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High schools: West, Rockwood help Hopkinton blank Laconia in boys’ soccer

  • Hopkinton’s Paul Molnar (24) makes a move with the ball to get past Laconia’s Keagan Moore during Tuesday’s Division III contest in Contoocook. Molnar failed to score for the first time all season, but the Hawks rolled to a 3-0 win over the Sachems. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Laconia’s Zoran Boskovic (left) and Hopkinton’s Benny Madden (right) battle for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s contest in Contoocook. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton senior Paul Molnar (24) fends off Laconia’s Keagan Moore (right) as he chases down the ball during a Division III contest on Tuesday in Contoocook. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Laconia’s Cole Champoux (left) attempts to move the ball while being closely defended by Hopkinton’s Benny Madden (right) during Tuesday’s Division III boys’ soccer game in Contoocook. The Hawks won, 3-0. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff



Monitor staff
Tuesday, September 11, 2018

CONTOOCOOK – One was Hopkinton’s all-time leading scorer. The other was a dynamic First Team All-State midfielder in Division III.

Together, Gerry Donahue and Max Rossignol helped bring the Hopkinton boys’ soccer program to three of the last four D-III championship games and turned the Hawks into title contenders – and one of the most dangerous offenses on the pitch – every fall.

Without them, the Hawks are still waiting to see how things unfold.

“We lost probably our strongest player in each department (to graduation), so some of us have to step up,” said Hopkinton senior Paul Molnar after the Hawks improved to 4-2 with a 3-0 blanking of Laconia on Tuesday afternoon. “Derek West has been stepping up in the back as our sweeper and Corey (Breault) is pulling Max’s weight at center mid. We’re all just stepping up to try and fill the empty void that are senior players left last year.”

So far, so good for these Hawks.

While Molnar failed to score for the first time all season, sophomores Logan Rockwood, Shea Dickson and Ian Heck carried the load and the Hopkinton defense didn’t allow a single shot on goal in picking up the team’s fourth win in its last five tries.

“We’ve got guys stepping up,” Hopkinton coach Scott Zipke said. “Breault and Dickson

have been playing center midfield and have kind of filled in for Max. And Paul Molnar scored in every game before today, but was still super dangerous and we just didn’t finish them off. But he’s scoring at the same rate as Donohue was last year.”

However, Zipke wasn’t entirely pleased with everything he saw on the field Tuesday at Hopkinton High School.

Despite building up a quick 2-0 lead in the first half thanks to a goal from Heck in the 10th minute, and another by Rockwood from Dickson in the 17th minute, Zipke felt the team should have been able to generate even more offensively.

“I think we left some goals on the field, so that’s what concerns me,” Zipke said. “There were some balls we put across that we didn’t finish and shots we had lined up that we kind of put over the top. I thought we played pretty well, but we got to be able to score some more goals.

“If we have more motion and a more active game where the other team is coming at us more, maybe we’re in better spots to finish,” he said. “But that’s no excuse for today. It’s on us that we have to move around and create opportunities.”

By the time the second half rolled around, Hopkinton had completely worn Laconia and star midfielder Caleb Shumway down.

The Sachems saw few chances in the attacking zone and watched any opportunity for a comeback slip away when West cleaned up a ball from a corner in the 70th minute and beat goalkeeper Lucas Beane to the net for the goal.

“We’re trying to get to the end and our team can definitely do it,” Molnar said. “We had a few shaky games like White Mountains and Trinity, but we can beat every team here. We just have to prove it.”

Hopkinton will get that chance when travels to take on unbeaten Campbell on Friday.

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

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 0, Bishop Guertin 0, 2OT

Key players: Concord – Gopal Timsina (striker), Danny Aybar (defense), Alex Giammarino (midfield), Liam Devanny (save)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide held a 35-2 advantage in shots and hit the woodwork at least five times, but couldn’t solve the Guertin keeper.

