutton said. “Both teams battled and gave an effort for 80 minutes.”


Concord 2, Spaulding 0

The Crimson Tide dominated in its opener, outshooting Spaulding, 25-5.

“We’re still trying to figure each other out, but we had the ball 85 to 90 percent of the time,” Concord Coach Bill Nardino said. “We hit the post or crossbar three or four times.”

Rachel Stevenson gave the Tide a 1-0 lead 4:39 before halftime on an unassisted goal. The score stayed that way until there was just 5:21 left on the clock and Caroline Andy scored on an assist from Ellie Pope. Kate Dasey, Eliza Bunnell and Irene Ireme all played well in the midfield and keeper Becky Weld made three saves to earn the shutout.

Coe-Brown 1, Pembroke 0, 2OT

Sophomore Christen Gallant scored on a volley from a corner kick in the 118th minute to give Coe-Brown (1-0) a dramatic season-opening road win over Pembroke (0-1).

Gallant netted via Kaitlyn Ross’s corner kick, capitalizing on extended pressure in the Spartans’ defensive end during the second overtime period, in which the Bears had three corner kicks – two back-to-back – before scoring the winner.

“Every time we play Pembroke, they’re ready to go and give us a great game,” Coe-Brown Coach Josh Hils said. “They play hard and extend us to another level, and I hope that we do the same for them.”

Bears goalkeeper Alley Savioli made nine saves, while Sarah Curtin stepped in for an injured player at the sweeper position and excelled, as did Emily Blad in the center of midfield.

For Pembroke, Casey Corriveau and Emma Foss led a group of hard-working Spartans. Kristin Kezar saved many shots.

Merrimack Valley 6, Kennett 0

The Pride (1-0) got its season off to an explosive start at home against Kennett (0-1), powered by Meredith Ramsey’s four goals, including a hat trick in the second half. Ramsey made it 2-0 midway through the first half and lengthened the MV lead in the second half, scoring her three goals within five minutes of each other.

“She’s aggressive around the net and very fast,” MV Coach Kyle Reed said.

Brooke Ellis opened the scoring in the 18th minute before Ramsey struck with her first tally a minute later. Karra Hebert had a 28th-minute goal to put MV up 3-0.

Morgan Walton had two assists, Asia Hazeltine added one helper, and the Pride defense allowed only one shot on goal.

Keene 3, John Stark 2, OT

Playing up a division against Keene, the young and inexperience Generals found themselves down 2-0 at halftime. But Stark fought back after the break to tie it before eventually falling in overtime.

Danielle Galli got Stark on the board 1:20 into the second half with an assist from Megan Gordan, and Kendall Keim knotted things 20 minutes later. Central midfielders Jordan Shatney and Kelsey Johnstone, supported by the tough defense of Chloe Loos, Nikki Beeso, Liz Neal and Liz Brandt, helped get the Generals back in the game. Madison Janelle played extremely well in goal, denying 10 shots.


Concord 5, Spaulding 0

The Crimson Tide (1-0) got its season off to an excellent start with a shutout road win over Spaulding (0-1). Freshman forward Chris Pinkham scored a goal in each half to lead Concord, while Trevor Devanny, Dominique Girard and Kyler Thayer each found the net.

Pinkham and Girard each had assists, with other helpers coming via Mohamed Mohamed, Ben Picard and Isaac Dugas. Matt Chartier played well in midfield, and defenders Dan Vignati and Emmanuel Smith had solid games in front of goalies Andrew Grondin and Liam Richards, who shared time in net.

Concord led 2-0 at halftime.

Merrimack Valley 1, Kennett 0

MV got the season started on the right foot, earning a shutout against Kennett.

Andrew Peick scored the lone goal on an assist from Jarrett Davis in the 51st minute. Davis worked the ball across the middle to Peick, who was able to just get a foot on it to beat the challenging keeper, with the ball rolling slowly in to put the Valley on the board.

Keeper Johnathin Bailey made seven saves for the shutout, with strong defensive support from Nate Mulleavey and Cole Remillard.

Pembroke 2, Coe-Brown 1

Jeremy Caruso scored a goal in each half, breaking a 1-1 tie with five minutes left to give the Spartans (1-0) a road win against Coe-Brown (0-1).

Caruso opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the first half, as Pembroke controlled the center of midfield with strong play. The Bears started to turn around the midfield battle in the second half and tied the score in the 60th minute, off an early cross by Cody Vaughn that Jake Dunkerly touched into the net.

Caruso latched onto a bouncing ball in the box to score the winner.

Both goalkeepers, Alex Trujillo for Pembroke and Jake Mele for Coe-Brown, played well and made a number of stops for their teams.

John Stark 2, Fall Mountain 1, 2OT

A fortunate bounce and a tenacious finish helped the Generals win their opener on the road.

After a scoreless first half, Fall Mountain broke through 1:50 into the second and the score stayed that way until the final minute, when Stark freshman Ryan Nelson delivered a cross that ended as an own goal for the Wildcats, tying the game with 30 seconds left in regulation.

Stark applied the pressure in overtime, then finally finished it off in the 94th minute. Brandon Dugay settled Will Pineault’s corner kick and blasted a shot that deflected off a Fall Mountain defender and onto the foot off Ethan Roush, who sent the ball across the line for the winner.

“It was a great way to start (the season),” Coach Jeff Vogt said. “We really had to work to win that game.”

Defenders Jackson Easter and Nelson, along with midfielder Cam Williams, had strong games for Stark.

