High schools: Goal scored, goal met for Concord field hockey in season-opening win
For the first half of Concord High’s field hockey season opener yesterday, you could forgive the Tide had defeatist thoughts entered their minds. A scoreless 30 minutes during which Concord dominated play was all too familiar to last year.
But something was different.
“I knew it would happen, it was just a matter of time,” said Tide Coach Steph Johnson, after her team beat Dover, 1-0. “We were so close so many times.”
“That just made us try harder,” sophomore forward Steph Resnick agreed. “It made us think we’ve got to win this. It just motivated us.”
Indeed, while Concord’s midfielders and defenders – led by Molly Waite and Sarah Ek – were keeping the ball away from sophomore keeper Colleen Casey (she didn’t face a single shot on goal), Resnick and the six-forward rotation kept pressing the issue, but couldn’t quite break through.
Until 11 minutes into the second half.
Kaleigh Otto collected the ball at the top right of the arc and lifted it toward goal to Resnick, who knocked it down and rattled it off the back of the cage to end the scoring drought, putting Concord on the scoreboard for the first time in six games (dating back to last season).
“It was really satisfying to get the ball in the net after so many tries and coming so close,” said Resnick, who had the best chance in the first half, as well, getting off a nifty reverse-stick shot that skipped just wide of the cage.
The goal sent the Green Wave into desperation mode in the game’s final minutes, but as Dover applied pressure in the circle, Ek made a final clear with 10 seconds to play to secure the win.
“It’s a very good morale booster to start off the season with a win,” Johnson said. “It gets them even more determined, keeps their heads in a good place.”
Merrimack Valley 5, Bow 0
Cassidy Huckins scored 2:38 into the game and never stopped, finishing with four goals as the Pride opened its season with an impressive win at home.
Huckins scored three of her four in the first half, and all three of those were assisted by Olivia Thurber. Huckins made it 4-0 at 16:06 of the second half, this time assisted by Lily Davis. Erin Frost finished the scoring, assisted by – who else? – Thurber. Brit Fisher had a good game at halfback for MV and goalie Maggie Casey had three saves.
Senior midfielder Katie Lawson and junior forward Jordan Mylod played well for Bow.
Derryfield 9, John Stark 0
The Generals fell behind quickly, getting buried in a 6-0 hole by halftime in a loss to the defending Division III champions.
Jerrilyn Wilson made 22 saves for John Stark, while Clarissa Foote and Jen Rizzitano played well on defense.
Kearsarge 1, Winnisquam 1
The Cougars (0-0-1) and the Bears (1-0-1) traded goals on either side of the halftime break before battling through overtime for a hard-fought tie.
Winnisquam grabbed the lead with 5:50 to play in the first half, when Erin McNamara scored off a corner push from Alyssa Clogston. But Kearsarge answered only four minutes into the second half on a goal by Lily Huntoon.
The teams fought back and forth through the rest of the game without scoring, though the Bears (1-0-1) were starting to pile on the pressure.
Rachel Willcutt, Kayla Langan, Clogston, Lauren Bolstridge and Cora Kelley all had strong games for Winnisquam, while defenders Haley Joseph and Brianna Sullivan played well for the Cougars.
Bow 4, Hopkinton 0
Bow (2-0) scored three times in the closing eight minutes of the first half to build a comfortable lead and exact a bit of revenge in a rematch of last year’s Division III title match, won by Hopkinton in overtime.
The Falcons controlled the first 40 minutes, scoring just four minutes in on a bending corner kick from Sarah Carlson. The score stayed that way until the flurry at the end of the half, when Maddie Cheney scored twice in a 21∕2-minute span (with assists from Lindsey Vogt and Carlson) and Naomi Kramer scored in the 39th minute for a 4-0 lead at the break. Cheney and Caitlyn Keenan assisted the final goal.
“It was just a tough 10 minutes right there,” Hopkinton Coach Lauri Izzi said. “The game got away from us there, but we played a lot better in the second half, won more 50-50 balls.”
Aaliyah Curley and Meg Hemmerlein anchored the Hopkinton (0-1) defense, while Courtney Benson got off six shots and Brianna Curley had some great runs on offense, working well with Benson.
Goalie Janna Corsetti earned the shutout for the Falcons, while Lauren Scarpetti, Julia Currier and Christy Vinnenberg also turned in strong games.
Pittsfield 7, Lin-Wood 0
The Panthers (1-0) got their offense off to a fast start in the opening game of the season, scoring four goals in the first half on their way to a shutout of Lin-Wood (0-1).
Gretchen Hilton and Morgan Corliss had two goals each, while Star Chagnon, Stefani Gauthier and Sarah Adams all added a goal. Gauthier and Adams also pitched in assists.
Gabby Bartlett and Brooke Vien led the defensive effort.
Kearsarge 3, Newport 1
The Cougars built a 3-0 lead in their season opener before Newport got a late goal to thwart the shutout bid. No details were reported.