Girls’ soccer: Hopkinton scores six unanswered goals to down Hillsboro-Deering

  • Hopkinton freshman Jessica Carney (right) lines up a shot attempt while being trailed by a pair of Hillsboro-Deering defenders during Monday’s Division III contest in Hopkinton. H-D scored the first two goals, but the Hawks rallied for a 6-2 win and improved to 3-1-1 on the season. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Meg Ellsworth (right) keeps the ball in the air and away from Hillsboro-Deering’s Zoe Kemp (left) during Monday’s game in Hopkinton. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Hillsboro-Deering sophomore Lexi McClure receives a pass and prepares to move the ball out of the Hillcats defensive zone during Monday’s Division III game in Hopkinton. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/10/2018 11:44:24 PM

CONTOOCOOK – They spent all last week dominating possession and peppering opposing goaltenders with shot after shot, only to leave the field both times without a favorable result.

And then on Monday, the players on the Hopkinton girls’ soccer team found themselves in a two-goal hole to Hillsboro-Deering early in the first half.

It’s safe to say the Hawks had a little frustration to let out.

They did so by scoring six unanswered goals and rallying to beat the Hillcats, 6-2. Led by a hat trick for senior Grace Clark, Hopkinton (3-1-1) roared back with a pair of goals before the half to tie the score at 2-all and then put on an offensive clinic in the second half with four consecutive goals to down Hillsboro-Deering (2-3) in the Division III showdown in Contoocook.

“It was good to see the girls get on the scoreboard again,” Hopkinton coach Mike Zahn said. “We had a tough couple games last week, and even though we dominated possession, we just couldn’t get shots off like we did today. … It was good to see the girls kind of get back to what we did the very first week against Conant (9-1 win) and White Mountains (4-0 win) where we got a bunch of goals on the board.”

It didn’t start that way as H-D’s Izabella Warren, who’s closing in on the program record for career goals, notched two scores right away to put the Hillcats on top.

Warren’s first strike came in the 14th minute off a timely feed from senior co-captain Halie Hurd. Two minutes later, Warren deposited another, this time on a penalty kick following a handball violation.

But the deficit only seemed to fuel Hopkinton.

Clark responded in the 18th minute with the Hawks’ first goal and found the equalizer six minutes later (unassisted) to set up Hopkinton for a strong second half.

“I shifted a couple things around in terms of formation and where some of the girls were placed on the field and that seemed to kind of get us going,” Zahn said.

The final 40 minutes were all Hopkinton as sophomore Caitlin Clark, senior Ellie Morral (two goals) and Grace Clark all scored. Morrall’s second tally came off a nice assist from freshman Jessica Carney, who passed Morrall’s initial shot right back to her in the box after a save for the easy score.

“The girls played a strong first half cohesively as a unit and they shifted and supported each other,” said Hillsboro-Deering coach Susan Else, whose team was outshot, 26-9. “They lost that in the second half becoming reactive rather than creative.”

H-D received solid performances across the board behind Warren, including those from Grace Atkins (nine saves in goal), midfielders Kimmie Nadeau and Zoe Kemp, and forward Abbie Johnson.

The Hillcats won’t return to action until Friday when they host Somersworth. Hopkinton, meanwhile, visits Bishop Brady for a makeup game on Tuesday before visiting defending D-III champion Raymond on Friday.

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

Boys’ Soccer

Pelham 3, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Nolan Grant (G), Toby McCloud (G), Brandon Bullis (A), Joe Baldesaro (A); Pelham – Gregg Nicholls (10 saves)

Highlights: Pelham scored the game’s first with 20 minutes left in game. Kearsarge scored two in the next 10 min. Pelham scored again with 3 min left to force overtime. Pelham scored 5 min in to overtime to win it

Coach’s quote: “The boys played hard today. Maintained about 80 percent of the possession and created a lot of scoring chances but just fell short on the finishing. We have a busy week with games Wednesday and Friday, so we will not dwell on today’s result and move on.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 2-3; Pelham 3-2

Field Hockey

Pembroke 3, Oyster River 1

Key players: Pembroke – Maddie Bennett (2G, A), Ali Corriveau (2A), Courtney St. Onge (G), Katie Jameson (great defense), Maddie Gaskell (8 saves)

Coach’s quote: “Pembroke came out strong and held strong throughout the whole game. We had several shots on goal. So many scoring opportunities. I’m happy with our win but know we need to knock even more of those goals in the net to take our game to the next level. I know these girls can do it.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Pembroke 2-3; Oyster River 0-3


Bishop Brady first

Key players: Bishop Brady – Nick Grimbilas (24), Matt Wiley (23), Alex Pfiefer (13), Kate Shoemaker (9)

Highlights: Grimbilas was the medalist at Beaver Meadow as the Giants (69 points) edged out Pelham (68) and Fall Mountain (64) to remain undefeated on the season.

Records: Bishop Brady 7-0; Pelham 5-3; Fall Mountain 5-3

Girls’ Volleyball

John Stark 3, ConVal 0

Key players: John Stark – Brooke Patnode (10 aces, 20 assists), Lillian Stogner (6 kills, 5 aces, 5 digs), Camryn Plaza (2 kills, 2 aces)

Highlights: The Generals won easily in three sets, taking the first two, 25-12, 25-12, before securing the victory with a 25-10 third-set win. The opening set was close at the beginning, but John Stark took control with strong serving and defense to win it. Both of the final two sets were controlled by the Generals with solid serving, passing and hitting.

Coach’s quote: “It’s nice to get our first win. We’re getting better every day and making fewer mistakes. Hopefully this will jump start us and get us on a winning streak.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 1-3; Con Val 0-4

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