Hawks come through
It only took three minutes of overtime for the Hopkinton girls’ soccer team to officially establish what Coach Lauri Izzi was sure of all game long.
Yesterday, against visiting Belmont, her Hawks were the better team in a battle of two of the four or five best teams in Division III.
“We really did control the match,” Izzi said, mentioning her team’s 21-3 advantage in shot on goal as proof, “and it was just a matter of making the outcome the way it was.”
That came down to the foot of sophomore Lily Scammon, whose goal from about six yards out gave the defending champion Hawks (8-1-2) a 2-1 victory over the Red Raiders (10-2).
With the Hawks controlling possession in the early stages of OT, Sabrey Montore – who had scored the team’s first goal – brought the ball up the left side and unleashed a shot that was saved by Belmont keeper Kaitlyn Berry. But Scammon was there to collect the rebound and put it home for the winner.
“We knew this was how the outcome should take place, but Belmont came out and played us hard in the second half,” Izzi said.
Hopkinton dominated the first half, according to Izzi, and came out of it with a 1-0 lead on Montore’s goal. Kelly Scammon started the scoring play with a cross to the middle of the field that Berry got to but couldn’t handle. The ball bounced to Montore and she finished it off from about six yards away, making it 1-0 with six minutes left in the half.
“Both their goals were identical,” Belmont Coach Amy Dutton said.
It stayed 1-0 past the halfway point of the second half, and it took a break for Belmont to tie it up. In the 26th minute of the second half, with Hopkinton keeper Kasey Smith out of goal after breaking up a play, a Hawks defender tried to clear the ball, only to see her pass deflect past Smith and into the net for an own-goal. Dutton credited the goal to freshman Sarah Chase, with an assist to Makayla Donovan.
The goal broke up Smith’s shutout streak at five games, but the Hawks keeper made sure things didn’t get worse and helped send the game into overtime. Izzi also praised the play of midfielder Nikki Cullinan and defender Josie Lavigne.
“We really played well,” Izzi said. “Probably the most aggressive we played in the last three or four games. It’s good to see the team working hard and being enthusiastic for the game of soccer.”
Dutton, whose team is considerably less experienced (seven sophomores, five freshmen) than Izzi’s Hawks (seven seniors), was equally pleased.
“I’m really proud of my kids,” said Dutton, who praised the play of sophomore Courtney Clairmont, freshman Jasmine Syed and Berry (“The best she has played all year”).
“I thought Hopkinton’s speed of play was better than ours, but we battled them,” she continued. “We didn’t play our best, but we were there with them. ... And it gives us valuable experience that we’ll need going down the stretch.”
Coe-Brown 2, Con-Val 1, OT
The Bears fell behind 1-0 three minutes into the game, but goalie Alley Savioli held firm after that and Jelasa Nelson and Kianna Daudelin scored goals to lead Coe-Brown (7-3-1) past the pesky Cougars (5-6).
Nelson tied the game with 28 minutes left when she converted a header off a corner kick by Emily Blad. Coe-Brown hit the post with three minutes left in regulation, sending the game into overtime.
Just 1:20 into the extra session, Coe-Brown’s Audra Jenkins made a crossing pass from the left to Nelson near the 18-yard box. Nelson then headed the ball to the right side, where Daudelin collected it and put it over the keeper’s head from about 10 yards out for the winner.
Savioli finished with 16 saves and “kept us in the game in the first half,” Coe-Brown Coach Josh Hils said. Defender Lindsey Knight and sweeper Sarah Curtin also had solid games.
JOHN STARK 3, PLYMOUTH 0
The Generals broke a seven-game winless streak by converting on their scoring chances, previously a shortcoming during their rough stretch.
Bri Legrand scored first for the Generals (3-6-2) with 15 minutes to play, and then Brooke Shatney and Jordan Shatney quickly made it 3-0 to bury the Bobcats (6-6).
