High schools: No. 7 Concord tops No. 2 Londonderry in D-I boys’ soccer quarterfinals

Monitor staff
Sunday, October 29, 2017

LONDONDERRY – Taylor Silverstein had already scored more goals this season than any other Concord player in school history.

The senior delivered another one on Saturday, and it was his most important to date.

Silverstein scored in the 49th minute – his 17th goal this fall – and the Crimson Tide defense made sure it held up during No. 7 Concord’s 1-0 triumph over No. 2 Londonderry in the Division I boys’ soccer quarterfinals at Londonderry High School.

“The legend of Taylor Silverstein continues to grow,” Concord Coach Scott Dunlop said after clinching his 10th trip to the D-I final four since 2003. “He’s been a four-year starter at center midfield for us and has been one of the most impactful players in the program’s history. He’s led from the beginning.”

Concord (13-4-1) will square off in the semifinals against No. 3 Salem – a 2-1 winner over No. 6 Exeter – on Wednesday at Stellos Stadium starting at 4 p.m.

Londonderry (12-3-2) made sure the trip to Nashua was uncertain until the final whistle ignited a raucous celebration from the Crimson Tide.

Concord goalkeeper Liam Devanny made 10 saves during the win, including two in the final minute. The Lancers’ last threat was provided by Ryan Johnson, who unleashed a blistering one-hop shot to the net. Devanny knocked it down, Concord cleared it and the whistle blew to end the game.

“None of the shots really scared me that much, except for the last one. The last one was a bit iffy,” Devanny said. “Their pressure was pretty tough, but our defense had a plan.”

“Liam made the biggest save at the biggest time,” Dunlop said. “That’s one of the biggest saves we’ve had in the program’s history right there.”

Londonderry also had an excellent chance late in the first half when Josh Rutina’s shot deflected off Devanny to Londonderry’s Luca Amerena. The defenders collapsed on him and Devanny recovered quickly to squelch the threat.

Aside from the saves, Devanny also served as the catalyst for the lone goal. His punt early in the second half soared to about 20 yards of the Londonderry goal, where Andrew Haggett was applying pressure in the middle. The ball ricocheted to the right out to Silverstein, who fired a shot into the left side of the net past Londonderry keeper Alex Hufford (four saves) with 30:13 to play.

“I knew Haggett was pressing it just right, so it was going to mess them up and get them a bouncing ball. I jumped on it and I just put it in the corner,” Silverstein said. “It’s nice to be back (in the semifinals). We earned it this year.”

Londonderry had the advantage in shots on goal (10-5), but Concord had a 13-10 edge in total shots and was awarded the only three corner kicks of the match. It all added up to a happy head coach.

“It was the best performance of the year, by far. That was the best effort and the best we’ve played the entire season,” Dunlop said. “We stuck to our game plan – possession. When we lost the ball, we pressured right away, won it back and had confidence going forward.”

The Lancers earned a 2-0 win over Concord back on Sept. 8, but the Tide traveled to Londonderry with improved energy this time around.

“It’s hard to beat a good team twice,” Londonderry Coach Todd Ellis said. “I just think they played with a little more of an edge consistently throughout the game than we did. They won a lot of 50-50s and second balls, and we just didn’t win enough of those. ... We had a flurry at the end, but it was too little, too late.”

(Jason Orfao can be reached at 369-3338, jorfao@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @Jason Orfao.)


No. 2 Pembroke 3, No. 7 Oyster River 1

Key players: Pembroke – Damon Smith (goal, assist), Justin Smith (goal), Cam Rivard (goal), Tyler Serafin (assist)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans earned a second straight trip to the D-II semifinals with this win at home. Justin Smith opened the scoring in the 16th minute when he headed home a free kick from Damon Smith. Rivard made it 2-0 in the 31st minute on a cross from Serafin, and Damon Smith pushed it to 3-0 when he converted a penalty kick after a hand ball in the box from the Bobcats. Oyster River converted a penalty kick of its own in the 50th minute, but that was all it could get past Pembroke keeper Tyler Smith. The Spartans will face No. 3 Bow on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Exeter at Bill Ball Stadium.

Records: Pembroke 16-1-1; Oyster River 9-5-2


No. 3 Bishop Brady 3, No. 6 Campbell 0

Key players: Brady – Danni DesRuisseaux (3 goals), Olivia Crainich (assist), Sam Will (assist), Mackenzie Wetherill (10 saves)

Highlights/key moments: DesRuisseaux picked up where she left in the regular season, where she led the Green Giants in scoring. Brady will now face No. 2 Fall Mountain in the D-III semifinals at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Laconia High School.

Coach’s quote: “Coming off a week and a half layoff, the girls played well enough in the first half and weathered the storm and the chances that Campbell created. In the second half, we made a few changes and the girls rose to the occasion. We are excited to move forward into the semis.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 14-2-1; Campbell 13-5-1

No. 2 Fall Mtn. 2, No. 10 Hillsboro-Deering 1

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats scored three goals to upset seventh-ranked Conant in the first round but couldn’t find the same power on Saturday in a quarterfinal loss to Fall Mountain.

