High Schools: Bow girls’ soccer escapes with victory over upset-minded Raymond
Concord forward Stephanie Resnick faces a barrage of sticks as Concord girls field hockey loses to Exeter at Rollins Field in Concord on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
Concord High School girls field hockey gathers at halftime during their loss to Exeter at Rollins Field in Concord on Tuesday, October 15, 2013.
WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
A 12-game winning streak to start the season hadn’t seen too many close calls for the Bow girls’ soccer team. But yesterday, Raymond traveled to the Falcons’ home field and gave them exactly that.
The Rams hung with Bow, rallied at the last minute and put the Falcons through a few tight minutes of overtime. Ultimately, Bow passed the test, getting a Sarah Carlson goal four-and-a-half minutes into overtime for a 2-1 victory. But win No. 13 hadn’t come easily – not that Coach Jay Vogt had any objection.
“It was a good win for us. Good learning experience,” he said. “It’s great for us. We learn how to stay composed, because certainly when the playoffs start, the atmosphere changes.”
The challenge dealt to the Falcons suggested the Division III tournament had come early. Maddie Cheney got the game started in familiar fashion four-and-a-half minutes into the game, tracking down a Christy Vinnenberg direct kick and heading it into the net before the Raymond keeper could get to it.
But that was all the offense Bow could muster for the rest of regulation, and the Rams (8-4-1) got their moment to strike back, as Hannah McNicholas chased down a ball over the Bow defense and beat the keeper for the tying goal with one minute left in regulation.
A team that had won all but two previous games by multiple goals was in an unfamiliar position, but Vogt said the Bow players had the look of a team used to this business.
“It was a surprise at the end, and I was very happy with the girls’ reaction before the overtime,” he said. “Everyone was calm, they stayed focused on what they had to do.”
Bow broke through in similar fashion to its first goal, as Carlson tracked down Lauren Scarpetti’s corner kick and nudged it past the keeper for the score.
“It bounced around, and Sarah just wanted it more than the other players,” Vogt said.
Naomi Kramer, Caitlyn Keenan and Maddie Preston joined Scarpetti and Carlson with good games at midfield for Bow.
Bishop Guertin 2, Concord 1
The Cardinals (8-4-1) scored twice in a six-minute span at the beginning of the second half to break a scoreless tie, and the Tide (5-7) couldn’t come up with the equalizer after scoring a goal of its own in the 53rd minute.
Concord’s Ellie Pope pulled her team within 2-1 when she emerged after a scramble and beat the Guertin keeper from in close. After that “we had chances, and we just couldn’t finish,” said Tide Coach Bill Nardino, whose team outshot the visitors 10-7. “We had a through ball in the box, one at the top of the 18 ... we couldn’t convert on one of them.”
Nardino said Kate Dasey played well in the midfield.
Windham 1, Merrimack Valley 0
Windham (13-0-1) beat Pride goalkeeper Mary Mullen (12 saves) with just five minutes left in the first half and held on from there to hand MV (6-3-4) a narrow defeat. The Pride had a few opportunities, but couldn’t finish.
Belmont 3, Inter-Lakes 0
Cassie Contigiani’s offense and Chayleigh Cadarette’s defense were the story as the Red Raiders (11-2-1) handed the Lakers their first home loss of the season.
“For us to come in, play well and get the win, that’s a good thing for us going into next week and into the tournament,” Coach Amy Dutton said.
Contigiani scored twice, getting her first goal in the sixth minute and then finding the net again in the 51st minute on a breakaway off of a feed from Emily Ennis. Ennis added a goal herself, scoring off of a deflection off the keeper in the 20th minute.
Cadarette, meanwhile, helped keep Inter-Lakes at bay by locking up star forward Caitlin Rotonnelli, who had racked up several multi-goal games with the Lakers throughout the season. Jasmine Syed offered double team help on Rotonnelli at moments, while Kaitlyn Berry and Anna Scott also played well for the Red Raiders.
“We man-to-man marked (Rotonnelli) all game,” Dutton said. “For us to shut her down, that was a great team effort.”
Hillsboro-Deering 3, Newport 1
The Tigers (2-12) scored a breakaway goal in the 22nd minute, but the Hillcats (7-5-1) controlled the game from there to win at home.
Paytne Walker assisted on goals by Morgan Winters (32nd minute) and Hannah Murdough (41st minute), while Bridgette Winters had an unassisted strike in the 68th minute.
