High Schools: Belmont boys’ soccer team finds the finishing touch
Winnisquam's goalie, Mike Buxton, dives in an attempt to make a save from a shot by Belmont during the soccer game on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
Belmont's Corey Derosier lunges at the ball in an attempt to block a goal scored by Winnisquam's Nick Welch in boys' soccer on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.
(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
It was the same old story for the Belmont boys’ soccer team. The Red Raiders were in control yesterday against Winnisquam, they had more possession and better chances, but they just couldn’t score and the Bears were taking advantage.
“It’s been our MO this season: knocking on the door and not being able to finish,” Belmont Coach Michael Foley said. “It looked like another one of those funky games where shots just weren’t falling our way.”
Winnisquam scored first, and when things did start to fall the Raiders’ way in the second half, the Bears put the brakes on that momentum with a tying goal. But Belmont’s Austin Haddock (two goals, assist) threw the last punch to give Belmont (5-3-1) a 3-2 win at home.
While it hasn’t been out of the ordinary for the Raiders to struggle to find the net, there were some extenuating circumstances – the efforts of Winnisquam goalkeeper Mike Buxton.
“We peppered him with shots,” Foley said, “but credit to him, he made a lot of big saves and many of them were highlight-reel.”
With Buxton keeping the Raiders at bay, Nick Welch gave Winnisquam a 1-0 lead in the 37th minute. Belmont, playing with a renewed sense of urgency, answered with a huge goal in the final minutes of the first half to tie the game when Haddock finished off a Nick Schott pass.
T.J. Hennessey scored on an assist by Haddock to put Belmont ahead just five minutes into the second half, but the Raiders could only breathe easy for a few minutes before sophomore Henry Stock scored for the Bears to even the score at 2-2.
The match continued its back-and-forth nature before Belmont and Haddock (assisted by Curtis McLelland) struck again in the 58th minute. Joe Boles played a key role in the closing stages of the game by keeping Welch, Winnisquam’s offensive focal point, quiet and away from the ball.
The result was a good lesson for a Belmont team that has been frustrated by poor finishing during the season, showing the Raiders that there is always another chance to turn things around.
“Scores are sometimes indicative of play and sometimes not,” Foley said. “Tonight our ability to respond was fantastic.”
Concord 9, Keene 0
The Crimson Tide (7-1-1) scored three goals in a four-minute span midway through the first half to take control at home against Keene (5-5). Freshman Chris Pinkham opened the scoring in the 16th minute and found the back of the net again in the 18th minute. Matt Chartier (two goals) then capped the three-goal spurt in the 19th minute.
Josh Owen, Dominique Girard, Emmanuel Smith and Dan Vignati also scored, while Andrew Grondin and Liam Richards combined for six saves for the shutout. Concord faces a good Winnacunnet team at home tomorrow.
“I’m really pleased with the way we’re progressing,” Tide Coach Scott Dunlop said. “We’re getting better each day.”
John Stark 1, Lebanon 0, OT
Kyle Clements scored four minutes into overtime on an assist from Will Pineault as the Generals (4-4-1) pulled off the win at home. The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Lebanon (7-2).
After an even first half, the Raiders controlled play for most of the second half, but the Stark defense – keeper Mike Prindiville, center backs Brandon Dugay and Jackson Easter, and outside backs Ryan Nelson, Keith Neiman and Derek Clark - kept the sheet clean.
Pembroke 5, St. Thomas 1
Parker Heath scored two goals in the first half en route to a 4-1 halftime lead and a solid win over winless St. Thomas (0-7). Pembroke (8-1) also received goals from Jeremy Caruso (one assist), Justus Turk and Jake Gaskell.
Spencer Nowe and Brendon Pettigrew added an assist each.
Oyster River 3, Coe-Brown 2
The Bears (3-7-1) showed their grit by scoring their second goal in the 76th minute and then threatening to tie things in the closing moments, but the comeback escaped them as they lost their fifth straight.
“It’s deflating, but we’re confident in how we’re playing,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said.
The Bobcats (7-1-1) scored in the third minute to take a quick lead, but Spencer Nowland (assisted by Tom Esdale) answered just four minutes later to make it 1-1. Oyster River held a 2-1 lead at halftime and scored again in the 54 minute before Isaac Nowland made it 3-2 with four minutes left on the clock. Freshman goalie Corbin LeBlanc saw his first varsity action in the first half and played well before giving way to Jake Mele after halftime.
Hopkinton 4, Bishop Brady 0
The Hawks (8-0) scored a pair of goals in each half to remain undefeated. Hopkinton’s defense, which has had seven shutouts in eight wins, was led by Wes Rose, who won header after header and prevented Bishop Brady (3-5-1) from playing any long balls.
