High schools: Bow boys’ soccer team fights off challenge from Hillsboro-Deering
Hillsboro-Deering’s Thomas Irving scored off a corner kick two minutes into the game, and the message Bow boys’ soccer Coach George Pinkham has repeated to his team throughout the season rang true as ever.
“No team is going to give us a game,” Pinkham said. “We’re going to have to earn it.”
In this case, the Falcons (4-0) did earn it, winning a back-and-forth game, 3-2, yesterday.
Bow responded to Irving’s goal quickly, as Phil Rizzi scored in the sixth minute assisted by Corey Plumb. H-D (2-1-1) regained the lead just five minutes later when Cooper Johnson scored off a pass from Troy Girard.
Again, Plumb passed to Rizzi for the tying goal. Fourteen minutes into the game, the score was 2-2.
Pinkham subbed eight players at a time throughout the game, leaving only goalie Tim Bradley (one save), central defender David Merchan and sweeper Thomas Poulin in the game for extended periods of time. Merchan and Poulin led the defensive effort that kept H-D off the scoreboard for the remainder of the game.
The game-winning goal was scored in the 32nd minute, and this time is was Plumb who knocked it past Hillcats goalie Brett Bennett (two saves), assisted by Chris Ketchum.
After a scoreless second half, the two-time defending champion Falcons walked off the field still undefeated, and still feeling the target on their backs.
“Teams are sick of Bow winning,” said Pinkham, whose team has won the last two Division III titles. “Any team we play, they’re going to want to beat you. Nothing is given to you. H-D gave us everything we could handle.”
The Hillcats travel to Stevens tomorrow, while Bow hosts Sanborn. Pinkham is expecting another contest in which Bow will have to earn a victory.
“It’s going to be a good game,” he said.
Hollis-Brookline 2, Pembroke 1
The Spartans (2-1) dropped their first match of the season after Hollis-Brookline (5-0) scored two goals in a two-minute span late in the first half.
Jake Gaskell scored the goal for Pembroke in the 67th minute.
Kearsarge 8, Conant 1
Seven different players scored for the Cougars (1-1-1) as they recorded a convincing win.
Nick Bailey led the way for Kearsage with two goals, while Karver Bosela, Roudy Rehor, Francis Carpenter, Andrew Vanhooydonk, Nick Brady and Jacob Donovan each tallied one goal. Mike Sullivan was the winning goalie.
Pittsfield 3, Moultonborough 0
Pittsfield sweeper Ryan Marquis anchored a superb defensive effort, while Colby Clark recorded eight saves in net to shut out Moultonborough (3-1).
Xenthios Cyr scored for Pittsfield (3-1) in the 11th minute. Max Tuttle added to the lead, scoring on a penalty kick in the 19th minute, and Cody Gauthier tallied a goal in the second half.
Visiting Moultonborough (3-1) scored in the 34 minute and survived a late-game rally to hand Pittsfield (2-1) its first loss of the season.
“We didn’t play all that well and they controlled the first 70 minutes of the game,” Pittsfield Coach Peter Tuttle said. “We controlled the last 10 minutes and had seven or eight shots, we even hit the crossbar twice, we just couldn’t score.”
Stopper Brooke Vien played well in the middle of the Pittsfield defense and Star Chagnon moved around in the midfield and created some good scoring chances with crosses, but no one could find the finishing touch.
Concord 5, Nashua South 1
The Crimson Tide held a narrow 2-1 lead at halftime, but stepped up its level of play in the second half, converting crisp passing and ball movement into three more goals.
Chelsea Jobin and Steph Resnick each tallied two goals for Concord (3-0), while Grace Orzechowski added one goal. Kaleigh Otto played a strong all-around game at forward and Molly Waite led the effort in the midfield. Colleen Casey was the winning goalie.
Nashua South falls to 0-3.
Concord 3, Man. Memorial 0
Freshman Lauren Hatch notched 10 kills to help the Crimson Tide improve to 3-0.
Heidi Breton and Samantha Turner had five kills apiece, while Claire Celestin and Alison Quinn contributed good passing to the win.
Coe-Brown 3, Portsmouth 0
In the season opener for both teams, the Bears shut out Portsmouth, winning 25-14, 25-21 and 25-10.
Sadie Steffen led Coe-Brown, going 20-for-20 from the service line with two aces and 25 assists. Emma Easler tallied seven kills, while Megan Rouillard and Abby Ahern each added six kills. Debbie Peabody recorded 21 digs.
The Bears host Somersworth on Saturday for their homecoming game.
Inter-Lakes 3, Winnisquam 1
The Bears (1-1) dropped a tight road match to Inter-Lakes (2-1) after falling behind in the first two games. Winnisquam picked up the third game before dropping the fourth and ultimately losing, 29-27, 25-22, 20-25, 27-25.
Leading the way for Winnisquam were outside hitters Hannah Chapin (15 digs, 14 kills, five aces), Mo Raymond (14 digs, 11 kills), Bailey Long (nine kills, four blocks) and Carissa Archibald (22 digs, eight kills). Erica Doubleday made 42 assists, while Clarissa MacDonald (14 digs) and Dallis Austin (seven digs, three aces).
Windham 194, Hanover 209, Bishop Brady 210
Windham finished with a decisive victory on its home course, while Hanover just edged the Green Giants (5-4) for second place.
Alex Von Svoboda led Bishop Brady, shooting an even-par 37. Nick Vermette (41), Brendan Bryck (42), Alex Thompson (44) and Jack Bryck (46) rounded out the scorers for the Green Giants.
Windham’s Connor Greenleaf was the medalist, shooting a 2-under 35.