Emily Gibson and Hillary Madore played well defensively. Makayla Savoy was solid in the midfield and Tiffani Ulrich was productive offensively. Emma Moore had four saves in goal for H-D.
Stef Gauthier and Gretchen Hilton led the Panthers (4-8) with a goal and assist each in a losing effort against the Warriors (9-3).
Pittsfield’s Kaylee Morel made 18 saves, while Star Chagnon created a lot of opportunities in center midfield.
Concord Christian 1
The Lady Kingsmen (2-10-1) dropped their second game to Newmarket (9-4) this season, this time at home.
Sarah Ingram scored with an assist from Emily Purtell for Concord Christian’s lone goal. Kayla Lockwood and Alana Varley played a solid game defensively.
Concord 4, Bishop Guertin 0
The Tide (10-2-1) made easy work of Bishop Guertin (1-12), scoring a pair of goals in each half.
Mohamed Mohamed, Isaac Dugas, Ben Picard and Matt Chartier all found the back of the net, while Augustine Fornor (two assists) and Gaston Arocena provided assists. Goalkeeper Liam Richards made three saves for the shutout.
Concord plays undefeated and top-ranked Hanover (13-0) tomorrow at home.
Hollis-Brookline 1, Coe-Brown 0
One mistake cost the Bears (4-8-2), as the Cavaliers took Coe-Brown by surprise with a quick free kick and scored in the 35th minute for the game’s only goal.
Corbin LeBlanc and Jake Mele split goaltending duties for the Bears.
Bishop Brady 2, Kearsarge 0
Pat Bittman and Jake Davis found the net for the Green Giants (5-7-1), who pulled off the upset over Kearsarge (10-4-1) on the Cougars’ home field.
Mike Sullivan made five saves in net for the Cougars. Seniors Reed Bell, Karver Bosela (defense), Roudy Rehor, Bobby Lauster (midfield), Nick Bailey and Andrew Van Hooydonk (forward) played well for the Cougars.
John Stark 3, Manchester West 1
The Generals got goals from three different sources to even their record at 6-6-1. Will Pineault and Tim Currier (first varsity goal) scored in the 14th and 20th minutes, respectively, with assists from Isaiah Lovering and Kyle Clements to give John Stark a 2-0 halftime lead. Jackson Easter buried a pass from Josh Morin in the 43rd minute before the Blue Knights (4-8) got on the scoreboard.
Mike Prindiville played well in goal while Cam Williams and Brandon Dugay also played well.
Pembroke 2, Souhegan 1
Austin Sartwell scored two goals to lead the Spartans (9-2-1) to a win after trailing 1-0 at halftime. Souhegan (6-7) got on the board in the 10th minute, but Sartwell responded with tallies in the 50th and 61st minutes. Parker Heath assisted on the game-tying goal.
Pembroke is currently in fourth place in Division II with four games remaining in the regular season.
Belmont 6, Winnisquam 0
The Red Raiders (6-6-1) scored three goals on both sides of halftime to bring their record back to .500 with a win over Winnisquam (2-10-1).
Austin Haddock scored a goal in each half while Brad Cyr, Cedric Witham and Colby Pickowicz recorded a goal and an assist each. Curtis McLelland had a single tally one minuted into the second half and Joe Boles and TJ Hennessey added single assists.
Freshmen goalkeeper Johnny Leclair made four saves for the shutout in his varsity debut.
“We were able to move the ball well tonight. We obviously connected on several passes...it was a good solid boost for the team,” Belmont coach Mike Foley said.
Xenthios Cyr and Max Tuttle scored second-half goals to bring the Panthers (5-7-1) back from a 1-0 halftime deficit, handing the Warriors (10-3) a surprising loss.
Cyr connected following a free kick in the 43rd minute, assisted by Casey Ward. Tuttle then put Pittsfield ahead in the 56th minute when he pushed the ball by a defender and took a shot from the left side that beat the Wilton keeper to the far post.
Panthers goalie Colby Clark (five saves) preserved the tie in the 70th minute with two quick saves on the same Wilton player, with a rebound in between.
Backs Ryan Marquis and Branden Jones also played well.
Exeter 3, Concord 1
Concord (5-7-1) came out inspired on senior day, dominating third-ranked Exeter (10-1-1) for the game’s first 10 minutes, and though the Tide played well the rest of the way, it couldn’t keep the Blue Hawks down for the rest of the game.
