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High schools: Stark, Kearsarge settle for tie after double OT duel

  • Kearsarge’s James Greason (12) chases down a ball in the corner while Stark’s Jakob Hardy (31) watches on from the back during Tuesday’s Division II tilt in Weare. The two teams went to double overtime, but the contest finished in 1-1 tie. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • John Stark goalie Daniel Hilyard reacts after giving up the tying goal in the final minutes of Tuesday’s contest against Kearsarge in Weare. The two sides played to 1-1 tie. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • John Stark’s Will Connor (left) and Kearsarge’s James Greason fight for possession of the ball during Tuesday’s Division II contest in Weare. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • John Stark’s Emmet Rinehimer (18) dribbles into open space as Kearsarge defenders flank each side during Tuesday’s Division II contest in Weare. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Kearsarge goalie Seth Rutledge-Davis takes a minute as he prepares to kick the ball deep during Tuesday’s game against John Stark in Weare. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Kearsarge’s Peter Russell (21) tries to create space for a shot in front of John Stark’s Kayden Easter (19) during Tuesday’s game in Weare. The two sides played to a 1-1 tie. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/17/2019 10:25:29 PM

WEARE – As each near miss piled up, the Kearsarge boys’ soccer team became frustrated but not flustered. With the clock inching closer to zero and still no goal on the board, the Cougars played with a sense of urgency but not panic.

There was a sense among the players that the equalizing goal was coming, they just didn’t know who it would come from or when it would show up.

Better late than never for the Cougars.

With the back line moving up in desperation time, Kearsarge generated a turnover in the middle of the field and pushed the ball to forward Peter Russell inside the 18-yard box. Russell shook off the only defender in front of him, planted his foot in the ground and sent a shot just out of the reach of John Stark keeper Daniel Hilyard and into the back of the net to tie the contest in the 75th minute.

The momentum stayed with Kearsarge throughout both overtime periods, but the two sides were forced to settle for a 1-1 tie after a gritty Division II showdown in Weare.

“We were pushing the whole time and we knew (a goal) was coming. I think we knew from very early on when we had some good opportunities that we could walk out of here with a win or tie,” Russell said. “I was able to turn the kid and it was a similar opportunity to (a shot) I had earlier when I went left and shanked it a little too far in. … This time I decided to just step in to the right, keep it low and it just slid by him.”

While the game ended in a draw – the second of the season for Kearsarge through five games – the Cougars (2-1-2) felt like the real winners in this one after executing their offense late and forcing overtime to come away with a point.

“Just to get one back was really nice,” Kearsarge coach Matt Burch said. “I think we had the majority of the possession and opportunities in the first 20 to 30 minutes for sure. We hit the crossbar at least once, and their keeper probably had two or three big saves. It was great to put one in there with maybe 10 minutes left and then we had chances in the end, too.”

Stark (2-3-1), meanwhile, felt like it let one slip away on its home field.

“We just had the turnover in the middle. I know we had a couple breakdowns, but the turnover in the middle let them counter attack really well,” Stark coach Gerry Allen said. “(Russell) got some space, and give him credit, he placed a nice shot in the right-hand corner there.

“Whenever you’re playing gritty games like this, of course you’d like to try and pull through and get on top,” Allen said. “But after a back-and-forth battle and taking a step back to reflect on things, maybe a tie, getting a point in the standings is something that we’ll take.”

Despite scoring chance after scoring chance – including a crossbar clinker – for Kearsarge early on, it was the Generals who struck first when midfielder Emmet Rinehimer placed a shot that hit the post and deflected off Seth Rutledge-Davis and into the net for an unassisted goal in the 18th minute for the 1-0 advantage.

“When that first goal slipped in, I mean, that happens,” Russell said. “But this team is more resilient than any varsity team I’ve seen in my four years here.”

Looking for an edge, Kearsarge came out for the second half in attack mode, scrapping its pass-heavy, slower-developing style for a more aggressive approach that Burch called, “a more direct route to find that goal.”

“The halftime was focused on our passing. Our little pitty-pat passing back and forth. That looks nice and we control the ball, but eventually we have to go at them,” Burch said.

The result: The Cougars generated a corner in the 47th minute. No goal. They got another corner in the 60th minute. Again, no goal. A free shot in the 68th minute and another corner three minutes later. Still, no goal.

