Boys’ high schools: Belmont soccer runs record to 6-0

Monitor staff
Published: 9/19/2019 10:06:43 PM

The Belmont boys’ soccer team has shown very little regression this season despite losing 13 players to graduation from last year’s semifinal team.

There were supposed to be holes to fill and lumps to take as the Raiders’ new group figured out how to play together. Instead, it’s been nothing but goals and victories.

That theme continued Thursday afternoon as the Raiders pushed their winning streak to six games to start the season after blanking Division III foe Inter-Lakes, 4-0, in Belmont.

The win runs Belmont’s record to a perfect 6-0, and the team has now outscored its opponents by an eye-popping 29-2 margin.

“Another solid effort by the team tonight,” Belmont coach Michael Foley said. “It’s time to have laser focus as we head into the next two weeks.”

Those next two weeks feature a handful of pivotal matchups for the Raiders, including two tilts against rival Gilford (Sept. 28, Oct. 5), a trip to Derryfield on Oct. 1 and a road game against Campbell up next on Tuesday.

The Campbell game is one Belmont likely circled on the calendar as soon as the schedules were released. The Cougars sent Belmont home last year in the semifinals on penalty kicks and they went on to win the D-III title.

“That should be a great match,” Foley said.

But before the Raiders can get revenge on Campbell, they had to take care of Inter-Lakes.

Despite a sluggish start for Belmont’s dynamic offense, the team’s goal scorers eventually found their footing.

The Raiders, scoreless through the first 40 minutes, found the back of the net four times in the second half and Jacobb Bivens (three saves) did his job in net to preserve the shutout.

“We played a solid game through the first half and Inter-Lakes was able to keep us of the board,” Foley said. “We talked at halftime about being a little more patient and obviously it paid off in the second half.”

It wasn’t the flashiest performance, but Belmont took advantage of each Inter-Lakes mistake, including two costly fouls for the Lakers inside the 18-yard box that gave Lucas Mathieu and Mitchell Berry goals off penalty kicks.

Dylan Greer and senior Nate Sottak also scored one goal apiece in a busy second half for Belmont’s attack. Sottak finished off the scoring by playing a perfect ball over the top from Mathieu to find the net, while Lars Major and Greer were both key pieces to a strong defensive showing.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 1, Keene 1, 2OT

Key players: Concord – Alasdair Ferrier (G), Faisal Abdallah (A), Abbas Abdulrahman (6 saves), Mosi Masimango (midfield), Daniel Aybar (defense), Collin Brayshaw (defense)

Highlights: Concord got on the board in the first half off Abdallah’s goal and Keene responded with a goal of its own in the 43rd minute. The two sides then played nearly 60 minutes of scoreless soccer before settling for the tie. Both teams registered 11 shots, but Concord held a wide advantage in corner kicks with 10 to Keene’s three.

Coach’s quote: “Solid effort by the entire team today. We created a lot of quality opportunities.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 2-3-1; Keene 3-1-2

Campbell 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Kevin Newton-Delgado (G), Andrew Beckwith (A), Aidan Burns (3 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks got an early second-half goal from Newton-Delgado, but couldn’t add on more despite a handful of quality scoring chances. The Campbell goalie just barely got a toe on a breakaway bid, a field player chested a ball off the goal line on another attempt and Hopkinton let Campbell hang around. As a result, Campbell took advantage with two minutes remaining as it threw every guy into the box on a throw-in. The ball bounced around a bunch before bouncing into the back of the net to tie the game. Just two minutes into overtime a bouncing ball again found a foot in the box for the winner.

Coach’s quote: “Let an opponent hang around long enough and bad stuff can happen.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 3-2; Campbell 6-0-1

Golf

Bow 80, Sanborn 59, Laconia 50, Kearsarge 38

Key players: Bow – Jake Mielcarz (3-over par), CJ Smethurst (6-over par)

Coach’s quote: “Wasn’t our best effort but did enough to get to that 80-point mark. Was really happy to see Smethurst play well. We know that he is capable of low numbers. Mielcarz continues to impress with his low scores.” – Bow’s Matt Davis

Records: Bow 14-1

Hopkinton 77, Farmington 35, Newport 10

Key players: Hopkinton – Kody Dexter (21 points), Dan Miner (20 points), Andrew Fairneny (19 points), Colby Marshall (17 points)

Coach’s quote: “Hawks improved to 8-2 with some consistent golf at Farmington. Sophomore Dexter chipped in on his last hole for a birdie and captured medalist honors. Miner, Fairneny and Marshall continue to shoot good rounds for Hopkinton.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 8-2




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