High schools: Area soccer, field hockey and cross country results

  • Merrimack Valley’s Kendelye Prive controls the ball in a girls’ soccer game at ConVal on Thursday in Peterborough. ConVal won, 2-0. Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript

Published: 10/8/2021 3:48:31 PM
Girls’ Soccer

John Stark 2, Lebanon 1

Key players: John Stark – Makayla Pellerin (game-winning goal), Megan Rousseau (goal), Arden Ulmer (assist). Arden Ulmer Assisted Megan Rousseau for goal No. 1 in the 8th minute.Makayla Pellerin had a breakaway in the second half but hit the post Pellerin but more than made up for it in the last minute of the game going 1v 4 to put Stark up 2-1. Pellerin is standing out as a great offensive player.

Highlights: Pellerin hit the post on a breakaway in the second half with the game tied 1-1, but took on four Lebanon defenders and beat them all for the game-winning strike in the final minute of the match.

Coach’s quote: “Sam Veilleux and Madison Porth have the left side locked down. The defenders are not only locking down defensively, but are also making great runs and pushing up to support. Sophia McGinty is shining with great tackles, but also great distribution. Hayleigh Dennis and Melody Couturier’s distribution and ball control is really impressive.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 6-3-1; Lebanon 7-3-0

Concord 1, Salem 0

Key players: Concord – Avery Fitcher (goal), Mary Martinson (assist)

Highlights: Martinson got to the end line and served a ball into the box that Fitcher was able to get on the end of and put in the back of the net just 40 seconds into the second half.

Coach’’ quote: “Our girls have played very hard all season and today showed again that they can battle with anyone in the division. Getting down to the final few weeks of the season should be fun.” – Concord’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Concord 9-3-0; Salem 7-5-1

ConVal 2, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Alyssa Woodman (4 shots), Mackenzie McDonald (11 saves)

Highlights: ConVal scored off of a counter attack in the 16th minute and again in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “We had a hard time adjusting to the scrappy and physical play of ConVal. We were unable to connect the passes we needed to get shots on net.” – MV’s Kylee Yam

Records: ConVal 4-7-1; MV 4-3-3

Boys’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 1, ConVal 1

Key players: MV – Andrew Surprenant (goal)

Highlights: ConVal scored in the first half on a ball sent across into the six-yard box and the Pride didn’t score the equalizer until six minutes were left in the match. Surprenant took a ball down the line and played it across where it deflected off a ConVal defender into the goal, and neither team found the team in two overtime periods.

Coach’s quote: “I was proud to see these guys fight through exhaustion again. They had back-to-back games that both went into double overtime. When looking at our results we are in every game, we just need to find the back of the net on some of our chances. Six overtime games in one season is more than I have experienced in my time of coaching. These guys have the skill to play at a high level, we need to get some in the win column as we get closer to the playoffs.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 4-4-4; ConVal 5-6-1

Concord 2, Salem 0

Key players: Concord – Jacque Tunguru with a goal and an assist.(goal, assist), Shamir Darjee (goal), Nate Wachter (4 saves), Sujan Bhujel (midfield), Luksar Mukhiya (midfield), Donciel Yemo (midfield)

Highlights: Darjee hit the bottom right corner of the net from outside the penalty area to open the second half. Tunguru collected the ball 30 yards out from goal and went by two defenders to knock home the ball to the far left corner of the net to make the game 2-0. Wachter collected some dangerous crosses in the second half to preserve the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “We were very consistent throughout the game with our midfield buildup in attack. The effort was there the entire game and we were able break them down in the second half. We had two quality goals.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 8-3-1; Salem 3-8-1

Field Hockey

Kearsarge 5, Newport 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Devin Phyllides (2 goals), Eliza Cardillo (goal, assist), Carly Esposito (offense), Ayla Frenkiewich (9 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We came out flat, but adjusted quickly and played our game.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Kearsarge 8-1-2; Newport 4-7-0

Hanover 1, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Helen Connor (12 saves), Reagan Fischer (defense), Aubrey Fischer (midfield), Olivia Worthern (strong play off the bench)

Highlights: In a matchup between two of Division II’s strongest teams, Stark had more scoring opportunities in a scoreless first half, but Hanover took advantage of a corner to take the lead early in the third. The Marauders were able to hold off a late push by the Generals, despite John Stark having a 9-4 advantage in corners.

Coach’s quote: “Just a great field hockey game on a great night for it. We played our tails off despite being down two starting midfielders and I felt we had a great shot to win the game against an outstanding team. We had our chances, hitting a post and having a few near misses with tips that could have gone either way. I am very encouraged, despite the loss, that we have the talent to win every time we take the field.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Hanover 10-0-1; John Stark 9-2-0

Boys’ Cross Country

Mascenic 28, Hopkinton 62,
Portsmouth Christian 63,
Campbell 90, Derryfield 106

Key players: Hopkinton – Ben Daniels (1st, 17:36), Matt Clarner (5th, 18:39), Conrad Mollano (14th, 20:00), Benjamin Leach (25th, 22:21), Anthony Cauley (26th, 22:24); Hillsboro-Deering – Michael Denslow (21st, 21:17)

Highlights: Sophomore Daniels held off Mascenic’s top runners for the individual victory, leading the Hawks to second as a team at the Cougar Classic, hosted by The Derryfield School. H-D, Newport, Newmarket and Raymond competed, but didn’t have enough runners to score.

Coach’s quote: “Great to see two individual wins with Bennett in the girls’ race and Daniels in the boys’. Even with only five runners, the boys are running strong and remaining competitive through the season.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

Girls’ Cross Country

Hopkinton 15, Mascenic 61,
Newmarket 71, Campbell 92,
Portsmouth Christian 137

Key players: Hopkinton – Hannah Bennett (1st, 21:06), Shaylee Murdough (2nd, 21:08), Anna O’Reilly (3rd, 21:15), Cailey Stockwell (4th, 21:51), Clara Locke (5th, 22:12); Hillsboro-Deering – Makayla Vincent (42nd, 33:56)

Highlights: Bennett led a top-five sweep for the Hawks, giving Hopkinton a perfect score of 15 points and an easy victory at the Cougar Classic hosted by The Derryfield School. H-D, Raymond and Derryfield competed, but did not have enough runners to score.

Coach’s quote: “It is always exciting to get a perfect score and they were pretty happy overall. The top five ran together for the first two miles as planned, before a final surge for the last mile spread them out a bit.” – Hopkinton’s Rob Rothe

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