Riley McNicholas connected with Tim Jones on a 40-yard cross for the game’s opening goal and McNicholas added two of his own in the second half. Zach Rouleau assisted on both McNicholas goals and added a tally in the first half (assisted by James McCluskey).
Dylan Thomson made eight saves for Bishop Brady.
Bow 5, Campbell 1
The Falcons (9-1) exploded for four goals in the first half to take a commanding 4-1 halftime lead and Tim Bradley stopped a couple of breakaways in the second half to hold the lead in a win over Campbell (4-5).
Chris Ketchum (two goals) and Owen Molind (first varsity goal) played well up front along with Ben Maurer (assist). David Merchan and Louis Miyara also scored while Merchan, Mitch Blair and David Poulin (assist) were solid defensively.
Kearsarge 7, Mascoma 1
Andrew Van Hooydonk (assist) and Bobby Lauster each scored two goals and the Cougars (6-3-1) controlled possession in a decisive win over Mascoma (1-9). Nick Bailey (goal, assist), Nick Brady (assist), Keegan Matisse (goal), Francis Carpenter (assist), Reed Bell (goal) and Roudy Rehor (assist) also contributed offensively.
Kearsarge keeper Mike Sullivan made four saves.
Newmarket 2, Pittsfield 1 OT
The Panthers (3-5-1) took a 1-0 lead in the first half and controlled much of the second half, but Newmarket (4-4) scored with just two minutes left in regulation and then rode that momentum for the overtime win. A pair of junior varsity players accounted for the Pittsfield goal as Cam Darrah deflected in a shot from Garrett Strouth in the 38th minute.
KeEne 2, Concord 1
The Crimson Tide (3-6) fell on the road against the fourth-place Blackbirds (7-2). No details were reported.
Pembroke 1, St. Thomas 0
Bri Douglas scored the lone goal as the Spartans (4-4) extended their winning streak to three straight. Lexi Duclos anchored the defense for Pembroke, which also got strong performances from Keerstyn Allen and Kaity Morency. St. Thomas falls to 3-6.
John Stark 0, Hanover 0, 2OT
Neither team could find the back of the net in regulation or in two overtimes in a tightly contested, back-and-forth game. Hanover (3-2-3) and John Stark (2-5-2) had equal scoring chances, with Chloe Loos, Jordan Shatney and Danielle Galli creating opportunities for the Generals.
Brooke Shatney, Kelsey Johnstone and Amanda Nikias led the midfield, while Nikki Beeso, Liz Neal and Liz Brant anchored the defense. Maddie Janelle had a couple of key saves to stop Hanover’s attack.
Somersworth 2, Belmont 1, OT
The Red Raiders scored first and finished with a 12-4 advantage in shots, but they couldn’t avoid their first loss of the year.
“It wasn’t our best game but it wasn’t our worse, it just seemed like Somersworth wanted it more and kept making one more play than we did,” Belmont Coach Amy Dutton said. “You have to do all the little things well to win, and we didn’t do that, so this will be a good learning experience for us.”
After a scoreless first half, Makayla Donovan gave the Raiders a 1-0 lead when she pounced on a rebound off a hard shot from Cassie Contigiani. Somersworth (3-5) found the equalizer in the 59th minute and finished things off in the eighth minute of overtime.
Bishop Brady 0, Hopkinton 0, 2OT
The Green Giants (4-5-1) couldn’t find a way past Hopkinton keeper Kasey Smith, but they did end the Hawks five-game winning streak.
Smith got plenty of defensive support Meg Hemmerlein, Tess Masci, Aaliyah Curley and Caroline Sweny. Lily Scammon led the Hopkinton offense, which generated 16 shots.
Lebanon 4, Bow 1
Lebanon (7-1-1) scored twice in each half to make it tough on the Falcons (3-5).
Bow was able to cut its deficit to 2-1 after Hannah Berman finished off an aerial shot from Katie Lawson late in the first half.
Sophomore Jill Deland made her varsity debut and played well at drop mid.
Mascenic 2, Pembroke 0
The Spartans (2-6-1) fell on the road versus Mascenic (1-9), which won its first game of the season.
Senior Meghan Miller and junior Kelly Jacques played well on defense for Pembroke.
Newport 5, John Stark 0
Goalie Jerrilyn Wilson made 18 saves, but the Generals still fell to 1-6 with the loss at home. Newport moved to 5-3 with the win.
