H.S. Soccer: Concord tops previously undefeated Manchester Central, 1-0

Monitor staff
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Concord had lost too many of the big games, the ones against the other top boys’ soccer teams in Division I. The latest high-profile loss came just a few days ago when Bedford beat the Crimson Tide at home on Tuesday.

That trend changed on Friday, however, when the Tide (7-3) defended its home turf and beat the top team in the state, Manchester Central, 1-0.

“We definitely needed this,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said. “It was by far our best effort of the season, by far the best level of play this season.”

It was the first loss of the year for the Little Green (9-1-1), a team that was ranked No. 8 nationally in the latest United Soccer Coaches poll.

“We were very motivated to play the number one team in the state,” Dunlop said. “We’ve been taking slow steps forward this season, but we definitely hit a stride today.”

Concord senior captain Taylor Silverstein scored the game’s lone goal in the 23rd minute. Silverstein lined up a free kick from 22 yards out and drilled it just inside the far post.

“He placed it perfectly,” Dunlop said.

As good as Silverstein’s shot was, Dunlop was more impressed with his team’s overall defensive effort. Central is a potent offensive team that was averaging 3.7 goals per game coming into the match, but Concord held the Little Green to just three shots on Friday.

Dunlop had just adjusted his team’s back four before the Bedford match, moving Josh Adams to left back. Even though the Tide lost to the Bulldogs, 2-0, Adams helped solidify the defense and that was once again evident on Friday. Center backs Liam Bennett and Cole Gorham covered up everything in the middle while Adams and right back Grant Rienstra took care of the wings.

The defensive effort definitely extended to the midfield, where holding midfielder Josh Weinberg, “played his best game of the season,” according to Dunlop.

Keeper Liam Devanny didn’t have to face many shots, but he was tested in the dying moments of the match. With less than two minutes to play, Devanny had to back-pedal and leap to tip a shot just over the crossbar and preserve the one-goal lead.

“He came up big when we needed him to,” Dunlop said.

To be fair, the same could be said of Concord’s entire team.

“If we can keep playing like that,” Dunlop said, “we’ll be in any game.”


John Stark 7, Milford 0

Key players: Stark – Evan Caswell (goal, assist), Aaron Robertson (assist), Lawson Murphy (goal, 2 assists), Jake Reynolds (3 goals, assist), Tyler Restuccia (defense), Kayden Easter (defense), Jacob Couture

Highlights/key moments: Chase Patterson and Jaimason Lacasse combined for the shutout as the Generals rolled to the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “We have been struggling to find the net in the last couple of games, so it was nice to see us have some success around the goal. The team played with a lot of energy today and we got everyone some good minutes.” – Stark’s Jeff Vogt

Records: John Stark 7-3; Milford 0-10

Pembroke 3, Manchester West 1

Key players: Pembroke – Damon Smith (goal, assist), Jackson Putnam (goal), Connor Manteau (goal), Matt Ferguson (assist), Josh Dion (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Putnam scored in the fifth minute, on an assist from Smith, to give the Spartans early control.

Records: Pembroke 7-1-1; West 4-2-1

Winnisquam 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Kyan Graves (keeper) Lindsey Borges (forward)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears earned their first win of the season on their home turf.

Coach’s quote: “Today’s game was a well-fought match. We played hard and had several opportunities, but failed to finish. In the end one team wanted to win more.” – Franklin’s Kevin Vangorden

Records: Franklin 0-9; Winnisquam 1-8-1


Pembroke 6, Manchester West 0

Key players: Pembroke – Jade Pescinski (2 goals, assist), Lexi Provencher (first varsity goal), Maddy Laflamme (first varsity assist), Maddie Bailey (midfield play), Morgan Ranfos (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans scored 55 seconds into the match and never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “We have had a great week of practice and it’s nice to see it paying off on the field tonight. Girls called up from the junior varsity team made some noise out there, along with all members of our roster.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

Records: Pembroke 5-5; West 0-9-1

Bow 9, Plymouth 0

Key players: Bow – Savannah Twombly (3 goals), Lauren Goyette (3 goals), Miah Munro (goal), Kayleigh Marshall (goal), Sarah Martin (goal, assist), Amanda Marshall (2 assists), Lea Crompton (2 assists), Brianna Boone (assist), Kimberly Gosselin (assist), Emma Gagne (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons scored five goals in the first 15 minutes on their way to a fifth straight win.

Coach’s quote: “The girls came with a lot of an enthusiasm, energy and team spirit today. They were ready to go from the first whistle.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 10-1; Plymouth 1-6-1

Bishop Brady 7, Monadnock 1

Key players: Brady – Danni DesRuisseaux (4 goals), Olivia Crainich (goal, assist), Lauren Beitler (goal, assist), Dana Fahey (goal), Abby Scharpf (assist), Jane Bradley (3 assists)

Highlights/key moments: Bradley recorded three consecutive assists in the second half as the Green Giants won their sixth straight game.

Coach’s quote: “Contributions from the entire team with people stepping up helped lead to the victory. A lot of season ahead. Need to stay focused on the journey.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 8-2; Monadnock 0-10

Campbell 5, Hopkinton 4

Key players: Hopkinton – Catherine O’Keefe (2 goals), Amelia Fitzgerald (goal), Taylor Signor (goal, 2 assists), Lyndon Flanagan (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Campbell scored three times in the first 10 minutes, and then made it 4-0 with a goal in the first minute of the second half. The Hawks finally got on the board when O’Keefe scored in the 49th minute, only to see Campbell answer with its fifth goal just a minute later. Hopkinton kept fighting with goals in the 59th, 77th and 78th minutes, but there wasn’t enough time for the full comeback.

Records: Hopkinton 7-2-1; Campbell 7-2-1

Gilford 3, Inter-Lakes 1

Key players: Gilford – Gwen Knipping (goal), Taryn Breton (goal), Sophie Leggett (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford scored all three goals on set pieces – two from corner kicks and one from a free kick.

Coach’s quote: “We started the game out slow but we were able to capitalize on key plays off of set pieces.” – Gilford’s Tom Raymond

Records: Gilford 5-6; Inter-Lakes 1-8-1