High schools: Concord defense throws a shutout at Merrimack, 55-0
Merrimack Valley's Emily Masse, center, moves the ball past Goffstown's Olivia St. Jean during the game between the schools on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley. The Pride won 1-0.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
Merrimack Valley walks off the field all smiles after defeating Goffstown 1-0 in the game on September 20, 2013 at Merrimack Valley.
(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
MERRIMACK – Their job on the field was finished by halftime, the product of a dominant defensive effort, but their job on the sideline was far from over. The starting defense for the Concord High football team became the most vociferous bunch in the second half, imploring their teammates to keep the goose egg on the Merrimack side of the scoreboard.
“We wanted that shutout,” Concord middle linebacker Logan Lamoureux said. “It meant a lot to us, and it meant a lot to them to finish it for us. It was a good team effort.”
Concord’s bench hardly flinched, and Tyler Martel’s interception at the 5-yard line sealed the deal in the Tide’s 55-0 victory last night in Merrimack.
“The defense was tuned in,” Concord Coach Eric Brown said. “Mike Pelletier did a great job preparing the defense this week. We knew Merrimack was capable of scoring some points, but we were very prepared.”
Facing a Tomahawks team that came in at 2-0, having put up 100 points in its first two games, Concord (3-0) expected a test and more than met the challenge. A defensive front three of Wyatt LaBombard, Kris Skinner and Dylan Naylor bottled up the inside, and a linebacking corps of Lamoureux, Will Scharlotte and Brandon Barrett patrolling the middle and Walters Ndi and Marc Gaudet holding down the edges, often creeping up to a defensive end slot, limited Merrimack to just 48 yards on 16 carries in the first half. And it held the Tomahawks passing game to just three completions on 10 attempts for 17 yards, thanks to a slew of breakups, led by Shawn Jobin and Diego Hebra.
“We had a good week in preparation. We heard they had a good offense,” Lamoureux said. “Practice was more intense and we had better looks from the JV scout team.”
With the defense limiting Merrimack to a paltry 102 yards for the entire game, the Tide offense made it look easy. Ndi and Leo Sudieh both broke 100 yards rushing and quarterback Rob Law passed for 160 yards in just one half.
Law (8-for-12) connected with Seimou Smith (three catches, 90 yards) for a 68-yard catch-and-run score on Concord’s first play from scrimmage and the Tide never relented. Sudieh (12 carries, 102 yards) scored from a yard out after a 57-yard run from Ndi to make it 14-0 after a quarter, then Concord found the end zone four more times in the second quarter for a 42-0 lead.
Ndi (five carries, 105 yards) bolted in from 24 yards out to start the second quarter, then after Concord’s Thomas O’Brien recovered an onside kick, a scrambling Law found Ndi for a 45-yard touchdown pass on the next play.
“Wally’s Wally. He’s big, fast, strong and tough,” Brown said. “He ran really hard tonight.”
Gaudet scored from a yard out and Sudieh added a 6-yard TD run to close the half, then Jacob Lewis connected with Chris McAllister for a 17-yard TD pass in the third quarter and Josh Ames (seven carries, 89 yards) added a 72-yard TD run in the fourth. Kicker Kevin Condict was 7-for-8 on PATs, with Merrimack blocking the final try.
With the second half in running time for the third time in as many games, all that was left was for the defense to finish off the shutout.
“That’s what these guys are about. We’ve got 70 guys, and it sounds cliché and corny, but we’re as one,” Brown said. “They’re a great bunch of teammates.”
Merrimack Valley 14
The Pride (2-1) came into Portsmouth (2-1) with high hopes of making a statement, but early miscues from MV put it in a hole from the start of the game.
Portsmouth picked off a pass and took it back for a touchdown on the first drive of the game and led 14-0 before a minute had run off the clock. MV improved from its early mistakes and tried to pull closer but had three red-zone pass attempts picked off to stem any attempt at a comeback.
