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High Schools: Concord Christian boys’ soccer team battles back to tie a talented Epping team

  • Concord Christian Academy's Eli Christensen watchesd the ball while going for a header against Epping's Madison Demars in soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian Academy's Eli Christensen watchesd the ball while going for a header against Epping's Madison Demars in soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian Academy's Adam Sylvester, right, celebrates as Epping goalie, Jackson Rivers, reacts following a goal scored by Sylvester's teammate during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian Academy's Adam Sylvester, right, celebrates as Epping goalie, Jackson Rivers, reacts following a goal scored by Sylvester's teammate during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian Academy's Emily Purtell, right, runs around Epping's Deanna McCullen for the ball during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian Academy's Emily Purtell, right, runs around Epping's Deanna McCullen for the ball during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian Academy's Theresa Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Epping in girls' soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Concord Christian Academy's Theresa Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Epping in girls' soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Concord Christian Academy's Eli Christensen watchesd the ball while going for a header against Epping's Madison Demars in soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian Academy's Adam Sylvester, right, celebrates as Epping goalie, Jackson Rivers, reacts following a goal scored by Sylvester's teammate during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian Academy's Emily Purtell, right, runs around Epping's Deanna McCullen for the ball during the game on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Concord Christian Academy's Theresa Suarez celebrates after scoring a goal against Epping in girls' soccer on Wednesday, October 9, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

After missing the last two weeks with a concussion, Ryan Ober returned to the field for the Concord Christian boys’ soccer team yesterday, and the Kingsmen were glad to have him.

Ober fed an assist to Adam Sylvester on the tying goal as Concord Christian rallied from a two-goal deficit to earn a 3-3 tie against Epping.

The Kingsmen are now 0-10-2, so of course they were hoping to pull out the win in overtime. But the draw against 7-2-1 Epping, a team that beat Concord Christian 5-1 earlier this season, was a worthy consolation prize.

“The guys were ecstatic after the game,” Coach Philip Pincince said. “They were a little beat up, but they played hurt and persevered through the difficulties and stuck with it.”

Overcoming injuries has been an unfortunate theme for the Kingsmen this season. Pincince said there have been “a couple of concussions, a couple of sprained ankles, a broken nose” that his team has had to endure. Eli Christensen missed two weeks earlier in the season with a concussion, and while he’s been back for four games, he was back in full force against Epping.

Christensen assisted Connor Nee in the ninth minute to give Concord Christian a 1-0 lead. Epping then scored three unanswered to take a 3-1 lead into halftime, but Christensen supplied a cross to Sylvester, who finished with a pretty shot, to cut the differential to one in the 57th minute. And nine minutes later, Ober broke free down the right side and sent a cross to the feet of Sylvester, who buried the equalizer.

“(Sylvester) was in the right place, exactly where he should have been,” Pincince said. “And that’s something we’ve been working on a lot in practice, being in the right place at the right time.”

Kingsmen goalie Jeremiah Boulter (seven saves) kept the game tied with a brilliant save on an Epping breakaway toward the end of regulation. Colin Lockwood and Joe Campbell, who was playing with shin splints, anchored the Concord Christian defense, while Jonathan Taylor performed well up front.

“I felt like the guys have had the potential all along, and they’ve played a couple other great games, but we’ve just had all these injuries,” Pincince said. “So they were pleased with this, and I was pleased with them.”

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Epping 5, Concord Christian 2

The Lady Kingsmen (1-9-1) scored a goal in each half but couldn’t keep up with the Epping (5-6) offense.

Sophomore Sally McDonald finished off a nice passing sequence in the first half, and Theresa Suarez scored in the second half.

Sarah Ingram and Kylie Fulk played well for Concord Christian.

FIELD HOCKEY

Merrimack Valley 1,
Kingswood 0, OT

The Pride (8-4) snapped a two-game losing streak with a dramatic overtime win on the team’s senior night. Lily Davis deflected an Erin Frost drive to give MV the win during the overtime period.

After the Knights put heavy pressure on MV in the closing stages of regulation, the Pride took control during OT to build momentum for Davis’s winning goal.

MV outshot Kingswood, 18-3, but was made to work hard by a resilient Knights squad (2-9).

“(Kingswood) is a lot better than their record shows,” MV Coach Kim Kenney said. “They kept fighting the whole game.”

VOLLEYBALL

Coe-Brown 3, St. Thomas 0

The Bears (9-2) won their ninth straight contest with a home sweep of St. Thomas (7-3), their second victory over the Saints after losing to them in last year’s semifinal. Coe-Brown won in three games, 25-16, 25-12, 25-10.

“St. Thomas is still a strong team,” Coe-Brown Coach Rick Veno said. “We decided that we weren’t going to give them the lead and stayed on top the whole time. It helped to be at home.”

Junior Emma Easler led the team in kills with 16, followed by Megan Rouillard (12) and Abigail Ahern (seven). Sadie Steffen had a team-high 22 assists, and Debbie Peabody made 20 digs.

Belmont 3, Franklin 0

The Red Raiders (10-1) swept Franklin (2-10) at home, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11.

Megan Bailey led the way for Belmont with 24 assists, seven aces and two kills. Bridget Annis (five aces, four kills, dig), Desiree Kuchinsky (three kills), Alex Lugar (16 service points, five aces) and Louisa Bergeron (eight kills) played well for the Raiders.

Con-Val 3,
Hillsboro-Deering 2

The Hillcats (1-9) nearly fought back from a two-game deficit but fell short at Con-Val (7-3), 25-21, 25-21, 27-29, 21-25, 15-13.

Virginia Philbrick (nine kills, four aces), Hannah Pepper (12 assists) and Kristina Stevens (four blocks) starred for H-D.

John Stark 3,
Stevens 0

The Generals (4-6) had an easy time against the winless Cardinals, earning 25-2, 25-6 and 25-5 victories.

Taylor Montgomery and Cassidy Gilman posted five aces apiece for John Stark.

Pittsfield 3,
Portsmouth Christian 1

Pittsfield topped Portsmouth Christian (4-6) on the road in four sets, 15-25, 25-13, 25-12, 25-21. The Panthers (3-8) won their second match in a row behind the offense of Katie Steeves, who had 21 kills and five blocks.

Jenna Ward (four kills, ace) played solid defense.

Winnisquam 3, Trinity 0

The Bears (9-2) rebounded from a tough loss on Monday with a road sweep of Trinity (3-8), 25-16, 25-12, 25-10.

Hannah Chapin (14 kills, four digs) and Mo Raymond (eight kills, two digs) led the team in kills, while Erica Doubleday had 25 assists and two aces. Carissa Archibald had eight digs and two aces, while Becky Rapoza and Hannah Kilcoyne each had three aces.

GIRLS’ CROSS COUNTRY

Concord first

The Crimson Tide finished with a score of 27 to place first ahead of Pinkerton (40), host Keene (75) and Spaulding (no team score) on Tuesday.

Smita Boesch-Dining won the race in 19:16. She was followed by teammates Erin Waters (third, 19:37), Cassie Shea (fourth, 19:45), Kate Andy (ninth, 20:09), Samantha Pearl (10th, 20:13), Michaella Conery (12th, 20:34) and Fiona MacWhinnie (16th, 20:56).

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