High schools: Concord girls’ soccer team falls to Nashua South, 1-0, in season opener

  • Concord’s Chloe Morgan (7) sends the ball upfield on Tuesday during a Division I clash against Nashua South at Memorial Field in Concord. South won the mutual season opener, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Allison Silverstein (4) battles for possession with Nashua South’s Aham Thapa on Tuesday during a mutual Division I season opener at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Tyler Harrington (17) tries to collect a rebound while teammate Allison Silverstein (4) looks on during Tuesday’s mutual opener against Nashua South at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Sydney Plante fires a shot on net during Tuesday’s season opener against Nashua South at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Nashua South’s Camille Michon (2) clears the ball out of danger as Concord’s Mary Martinson (right) closes in during Tuesday’s season opener at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Allison Silverstein (left) fights for possession with Nashua South’s Roya Ardehali on Tuesday during the season opener at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Ashley Plante dribbles down the field during Tuesday’s season opener against Nashua South at Memorial Field in Concord. South won, 1-0. Jason Orfao / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/3/2019 10:52:56 PM

It was the start of a new season for the Concord girls’ soccer team. Going forward, the Crimson Tide hopes to finish.

Concord put plenty of pressure on Nashua South, but Maillie McDermott scored for the Panthers and South goalkeeper Haleigh Swabowicz made 12 saves to preserve a 1-0 victory over the Tide in a Division I clash on Tuesday at Memorial Field.

“Any time you come out and get a win to start the season, it’s a good thing,” Nashua South coach Laura Keating said. “That’s a confidence-booster going into a tough couple of games.”

Concord graduated a talented senior class after the 2018 season – including first-team All-State midfielder Grace Devanny – and Tide coach Phil Tuttle expects his student-athletes to settle into their new roles as the season progresses.

“We have a lot of young players who stepped into their first start in that atmosphere. You could see a lot of nerves out there for the younger players,” Tuttle said. “For some girls, it’s going to take a little bit of adjusting to the physicality of the game, and playing the ball a little bit faster. It’s just not quite like what it was in practice or preseason. It’s just something that’s really hard to mimic. Once the girls get used to it, it will be good.”

Concord missed some chances in the first half and settled for a scoreless tie at the break. Tuttle talked to his team about containing McDermott during the halftime huddle, but she quickly managed to find a crack in the defense.

Alex Kapopolous won a ball near the top of the penalty box and dropped it for McDermott in the middle of the field. She blistered a shot into the left side of net only five minutes into the second half.

“It was a bit of a defensive breakdown. We just didn’t win the ball in the air,” Tuttle said. “It bounced through and (McDermott) is a really good player. … We gave her one chance and she buried it, and that was the game.”

Concord made sure there was plenty of anxious moments for the South fans, though.

Only a few minutes earlier, it seemed Concord would be the team to strike first as Ashley Plante came sprinting down the right side and fired a shot off the hands of Swabowicz. Tyler Harrington got a piece of the rebound opportunity, but the ball squirted wide of the right post.

Plante had another run at the net later in the half, but her shot barely sailed over the top-left corner of the net. Sydney Plante booted a bouncing shot on goal moments later, but it was safely secured by Swabowicz.

“They kept the pressure on us basically the whole game, especially the last 10 or 12 minutes, we were really under fire,” Keating said. “They’re a pretty solid team and I’m sure they’re going to go pretty far this season.”

Concord was left frustrated, but its coach is confident the results will come.

“For us on the attacking side, we just have to put the ball in the net. We had some great chances,” Tuttle said. “We could have had two or three goals in the first half alone, but we just didn’t put our chances away. At the end of the day, when you’re not scoring goals, you’re going to win any games.”

(Jason Orfao can be reached at jorfao@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JasonOrfao.)

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 8, Pelham 0

Key players: Bow – Kristina Pizzi (3G, A), Lyndsey LaPerle (2G), Madison Roberge (3A), Makayla Murray (2G), Madi Paul (G), Maddi Green (A), Taylor Burnham (A), Jocelyn Anderson (A), Isabella LaPerle (A)

Highlights: Pizzi scored three goals in the first 10 minutes of the match, all of them off well-placed passes from Roberge, Lindsey Burnham controlled the midfield and Taylor Burnham and Chloe Binder took care of things on the defensive end of the pitch, leading the Falcons to another decisive victory. Murray netted her first varsity goals.