Tucker Burt got MV on the board on an 11-yard run, and Blake Gaboriault had a 67-yard TD run in the fourth quarter.
Merrimack 2, Concord 0
The Tomahawks (4-2) scored two goals in a five-second span with under two minutes to go in the first half and held on to win their fourth straight.
Concord (4-2) managed only four shots but had their chances to do some damage, according to Coach Steph Johnson. “We had some great moments, but not consistently throughout the game.”
Goalie Colleen Casey finished with five saves, Molly Waite played great at midfield and forward, and Kaleigh Otto had a solid game at forward for the Tide.
Merrimack Valley 1,
In a back-and-forth game, Emily Masse scored the lone goal 12:47 into the first half, and it proved enough to give the Pride (4-2) the narrow victory.
Brit Fisher recorded an assist on Masse’s goal, while Bekah Stearns played well at sweep and Cassidy Huckins led the way at forward.
Maggie Carey picked up the win in net with three saves.
Bow 3, Con-Val 2, OT
Katie Lawson fired the game-winning goal from the top of the circle in overtime, securing a hard-fought victory for the Falcons.
Bow (2-3) relied on its smooth transition play, switching from offense to defense while hustling to the ball. Hannah Berman scored both of the Falcons’ regulation goals, with Lawson contributing two assists.
Lyndsey Wheeler was the winning goalie, tallying 14 saves. Hallie Lothrop anchored Bow’s defense, while Maddie Constant played a strong game in the midfield.
Hopkinton 5, Kearsarge 0
The duo of Brittany Marshall and Ireland Tawney led the way once again for the Hawks (4-1), who rebounded from their first loss of the season with a shutout of the Cougars (0-3-1).
Tawney opened the scoring less than a minute into the game on an assist from Marshall, before Marshall scored two goals in the final 10 minutes of the opening half. Tawney had another goal early in the second half, again assisted by Marshall, and Marshall wrapped up the scoring in the closing stages to finish with three goals and two assists.
Izzy Gesen and Courtney Crouch also played well for Hopkinton.
Winnisquam 6, John Stark 0
Erin McNamara spearheaded a strong Bears offense that scored three goals in each half to shut out John Stark (0-4) at home.
McNamara had three goals and two assists and played a part in each of the first four scores for Winnisquam (3-0-2). Lauren Bolstridge had two goals, Haley Poirier tallied a goal and an assist, and Mackenzie Byers added a helper.
“The whole team played awesome,” Bears Coach Cherie Snow said.
Lebanon 4, Coe-Brown 0
The Bears (3-3-1) had a short span of mistakes toward the end of the first half and it did them in, as the Raiders (4-1) scored three goals within 10 minutes for a 3-0 lead at the break.
“They were goals that were missed by our goalie and defensemen, things that we can clean up (going forward),” said Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert, who was impressed by his team’s effort despite the lopsided outcome.
The Bears were without two top players, defender Tom Esdale and forward Jake Dunkerly, because of injuries, and Gompert said “we missed their presence.”
Bow 2, Campbell 0
Bow (6-1) bounced back from its first loss of the season with a road shutout win against the Cougars (2-3).
Corey Plumb and Josh DeYoung were the goal scorers for Bow, with Plumb opening the scoring in the 13th minute on a long floating shot from 20 yards out that was assisted by Chris Ketchum.
DeYoung doubled the Falcons’ lead in the 64th minute with a hard shot from the middle of the 18-yard box that bounced off the post before DeYoung finished off the opportunity from close range.
Timothy Bradley recorded the shutout in goal, with Mitchell Blair and David Merchan dominating defensively. Sam Cheney and Luke Laboe controlled the midfield.
The Hillcats (2-2-2) dominated possession and spent the majority of the game in the defensive end of Monadnock (0-4-2), but just couldn’t turn their hard work into goals.
