High Schools: PA focuses on the finish in 5-1 win over Hopkinton

  • Hopkinton’s Ashlee Brehio heads the ball during Monday’s girls’ soccer match against Pembroke Academy in Hopkinton. PA won, 5-1, to improve to 6-2 on the season. JEFF SULLIVAN photographs / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Pembroke Academy’s Ryley LeBlanc (left) tries to keep the ball away from Hopkinton’s Kally Murdough (right).

  • Hopkinton’s Madeline Follansbee (left) and Pembroke Academy’s Hannah Picott (right) go for the ball during Monday’s girls’ soccer match in Hopkinton. Picott had an assist and PA won, 5-1, to improve to 6-2. JEFF SULLIVAN/ sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Ryley LeBlanc (14) celebrates her second-half goal during Monday’s game against Hopkinton with her Pembroke Academy teammates. LeBlanc scored twice and the Spartans claimed a 5-1 win to improve to 6-2. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 10/14/2020 12:34:43 PM

Possession hasn’t been a problem for the Pemboke Academy girls’ soccer team this season. The Spartans can hold the ball and pass it around with the best of them. Where the Spartans have hiccuped is in the final third when they are trying to turn that possession into goals.

But finishing wasn’t a problem for PA in its 5-1 win on Monday in Hopkinton.

“We’ve been working on what happens in that final third because we can possess all day but you’ve got to finish, and I think our work in focusing on the final third definitely came to fruition today,” Pembroke coach Jess Kaufman said. “But it started with our possession, and even though the Hopkinton midfield played well and is really stingy, I think the final score is indicative of just how great our possession was today.”

Junior midfielder Britney Hill and sophomore forward Ryley LeBlanc each scored twice, Kyla Chase had a goal and Hannah Picott, Lauren Simmons and Adrienne Dorr each had assists as the Division II Spartans improved to 6-2-0. The D-III Hawks drop to 2-3-2 with the result.

“We looked very blah today. This was not the same team that has battled strong Division II teams this season,” Hopkinton coach Mike Zahn said. “And credit Pembroke, they were excellent today in all aspects of their game. ”

PA’s Hill and her twin sister, Cierra, as well as senior captain Hannah Brown (all midfielders) and center back Anna Harlow are all keys to the Spartans possession game.

“The Hill twins work incredibly hard, and they obviously read each other well, but they also set up their teammates really well,” Kaufman said. “And Anna can play out of the back for us and she keeps the ship tight back there.”

Britney Hill opened the scoring in the 25th minute when she scored on a free kick from the left side about 20 yards away from goal. Chase made it 2-0 five minutes later with an unassisted goal from just about the same spot.

LeBlanc, assisted by Picott, scored her first goal three minutes into the second half. Four minutes later, Hill scored her second off a corner kick from Dorr to push the lead to 4-0. The Hawks got in the board in the 70th minute when Liz Holmes scored off a corner kick from Annie Higginbotham.

The two teams will meet again Thursday in Pembroke for the second half of their home-and-home series.

“Hopkinton is a very well-coached team and they will have a good game plan for us, so we have to be ready and go into the game hungry and humble,” Kaufman said. “Thursday is also our annual ‘pink out’ game, so we’ll be looking to raise some money for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer. Even in this crazy season we’re still doing the things that we normally do every year, we’re just tweaking it to fit the situation.”

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 1, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: Bow — Lyndsey LaPerle (goal), Kristina Pizza (assist), Madison Roberge (assist), Kelly Harris, Sidney Roberge, Bella LaPerle, Juliette Tarsa; MV – Kristen Therrien (goal), Mackenzie McDonald (goalie)

Highlights: Bow took a 1-0 lead in the seventh minute after some nice combination play from Pizzi and Roberge led to Lyndsey Laperle’s goal. MV’s McDonald made a great save late in the first half to keep it 1-0 at halftime, and the Pride tied things up with eight minutes left in regulation when Therrien scored off a loose ball in the box.

Coaches’ quotes: “We played well today and did a better job possessing the ball against a well-coached, organized and hard-working Merrimack Valley team. We created a lot of good chances today but couldn’t quite finish the job. When you don’t finish those chances and let a team hang around, things sometimes happed. Positive thing is we continue to improve.” — Bow’s Jay Vogt

“It took us a bit to adjust to Bow’s strong attack. Eventually we settled in and started to possess and generate some quality chances. We switched it up in the second half and applied a lot of pressure, which eventually led to the loose-ball goal. Well-played game by both teams.” — MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: Bow 5-0-2; Merrimack Valley 3-3-2

John Stark 4,
Hillsboro Deering 1

Key players: John Stark — Liz Downing (2 goals), Arden Ulmer, Sophia McGinty Hillsboro Deering — Maddie Ledvinda (assist), Emily Howell (goal).