Kelsey Johnstone had a tremendous performance at midfield, according to Coach Heather Doucette, while Chloe Loos, Liz Neal and Liz Brandt secured the defense. Goalie Maddie Janelle tallied the shutout
Merrimack Valley 3, Sanborn 2
Meredith Ramsey scored two goals and assisted on Mason Kimball’s game-winning goal with 10 minutes remaining to lead the Pride (6-2-3) over Sanborn (5-7).
The Indians scored in the 30th minute, but a Ramsey header off an Asia Hazeltine cross tied the game at halftime. Sanborn scored 10 minutes into the second half, but Ramsey had another equalizer with 20 minutes to go.
MV also had great goalkeeping from Mary Mullen with 15 saves. Teagan Lavery and Sammi Osborne also played well for the Pride.
Bow 1, Raymond 0
The Falcons showed why they are undefeated (11-0) and deserve to be number one in Division III by posting a shutout victory over a talented fifth-place Raymond team (9-2). The Rams tested Bow, playing a mostly defensive formation but still managing to apply some pressure in the Falcons’ half.
The lone goal of the match occurred in the 24th minute when Caitlyn Keenan took a corner kick that landed with Taylor Morrison. Morrison sent it to Maddy Lust, who beat the keeper with the game-winning strike.
Lauren Scarpetti, Lilly Naimie and Julia Currier played well in a good team effort. Janna Corsetti made a couple of saves from long, outside shots.
Alvirne 2, Concord 1
The Tide outshot Alvirne 15-5, but still fell short against the team that is tied for second place in Division I.
Emmanuel Smith scored for Concord (8-2-1) in the seventh minute, but the Broncos (9-2) responded with an equalizer two minutes later. Alvirne scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway shot that beat Tide keeper Andrew Grondin (five saves) in the 52nd minute.
“We didn’t take advantage of our chances. ... We played very well, we just didn’t execute. We’ll definitely learn from this,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said, adding that Alvirne is “very dangerous” and should contend for the Division I championship.
Kyler Thayer and Mohamed Mohamed played well up front for the Tide, while Augustine Fornor played well defensively.
Coe-Brown 1, Con-Val 1
Con-Val (6-3-2) scored three minutes into the match, but the Bears (3-7-2) controlled the game from there, falling just short of a victory.
While the Cougars were the better team for the first 10 minutes, Coe-Brown managed to control possession and created numerous scoring chances in the final 20 minutes of the game. Spencer Nowland took the ball from a Con-Val defender and finished a nice strike from the top of the 18-yard box for the game-tying goal. The Bears couldn’t capitalize on some quality chances in overtime.
“It’s frustrating, we have a pattern of playing well and controlling games, but not coming away with wins,” Coe-Brown Coach Christian Gompert said.
Corbin LeBlanc (first half) and Jake Mele (second half) split the goalkeeping duties and made three saves each.
Pembroke 1, Portsmouth 1
Justus Turk scored in the 36th minute to erase a 1-0 deficit and lead Pembroke (8-1-1) to a tie against the Clippers. Spencer Nowe had the assist.
Portsmouth (7-1-3) scored first in the 26th minute.
John Stark 3, Plymouth 1
Adam Carr scored just 32 seconds into the game with an assist from Cam Williams, and the Generals never looked back as they improved to 5-5-1. Plymouth fell to 4-6-1.
Williams set up the Generals’ second goal as well, assisting for Serge Boucher at the 12:25 mark. Kyle Clements made it 3-0 in the 53rd minute, assisted by Boucher.
Goalie Mike Prindiville lost his shutout bid with about 15 minutes remaining and finished with four saves, including one in which he dove and outstretched to make the stop.
Central defenders Brandon Dugay and Jackson Easter also played well for the Generals.
Hillsboro-Deering 1, Monadnock 1
The Hillcats (3-5-3) outside Monadnock 17-4, but some poor finishing by H-D and some spectacular goalkeeping from the Huskies’ Bryce Blake (16 saves) resulted in a draw.
H-D couldn’t penetrate the Monadnock (1-6-3) defense until the 27th minute, when Max Parenteau put away a throw-in from Josh Gould after the Hillcats maintained possession and kept the ball in the Huskies half for long stretches of time. H-D missed several “silver platter opportunities,” according to Coach Will Titus, and only led 1-0 at halftime.