But Russell eventually came through before the final horn, delivering the strike Kearsarge needed to force extra time.

Kearsarge’s defense carried the team the rest of the way, as goalie Rutledge-Davis and centerback James Greason played huge roles in limiting Stark’s scoring chances in both overtime periods to leave with the tie.

“They all have good size and good pace. You could see James picking up the game today, just reading the ball coming in, sliding over and picking off passes,” Burch said. “They tried to beat us with the long ball and pace and our defense was really able to absorb that.”

John Stark will be tested again immediately with a trip to Lebanon up next on Friday. Kearsarge returns home to face Manchester West on Thursday.

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)BOYS’ SOCCER

Concord 5, Bishop Guertin 1

Key players: Concord – Alasdair Ferrier (2G, 2A), Garrett Boyle (G), Alejo Caceres (G), Mosi Masimango (G), Frank Mucyo (A), Sujan Bhujel (A)

Highlights: Boyle gave the Crimson Tide a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, Caceres doubled that advantage in the 28th minute and Concord took its 2-0 edge into halftime. Ferrier assisted on both first-half goals and then scored the first two of the second half. BG finally got one through the Tide defense and past goalie Abbas Abdulrahman in the 68th minute, but Concord’s Bhujel danced into the box with the ball at his feet in the 78the minute and laid off pass for Masimango, who finished the scoring. Brandon Comire played well in the midfield for the Tide, while Becket O’Neil and Nick DiBuono stood out along the back line.

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

Milford 3, Merrimack Valley 2, 2OT

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Coby Mercier (2G)

Highlights: The Spartans and Pride battled into double overtime, but MV was dealt its first loss of the season.

Coach’s quote: “Milford out played us tonight, hats off to them.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: Milford 3-1-2; Merrimack Valley 5-1

Hillsboro-Deering 2, Newfound 1

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Jack Ferguson (2G), Ben Ketterer (A)

Coach’s quote: “It was a well-played match. The boys did a great job possessing the ball and controlling the game.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 2-3; Newfound 1-4

Girls’ Soccer

Pembroke 4, Con Val 0

Key players: Pembroke – Jade Pescinski (2G), Adrienne Dorr (A), Britney Hill (G), Abby Randall (A), Hannah Brown (G)

Highlights: The Spartans struck in the second minute and never looked back. PA created scoring chances all day and put away two of them in each half. Goalie Brooke Davison needed a handful of saves, mostly in the first half, to post the shutout behind the back line of Anna Harlow, Kaylie LeBlanc, Lindsay Hawkins and Dorr.

Coach’s quote: “The girls controlled most of the flow of this game, even holding off a late first half hard press by the Cougars. They started fast, always a goal of ours, and they kept creating scoring opportunities until the final whistle, notching a goal in the waning minutes. They are working so hard for each other right now, we couldn’t be more pleased.” – Pembroke’s Jess Kaufman

Records: Pembroke 6-0; Con Val 3-2

John Stark 4, Pelham 3

Key players: John Stark – Megan Rousseau (G, A), Chelsea Woodsum (3G, A), Chloe Astholz (defense)

Coach’s quote: “I really have to give Pelham credit. They took advantage of every time we settled. The moment we got complacent they made us pay.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 4-1-0; Pelham 1-5-0

Hopkinton 6, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Loren Charron (3G, A), Caitlin Clark (2G), Emily Metzger (G), Emily Fleegle (A, shutout), Annie Higginbotham (A), Eleanor Owen (A, defense); Maddy Follansbee (A), Melana Curley (A). Hillsboro-Deering – Morgan Racine (outstanding in midfield), Kaylea Davison (defense), Emily Wilkens (defense), Abby VonDette (offense), Gracie Atkins (19 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks only had one goal in the first half and exploded for five second-half goals – four in a nine-minute span – while great team defense preserved the shutout.

Coach’s quote: “We played an ugly first half, but cleaned up our game a bit in second which had an immediate impact on the game. Hillsboro had zero second-half chances and the Hawks we more relentless on the attack.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 4-1-0; Hillsboro-Deering 2-3-0

Bishop Brady 5, Somersworth 3

Key players: Bishop Brady – Sheridan Brummett (4G), Lauren Beitler (G), Adrienne Brummett (3A), Emily Senko (A, 4 saves)

Highlights: The Green Giants jumped out to an early lead but Somersworth struck back and kept it competitive.

