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High Schools: Offense finally comes alive as Concord boys’ soccer team beats Timberlane

  • Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

    Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.

    WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

  • Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
  • Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
  • Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
  • Concord High School defender Augustine Fornor (center) helped keep Timberlane scoreless in the Crimson Tide's 4-0 victory at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
  • Concord High School defender Rachel Stevenson (front) and midfielder Elaiza Bunnell (left) watch a shot get past their goalkeeper, putting Londonderry ahead 1–0 in the first half of the girls soccer game at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff
  • Concord High School midfielder Ellie Pope fights for possession during Concord's 3–1 loss to Londonderry at Memorial Field on September 5, 2013.<br/><br/>WILL PARSON / Monitor staff

Coming off a disappointing draw against Exeter on Tuesday, and with a showdown against two-time state champ Manchester Central looming next week, the Concord High boys’ soccer team needed a positive performance yesterday against Timberlane. The Crimson Tide got it.

Four different players scored, the defense kept a clean sheet and Concord (2-0-1) strolled to a 4-0 feel-good win over the Owls (1-2).

“It was satisfying,” senior captain Kyler Thayer said. “We were a little disappointed about how we didn’t finish the ball the way we should have on Tuesday, so today was a much-needed win.”

Concord created ample scoring chances in its 1-1 tie with Exeter, but couldn’t find the final touches. That trend quickly reversed yesterday when Matt Chartier converted on an assist from Mohamed Mohamed to give the Tide a 1-0 lead in the eighth minute. Danny Nkhalamba started the play with a ball into space down the left side, and Mohamed hustled it down and threaded a cross through the Timberlane defense.

But after that, Concord once again found itself stalling in the final third of the field. The Tide dominated possession and worked the ball effectively to the end line, but the crosses into the box lacked finesse and accuracy, the runs were made prematurely, and the final scoring touches went missing. It all added up to that 1-0 lead stagnating until halftime.

“Definitely one of the messages at halftime was to take care of the chances we create,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said.

The message was received, and then implemented just six minutes into the second half. Mohamed, who was creative and aggressive throughout, sent a seeing-eye cross along the turf at Memorial Field and junior Nick Dupree made a well-timed run from the midfield to connect with the pass and drive it into the near corner for a 2-0 advantage.

The goal invigorated Concord and allowed the back line of Dan Vignati, Emmanuel Smith, Augustine Fornor and Gaston Arocena to become more assertive. Not only did that foursome surgically remove nearly all Timberlane threats (the Owls put just one shot on goalie Andrew Grondin), but they pushed forward into offense whenever the opportunity presented itself, especially Vignati and Smith, who both displayed an impressive mix of size, speed and skill.

“The back line has been so solid,” Dunlop said. “They’re big, strong, steady and confident.”

The Tide’s aggressive attitude turned into another goal in the 57th minute. Freshman Chris Pinkham, who had just subbed into the game, battled to the end line through Timberlane’s physical defending and sent a pass across the goal mouth to Nkhalamba, who showed uncanny calm with the ball at his feet, making one quick move before darting a low shot back across the goal and nestling it into the far corner.

Dunlop deployed four more substitutes after that goal, just like he did midway through the first half, and once again there was little drop in Concord’s play. The Tide’s impressive depth created two-thirds of the fourth goal when Josh Owen made a smooth play along the right sideline to keep a ball in play and feed it to Chartier. The junior captain then fed a pass to the left wing and Isaac Dugas ran onto it with a purpose, ripping a shot to the far corner in the 68th minute.

“We have a lot of flexibility on the team,” Thayer said. “A lot of people can change in and out of different positions.”

And that includes scoring positions.

“I like it when we have balanced scoring like we did today,” Dunlop said. “That’s definitely a positive thing for the team.”

Dunlop wants his team to gather all the positives it can before heading into Tuesday’s night match at Manchester Central. The coach knows the Little Green will be gunning for the Tide, not to mention eager for a win after losing its first two games.

“They’re the two-time defending champs, but they’re also 0-2, and that creates a big problem because they’re going to be hungry for win,” Dunlop said. “And they’re our closest rival. We’ve had great matches against them year in and year out.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

Kearsarge 1,
Hillsboro-Deering 1, 2OT

The Cougars (0-1-1) and the Hillcats (2-0-1) traded goals in the first half before battling to a draw after two ot periods.

Jonas Hofstetter got H-D on the board five minutes into the contest before Kearsarge answered in the 32nd minute on a Nick Brady goal.

H-D goalkeeper Brett Bennett made a number of game-saving stops in overtime, while Kearsarge had good performances from Bobby Lauster in midfield and Keegan Matisse (assist). Cooper Johnson added an assist for H-D.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Londonderry 3, Concord 1

The Crimson Tide (1-2) pulled within a goal after going down 2-0 in the first half, but Londonderry (1-2) added a third score with six minutes left in the match.

Amanda Bryant scored a nice goal from outside the 18-yard box for Concord’s only goal. Tide goalkeeper Becky Weld made 10 saves and allowed Concord to stay within striking distance, while Irene Ireme, Kate Dasey and Caroline Andy played well in midfield.