H-D hit the crossbar early in the game and had multiple disallowed goals late.
Senior goalkeeper Brett Bennett finished with seven saves, including some big stops at the end of regulation and in overtime.
Winnisquam 2, Newfound 2
Winnisquam outshot Newfound 13-8, but the game ended in a stalemate.
Marshall Bordeau gave Winnisquam a 1-0 lead in the first half, but Newfound struck back with two goals. Nick Walsh tied the game for Winnisquam, and the 2-2 score held up through two overtime periods. Corey Leroux recorded assists on both Winnisquam goals.
Mike Buxton had seven saves in net, Christian Stock and Sean Buxton played well in center-midfield, and Nick Weisman played a strong all-around game switching from midfield to forward.
Merrimack Valley 3,
MV (3-1-2) opened up the scoring in the second minute of the game with a goal by freshman Asia Hazeltine, but Goffstown (4-0-1) came back and scored three unanswered goals in the first half.
Meredith Ramsey scored both of MV’s goals in the second half to tie the game at the end of regulation. The Pride battled through overtime but couldn’t find the winning goal.
MV goalie Mary Mullen played well with 10 important saves.
Bow 8, Kearsarge 0
The Falcons (6-0) were firing on all cylinders offensively against Kearsarge (1-4-1). Taylor Morrison scored a hat trick and Lindsey Vogt scored two goals, while Sarah Carlson and Maddie Cheney each added a goal and supplied multiple assists.
Morrison got the scoring going in the first half and added her second goal before Carlson made it 3-0 going into halftime. Morrison completed her hat trick and Vogt scored twice in the second half. Cheney and Maddie Lust also contributed goals.
Cheney led the team with three assists, with other helpers coming from Carlson (two), Morrison, Vogt, Christy Vinnenberg and Brie Achorn.
Lauren Scarpetti and Caitlyn Keenan controlled the midfield for Bow, while defenders Madison Duffy and Julia Currier helped secure the shutout.
Bishop Brady 9, Pelham 2
The Green Giants (3-4) were ahead only 2-0 at halftime, but realigned the arrangement of their center-midfield, which allowed them to move the ball up field more effectively and led to scoring chances.
Taylor Fortin and Nadia Crainich each tallied four goals for Bishop Brady, while Meghan Kissinger chipped in one goal. Katherine LaBrake and Sophie Palangas combined for the win in net.
Fall Mountain 0
H-D (3-2-1) had plenty of scoring opportunities, but Fall Mountain’s goal keeper tallied 23 saves to keep the game scoreless through 100 minutes.
Bridgette Winters and Kym Bergstresser led the Hillcats offensively, Paytne Walker and Kiersten Clough played well in the midfield, and the entire defense played with intensity.
Goalkeeper Emma Moore had five saves for H-D.
Concord Christian 1, Hinsdale 0
The Lady Kingsmen (1-6) picked up their first victory of the season after shutting out Hinsdale (0-5).
Freshman Stephanie Langlois scored in the 30th minute on an assist by Theresa Suarez. Goalie Morgan Draus stayed strong in net for the rest of the game and picked up the shutout thanks to a strong team defensive performance.
Coe-Brown 3, Manchester West 0
The Bears swept 25-7, 25-18, 25-9 to improve to 3-1.
Megan Rouillard led Coe-Brown with 12 kills, while Katie Tomaszewski added five kills and Sophia Wensberg chipped in four kills.
Manchester West falls to 0-4.
Belmont 3, Stevens 0
The Red Raiders (5-0) stayed perfect and have yet to drop a game this season after sweeping Stevens (0-5), 25-7, 25-4, 25-1, on the road. The Cardinals have been swept in all five of their losses.
Starring for Belmont were Shannon Conway (12 aces, four assists, three kills), Alyssa Woods (12 aces, four kills), Jessie Bergeron (five digs, four aces, two kills) and Megan Bailey (eight aces, six assists, kill).