Cloudy
37°
Cloudy
Hi 37° | Lo 32°

High Schools: Belmont boys’ soccer team cruises into second round

  • Belmont's Matt Leclair, left, dribbles downfield during the game against Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's Matt Leclair, left, dribbles downfield during the game against Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont hosted Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Belmont hosted Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's TJ Hennessey battles for possession of the ball against Monadnock's Colin Shanks in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

    Belmont's TJ Hennessey battles for possession of the ball against Monadnock's Colin Shanks in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.

    (JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

  • Belmont's Matt Leclair, left, dribbles downfield during the game against Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont hosted Monadnock in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)
  • Belmont's TJ Hennessey battles for possession of the ball against Monadnock's Colin Shanks in boys' soccer on Tuesday afternoon, October 29, 2013.<br/><br/>(JOHN TULLY / Monitor staff)

The 13th-seeded Belmont boys’ soccer team got exactly what it needed to navigate past its Division III first-round game with No. 20 Monadnock: a first-half goal and a steady midfield performance. The goal came in the 18th minute from Austin Haddock and gave the Red Raiders (9-7-1) the lead they needed, and the midfield took over from there to hand Belmont a ticket to the second round with a 4-0 victory.

Dillon Duclos, Nick Oakes and Colby Pickowicz all scored in the second half to make things more comfortable from Bemont in the closing stages, but the winning result was safe for much of the contest, as the Raiders held Monadnock (3-9-5) to just three shots on goal, all of which came in the final 10 minutes.

The key aspect of Belmont’s win came from the team’s midfield play, which Coach Michael Foley labeled the strength of the team throughout the season. The team’s midfielders, led by Joe Boles, have aided the team’s offensive and defensive play, as any good midfield should.

“They do the bulk of the work, keep play away from the defense, and they’re the reason why our offense has been clicking lately,” Foley said.

Boles, who had two second-half assists yesterday, has been the constant in that part of the field for the Raiders.

“He’s the heart and soul of the team,” Foley said. “He plays with an unmatched work rate.”

The win also featured solid play from Oakes, who took up a key position for Belmont playing as an attacking midfielder drifting between the central midfield and the forward players. He assisted on Duclos’s goal in the 59th minute.

“(The goal) came from Oakes floating in between space, and that opened up the Monadnock defense,” Foley said.

Oakes got on the scoring sheet himself with a 74th-minute goal to make it 3-0 before Pickowicz finished off the game in the 79th minute.

Defensively, the Raiders stayed in control with their usual back three of Corey Derosier, Chris Marden and Kyle Gelinas, who have been solid as starters in that position for the past five games.

“We changed to that core group of three guys at the back, and it’s clicked,” Foley said.

Belmont moves on to a much tougher task against No. 4 Prospect Mountain (12-2-2) in the second round tomorrow, but with a victory yesterday the team can move forward with a strong winning blueprint to fall back on.

“We possessed the ball very well, moved it around, created opportunities and were able to capitalize on them,” Foley said. “The defense came up solid in the first half, and we broke things down in the second half.”

With a confident midfield assisting the team on both sides of the ball, Belmont will look to give the best schools in Division III a run for their money as the tournament continues.

D-III BOYS’ SOCCER

No. 14 Sanborn 3,
No. 19 Hillsboro-Deering 0

The injury-riddled Hillcats (5-8-4) limped into the playoffs having been shut out in three straight games, and the offensive struggles continued at Sanborn (9-8) as H-D was once again held scoreless.

The Indians got on the board in the ninth minute and went ahead 2-0 on a 25th-minute penalty kick. The third goal came late in the second half.

Josh Gould was the closest to scoring for the Hillcats in the second half, but his header was cleared off the line.

H-D goalkeeper Connor Lane made seven saves.

Sanborn will play No. 3 Gilford (13-2-1) in the next round.

Related

Previews of local schools’ NHIAA playoff matchups

Monday, October 28, 2013

High school tournaments today Field hockey Division III semifinals At Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter No. 4 Hopkinton (14-2-0) vs.  No. 1 Derryfield (16-0-0), 7 p.m. Previous tournament games: Hopkinton posted shutouts over No. 13 Somersworth, 4-0, and No. 5 Newfound, 2-0. Derryfield had shutout wins over No. 16 Mascoma, 6-0, and No. 9 Stevens, 3-0. Head to head: Derryfield beat …

Legacy Comments0
There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.