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High Schools: Concord field hockey team eliminated with 1-0 loss

  • Franklin goalkeeper Keith Styles stopped shot after shot in the first half, but it wasn't enough to stop Bishop Brady from beating the co-ed Tornadoes in soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin goalkeeper Keith Styles stopped shot after shot in the first half, but it wasn't enough to stop Bishop Brady from beating the co-ed Tornadoes in soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Bishop Brady sophomore J.P. Nemcovich (right) tries to get control of the ball as his teammate Coleman Reifke and Franklin's Giovanni Lemon watch during boys' soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Bishop Brady sophomore J.P. Nemcovich (right) tries to get control of the ball as his teammate Coleman Reifke and Franklin's Giovanni Lemon watch during boys' soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

    Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.

    (WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

  • Franklin goalkeeper Keith Styles stopped shot after shot in the first half, but it wasn't enough to stop Bishop Brady from beating the co-ed Tornadoes in soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Bishop Brady sophomore J.P. Nemcovich (right) tries to get control of the ball as his teammate Coleman Reifke and Franklin's Giovanni Lemon watch during boys' soccer in Franklin on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)
  • Franklin High School hosts Bishop Brady High School boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 22, 2013.<br/><br/>(WILL PARSON / Monitor staff)

PLAISTOW – It wasn’t your typical 12-vs.-5 matchup.

Sure, Concord came in at 5-8-1 with Timberlane at 8-4-2, but less than two weeks ago, the teams played to a scoreless draw. So it came with little surprise when the Tide found itself in another scoreless tie with the Owls 44 minutes into yesterday’s Division I field hockey prelim.

Unfortunately for Concord, at 44 minutes and 3 seconds, Timberlane put the only ball of the game into the back of the cage and the Owls prevailed, 1-0, moving them into Friday’s quarterfinal at No. 4 Exeter.

“(We) definitely did not come into it thinking we were going to get beat. We were thinking we were going to win,” Concord Coach Steph Johnson said. “We knew we’d have to work for it, but we did have an opportunity.”

Though both teams held play for prolonged stretches of the first half, neither team mounted any serious scoring threats. Timberlane started strong, keeping the ball in Concord’s end for the first half of the opening frame, but once Concord got its legs under it, the Tide tilted the field in the other direction for much of the last 15 minutes of the first half. Going into the break, nothing was settled, with each team having two shots on goal and five penalty corners with no score.

The second half started much the same as the first, with Timberlane controlling play but not generating many shots on goal, thanks to Concord’s swarming defense and midfield, led by Ari McLeod, Brittany Munnell, Sarah Ek and Molly Waite.

“It was a close game. It could have gone either way,” Johnson said.

The Owls broke through midway through the half on a nifty reverse-stick shot by Courtney Sickel that crossed through a crowd and past goalie Colleen Casey (three saves) into the far corner of the goal. Timberlane nearly doubled its lead with 10 minutes to play, but Amanda Johnston’s shot clapped hard off the outer right panel of the cage.

Concord, which was held without a shot in the second half until that point, came to life with a bit of desperation, generating its best scoring chances in the closing minutes.

Steph Resnick, the Tide’s leading scorer and a player who buzzed the offensive circle throughout the game, gained control over midfield and sent a pass to Chelsey Jobin on the left wing. Jobin dodged one defender and sent the ball back toward the middle, but with the goalie out of the crease, Resnick couldn’t connect on the cross with six minutes to play.

Two minutes later, Timberlane goalie Jess Walsh mis-kicked a save attempt, but as the ball got behind her and headed toward the goal, no one from Concord could get to it in time before it skipped just wide of the cage.

“We did have our chances. We could have scored, but didn’t quite,” Johnson said.

“We definitely have improved over the past few years with our skill level and we’ve had more wins (year after year), but it’s definitely still a work in progress. We had a young team, only five seniors, so most of the people out there are coming back next year.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

Bow 3, Conant 0

Bow continued its miserly defensive ways, notching its ninth shutout to finish the regular season at 14-1-1 and in second place in Division III. The Falcons allowed just two total goals while going undefeated over their final 10 games (9-0-1).

Timothy Bradley and Noah Bult split halves in the nets to post the combined shutout.

The Falcons took care of all the scoring in the first half. Corey Plumb got things started in the fourth minute off an assist from Ben Maurer. Six minutes later, Plumb set up Chris Ketchum to double the lead. Phil Rizzi (from Josh DeYoung) finished the scoring in the 36th minute.

Coe-Brown 1, Lebanon 1

For the second straight game, Coe-Brown (4-8-3) matched one of Division II’s powers, holding the Raiders (11-3-1) to a single goal, just the fourth time this season that has happened to Lebanon.

“In the last four games we have shown our potential,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said. “We’re locking down teams that have a strong attack.”

