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A preview of today’s high school tournament games

Published: 11/1/2016 11:43:06 PM

High school tournaments today

Boys’ soccer

Division I semifinals

No. 4 Concord (14-3-1) vs No. 9 Manchester Memorial (9-7-1)
at Bill Ball Stadium, Exeter, 6 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Memorial beat the Crimson Tide, 2-0, on Oct. 12

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Concord beat No. 13 Merrimack, 5-1, and No. 5 Manchester Central, 1-0. The Crusaders took down No. 8 Londonderry, 3-1, and upset No. 1 Bedford, 1-0

NOTES: Concord, the defending champion, is playing in its seventh semifinal in the last 11 years. Junior captain Taylor Silverstein, who was a big part of last year’s title run, scored the late game-winner in the quarterfinal against Central and had a goal and an assist in the first-round win, which also saw goals from Josh Adams, who assisted Silverstein against Central, Gopal Timsina, Grant Rienstra and Sebastian Pardo. Memorial is tough to figure out – after beating Concord on Oct. 12, the Crusaders lost their last three regular-season games but then turned it on in the tournament.

Division II semifinals

No. 2 Pembroke (17-1-0) vs No. 6 Goffstown (13-4-1)
at Stellos Stadium, Nashua, 4 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The Spartans beat Goffstown, 2-1, Sept. 6 in Pembroke.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Pembroke beat No. 15 Kingswood, 2-1, in penalty kicks, and downed No. 10 Souhegan, 2-0. Goffstown squeaked by No. 11 Manchester West, 4-3, and upset No. 3 ConVal, 1-0.

NOTES: Goffstown scored first in the September game at Pembroke, but the Spartans answered with goals from Glenn Dion and Justin Smith, both assisted by Damon Smith. Dion had both goals in the quarterfinal win over Souhegan, both assisted by Damon Smith, who also scored Pembroke’s only regulation goal in the first round. The Spartans also got great defense in the quarterfinal, led by Kobie Valdez and keeper Tyler Smith, who also made a pair of PK saves in the first round to help the Spartans advance. The Grizzlies were 2-2-1 in their final five games, but they’ve found ways to win in their two playoff matches.

Division III semifinals

No. 5 Hopkinton (15-3-0) vs No. 1 Derryfield (16-1-0)
at Laconia High School, 6 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Derryfield beat the Hawks, 5-1, on Sept. 27.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Hopkinton rolled past No. 12 Conant, 7-1, and No. 13 Inter-Lakes, 5-0. Derryfield used a pair of 5-1 scores to take care of No. 16 Somersworth and No. 8 Prospect Mountain.

NOTES: The 5-1 loss to Derryfield in September was the worst loss of the season for Hopkinton, which has only allowed 16 goals all year. Gerry Donahue has been on fire during the playoffs for the Hawks with four goals in two games. Dustin Rose has three goals and an assist in the tournament and Max Rossignol has two goals and a helper. But what Hopkinton will really need against Derryfield is a solid defensive effort. The Cougars are scoring 3.7 goals per game and haven’t lost since Sept. 1.

No. 6 Belmont (14-3-1) vs No. 2 Stevens (16-2-0)
at Laconia High School, 4 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The two teams did not meet during the regular season.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Belmont beat No. 11 Mascenic, 3-1, and upset No. 3 Gilford, 1-0. Stevens blanked No. 15 Sanborn, 5-0, and beat No. 7 Campbell, 2-1.

NOTES: Belmont’s Logan Wilder has risen to the postseason occasion, scoring two goals in the win over Mascenic and scoring the only goal in the quarterfinal win against Gilford. Keeper Jonny LeClair has also been excellent for the Raiders, with significant defensive help from Corey Derosier, Tyler Fleming and Chris Marden. That group will need to be at its best against a Stevens team that’s scoring a remarkable 5.3 goals per game.

Girls’ volleyball

Division I semifinals

No. 2 Concord (17-2) vs No. 3 Dover (17-3)
at Pinkerton Academy, 5 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: Dover handed Concord its first loss of the season, 3-1, on Oct. 5.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Concord had a first-round bye and then beat No. 7 Salem, 3-2. Dover took care of No. 14 Nashua North, 3-0, and No. 6 Merrimack, 3-0.

NOTES: The Crimson Tide escaped its quarterfinal matchup with a narrow win over Salem despite winning both the first and second sets by convincing 25-12 margins. Once again, senior Caitlyn Shea was a big reason why her team was able to hold off last year’s runner-up and advance to the Final Four. Shea finished with a match-high 49 assists, leaving her 79 shy of the state’s all-time assists record. Concord will need more solid play from Shea, and the likes of Lauren Hatch and Maria Wimpey, if it hopes to advance to the finals for the first time since 2005.

Division III semifinals

No. 2 Winnisquam (16-1) vs No. 3 Farmington (15-3)
at Plymouth State University, 5 p.m.

HEAD TO HEAD: The two teams did not meet during the regular season.

PREVIOUS TOURNAMENT GAMES: Winnisquam had a first-round bye and then blanked No. 10 Portsmouth Christian, 3-0. Farmington beat No. 14 Raymond, 3-0, and took care of No. 6 Mascenic, 3-1

NOTES: The Bears are the top remaining seed and perhaps the hottest team left standing heading into today’s semifinals. Winnisquam hasn’t lost since a 3-2 mishap against No. 5 Moultonborough on Oct. 3, and has only dropped three sets since that night. Shannon Goodwin led the Bears with 13 kills, 3 aces and 9 digs in her team’s quarterfinal win over Portsmouth on Saturday, and will be counted on again – along with standouts Talia DeBlasie, Nicole Matcheski and Aubrey St. Onge – if the team hopes to advance to the finals for a second straight year and fifth time since 2010.

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