Coach’s quote: “Another team effort with everyone getting a lot of playing time. We have work to do to prepare for our next game.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 2-0; Pelham1-1

Stevens 3, Kearsarge 2, OT

Highlights: Both teams generated scoring chances, but it was the Cardinals who struck with 20 seconds left in overtime to take the win.

Records: Stevens 2-0; Kearsarge 0-1

Belmont 5, Berlin 2

Key players: Belmont – Rebecca Fleming (2G), Sierra Bourque (G), Katie Gagnon (G), Yelena Rodrigues (G)

Highlights: The Raiders shook off a long drive to the North Country, taking a 2-1 halftime lead and scoring three goals over the last 20 minutes to secure a season-opening win. Rodrigues scored her first career varsity goal.

Coach’s quote: “Give Berlin credit, they played hard. We were able to stretch the game out in the last 20 minutes. It took us a little while to get our legs underneath us, but it feels good to get the first game out of the way.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 1-0; Berlin 0-2

Boys’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 3, Hollis Brookline 2

Key players: MV – Coby Mercier (2G, A), Logan Cassin (G, A), Mason Boudreau (goalie) Dylan Campbell, Ryan Schoffield, Jesse Hirwa, Chase Schnipke, Tucker Nevers

Highlights: Mercier sent a through ball to Cassin, who was able to sneak a shot past the Cavaliers keeper, to secure a victory for the Pride with six minutes remaining in the match. MV trailed 1-0 early, but were able to find the back of the net twice before halftime for a 2-1 lead. Hollis tied the game up thanks to owning possession for the majority of the second half, but the Pride’s backline of Dylan Campbell, Jesse Hirwa, Chase Schnipke and Tucker Nevers held on for the win.

Coach’s quote: “We played with Hollis Brookline in the first half, but the second half belonged to Hollis. We were unable to get anything going offensively until Coby was able to feed the ball through to Logan. Hollis is a solid team and played a great game. We need to put a full 80 minutes together if we are going to keep winning.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 2-0; Hollis Brookline 0-2

Pembroke 3, Souhegan 1

Key players: Pembroke – Nate Fries (G), Ryan Tripp (G), Carter Pillsbury (G), Tyler Serfain (A), Harrison Army (A),

Highlights: The Spartans took a 2-0 before the Sabres got one back with two minutes left in the first half. Pembroke scored with five minutes left in the match to seal a season-opening victory.

Records: Pembroke 1-0; Souhegan 0-2

Kearsarge 5, Pelham 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Peter Russell (2G, A), Nathan St. Pierre (G, A), Aidan McCullough (G), Tim Flanders (G), Toby MacLeod (A), Seth Rutledge-Davis (4 saves)

Highlights: The Cougars maintained possession most of the game, Russell scored on a head ball off a cross from MacLeod for his second of the game to put Kearsarge up 2-0 at halftime and Rutledge-Davis preserved the clean sheet in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “It was the best game I have seen Kearsarge play in years. I was very proud of the team.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 1-1; Pelham 0-2

Coe-Brown 1, John Stark 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jarred Pelletier (G), Tom Daly A), Hogan Cain (8 saves), Josh Warner (defense); John Stark – Daniel Hilyard (7 saves), Will Connor (4 shots, midfield), Cam Doyle (offense), Orry Murdough (defense), Ian Combs (defense)

Highlights: Doyle crossed a ball to Riley Brooks in the middle and Brooks’s shot sailed over the net for a near miss. The Generals had multiple opportunities off corners, but the Bears, led by Warner’s defense in the air, managed to clear away the attempts and Pelletier scored seven minutes into the second half for the win.

Coaches’ quotes: “This was a good game for the guys after dropping the opener at Oyster River, not just because we got a favorable result, but because we are seeing some improved play in areas we previously struggled with. That’s incredibly positive because it shows how committed our players are to getting better with each game. Today, I was most impressed with the adjustments we made at the half. The players were recognizing areas to exploit on offense and patched up some defensive weaknesses that made our second half performance noticeably better.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

“We had many great pieces to build off of today. I thought we controlled the tempo of the game early and generated some great scoring chances. Credit Coe-Brown to playing well defensively in the mid to late stages of the game.” – John Stark’s Gerry Allen

Records: Coe Brown 1-1; John Stark 1-1

Belmont 9, Somersworth 0

Key players: Belmont – Nate Sottak (2G, A), Brice (2G), William Riley (G, 2A), Bryce Hall (G), Jason Gaudette (G), William Riley (G), Liam Waldron (G), Eddie Mann (G), Kadin Jewell (A)

