High Schools: Concord girls’ soccer team pulls off first-round upset of Merrrimack
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara jumps into David Ross's arms after defeating the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
Boston Red Sox relief pitcher Koji Uehara and catcher David Ross celebrate after getting St. Louis Cardinals' Matt Carpenter to strike out and end Game 6 of baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013, in Boston. The Red Sox won 6-1 to win the series. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
The 12th-seeded Concord girls’ soccer team started off its Division I tournament run in grand fashion, scoring three goals in the first half to take a big lead early and upset No. 5 Merrimack in the first round, 4-1. Caroline Andy got the first goal just four minutes into the game, and the Crimson Tide (8-9) didn’t look back.
“We came out aggressive,” Concord Coach Bill Nardino said. “We were winning all the 50/50 balls.”
Claudia Roy scored in the 20th minute, and Jess Nelson made it 3-0 in the 33rd. Merrimack (10-5-2) pulled one back immediately after Nelson’s goal but wouldn’t find the net again.
“(The early lead) put us at ease,” Nardino said, “and it made Merrimack play urgently and start to give the ball away.”
Danielle Rossetti got the fourth goal for the Tide midway through the second half.
Becky Weld was stellar in goal for Concord and came away with 14 saves. Although Merrimack scored once, the Tomahawks had spells of pressure on offense, but Concord stuck to its “bend but don’t break” strategy and limited the amount of quality chances.
Kate Dasey also had a strong game for the Tide in midfield.
“We played well in all three phases of the game,” Nardino said.
Concord will face No. 4 Bishop Guertin (11-4-1) in the quarterfinals.
D-II GIRLS’ SOCCER
No. 5 Coe-Brown 2, No. 12 Oyster River 1
The Bears (11-4-2) broke through after a scoreless first half, scoring twice in the first four minutes, then hung on after the Bobcats (7-8-2) scored in the 46th minute to win a first-round game.
Christen Gallant scored the first goal in the 42nd minute, with assists from Kaitlyn Ross and Hailey Serino. Jelasa Nelson made it 2-0 two minutes later, with Ariel Clachar providing the assist on a perfect chip over the defensive backs.
Alley Savioli made 11 saves.
Coe-Brown faces No. 4 Alvirne in the quarterfinals Saturday.
No. 9 Pembroke 5,
No. 8 Merrimack Valley 1
Pembroke (11-6) had its offense going at full tilt against Merrimack Valley (8-4-5) in the first round.
Mayson Kimball scored for the Pride just three minutes into the contest, but the Spartans scored the next five.
Emily Mulleavey and Asia Hazeltine both played well for MV.
No Pembroke details were reported.
No. 6 Goffstown 3, No. 11 John Stark 0
The Generals (6-7-4) had opportunities but couldn’t get on the board, and Goffstown (11-4-2) broke up a scoreless first-round game with a goal from a direct kick early in the second half.
Jordan Shatney, Kendall Keim, Casey Poirier, Jocelyn Dimond and Bri Legrand led the John Stark offense, while Brooke Shatney and Kelsey Johnstone controlled the midfield. Chloe Loos anchored the defense, with help from Liz Neal, Liz Brandt, Nicole Beeso and Savanna Labounty. Goalie Maddison Janelle played well.
D-III GIRLS’ SOCCER
No. 1 Bow 5, No. 16 Kearsarge 0
Maddie Cheney got the scoring started in the third minute with the first of her two goals and the Falcons (17-0) rolled to a first-round win over the overmatched Cougars (3-12-2).
Naomi Kramer, Lauren Scarpetti and Taylor Morrison also scored goals, while Scarpetti was the lone player with multiple assists with two. Lindsey Vogt, Lilly Naimie and Brie Achorn had single assists.
Scarpetti, Caitlyn Keenan and Sarah Carlson controlled the midfield, while Christy Vinnenberg played well on defense.
Bow faces No. 8 Monadnock in the quarterfinals Saturday.
No. 13 Hillsboro-Deering 3,
No. 4 Stevens 1
The Hillcats (8-8-1) overcame a slow start and took control of the game to upset Stevens (9-2-4) in the first round.
Makayla Savoy scored an unassisted goal in the 36th minute to start the scoring before freshman Bridgette Winters headed in a Kiersten Clough corner kick to double H-D’s lead in the 57th minute to start a flurry of scoring. Stevens made it 2-1 two minutes after the Winters header, but Winters scored again just one minute after that to restore the two-goal lead.
Emma Moore made eight saves in net for H-D, while defenders Sarah Ingalls and Emily Gibs, midfielders Paytne Walker and Morgan Winters, and wingers Hannah Murdough and Madisyn Winters all played well.
The Hillcats will face No. 5 Raymond (13-4) in the quarterfinals.
No. 2 Belmont 1,
No. 15 Gilford 0, OT
Emily Ennis scored the winning goal two minutes into overtime to push the Red Raiders (14-2-1) past Gilford (5-11-1) in their first-round matchup.
Ennis finished at the far side of the 6-yard box from a pass by Kelsey Scott to clinch the victory. Cassie Contigiani also had an assist on the play.
Chayleigh Cadarette, Zoe Zeller, Makayla Donovan, Jasmine Syed and goalie Kaitlyn Berry all contributed to the win.
Belmont will host No. 7 Campbell (12-4-1) in the quarterfinals.
No. 7 Campbell 5,
No. 10 Bishop Brady 2
The Green Giants (8-8-1) suffered through a flat spell early in their first-round game, and Campbell (12-4-1) took advantage, scoring four straight to put Bishop Brady in a big hole.
Brady improved during the second half, getting goals from Caitie Barrett and Taylor Fortin on a penalty kick. Nadia Crainich had an assist.
Sweeper Brianna Puleo was excellent for the Giants, keeping the Cougars from scoring even more during their hot streak in the first half.
No. 3 Hopkinton 4,
No. 14 Somersworth 0
The Hawks (13-2-2) scored three times in the first half to pull away from Somersworth (7-10) and advance past the first round.
Aaliyah Curley got an early goal six minutes into the game, but the next goal wouldn’t come until the 45th minute via Courtney Benson. Lilias Whitehead made it 3-0 in the 60th minute before Benson got her second goal to finish offf the scoring.
Meg Hemmerlein and Josie Lavigne played well for the Hawks.
Hopkinton will play No. 11 Prospect Mountain (9-7-1) in the quarterfinals.
D-IV GIRLS’ SOCCER
No. 4 Newmarket 4, No. 13 Pittsfield 2
Pittsfield (6-11) gave up two goals in the first 15 minutes and couldn’t claw all the way back in its first-round game with Newmarket (13-4).
Gabby Bartlett scored from a Gretchen Hilton assist to halve the Newmarket lead, but the Mules went back up by two after scoring early in the second half.
The teams again traded goals, with Star Chagnon making it 3-2 in the 50th minute from an assist by Stefani Gauthier, but Newmarket struck again with a late penalty kick.
Goalie Kaylee Morel (nine saves) played well behind the solid duo of sweeper Brooke Vien and stopper Sarah Adams.
No. 3 Sunapee 6,
No. 14 Concord Christian 1
The Lady Kingsmen (2-13-2) fell in the first round to Sunapee (14-2-1).
No further details were reported.