Corbin LeBlanc (eight saves) and Jake Mele (six saves) split halves in net to backbone the defensive effort.

The Bears opened the scoring just four minutes in when Liam Clinch slotted a pass to Jake Dunkerley, who lasered a low shot to the far post from about 16 yards out. Lebanon tied it in the 29th minute on a similar play, going high to the near post on the right side.

Both teams had chances in the second half and overtime, but Mele stopped a Lebanon player 1-on-1 and the Raiders popped one off the crossbar in overtime to keep the game knotted.

The tie may have clinched a playoff spot for the Bears, but they’ll look to guarantee that bid with a win or tie in their finale tomorrow.

Trinity 1, Merrimack Valley 0, OT

The Pride battled the Pioneers through 80 scoreless minutes only to fall in the extra session, dropping its record to 4-11.

Tim Bortnick played well in the middle for MV, Johnathin Bailey, Nate Mulleavey, Christian Welch and James Shattuck led the defense, and Hudson Aldrich made 14 saves in goal.

Hopkinton 3,
Hillsboro-Deering 0

The Hawks (14-0-1) clinched the No. 1 seed for the upcoming Division III tournament by dominating the host Hillcats (5-6-4) in the first half on the way to a 3-0 lead.

Hopkinton’s Zach Rouleau, who opened up the field in the first half with tireless runs, according to Coach Scott Zipke, set up the first goal in the 20th minute when he took a shot that rebounded to Doug Fleury, who put it home for a 1-0 lead. On the second goal, in the 23rd minute, Rouleau flicked a throw-in to a solid hammer home by Nick Fleury, then on the third goal, in the 26th minute, Doug Fleury had a nice baseline run to set up a tap-in for Tim Jones.

The Hawks continued to control play in the second half, especially Brian Hauschild, who banged a shot off the upright and was steller in the midfield, but couldn’t put one home.

Hopkinton goalie Rob Ferguson didn’t face any shots on goal for the shutout.

H-D goalie Connor Lane had another fantastic game in net, Coach Will Titus said, on his way to 13 saves. His save percentage on the season sits at 84 percent.

Pittsfield 2, Lin-Wood 2

The Panthers came out flat and fell behind 1-0 at halftime and 2-0 in the opening minute of the second half, but a pair of goals by Max Tuttle got them back in the game and forced a tie.

“That was the eye-opener that the guys needed to get going in the second half,” Coach Derek Hamilton, whose team is now 6-7-2, said of the 2-0 deficit. “I liked the urgency that we played with from that point on.”

Tuttle made it 2-1 when he headed in a direct kick from Casey Ward. He then provided the equalized in the 69th minute on a penalty kick set up when Xenthios Cyr was pushed down after dribbling through a couple of defenders.

Hamilton praised the play of outside fullbacks Jeremy Kennepohl and Branden Jones for their work on Lin-Wood’s two most dangerous forwards.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Merrimack Valley 1, Trinity 0

The Pride used Morgan Walton’s first-half goal and a solid defensive effort to improve to 8-3-4 with one regular-season game remaining. The Pioneers fell to 5-10.

Taylor George set up the goal when she floated a cross pass to Walton, who then beat the keeper high and to the far side in the 30th minute.

Sweeper Mikayla Godfrey played a stellar game in front of goalie Mary Mullen, who made six saves. Midfielder Mayson Kimball also played well, while freshman Asia Hazeltine had a couple of nice scoring bids in the second half that failed to connect.

Bow 8, Somersworth 1

After settling for a 2-1 lead at halftime, the undefeated Falcons broke things open in the final 40 minutes, scoring five times in one 14-minute stretch to improve to 15-0. Somersworth fell to 6-8.

“We finally put some shots on net,” said Falcons Coach Jay Vogt, whose team took 17 shots in the first half, very few of which went on goal.

Lindsey Vogt and Naomi Kramer each had two goals to lead the attack, while Taylor Morrison, Caitlyn Keenan, freshman Gianna Celenza and Maddie Lust scored one apiece. Celenza’s goal, which made the score 7-1, was the first of her varsity career and came off an assist by Brie Achorn.

Lauren Scarpetti had two assists, and Lilly Naimie, Leeanna Cmar and Maggie Vogt played well on defense.

Pittsfield 5, Lin-Wood 1

The Panthers (5-9) took control from the start as they snapped a two-game skid with a road victory. The Lumberjacks fell to 2-14 in their season finale.

Gretchen Hilton and Stefani Gauthier each scored goals within the first 10 minutes for a 2-0 lead, then both scored again – Hilton in the 21st minute and Gauthier in the 27th – for a 4-0 lead at halftime.

Lin-Wood scored in the final minute of the half, but Sarah Adams restored the four-goal lead to make the final 5-1. Jordyn Pinto, Gabby Bartlett and Brooke Vien each had an assist, and outside midfielder Makayla Emerson played well.

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