High schools: Hopkinton eliminates Kearsarge, Concord wins OT thriller on first day of girls’ soccer tourneys

  • The Hopkinton girls’ soccer team celebrates after taking a 2-0 lead against Kearsarge in a Division III preliminary round match on Tuesday. The Hawks went on to win 4-0. JEFF SULLIVAN / SullivanEventPhotography.com

Published: 10/26/2022 12:36:21 AM
Modified: 10/26/2022 12:36:05 AM
D-III Girls’ Soccer

No. 6 Hopkinton 4, No. 11 Kearsarge 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Paige Martin (goal), Tayla Tomaz (goal), Annie Morall (goal), Paige Boudette (goal), Liz Holmes (assist), Sarah Chodosh (assist), Maddie Carmichael (shutout), Lexi Lawler (defense)

Highlights: The Hawks scored two goals in each half of their prelim match against the Cougars, with all goals and assists being recorded by different players. The Hawks will play at No. 3 Stevens in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Coach’s quote: “I was much more nervous in the first half because Kearsarge played us very tough and actually had the momentum in our half of the field. I think we gained the momentum in the second half as we continued to move the ball well and tire out our opponent. Always a tough matchup with Kearsarge every year.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 10-4-3; Kearsarge 7-8-2

No. 5 Bishop Brady 2, No. 12 Conant 1

Highlights: Giants held a 2-0 lead and Conant scored late in the second half, but Brady held off late pressure by the Orioles to win Tuesday’s preliminary round match. Bishop Brady will play at No. 4 Raymond in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Records: Bishop Brady 11-5-1; Conant 8-9-0

No. 3 Stevens 3, No. 14 Belmont 0

Highlights: The Cardinals eliminated the Raiders in the D-III prelims. 

Records: Stevens 15-1-1; Belmont 7-9-1

No. 1 St. Thomas 5, No. 16 Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Callia Card (defense), Emily Howell (forward), Madi Ledvina (forward), Lexi Ledvina (15 saves)

Highlights: The Hillcats fell in the D-III prelims to the top-seeded Saints.

Coach’s quote: “The H-D girls worked so hard today to try to defeat the top seed St. Thomas. We started off with really high intensity that I think intimidated St. Thomas. Callia Card played hard defense against their to player, and Emily Howell and Madi Ledvina used their talent up top to try to get shots. Lexi Ledvina played her best game of the season. Every year I hope to see growth and development and I saw that from every player on the team.” – H-D’s Makayla Savoy

Records: St. Thomas 16-0-1; H-D 7-10-0

D-I Girls’ Soccer

No. 9 Concord 2, No. 8 Alvirne 1, OT

Key players: Concord – Avery Fitcher (2 goals)

Highlights: Fitcher scored early in the first half before Alvirne scored with 20 minutes left in the match to force overtime. Fitcher converted a penalty kick in OT to lift Concord to a victory on the road in Tuesday’s D-I preliminary round. The Tide travel to No. 1 Exeter on Friday to take on the Blue Hawks in the quarterfinals.

Records: Concord 9-7-1; Alvirne 9-8-0

D-II Girls’ Soccer

No. 6 Coe-Brown 3, No. 11 Kennett 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Bella Lapierre (2 goals), Kylie Prusia (goal), Somer Loto (assist), Lily Wolf (assist), Alyviah Blad (assist), Katie Pease (4 saves)

Highlights: Lapierre scored twice in the 1st half on assists from Loto and Blad. With 10 minutes to go, Wolf placed a beautiful ball across the 18 for Prusia to seal the win in the D-II prelims for the Bears. Jennifer Noni, Sammy Perron and Maggie Escabi all played excellent games for the Bears, while Pease earned the clean sheet to secure Coe-Brown’s spot in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Bears will play at No. 3 Pelham in the next round.

Coach’s quote: “We wanted to host a playoff game this year, and winning one was the next goal. The girls are playing solidly right now as a cohesive unit. Really proud of the effort and the focus they have right now, it’s what will be needed for Pelham on Friday night. Give Kennett credit, they had really good pressure up front and did a nice job in the defensive third of the field, keeping us off the board early in the first half.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 11-6; Kennett 6-11

No. 8 John Stark 3, No. 9 Lebanon 1

Key players: John Stark  – Becca Mussey (goal, assist), Meghan Rousseau (goal), Maddy Parker (goal), Avery Geaumont (assist), Reagan Lamothe (assist)

Highlights: Lebanon took a 1-0 lead early, but Geaumont set up Mussey for a goal on a corner kick, and less than a minute later Mussey set up Rousseau for the game-winning goal. Lamothe assisted on Parker’s insurance goal, cementing John Stark’s spot in Friday’s quarterfinal at top-ranked Bow. Bow defeated the Generals twice, 2-0, and 3-0, during the regular season.

Coach’s quote: “Stark went 1-0 down in the first 15 minutes of the game and stayed that way for 60 minutes. Knowing this was win-or-be-done, the girls took all the risks and went fully offensive, sending everything at Lebanon throwing caution to the wind. A comeback for the books.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 9-7-1; Lebanon 8-9-0

No. 7 Merrimack Valley 2, No. 10 Oyster River 0

Highlights: The Pride avenged an early-season loss to the Bobcats by winning the rematch in the D-II prelims. MV will travel to Hollis-Brookline to play the No. 2 Cavaliers in Friday’s quarterfinal.

Records: MV 10-7; Oyster River 8-9

D-IV Girls’ Soccer

No. 6 Concord Christian 6, No. 11 Gorham 0

Key players: Concord Christian – Ellana Fortin (2 goals, assist), Emma Smith (goal, assist), Makayla Baglio (goal), Lilly Carlile (goal, assist), Ella Baker (goal), Kayden Rioux (assist), Kate Smith (5 saves)

Highlights: The Lady Kingsmen advanced out of the D-IV prelims with a decisive victory at home. Concord Christian will play at No. 3 Sunapee in the quarterfinals on Friday.

Records: Concord Christian 13-4-0; Gorham 7-7-3

D-I Girls’ Volleyball

No. 4 Exeter 3, No. 13 Concord 1

Highlights: The Crimson Tide ended its season on the road in the Division I preliminary round with a loss to the Blue Hawks.

Records: Exeter 15-4; Concord 8-11

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