Coach’s quote: “We were all around it all night. The effort and energy was there the entire 100 minutes, but the ball didn’t happen to go in. I’m proud of the way we played and the way we conducted ourselves.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 3-0-1; Bishop Guertin 0-2-1

Merrimack Valley 3, Milford 2

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Cameron Woodman (2A), Logan Cassin (G), Coby Mercier (G), Teigan Friedrich (A), Griffin Wheeler (G)

Highlights: Milford took a 1-0 lead before Wheeler, who was excellent in the midfield all game, tied it up with a great shot from the outside. Milford answered with a corner, but MV tied things up with a quick restart after a foul that led to a goal from Mercier, who applied pressure up top throughout. With seven minutes to play, Woodman found Cassin, who was able to sneak one past the keeper.

Coach’s quote: “Milford is a solid team that moves the ball well and has some quality players on its team. I’m happy we were able to push through and get the win tonight. Tomorrow will be another tough game against Hollis-Brookline.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: Merrimack Valley 4-1; Milford 1-4

Hillsboro-Deering 5, Newfound 2

Key players: H-D – Ben Ketterer (3G, A), Evan Winters (first varsity goal), Elijah Winters (G, 2A)

Coach’s quote: “Boys played strong and consistent throughout the match. I’m seeing great improvements with these boys.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Hillsboro 3-2; Newfound 1-5

Girls’ Soccer

John Stark 9, Pelham 1

Key players: John Stark – Alex Pike (3G), Chelsea Woodsum (3G), Sara Nikias (G), Aria Ulmer (G), Diana Stafford (G); Pelham – Colleen Peters (goalie)

Highlights: Woodsum’s hat trick included an amazing curving corner kick. Stafford, a freshman, recorded her first varsity goal. And not only did Ulmer score, she was also on point with her crosses, distribution, shots and header. Nikias also displayed a nice combination of distribution and shots while the defense locked down its end.

Coach’s quote: “A slow start for Stark finding the net and even a rhythm of play, but the players worked it out on their own. Hats off to Pelham. It took 40 minutes to wear them down but they never gave up and just kept on coming, no matter what we threw at them. ” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 5-0-1; Pelham 0-5-1

Coe-Brown 2, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Emily van Gerena (11 saves), Jayden Boulanger (G), Morgan Burnap (G), Emily Olofson (A)

Highlights: Boulanger scored in the third minute on a corner kick by Olofson to put the Bears up, 1-0. From there, the Coe-Brown defense and midfield controlled possession for the team’s second consecutive shutout win. Burnap sealed the win with a strike from the top of the 18-yard box with under three minutes to play.

Coach’s quote: “This was a big win and should help build confidence with the girls. Our chemistry is coming along and our execution is getting better with each game. This Saturday will be another hard test with Oyster River.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 2-4-0; Kearsarge 2-3-0

Bishop Brady 3, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Bishop Brady – Adrienne Brummett (G, A), Sheridan Brummett (2G, A), Emily Senko (11 saves); Hopkinton – Ellie Morrall (G), Emily Metzger (A), Loren Charron

Highlights: Hopkinton took a late 2-1 lead, but the Giants rallied in the final minutes to claim the win on their home field at NHTI. Abby Santis, Hannah Hicks, Molly Levesque and Maddy Ryndhart led Brady’s defensive efforts.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played extremely well and were able to come back from a deficit in the second half. We have to have short memories and prepare for the rest of the week. The girls are starting to jell even more and play well together. Hopkinton is a very good team and will make a deep run this season.” – Bishop Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

“Lucky I did not have to pay money to watch (Hopkinton’s Lillie) Presti and (Sheridan) Brummett battle 1-versus-1 today. So much fun to watch. Get to watch it happen again in two weeks on the 25th of this month. Should be a great showdown!” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Bishop Brady 4-1-0; Hopkinton 3-2-1

Inter-Lakes 2, Belmont 1

Key players: Belmont – Katie Gagnon (G), Elizabeth Fleming (A)

Highlights: It was a tough start for Belmont in Meredith as the Lakers scored in the first minute off a corner kick. The Raiders responded 10 minutes later when Gagnon one-timed a Fleming throw-in for the equalizer, but Inter-Lakes scored four minutes before halftime to take a lead that would last through the second half. It was the first loss of the season for Belmont, while the Lakers have now won twice after losing their first three.