Highlights: Downing’s sideways volley was the highlight of Monday’s game in Weare as the Generals earned their first win of the season.

Coach’s quote: “We’ve been playing multiple formations over the season to see what fits and tonight it came together. The defense was stronger which gave us more scoring opportunities. Hillsboro-Deering has heart and immediately came back after our first goal.” — Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 1-6-0; Hillsboro Deering 2-3-0

Boys’ Soccer

John Stark 8,
Hillsboro-Deering 1

Key players: John Stark — CJ Brennan (2 goals), Nate Innerfield (2 goals, 2 assists), Jackson Souther (2 goals); H-D – Logan Clough (8 saves), Mason Ferweda (goal), Griffin Cassidy (assist)

Highlights: John Stark scored 8 goals in the game. We played well tough pace to match. Logan clough was exceptional 8 fanatic saves. Up front connected well today goal from freshman mason ferweda assisted by griffin cassidy. Had some good chances and couldn’t finish.

Coaches’ quotes: “Great team effort today from everyone on our roster. The Hillsboro-Deering goalkeeper (Clough) is a great keeper and made some really nice saves. ” — Stark’s Gerry Allen

“We played well, but (John Stark’s) pace was tough to match. Had some good chances that we couldn’t finish.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: John Stark 4-0-3; Hillsboro1-4-0

Pembroke Academy 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Pembroke Academy — Nolan Smagula (goal), Harry Army (goal); Hopkinton — Quinn Whitehead (goal), Aidan Burns (2 saves)

Highlights: Hopkinton took an early lead on Whitehead’s goal in the 11th minute and held a 9-4 advantage in shots on goal, yet it was the Spartans who took the win on their home field thanks to second-half goals from Smagula (48th minute, unassisted) and Army (52nd minute, unassisted). The Hawks will get another chance against PA on Thursday in Hopkinton.

Coach’s quote: “Yet another frustrating loss for the Hawks, as we dominated the game in every statistic except the one that really matters. Whitehead’s early hard-working goal seemingly set us up for a successful afternoon but, instead, it worked to lull us into a sleepy game with low energy.” — Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Pembroke Academy 2-6-0; Hopkinton 1-5-1

Field Hockey

Concord 2, Bedford 0

Key players: Concord — Maria Armaganian (game control), Andie Reed (game control, assist), Jordan Cromwell (goal), Kait McKinnon (goal)

Highlights: Bedford moved the ball well on their home turf and made the Tide run a lot, but goals from Cromwell and McKinnon helped Concord keep its unbeaten streak alive.

Records: Concord 7-0-1; Bedford 6-2-0

Youth hockey results

Will Thayer and Ethan Herrick both scored as the the Concord Capitals LeBreton Steele 11U team skated to a 2-2 tie against the Berlin Sabres. Atley Rollins, Chase Thomas and Noah Raczkowski all had assists and Payton Cone was great in goal for Concord.

■ Elite Door of New England Concord Capitals 16U dropped a physical game to Oyster River over the weekend. Cooper Fisher led Concord’s physical defense while Nolan Fullerton and Finn Brown scored with assists coming from John Thomas and Nick Martel.

Golf results

The 2020 Jim Kinhan Memorial Mixed Scotch golf tournament at Canterbury Woods Country Club saw 36 teams participate, but no one was close to the team of Travis Banga and Mindy Inglis-Reid, both out of CWCC, who blew the field away to win the event with their impressive score of 61 gross.

Karen and Bob Landry (Loudon Country Club) came in second in the gross division with a 71.

Karin and Skip Mahoney finished first in the net division with a score of 63 and they were followed by the teams of Jess Crete and Brian Haskell, and Val and Denis Guy, who both shot 65.

St. Paul’s results

The St. Paul’s girls cross country beat Holderness, 7-18. Gabriella Martiniello (21:40), Annabelle Brown (21:46) and Kate Taylor (22:11) were the top three finishers for the varsity team, while Bristol Fales-Hill (23:15), Abby Scott (24:05) and Daphne Garrett (24:15) were the top finishers for the JV team, which also beat Holderness, 6-21.

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