“We need to play that way the whole 60 minutes,” Concord Coach Steph Johnson said. “We need to make sure we’re peaking as the tournament approaches.”
With just today’s game at Bishop Guertin remaining in the regular season, Concord is fighting for a home game in the first round. A final victory would go a long way toward making that happen.
Seniors Molly Waite, Grace Orzechowski, Chelsey Jobin, Katharine Tebbetts and Ingrid Burghard helped spark the Tide. But shortly after Brittany Munnell made a diving poke to thwart an Exeter breakaway bid, and goalie Colleen Casey made her only two saves of the game, the Blue Hawks broke through on the third shot for a 1-0 lead midway through the opening half. Jobin had a blistering shot batted down by the Exeter goalie later in the half.
Exeter, which had 13 corners to Concord’s eight, tacked on two more goals after halftime before the Tide tried to rally. Waite sent Steph Resnick in on a breakaway, but her shot was stuffed by the goalie and the follow-up shot was saved by a defender. Resnick broke the shutout bid with 6:48 to play, blasting in a corner push from Becca Proulx.
Merrimack Valley 0, Lebanon 0
The Pride (9-4-1) held second-place Lebanon (10-1-2) to a scoreless draw thanks to some marvelous goaltending from Maggie Carey and defense from Bekah Stearns.
“It was a great game, very back-and-forth,” MV Coach Kim Kenney said. “Both goalies were outstanding.”
Lily Davis almost gave the Pride the win in regulation, but her breakaway attempt was stopped with 10 seconds left. Lebanon had slightly more chances in overtime although both teams had good scoring opportunities.
It was the last game of the regular season for MV, which is currently sixth in Division II. The Pride must now wait until the conclusion of the regular season to see which team it will face in the playoffs.
Hanover 5, Bishop Brady 0
The Green Giants (1-12) held a 6-5 penalty corners advantage and had a couple of scoring chances in the second half, but it wasn’t enough to create a goal against Hanover (8-5).
“Hanover was pretty quick to the ball all over the field,” Bishop Brady coach Kelly Owen said.
Plymouth 5, Bow 0
Freshman Lyndsey Wheeler’s 20 saves weren’t enough to bail out a Falcons team that got offensive pressure all game but couldn’t find the net.
Maddie Constant and Katie Lawson played well up front for the Falcons (3-10), who trailed 2-0 at halftime, while Jordan Mylod played well offensively. Bow finishes its season on senior night tomorrow against Milford.
Newport 5, John Stark 2
Sam Hallice scored two goals, but the Tigers (7-6) score three goals in the second half to put away the Generals (1-11).
Hallice scored a goal six minutes into the game (Jilli Kilar assist) and scored her second with just under 12 minutes to go in the opening half (assisted by Carley Cook). Both times Newport responded with goals and things were tied, 2-2, at halftime.
littleton 6, franklin 0
Shelby Joyce played a great game in goal for the Golden Tornadoes (1-10), but there were too few highlights on the rest of the field.
“They weren’t working together as a unit, the offense and defense weren’t communicating,” Franklin Coach Deb Georgevits said. “We have one game left in the season and hopefully we can come ready to play, but you have to work together as a team to get those wins.”
Littleton moved to 8-4 with the road decision.
Winnisquam 4, Somersworth 1
Lauren Bolstridge and Erin McNamara scored two goals apiece for the Bears (8-3-2), who used two second-half goals to run away with what was a one-point game at halftime.
Bolstridge and McNamara both had their goals in each half, with McNamara starting the scoring with 18:21 left in the first and Bolstridge scoring off of a Mackenzie Byers assist with 18 seconds to go. Bolstridge scored again with 14:18 left in the game, and McNamara had her second goal with 5:25 to play.
Byers and Cora Kelley played well for the Bears, and Kendra Lonergan made a pair of saves for the win.
Concord 3, Bishop Guertin 0
The Tide won its second straight match to improve to 8-6 with a 25-19, 25-23, 25-17 victory over Bishop Guertin (4-10).
Lauren Hatch (12 kills), Caitlin Shea (21 assists) and Alison Quinn (16 digs) led Concord.
John Stark 3, Mascoma 1
The Generals had a momentary lapse in the third game, but they snapped back for a 25-11, 25-15, 22-25, 25-11 win at home to improve to 5-8. Mascoma drops to 2-12.
Taylor Montgomery had 18 aces and Kendall Wilkins finished with seven kills to lead the Stark attack. The Generals also raised nearly $2,000 at the game to donate to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.