Coach’s quote: “We dominated the second half and outshot them, 11-1, but we just couldn’t put the ball in the back of the net.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Belmont 3-1-1; Inter-Lakes 2-3-0

Boys’ Cross Country

Concord first, Hillsboro-Deering eighth

Key players: Concord – Eli Boesch-Dining (2nd), Forest MacKenzie (3rd), Eben Bragg (4th), Ryan Ciesluk (5th), Aidan O’Hern (6th); H-D – Zach Camp (46th), Skyler Smith (75th), Izaac Healey (76th)

Highlights: The Tide swept second through ninth place with Boesch-Dining and MacKenzie running the 5K course in 18:05 and the next six Concord runners finishing within eight seconds of them. The Tide posted 20 points, easily besting Campbell (70), Berlin (94), Nashua North (118) and the rest of the nine-team field to remain undefeated on the season. H-D finished in eighth place with 240 points. This marks the first of at least two more races for Concord at Manchester’s Derryfield Park, including the NHIAA Division I Championship.

Coach’s quote: “Boys put the hammer down big time today – very exciting meet!” – Concord’s Tristan Black-Ingersoll

Merrimack Valley first,
John Stark second

Highlights: The Pride finished first with 31 points to beat out Stark (44) and Sanborn (47).

Key players: MV – David Reynolds (1st, 17:14), Matt Reynolds (3rd, 18:29), Ethan Dodenhoff (9th, 21:30), Christian Oglesby (10th, 21:31), Connor Butt (11th, 21:37)

Coach’s quote: “The boys have been working hard this week, and it was great to see them go out and have fun racing and be successful at the same time. The highlight was having our third through fifth runners (Ethan, Christian, and Connor) run as a pack and finish together.” – MV’s Dave Irving

Girls’ Cross Country

Concord first

Key players: Concord – Morgane Orcutt (1st), Katherine Kennedy (3rd), Hannah Willette (6th), Abby Goulas (9th), Katie Watt (10th), Ally Leuci (11th); H-D - Elizabeth LaBier (55th)

Highlights: The Tide placed six runners in the top 11 to win a six-team meet at Derryfield Park. Concord’s 29 points bested Manchester Central (44), Campbell (66), Nashua North (106), Derryfield (132) and Conant (169). H-D competed, but did not have enough runners to score.

John Stark first,
Merrimack Valley second

Key players: Sophia Reynolds (2nd, 19:33), Emma York (4th, 22:09), Madisyn Garrity (11th, 24:56), Kate Butt (12th, 25:08), Maizie Thurber-Wells (16th, 26:32)

Highlights: Stark finished with 30 points to best MV (35) and Sanborn (70).

Coach’s quote: “Today was a great low-key midweek race, and things went really well. There was a lot of forward momentum though the run for all the girls, who showed strength over the last mile.” – MV’s Dave Irving

Golf

Bedford 193, Concord 196

Key players: Concord – Tyler Bruns (38), Evan Makris (39), Sean McDonough (39), Windsor Bean (40), Matt Burns (40); Bedford – Stoughton Bell (35); Keene – Hannah Drew (35)

Highlights: The Tide lost its second match of the season by a narrow three-stroke margin.

Records: Concord 9-2; Bedford 8-2; Keene 7-4

Hopkinton second,
Hillsboro-Deering third

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (21 points), Brandon Boris (16), Andrew Fairneny (16), Dan Miner (14); Hillsboro-Deering – Ryan Gillett (11)

Highlights: Trinity’s Matt Simmons took medalist honors with 27 points and vaulted his team to a pair of victories at Angus Lee Golf Course in Hillsboro. The Pioneers finished with 69 to beat out Hopkinton (67) and H-D (39).

Coach’s quote: “It was our first loss of the year, but it was Larsen Burack’s best round of the year.” – Hopkinton’s David Chase

Records: Trinity 6-1; Hopkinton 6-1; Hillsboro-Deering 2-5