Monadnock scored on its first scoring chance of the game in the final minute of regulation after the Hillcats dominated most of the half. Chase Spruce had the best scoring opportunity in overtime, but his volley was shot right at Blake.
Brett Bennett made three saves for H-D.
Kearsarge 3, Campbell 0
The Cougars had one of their best team performances of the season with a shutout victory on the road against Campbell (5-6).
Francis Carpenter and Andrew Van Hooydonk scored first-half goals to give Kearsarge (8-3-1) a 2-0 halftime lead and Roudy Rehor added a second-half tally. Nick Bailey and Van Hooydonk had an assist each.
“Campbell certainly had opportunities, but it was one of best games of the season. Getting the shutout against Campbell was something we could only hope for. It was a great overall team effort,” said Cougars Coach Rob Ragazzo after his team’s third straight win.
The entire defensive unit played well in front of keeper Mike Sullivan (six saves), who had his second clean sheet of the season.
Plymouth 3, Bishop Brady 0
The Green Giants (1-11) played well but couldn’t find the back of net against Plymouth (7-4-1).
“Collectively, we played well, we just couldn’t capitalize. We were definitely in the game,” said Bishop Brady Coach Kelly Owen, adding that the Green Giants had only one penalty corner in the game.
The Bobcats held a 1-0 lead at halftime.
Hopkinton 5, John Stark 0
The Hawks (11-1) exploded for four second-half goals for their eighth straight win in a home victory over John Stark (1-9).
Brittany Marshall had the lone Hopkinton tally in the first half and opened the second-half scoring with another goal. Courtney Crouch scored off an assist from Izzy Gessen and then Crouch returned the favor nine minutes later, assisting on a Gessen goal. Ally Rose had the fifth and final Hawks goal (assisted by Shannon Pike).
Maddy Bergethon made two saves in her sixth shutout of the season.
John Stark goalie Jerrilyn Wilson made 12 saves and Danielle McCarron played well defensively.
Somersworth 1, Pembroke 0
The Spartans (2-8-1) fell on the road against the Hilltoppers (5-6). Sophomore goalie Rachel Stottlar played well for Pembroke with five saves.
BOYS’ CROSS COUNTRY
The Tide finished third in a four-team meet won by Pinkerton. The Astros (19) easily beat runner-up Keene (54), Concord (73) and Spaulding (102).
Pepper Smith (16:33), Alex Saveliev (16:53), Jamie Nelson (18:24), Michael Alexander (18:27) and Brad Hicks (18:29) ran well for the Tide.
Merrimack Valley First, John Stark Third
Keegan Hanks won his first career cross country race, running the 5K course at John Stark in 17:23 to lead his team to victory.
Walker John (third, 17:49), Brendan Polichronopoulos (fourth, 17:52), Carter Saltmarsh (seventh, 18:11) and Brandon Richardson (eighth, 18:17) also scored for the Pride.
“We pushed them to run farther up in the last mile,” MV Coach Dave Irving said. “They ran smart and ran strong.”
The Pride’s score of 23 bested Windham (34) and John Stark (79). The hosts were led by Kaden Hirschenhofer (10th, 18:44), Robert Kram (19:27), Noah Payeur (20:36), Joseph Boucher (20:57), Zachary Lanctot (23:44) and Tyler DeStefano (25:05).
GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY
Merrimack Valley Second
Windham’s 21 points bested the Pride’s 37 points in a meet at John Stark. The hosts only had four runners and did not record a team score.
Raquel Gelinas (fifth, 21:36) and Cassie Owens (seventh, 22:35) landed top-10 finishes for MV. Abby Davis (13th, 25:36), Jessica Belanger (14th, 25:42, personal-record by one minute) and Kelsey Belanger (15th, 26:06) were the other scoring runners for the Pride.
John Stark placed all four of its runners in the top 10, with Hazel Johnstone (second, 21:08), Madeline Ishak (third, 21:10), Hailey Nase (sixth, 21:48) and Hannah Erskine (ninth, 24:53) running well.