Concord High soccer teams posting clean sheets and wins

  • Concord’s Frank Mucyo (7) battles with Goffstown’s Calen Campbell during the first half on Tuesday at Memorial Field. GEOFF FORESTER— Monitor staff

  • Concord's Jacque Tunguru (23) and Brandon Comire celebrate another goal against Goffstown on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Goffstown's defense can only watch as Concord's Alasdair Ferrier scores another goal on Wednesday, October 6, 2020 at Memorial Field in Concord. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concords Junior Captain Nicholas DiBuono going up for a header against Goffstowns Senior Captain Ronnie Morgan ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Concords Senior Captain Frank Mucyo clearing the ball away from Goffstowns Junior Captain Ronnie Morgan ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

  • Concords Senior Captain Frank Mucyo defending against Goffstown Senior Josh Ewing-Simone ALLIE ST PETER—Monitor Staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/8/2020 7:57:01 AM

Through a combined 10 games, 800 minutes of soccer, the Concord High boys’ and girls’ varsity teams have allowed just one goal.

The blemish came in the first half of the girls’ game on Tuesday at Goffstown. The Crimson Tide ended up with a 2-1 win, pushing the record to 5-0-0, just like the boys’ team. But the perfect run of clean sheets ended.

“It was kind of a lazy play by us, to be honest,” Concord girls’ coach Phil Tuttle said. “So that was a bit of a wake up call, and that’s probably a good thing.”

The Tide boys didn’t have any lazy moments in their 11-0 win against Goffstown on Tuesday. Even late in the second half, well after the final result was decided, Concord midfielder Frank Mucyo was barking orders to make sure everyone had a mark and forward Alasdair Ferrier, who broke the schools’ career scoring record earlier this season and had four goals on Tuesday, was sprinting back to pitch in on defense.

“It’s right to the end, no stopping,” Concord senior captain and center back Brandon Comire said. “We all want the clean sheets so it’s like, ‘Let’s go, no goals, no goals.’ The whole team wants that and everyone is defending.”

Mucyo and fellow midfielders Brady Rice and Alejo Caceres have done a great job stopping opponents before they can even get near the Tide’s goal. If other teams do break through, Comire and sophomore Nick DiBuono, who were also the starting center back tandem last year, have the back line organized and ready.

“Brandon is a three-years starter for us and he’s our vocal leader. He demands a lot from the players around him, and he and Nick have really gelled this year, even more than last year,” Concord coach Scott Dunlop. “They read each other, they communicate efficiently and they make sure they’re helping the outside backs (Cooper Reese and Matt Desrochers) when necessary.”

Reese and Desrochers are new starters this year, but they’ve fit in nicely with Comire, DiBuono and keeper Abbas Abdulrahman, who was one of Concord’s two varsity keepers last season.

“It’s been a team effort, for sure,” Abdulrahman said of all the shutouts. “Everyone is really communicating well and they all get in the positions where they need to be.”

The defense for the Concord girls’ team is also built on a pair of outstanding center backs - juniors Chloe Morgan and Caley Nault.

Morgan started at center back last year for the Tide, but this is Nault’s first year on the team. She also plays club at the top level for Seacoast United and so couldn’t also play for her high school team under the old U.S. Soccer Development Academy rules, but those rules changed at the end of last season and now Nault is teaming up with Morgan for what might be the best center back pairing in the state.

“Both of them are great center backs in their own right, never mind both of them combined,” Tuttle said. “They’ve done a really, really good job on limiting the attacks, kind of snuffing out a lot of it, and I don’t think we’ve given up a breakaway all year long. They have speed, intensity, they win just about every ball in the air, so they’re doing a great job.”

Tuttle is going with a more defensive formation this year with two midfielders – Kelsey Mayer and Allison Yanski – sitting in front of the back line of Morgan and Nault and outside backs Lillian Rienstra and Alexis Adams. Those six and keeper Emily Mickelson are taking good care of Concord’s own end while the front four are hunting for goals. On Tuesday at Goffstown, it was Avery Fitcher heading home a corner from Mary Martinson to give the Tide a 1-0 lead. A second-half own goal from the Grizzlies (0-4-0) proved to be the game winner.

In addition to the four goals from Ferrier, the Concord boys’ team got three goals from Carlos De Sousa on Tuesday against Goffstown (0-4-0). Alejo Caceres scored twice for the Tide while Ajay Darjee and Baruani Lukuse also added goals.

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