No. 5 Belmont 1, No. 4 Hopkinton 0

Key players:Belmont – Katie Gagnon (goal), Emma Cochran (6 saves); Hopkinton – Amelia Bassett (5 saves), Ellie Owen, Caitlin Ball, Maura Zankel, Meg Ellsworth

Highlights/key moments: Julianna Estremera was fouled in the 51st minute and gave Gagnon the opportunity for a direct kick. Gagnon hit the net from 27 yards out, sneaking the ball over a wall of Hopkinton defenders and by the outstretched hands of Bassett. Belmont will face No. 1 Raymond in the semifinals.

Records: Belmont 12-3-3; Hopkinton 13-4-1


No. 3 Bishop Guertin 3, No. 6 Concord 2

Highlights/key moments: Concord’s season came to a close in a tight match with the Cardinals, who move on to face No. 7 Nashua South in the semifinals.

Records: Bishop Guertin 17-3; Concord 15-5


No. 3 Windham 3, No. 6 John Stark 1

Highlights/key moments: Windham took the first two sets by a score of 25-15. The Generals pushed back with a 25-21 win in the third set, but dropped the fourth 25-12. Windham will face No. 2 Milford in the semifinals.

Records: Windham 15-2; John Stark 12-6


No. 1 Inter-Lakes 3, No. 8 Moultonborough 0

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Emma Wheeler (9 kills, 7 blocks, 12 digs), Jessalyn Brown (22 assists, 10 service points, 7 digs), Jordan Durand (18 digs, 5 kills), Morgan White (6 kills, 7 digs)

Highlights/key moments: Wheeler sealed the win for the Lakers with her block kill in the third set. The Lakers won in straight sets: 27-25, 25-19, 26-24.

Records: Inter-Lakes 17-0; Moultonborough 10-8

No. 1 Gilford 3, No. 9 Oyster River 2

Key players: Gilford – Brooke Beaudet (21 kills, 20 digs), Karly Sanborn (33 assists), Maggie McNeil (21 digs), Lexi Boisvert (20 digs), Kasey Moore (15 digs), Bailey Hildreth (12 digs)

Highlights/key moments: Gilford took a commanding 2-0 lead with scores of 25-15 in both sets. But the Bobcats battled back with a dominant 25-12 win in the third set and a narrow win in the fourth, 25-22. Gilford won the deciding set, 15-9. The Golden Eagles were strong on defense with 104 digs.

Coach’s quote: “We started on fire and then Oyster River caught fire and momentum shifted big time.” – Gilford’s Joan Forge

Records: Gilford 15-2; Oyster River 10-8

No. 5 Newfound 3, No. 4 Farmington 1

Highlights/key moments: The Bears move on and will face No. 1 Inter-Lakes in the semifinals on Wednesday at Plymouth State University.

Records: Newfound 13-5; Farmington 14-4

No. 2 Winnisquam 3, No. 10 Prospect Mtn. 0

Highlights/key moments: Winnisquam swept Prospect Mtn. in straight sets to earn a trip to the semifinals where it will face No. 3 Campbell on Wednesday at Plymouth State University.

Records: Winnisquam 16-1; Prospect Mtn. 9-9

No. 3 Campbell 3, No. 11 Belmont 0

Highlights/key moments: After upsetting Mascenic in the first round, the Raiders were swept by Campbell, who move on to face Winnisquam in the semifinals.

Records: Campbell 15-2; Belmont 9-9


Bow 40, Lebanon 7

Key players: Bow – Ben Kimball (rushing TD), Jack Corriveau (3 rushing TDs), Matt Harkins (2 TD passes), Justin Porath (TD catch), Matt Borak (TD catch)

Highlights/key moments: Lebanon capitalized off a fumble by Bow for a 7-0 lead in the first quarter. The Falcons got even on a 5-yard run to the end zone by Kimball and a good PAT by Matt Nicholls. Corriveau scored from the 7-yard line and again from the 4 while Harkins connected with Porath for a 15-yard touchdown, giving Bow a 28-7 lead at halftime. Harkins found Matt Borak for a 17-yard touchdown in the second half but the Falcons missed on a two-point conversion. Corriveau took an option toss from Harkins and tore off a 25-yard run to the end zone for the final score, 40-7. The win locks Bow into a playoff spot.

Records: Bow 6-2; Lebanon 1-7

Sanborn 21, Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 0

Highlights/key moments: The Redhawks played their best half of the year in the first half of this one, putting together sustained drives, coming up with plenty of defensive stops and going into halftime knotted in a 0-0 struggle. Sanborn scored twice in the third quarter to take a 14-0 lead into the fourth and then added a final score in the fourth when the Redhawks went for it on fourth down in their own territory.

Records: Hillsboro-Deering-Hopkinton 1-7; Sanborn 4-4