Coe-Brown 2,
Merrimack Valley 1, 2OT

Sophomore Christen Gallant scored the winning goal in the second overtime period for the second time in a week to give Coe-Brown (2-0) two dramatic wins in a row to start the season. The Bears and the Pride (1-1) traded first-half goals before going back-and-forth without scoring again until 4:30 was left in the final extra period. Gallant scored after Emily Blad’s corner kick was flicked on by Kianna Daudelin (two assists).

Ariel Clachar scored in the 20th minute to put Coe-Brown ahead, but MV answered a minute later through a Meredith Ramsey score.

Bears goalkeeper Alley Savioli came up huge in net, making 12 saves to keep the score tied.

Moultonborough 8,
Concord Christian 0

The Lady Kingsmen (0-2) had a tough first half at Moultonborough (1-0) but improved in the second half, only allowing one goal.

Freshmen Becca Johnson and Lily Rivera played hard for Concord Christian.

FIELD HOCKEY

Goffstown 4, Bishop Brady 0

The Green Giants (0-2) hung with Goffstown (2-0) during the first half, but the Grizzlies added to a 1-0 halftime lead with three goals in the second half.

Bishop Brady goalie Jess Russell was busy in net, making 18 saves.

Hopkinton 7, Somersworth 1

Hopkinton (1-0) got its season off to a stellar start, blitzing Somersworth (1-1) for six goals in the first half. Sophomore Courtney Crouch had a first-half hat trick and added a fourth goal in the second half, while senior Brittany Marshall had two goals and two assists.

Ally Rose opened the scoring for Hopkinton in the eighth minute. Maddy Sorel (two assists) and Callie Chase led the Hawks defense, and goalie Maddy Bergethon had six saves.

GOLF

Bishop Brady second

The Green Giants (3-2) missed an opportunity to knock off a strong St. Thomas club when the match at The Links at Outlook in South Berwick, Maine, came down to the tie-breaker and the Saints (6-1) prevailed.

Both teams shot a 212 for their top five golfers, but Brady’s sixth-place scorer shot a 49 while the Saints got a 45 out of the sixth-place finisher. Kennett (2-5) was third at 235.

“It’s disappointing,” Brady Coach Ken Gauthier said. “St. Thomas did not have their best day.”

Brady’s Nick Vermette was medalist with a 2-over 38, one shot ahead of teammate Alex Von Svoboda, but the gap grew after that as Alex Thompson, Brendan Bryck and Jack Brych each shot a 45.

John Stark third

The Generals (3-7) shot a 227 to finish behind first-place Hanover (209, 7-1 record) and Goffstown (219, 3-1 record) at Hanover Country Club.

John Stark’s Ben Guilmette was co-medalist along with Griffin Barbaro of Goffstown with a 39.

Merrimack Valley third

The Pride remained winless, dropping to 0-5, but improved its score by 35 shots over its season opener in carding a 228 at White Mountains Country Club in Ashland. Kingswood and host Plymouth tied at 217, but the Knights had a 48 from their sixth scorer, three shots better than the Bobcats’ sixth-place finisher.

Nicco Vizziello shot MV’s best round with a 3-over 39, one shot behind medalist Eric Aguiar of Plymouth. Jesse Demers (44), Brandon Desilets (46), Matt Gilliland (47) and Glen Shattuck (52) rounded out the scorers for the Pride.

Kearsarge second, H-D third

Laconia (2-0) shot a 169 to finish ahead of Kearsarge (172, 1-1 record) and H-D (214, 0-2 record) in a match held at Angus Lea Golf Course.

Kearsarge’s Andrew Arnold was the medalist, shooting a 4-over 37. Lucas Muzzey (38), Bailey Kane (43) and Laura Rodgers (54) made up the rest of the Cougars’ top four, while H-D’s Danny Egner had the lowest score for the Hillcats at 45.

BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Hopkinton first

The Hawks had a team score of 22 to best Newfound (52) and Mascoma (54) at a Newfound-hosted meet.

Sophomore Dom Repucci won the race with a time of 17:14. Following behind Repucci on the Hawks were Cody Roberge (third, 18:41), Declan Campbell (fifth, 19:38), Chris Barnard (sixth, 19:47) and Peter Sawitsky (seventh, 20:01). Duncan Calder was just behind Sawitsky in eighth place (20:02).

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Hopkinton first

Hopkinton swept the first through fourth overall spots to garner a team score of 16 and beat out Newport (39).

Maddie Clark and Sarah Nadeau were joint winners, both finishing in 21:15. Katie Irwin and Emily Calder took the next two spots, each finishing in 22:36. Emmaleigh Sabol came in 11th place in 26:54.

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Courtney Crouch, Hopkinton field hockey, 4 goals in 7-1 win Brittany Marshall, Hopkinton field hockey, 2 goals, 2 assists in 7-1 win Dom Repucci, Hopkinton cross country, first (17:14) in team’s win Christen Gallant, Coe-Brown girls’ soccer, game-winning goal in second OT in 2-1 win Maddie Clark, Hopkinton cross country, tied for first (21:15) in team’s win Sarah Nadeau, Hopkinton … 0

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