Bow 5, Winnisquam 0

Freshman Jon Paul Merchan opened his varsity account with two goals to help lead Bow (1-0) to a season-opening home win over Winnsiquam (0-1). Merchan scored seven minutes before and seven minutes after the halftime break, putting Bow up 3-0 with his second goal.

Phil Rizzi, Chris Ketchum and Josh DeYoung all scored for the Falcons, while Luke Laboe had two assists, and DeYoung, Ben Maurer and Corey Plumb added helpers.

David Merchan and Thomas Poulin led the defense in front of Timothy Bradley, who picked up his first career shutout.

Mike Buxton was in net for the Bears and made several highlight saves.

Belmont 3, Inter-Lakes 0

The Red Raiders took a 2-0 lead into halftime and added the third goal in the game’s final minute to open their season with a win at home.

Joe Boles started the scoring with a shot from the top of the 18-yard box that deflected off an Inter-Lakes defender and found the back of the net nine minutes into the first half. Colby Pickowicz made it 2-0 when he drove one into the goal’s far corner on an assist from Colby Laroux, who had tracked down a loose ball just before it leaked over the end line. The final tally came on a tap-in from Chris Duggan on an assist from Brady Cyr with just 10 seconds left on the clock.

The back three of senior Austin Haddock and freshmen Cory Derosier and Tyler Fleming played well in front of keeper Cedric Witham, who finished with four saves and the shutout.

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 2, OT

After watching a 2-0 lead slip away in the final five minutes of regulation, Hillsboro-Deering’s Cooper Johnson made a winner of the Hillcats in their opener, scoring two minutes into overtime on an assist from Jacob Lamothe.

Jonas Hofstetter (from Johnson) put H-D on top just 16 minutes into the game, and Troy Girard (from Lamothe) made it 2-0 midway through the second half. But despite pressuring and holding the majority of play, the Hillcats couldn’t put Conant away. The Orioles capitalized on two rare mistakes by the H-D defense in the closing minutes to set up Johnson’s heroics.

Brett Bennett finished with five saves for H-D.

Derryfield 4, Concord Christian 0

Concord Christian ran up against one of the division’s top teams in its opener, and despite several starters nursing injuries, the Kingsmen played a tough game before eventually falling short.

The Cougars scored in the seventh and 27th minutes for a 2-0 halftime lead, then tacked on two more in the second half. Colin Lockwood and Joe Campbell played solid defense for Concord Christian, Eli Christensen and Connor Nee controlled the middle of the field and Jonathan Taylor did a great job offensively with several scoring chances.


John Stark fourth

After a second-place finish in its opening match, the Generals (2-4) dropped off yesterday, shooting a 236 to finish behind Windham (304) with a 204, Souhegan (2-1) with a 209 and Hollis-Brookline (4-2) with a 223.

Matt McFall turned in the low card for John Stark, shooting a 44, followed by Ben Guilmette (45) and Zack Hellings (47). Tim Stover from Souhegan was the medalist with a 38.


Early Bird Invitational

Sophomore Sarah Nadeau finished second overall in 22:04 to help Hopkinton (35 points) beat out Bow (39) at the Early Bird Invitational at Gunstock. Winnisquam finished eighth and Hillsboro-Deering was ninth.

Joining Nadeau in the Hopkinton top five were Maddie Clark (fourth), Katie Irwin (seventh), Emily Calder (eighth) and Melissa Irwin (28th). Bow was led by freshman Sohani Demian and senior Allie Krause, who finished fifth and sixth, respectively. They were followed by Olivia Krause (ninth), Ashlie Tucker (12th) and Haleigh Garrett (20th).

Winnisquam was paced by Tea Michaloski (39th), Haley DeSousa (40th), Caitlin Dumont (61st), Olivia Martinson (70th) and Sierra Dolan (79th). H-D’s points came from Maggie Girard (31st), Brianna Dumeny (50th), Mae Hartford (82nd), Khysha Negron (83rd) and Karaline Pelchat (86th).


Early Bird Invitational

Bow finished with 77 team points, which put it comfortably ahead of third-place Hopkinton (106), but well behind first-place Prospect Mountain (36) at the Early Bird Invitational at Gunstock. Winnisquam finished 12th in the team standings, Belmont was 13th and Hillsboro-Deering 14th.

Andrew Weckstein finished fifth overall to lead Bow. He was followed by Peter LaRiviere (ninth), Andrew Attorri (12th), Zach Zbehlik (15th) and David Udelson (37th).

Hopkinton sophomore Dom Repucci was second overall in 17:54, just two seconds behind Prospect Mountain’s Drew Tuttle. The Hawks also got points from Cody Roberge (17th), Chris Barnard (28th), Peter Sawitsky (29th) and Declan Campbell (30th).

Michael Roy (18th) and Zach Baker (20th) led the way for Winnisquam, which also got points from Mikey Lowrey (83rd), Connor Archibald (98th) and Brad Dutton (99th). Tyler Rolfe (39th), Riley Wolfe (65th) and Brennan Malone (97th) paced Belmont, and Andrew Roberge (27th) and Canes Monta (96th) were the top two scorers for H-D.


High school stars of the day

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Meredith Ramsey, Merrimack Valley girls’ soccer, Four goals in 6-0 win Jeremy Caruso, Pembroke boys’ soccer, Two goals in 2-1 win Sarah Nadeau, Hopkinton cross country, Second overall individually in team’s win Emily Ennis, Belmont girls’ soccer, Goal, assist in 2-1 win Chris Pinkham, Concord boys’ soccer, Two goals, one assist for the freshman in 5-0 win Christen Gallant, Coe-Brown …

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