Coach’s quote: “It was a tough game for us and our girls showed resilience and determination. They worked hard and played well. Kudos to Somersworth for the hard-fought battle and the good game. They are a good team and will have a successful season.” – Bishop Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 5-0-0; Somersworth 1-3-1

Belmont 1, Inter-Lakes 0, 2OT

Key players: Belmont – Rebecca Fleming (G), Sana Syed (defense), Morgan Hall (defense), Sierra Bourque (attack), Emma Cochran (6 saves, shutout)

Highlights: The Raiders prevailed in double overtime after Fleming collected an odd bounce and blasted a shot in from 22 yards away for the game-winning goal.

Coach’s quote: “I was very pleased. It was a great team effort. Inter-Lakes has a new coach and they played very well.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

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

Field Hockey

Oyster River 2, Pembroke 1

Key players: Oyster River – Alice Judge (G), Carly Tessier (G); Pembroke – Alison Corriveau (G), Keelin Cripps (A), Sophia Brasley (11 saves)

Highlights: The teams exchanged goals in the first half, but OR’s Tessier scored the decisive tally near the end of regulation.

Coach’s quote: “It was a hard-fought game by both teams. They just got that second goal in the last five minutes and were able to hold us off for the remaining time.” – Pembroke’s Tess Patry

Records: Oyster River 2-2; Pembroke Academy 0-5

Conant 10, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Jasmyn Long (20 saves), Alyssa Cornell (strong on the front line), Elizabeth Guillotte (defense), Jada LaPierre (midfield), Emma LaPierre (midfield), Raynah LaBrecque (great job clearing and carrying the ball to the outside of the circle)

Records: Conant 1-1; Franklin 0-4

Boys’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley second,
John Stark fourth

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Ethan Dodenhoff (4th, 18:05), Mark Mercier (5th, 18:52), Isaac Linscott (11th, 19:26), Marshall Carey-Matthews (19th, 19:54), Christian Oglesby (20th, 20:04)

Highlights: Windham finished first with an impressive 19 points. The Pride totaled 57 for its second-place result, beating out Souhegan (78), John Stark (107) and Plymouth (117).

Coach’s quote: “The boys ran with great spirit today. They all had their jobs to do and did them well. We had several runners run PRs today, so everything is moving in the right direction.” – Merrimack Valley’s Dave Irving

Girls’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley first,
John Stark second

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Sophia Rebenciuc (1st, 20:33), Madisyn Garrity (8th, 22:10), Emma York (9th, 22:51), Samantha Kimball (10th, 22:52), Violet Webb (19th, 24:01)

Highlights: The Pride finished with 37 points on its home course to finish first. Stark had 56 points to take second and finish in front of Plymouth (64), Windham (77) and Souhegan (86).

Coach’s quote: “Today was a great day to run. It was a fun race for the girls, and Maddy Garrity had an especially good race as she almost ran her PR. She was extra motivated because she was unable to finish Sunday’s race at Oyster River.” – MV’s Dave Irving


Kennett 111, Hollis Brookline 105, Portsmouth 84, Coe-Brown 69

Key players: Coe-Brown – Cole Perra (16 points), Evan Menard (16), Aidan Perra (14), Will Moelhmann (12), Dan Strum (11), Wells Lambert (11)

Records: Coe-Brown1-14

Girls’ Volleyball

Winnisquam 3, Portsmouth Christian 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Gabby Isabelle (12 kills), Emma Richardson (5 kills, 5 digs, 11 aces), Chloe Colarusso (17 assists, 5 digs, 2 aces), Olivia Dill (10 digs, 3 assists), Hanna Honeman (3 kills, 1 block, 3 digs), Emily O’Neil (9 digs)

Highlights: On Monday, the Bears rolled to their third straight win, 25-15, 25-1, 25-9. Strong serving from O’Neil helped Winnisquam gain control in the first game, Richardson’s serving led the way in the second game and Honeman took control from the line in the third game while Isabelle collected seven of her 12 kills in that final game.

Coach’s quote: “Nice win once things got going. I felt like we totally controlled the match from the middle of the first set to the end of the match.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 3-0; Portsmouth Christian Academy 0-3

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