Highlights: Belmont took a 6-0 halftime lead and added three more in the second half for the win. Hall, Gaudette, Riley and Waldron all netted their first varsity tallies. Jacob Bivens and Ben Pare combined in net for the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “Another win for the team with a lot of players getting on the score board. Still a lot of work to do.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 2-0; Somersworth 0-1

Hopkinton 4, Mascenic 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Shea Dickson (G, A), Derek West (G, A), Kevin Newton-Delgado (G), Bryce Charron (G), Ian Heck (A), Aidan Burns (3 saves), Mike Baer (defense)

Highlights: Newton-Delgado scored Hopkinton’s first goal of the season in the 15th minute and the Hawks led 3-1 at halftime en route to a season-opening victory over the Vikings.

Coach’s quote: “Really solid first win in our opening game against a Mascenic team that I fully expect to be around the top of the division at the end of the season. We played some really nice soccer with a lot of passing on the ground, but also matched up physically against a big Mascenic squad. Plus, it’s always nice when the scoring sheet has four different names on it.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 1-0; Mascenic 0-1

Winnisquam 9, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Drew Croteau (goalie), Aidan Collum, Asher Graves

Highlights: The Bears bounced back from a 8-0 season-opening loss last week with a decisive victory over the Tornadoes.

Coach’s quote: “We knew going into the season that we would have some hard games ahead of us. Winnisquam played much better than we did tonight. This game gave us some much needed experience and showed us our weaknesses. We will use what we have learned to help prepare us for upcoming games.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Winnisquam 1-1; Franklin 0-1

Pittsfield 1, Portsmouth Christian 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Jesse MacGlashing (G), Ben Stopyro (A), David Cote (defense), Dalton Swenson (defense), Decota Maura-Giddis (shutout)

Highlights: MacGlashing one-timed a pass from Stopyro past the PCA goalkeeper in the fourth minute for the game-winning goal. The Panthers controlled play throughout the first half and held off a second half surge from PCA to preserve the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “This was a positive result for us and a big road win to open the season. We will build on this and prepare for our home opener on Thursday.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 1-0; Portsmouth Christian 1-1

Field Hockey

Souhegan 4, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Molly McLaughlin (defense), Caitlyn Fortier (played hard on both sides of the ball)

Highlights: The Sabres broke into the scoring 18 minutes into the game on an uncontested shot on the Pride goal and tallied another goal for a 2-0 halftime lead. Souhegan scored twice in the second half, including on a penalty corner within the last seconds of the game.

Coach’s quote: “We had pockets of time where we were able to move the ball nicely and create some offensive opportunities for ourselves, we just could not execute. We got beat on defense by an aggressive Souhegan team. They did the little things well (passing, receiving and going to the ball) and were able to capitalize on their opportunities. We’ll look to improve on some tactical skills in addition to raising our energy level as we move forward.” – MV’s Jennifer Colgan

Records: Souhegan 1-0; MV 0-1

Plymouth 3, Pembroke 1

Key players: Pembroke – Alison Corriveau (G), Sophia Brasley (14 saves), Lauren Lehoullier (defensive midfield)

Highlights: The Spartans scored the first goal of the game on a corner, but the Bobcats tied the game, 1-1, going into halftime and pulled away with two more goals in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Plymouth is a tough team in our division. We knew it was going to be a difficult game but the girls came mentally ready to face them.” – Pembroke’s Tess Patry

Records: Plymouth 1-0; Pembroke 0-1

Kearsarge 3, Monadnock 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Marissa Montagna (2G), Devin Phyllides (2A)

Highlights: Defenders Hannah Tockman, Paige Hoegler, Callie Valeri and Brier Roberts kept the ball in Kearsarge’s offensive side of the field for most of the game and goalie Marissa Pickman made two key one-on-one saves to preserve the shutout in the Cougars’ season-opening win.

Coach’s quote: “We were pleased to see the effort from preseason come together for the opening game. We came out slower than we should, but once we picked up the pace we were able to find the back of the goal.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Kearsarge 1-0; Monadnock 0-1

Hanover 6, John Stark 0

Highlights: The Generals played well through the first two-thirds of the game, even dominating play at times, but the Marauders scored their third goal halfway through the second half to break the game open.