Hopkinton 5, Sanborn 1
The Hawks (7-1) held a slim 1-0 lead at halftime, but exploded for three goals in a nine-minute stretch in the second half to put away the Indians (5-3-1). Courtney Crouch scored a goal in each half and Brittany Marshall also chipped in with two goals. Hannah Basset (goal), Izzy Gessen (assist) and Caroline Flood (assist) also contributed offensively.
Maddy Bergethon made six saves for Hopkinton. Maddy Sorel and Sierra Bickford also played well.
Winnisquam 2, Newfound 0
Molly Tinker had a hand in both goals as Winnisquam (4-2-2) collected the win at home. Tinker, assisted by Erin McNamara, gave her team a 1-0 lead midway through the first half. Lauren Bolstridge’s goal gave Winnisquam some more breathing room 8:02 into the second half.
The performances from goalie Kendra Lonegran (nine saves), backs Madison Lanagan and Sabrina Bellerose, and Erin Atherton (midfield and forward) were also key Winnisquam. Newfound drops to 6-3.
Gilford 9, Franklin 1
The Golden Tornadoes (1-7) played well in spurts and improved upon a 10-0 loss in their season opener, but still fell to undefeated Gilford (8-0-1). The Golden Eagles scored four goals in the first four minutes, including a pair of goals 40 seconds apart, but Franklin buckled down and held Gilford scoreless for longer stretches of play.
Freshmen Abby Pratt scored her fourth goal in three games in the second half for Franklin’s lone tally. Lindsey Judkins assisted. Freshmen Mackenzie Weatherbee and Hailey Haskins played well on defense and midfield, respectively.
“The score doesn’t indicate how we have been playing,” Franklin Coach Deb Georgevits said. “We are continuing to improve. Hopefully the score will eventually show it.”
The Crimson Tide (24-6) shot its highest score of the season (214) to place third at Passaconaway Country Club. Keene (20-10) was first with a 202, while host Londonderry (19-10) was second at 211. Nashua North (15-12) took fourth with a 217.
Sophomore Matt LaTourette led Concord with a 41, followed by Ben Bengtson (42), Adam Godbout (43), Tim Levins (44) and Josh Pifer (44).
Nashua North’s Brandon Gillis and Keene’s Keeton Foster both shot 2-under 33 to earn co-medalist honors.
The relatively close team scores between four clubs that should factor in next week’s state tournament lends credence to Concord Coach Ed Deshaies’s prediction that the Division I tourney will be a toss-up.
“It’s looking like states will be an open ball game,” Deshaies said.
Bishop Brady second
The Green Giants (14-6) were runner-up at Portsmouth Country Club with a team score of 216, finishing narrowly behind host Portsmouth (19-1) at 214. Kingswood (11-7) came in third at 236.
Alex Von Svoboda had the Bishop Brady low score at 2-over 38, ahead of teammates Alex Thompson (41), Nick Vermette (43), Jackson Bouley (46) and Brendan Bryck (48). Bouley had his first top-five score of the season.
John Stark second
The Generals (8-14) ended their regular season with a second-place finish at Angus Lea Golf Course, besting Plymouth (9-10) in a tiebreaker to finish as runner-up with a score of 201. Sanborn (12-8) had a 197 to take first.
Senior co-captain Zach Hellings was the medalist on the day with a 34, one ahead of Plymouth’s lowest scorer.
Merrimack Valley second
The Pride (4-16) won on a tiebreaker to claim second place at Derryfield Country Club. Merrimack Valley shot a 242 to finish even with Oyster River (4-13), while Trinity (8-10) was first with a 218. Chris Maxwell’s score of 51 topped Oyster River’s sixth best score by two strokes and gave the Pride the runner-up finish.
Sophomore Jesse Demers shot a 46 to lead MV. Matt Gilliland (48), Brandon Desilets (48), Nicco Vizziello (50) and Joe Doughty (50) rounded out the top Pride golfers in front of Maxwell’s clinching score. It was Doughty’s first time figuring in the team scoring.
Trinity’s Jacob Wolford was the medalist with a 41.
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Concord placed first with a score of 23 against Bedford (65), Londonderry (72) and Keene (75) at a quad-meet at St. Anselm’s.
Smita Boesch-Dining came in second with a time of 19:03. Erin Waters was the Tide’s second runner in third in 19:44. Cassie Shea (19:46), Kaelin Willette (19:55) and Michaella Conery (20:02) rounded out Concord’s scorers, finishing fourth, sixth and eighth, respectively.
Also running well for the Tide were Fiona MacWhinnie (ninth, 20:04) and Sam Pearl (10th, 20:09).