Ferrier relentlessly scoring goals and setting record for Concord High boys’ soccer

  • Concord’s Alasdair Ferrier (left) is congratulated by teammate Frank Mucyo after Ferrier scored on a penalty kick against Merrimack Valley on Sept. 25 at Memorial Field, one of his three goals during that 4-0 win for the Crimson Tide. Ferrier broke Concord High’s single-season scoring record last year with 18 goals, surpassed the career scoring record of 30 goals in the first game of this season and had scored 10 goals through the Tide’s first three games of 2020. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord’s Alasdair Ferrier (7) battles Merrimack Valley defender Connor Baldwin during the first half on Friday evening. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/1/2020 4:25:37 PM

Alasdair Ferrier saw the records broken with his own eyes.

He was a freshman playing for the Concord High varsity team in 2017 when Taylor Silverstein set the school marks for goals in a season (17) and career (30) while leading the Crimson Tide to a Division I championship.

“I remember that season really well,” said Ferrier, now a senior. “At the time I remember being like, ‘Wow, that’s really impressive that he scored that many goals,’ but I didn’t really think about it like, could I do it? I didn’t really think about it in that sense.”

He may not have thought about it, but Ferrier did it.

After scoring 18 goals last year to break the single-season mark, he needed just one more this season to claim the career record.

He got all that and then some with five goals in the Tide’s 7-0 season-opening win at Pembroke Academy on Sept. 18.

Silverstein, coincidentally, also saw his records broken from the Tide bench.

He’s spent the last two years at Saint Anselm, where he’s a two-year starter for the men’s soccer team, but he decided to take this semester off and is using some of his free time to help coach the Crimson Tide.

Silverstein’s thoughts on Ferrier taking both of his records just a few years after they were set?

“I guess I didn’t score enough,” Silverstein laughed.

Ferrier is not making the same mistake.

He had a hat trick in Concord’s second game, a 4-0 win against Merrimack Valley, and scored two more during Tuesday night’s 5-0 decision at Manchester Memorial.

That brings his career total to 39 with seven games left in the abbreviated 2020 regular season.

“He has a desire and determination to score,” Tide coach Scott Dunlop said. “He’s skillful, too, but he’s got a real nose for the goal. He’s relentless and he gives us what we need each and every match.”

While he may not have been thinking about it when he was a freshman, Ferrier did have Silverstein’s single-season scoring record in his mind before the start of the last season when he was a junior.

“That was kind of the deal I made with myself last year, I was going to try and beat that record, and I ended up beating it in the last game of the season,” Ferrier said.

That game, a 7-0 win against Spaulding, was part of the Tide’s run to close the 2019 regular season (three wins and a tie in the last four games) with a 7-6-3 and earn the No. 9 seed in the D-I tournament.

The Tide beat No. 8 Exeter, 2-1 in overtime, in the first round before losing in the quarterfinals to top-ranked Bedford, 2-0.

That’s a good season by most measures, but this year Concord is hoping to get back to the form that saw it reach four straight D-I final fours from 2015-18 with titles in ‘15 and ‘17.

“I think we have a really good team,” Ferrier said. “If we play the way we should, I think we can do some big things.”

A major part of the way Concord “should” play is with Ferrier hunting down balls with his will and instinct and finishing with a wicked shot.

“He’s good at finding the ball in the top third of the field, and then his shot is probably the best part to his game,” Silverstein said. “He finds the net, or at least gets off multiple shots, in every game, so he’s giving himself a chance to get some in, but definitely I would say his shot is special.”

Like most forwards, Ferrier isn’t afraid to get physical or confrontational.

He was banging bodies, and trading words, with the MV defense throughout the Sept. 25 game at Memorial Field against the visiting Pride.

After he scored his third goal, Ferrier was subbed out but had a few last words for the MV defenders as he left the field and he got a yellow card for the trash talk.

“We’re working on that,” Dunlop said. “He wears his emotions on his sleeve and we’re working to try and channel that energy into the right direction and just worrying about the next play.”

Dunlop doesn’t want to just squash those emotions because the coach knows that’s part of Ferrier’s relentless pursuit of goals. His Tide teammates also understand the positive side of his fiery attitude.

“He works really hard for the team,” Concord senior Frank Mucyo said “He’s really passionate about it.”

Ferrier wants to keep following in Silverstein’s footsteps and play college soccer somewhere, and it doesn’t matter if it’s a D-II school like Saint Anselm, a D-I school like the University of New Hampshire, where Ferrier’s former Concord High teammate Liam Bennett is playing, or a D-III college.

“Any team that’s looking for a striker,” Ferrier said.

Wherever it is, Dunlop believes his record-setting striker can keep playing beyond high school.

“Oh yeah, he has the ability to play at the next level,” Dunlop said. “Where that may be I don’t know, but he has the attacking ability to play in college.”

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