Coach’s quote: “I don’t think the final score justifies how well we played for most of that game. There were a lot of good things, just the few lapses cost us big time against a strong opponent.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Hanover 1-0; John Stark 0-1


Sanborn 57, Bishop Brady 52, Prospect Mountain 50, Laconia 45

Key players: Bishop Brady – Chris Grimbilas (14 points), Kate Shoemaker (13), Ben Boyer (13), Matt Cherian (12)

Highlights: Freshman Grimbilas led the Giants in their season-opening match at Laconia Country Club.

Records: Sanborn 3-0; Bishop Brady 2-1; Prospect Mtn. 1-2; Laconia 0-3

Kennett 103, Goffstown 95,
Kingswood 80, Coe-Brown 75

Key players: Aidan Perra (18 points), Alex Davidson (18), Cole Perra (14), Jacques Dubois (14), Evan Menard (11)

Highlights: The Bears opened the season at North Conway Country Club, posting a solid Stableford score, but had a tough draw for their first match of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Was a good amount of team points for the first match. I’m proud of them. We need a few more putts to fall in order to be where we need to be.” – Coe-Brown’s Chris Mowers

Records: Kennett 3-0; Goffstown 2-1; Kingswood 1-2; Coe-Brown 0-3

Boys’ Cross Country

Kearsarge 12th, John Stark 13th, Pembroke 15th

Key players: Kearsarge – Gavin Garzia (16th), Chris Stanchfield (69th), Evan Pauling (101st), Hunter Stanchfield (125th), Sean Stanchfield (130th); John Stark – Jack Hagan (44th), Jack Barnes (48th), Reece Montague (72nd), Devin Patterson (123rd), Marcus McFall (144th); Pembroke– David Testerman (61st), Hayden Goyette (83rd), Isaiah Berkely (99th), Ben Dugas (108th), Shawn Tremblay (110th)

Highlights: The Cougars were the top local team at the Jamie Martin Invitational held at Sanborn. ConVal (74 points) won the 18-team event, narrowly topping hosts Sanborn (79). Kearsarge (339) edged John Stark (343) for 12th. Pembroke (368) finished 18th. Mascenic’s Landen Vaillancourt won the 5K in 16:10.

Hanover 34, Bow, 46,
MV 76, Lebanon 95, Plymouth 134

Key players: Bow – Ben Neff (1st), Colin Lessard (4th), Gabe Neff (9th), Adem Aricanli (13th), Connor Bernard (23rd); MV – Ethan Dodenhoff (5th), Mark Mercier (17th), Christian Oglesby (18th), Isaac Linscott (20th), Elisha Dodenhoff (24th)

Highlights: Neff clocked an 18:05 to win a five-team race at MV. Hanover placed 10 runners in the top 16 to secure the team title.

Girls’ Cross Country

Kearsarge 1st, John Stark 5th, Pembroke 11th

Key players: Kearsarge – Mya Dube (1st), Lili Baer (2nd), Jenna Bears (5th), Madelin Prak (18th), Marla Richer (41st); John Stark – Brianna Langdon (10th), Katie Palmateer (11th), Madison McDonald (15th), Grace Caplan (37th), Libby Barnes (57th); Pembroke – Charlotte Corbitt (31st), Amanda Montminy (45th), Olivia Berkeley (51st), Abigail Duchesne (55th), Elizabeth Duchesne (61st)

Highlights: Dube topped a field of 139 runners in 19:36, Baer edged Campbell’s Cassie Hemming at 20:02 to finish second and the Cougars won the season-opening Jamie Martin Invitational at Sanborn, besting 18 teams. Kearsarge (63 points) beat the 2017 champions and 2018 runner-up team from Campbell (97), Mascenic (111), St. Thomas (120) and John Stark (123). Pembroke scored 228 points.

Hanover 38, Merrimack Valley 45,
Bow 75, Lebanon 95, Plymouth 100

Key players: MV – Sophia Reynolds (2nd), Sophia Rebenciuc (3rd), Emma York (4th), Samantha Kimball (17th), Madisyn Garrity (19th); Bow – Madeline Lessard (7th), Maya Brochu (8th), Delia Brochu (15th), Susanna Zahn (24th), Louisa Carey (25th)

Highlights: The Pride had a solid showing on its home course, with Reynolds (21:57) edging Rebenciuc by a second, but Hanover’s Christine Aman (20:30) clocked the fastest time on the 5K course and Hanover squeaked by hosts MV, despite the Pride going 2-3-4. Newcomers comprised Bow’s entire top four, including strong finishes from the freshmen Brochu sisters and classmate Zahn.

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