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High Schools: No. 4 Concord beats No. 5 Pinkerton, 2-1, in 2OT to advance to D-I boys’ soccer semifinals


Monday, October 29, 2018
D-I Boys’ SoccerQuarterfinals

No. 4 Concord 2,
No. 5 Pinkerton 1, 2 OT

Key players: Concord – Liam Bennett (2G), Liam Devanny (6 saves), Mosi Masimango, Alasdair Ferrier, Grant Rienstra

Highlights: Bennett gave the Crimson Tide a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the game when he scored on a rocket from 30 yards out. Concord controlled the first half and generated most of the chances, but couldn’t get anything else past Pinkerton goalie Max Fairbanks. The Astros finally solved Devanny in the 56th minute and, after some outstanding saves by both keepers and Concord’s Rienstra clearing a ball off the line, the 1-1 tie stood through regulation. No one scored in the first 10-minute overtime, but Bennett connected midway through the second. He threw the ball in from the right corner, got it played back and hammered a perfect shot from a tough angle into the far side netting to send the defending champs back to the D-I semifinals. Masimango, who normally comes off the bench as a forward, stepped into the starting midfield and rose to the occasion, and Ferrier was dangerous up top all game long for the Tide.

Coach’s quote: “Liam Bennett continues to solidify his legacy with Concord High soccer.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 13-3-2; Pinkerton 13-5-0

D-II Boys’ SoccerQuarterfinals

No. 3 Coe-Brown 1,
No. 6 John Stark 0

Key players: Coe-Brown Northwood Academy – Ryan Whitcher (G), Lucciano Minasalli (midfield), Connor Fallon (defense), Mason Winiarski (defense), Hogan Cain (keeper)

Highlights: Cain preserved the win in the waning moments when he came up with a save after the Generals got behind the Coe-Brown defense. The Bears will face No. 7 Bow in the 4 p.m. semifinal Wednesday at Stellos Stadium in Nashua.

Coach’s quote: “John Stark is a very good team. They play very directly, so we talked at lengths in the last few days about how to manage that. I think the result is fair. We had more chances but their keeper (Jaimason Lacasse) came up huge in moments. Ultimately, we kept generating opportunities on offense and limiting their chances with our defense. That gave us enough to get the win and move on to the semifinals. Congrats to John Stark on their successful season. They were great competitors today.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

“Ultimately this match came down to the fact that Coe-Brown executed their strategy more effectively than we did. We didn’t demonstrate the urgency needed to see us through to the semifinals. It is a tough end to a great season, one where we surpassed many people’s expectations. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of young men to work with and congratulate the seniors on wonderful high school soccer careers.” – John Stark’s Eddie Marceau

Records: Coe-Brown 14-3-1; John Stark 12-5-1

No. 7 Bow 2,
No. 2 Oyster River 1

Key players: Bow – Max Elsasser (G, A), Ethan Berrigan (G), Ryan Leonard (A)

Highlights: Berrigan opened the scoring in the 38th minute off an assist from Elsasser, who scored nine minutes into the second half to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead. Oyster River made it a one-goal game with 15 minutes on the clock, but Bow defended extremely well for the final stages and denied the Bobcats an equalizer. The win sends the Falcons back to the D-II semifinals, where they lost in PKs last year to eventual-champion Pembroke. This time Bow will meet No. 3 Coe-Brown.

Coach’s quote: “We get to play again. Total team defensive effort. We were able to limit their offensive chances and create several of our own. It took a superior team effort and that is what the Bow Falcons gave tonight.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 11-5-2; Oyster River 14-3-0

No. 4 Pembroke 2,
No. 5 Hollis Brookline 1, 2 OT

Key players: Pembroke – Andy Valdez (G), Ryan Tripp (G)

Highlights: The Cavaliers scored first, but Valdez found the equalizer. The Hollis keeper made a late save to send things into overtime and Tripp scored the game-winner in the second 10-minute extra session.

Coach’s quote: “Both teams played well. I’m happy with the way our team played.” – Pembroke’s Pete Bisson

Records: Pembroke 13-3-1; Hollis Brookline 13-5-0

D-III Boys’ SoccerQuarterfinalS

No. 2 Belmont 5,
No. 7 Mascenic 0

Key players: Belmont – Lucas Mathieu (2G, A), Nate Sottak (G, 2A), Colby Brown (G), Griffin Embree (G), Angelo Papadopoulos (A), Zach Ennis (A), Jake Deware (3 saves).

Highlights: Belmont took a 3-0 advantage into the half and used excellent ball movement and outstanding defense in the second half to finish the win at Bank of NH Stadium at Laconia High. Caleb Burke, Lars Major, Angelo Papadopoulos, Devin Bricknell and Joey Spinale anchored the Raiders’ defense. Belmont will now face No. 3 Campbell in Wednesday’s 4 p.m. semifinal in Laconia.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort tonight both offensively and defensively. Jake Deware with his 15th shutout of the season.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 15-0-2; Mascenic 11-7-0

No. 5 Hopkinton 1,
No. 4 Prospect Mountain 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Paul Molnar (G), Sam Crawford (3 saves), Mike Baer (defense)

Highlights: The Hawks created several good chances early and were rewarded with a penalty kick in the 21st minute when Steven Benson was taken down in the box after he was sent in by Molnar, who converted the PK. Hopkinton backed off some in the second half and Prospect Mountain went on the attack, but Baer did a nice job dealing with balls over the top and Crawford came up with a tough save on Prospect’s best bid.

Coach’s quote: “On a super greasy field, it is all about getting the win and moving on, which we are doing.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 10-4-4; Prospect Mountain 11-6-1

D-II Girls’ SoccerQuarterfinals

No. 1 Bow 1, No. 9 Lebanon 0

Key players: Bow – Nicole Sartorelli (G), Lauren Goyette (A), Emma Wilke (shutout)

Highlights: This one was scoreless until the 72nd minute. That’s when Goyette played a through ball that Sartorelli ran on to, just beating the goalie, and knocked it home. The defending-champion Falcons got great offensive work from Miah Munro and Anna Lafreniere, controlling midfield play from Amanda Marshall, Lindsay Burnham, Madison Roberge and Brianna Boone, who played her best game of the year, and solid defense from Megan Remick, Chloe Binder, Taylor Burnham and Kimmy Gosselin.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played very well, hustled and controlled the play. Lebanon played a very good game and their keeper was outstanding. All the girls’ hard work was finally rewarded. I love how different players step up in each game for this team.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 15-1-1; Lebanon 8-6-4

No. 2 Pembroke 2,
No. 7 Souhegan 1

Key players: Pembroke – Kayla Paquin (G), Maddie Bailey (G), Adrienne Dorr (A), Hannah Brown (midfield), Britney Hill (midfield), Nikki Nedeau (defense)

Highlights: The Spartans started fast as Paquin scored in the fourth minute, but Souhegan tied it up on a shot from outside the box that tipped off the hands of keeper Katelyn Young. Bailey scored the game-winner through traffic in the box off a Dorr cross. The Spartans withstood heavy pressure from the Sabers throughout the second half to hold on reach the final four.

Coach’s quote: “The girls have been excited to get back to work since the regular-season finale on Oct 19. We played hard and strong to get ahead and stay ahead this afternoon, and I’m so proud of their effort and teamwork.” – Pembroke’s Jess Kaufman

Records: Pembroke 13-1-3; Souhegan 12-6-1