High schools: Bow boys’ soccer with 1-0 win against old foe Hopkinton

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  • Bow midfielder Matt Selleck tackles in front of Hopkinton midfielder Ryan Graham as he takes a shot on goal during the first half on Monday.

  • A Bow player pulls on Hopkinton midfielder Andrew Beckwith's jersey during the first half on Monday, September 21, 2020 matchup that Bow won, 1-0. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Bow forward Zach Anderson (13) and Hopkinton defenseman Josh Duval go up for the ball on Monday, September 22, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER — Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton goalie Aidan Burns watches as the only goal of the game goes in.

  • Bow forward Zach Anderson (13) and Hopkinton defenseman Josh Duval go up for the ball on Monday, September 22, 2020. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

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Published: 9/22/2020 6:09:55 PM

They haven’t played since 2015, but when neighboring rivals Bow and Hopkinton met for a boys’ soccer match on Monday in Bow, it was just like old times.

“The intensity and high-level play picked right back up without missing a beat,” Hopkinton coach Scott Zipke said.

Bow found the game’s only goal with just eight minutes left on the clock when a low corner kick squibbed through the box to senior Matt Selleck, who buried the chance to give the Falcons a 1-0 win in the season-opener for both teams. The old rivals will meet again on Thursday in Hopkinton.

“Did you expect anything less? Bow/Hopkinton has always been a great game to be a part of and this was no different,” Bow coach George Pinkham said. “It was a great neighborhood rivalry when we were in D-III. It hasn’t changed.”

The two teams are playing each other again this year because schedules have been organized by location instead of division/school size to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. And Division II Bow played like the bigger school that it is for the first 15 minutes on Monday, bossing the game and the D-III Hawks.

Hopkinton got on the front foot toward the middle of the first half and after that it was back-and-forth affair with both teams applying pressure and taking some dangerous corner kicks.

Hopkinton’s Ian Heck distributed the ball well all game from his offensive center midfield spot and whistled a shot over the cross bar in the first half that could have given the Hawks a lead. Backs Peyton Marshall and Ryan Graham anchored Hopkinton’s back line.

The Hawks upped the pressure in the final minutes of the game, but Bow keeper Kyle Martin (four saves) smothered a couple of solid chances to preserve the lead and the win. Martin got plenty of defensive help from Connor Wachsmuth, Patrick Wachsmuth, Lucas Berube, Cooper Joscelyn and Nate Dolder to complete the shutout. Aidan Burns finished with six saves for Hopkinton.

Boys’ Soccer

Coe-Brown 1,
Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: Coe-Brown Northwood Academy – Hogan Cain (7 saves), Sam Lapiejko (assist), Marty Lacerte (goal); Merrimack Valley– Gavin Wheeler (midfield), Jack Davis (midfield), Mason Boudreau (goalie)

Highlights: Coe-Brown took advantage of an MV mistake and scored with four minutes left in the first half in Penacook for the game’s only goal.

Coach’s quote: “This was our first match of the year following a preseason without scrimmages, so it was great to see a good competitor in MV. We’re still moving pieces around and seeing what allows our strengths to shine through, but our players did well in executing the things in their control such as effort, willingness and staying supportive of one another. Every player got some good time today including some of our younger players who got their first varsity experience.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Coach’s quote: “We had moments of great soccer tonight. The boys didn’t get a chance to get out the kinks in preseason scrimmages, so they have some things to figure out to help the team move forward as a unit. We are happy to be out here playing and looking forward to Thursday for another fun matchup with Coe-Brown.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: Coe-Brown 1-0-0; Merrimack Valley 0-1-0

John Stark 3,
Pembroke Academy 0

Key players: John Stark – Riley Brooks (goal, assist), Will Connor (goal), Nolan Scott (goal), Emmet Rinehimer (assist), Nate Innerfield (assist)

Highlights: Riley Brooks opened the scoring with a shot to the lower left hand corner, and Connor made it 2-0 later in the first half with a blast past the PA keeper. Daniel Hilyard earned the shutout in net.

Coach’s quote: “We played very well moving the ball quickly today. Some things to improve on, but the boys are excited to be back out there playing soccer. We are happy about the win and looking forward to our upcoming game.” – John Stark’s Gerry Allen

Records: John Stark 1-0-0; Pembroke 0-2-0

Hillsboro-Deering 2,
Conant 1

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Brady Curly (2 goals)

Highlights: Curly, a freshman, scored the second of his two goals on a PK tht Mason Ferweda helped earn off a set piece.

Coach’s quote: “Great job all around by our young team.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 2-0-0; Conant 0-1-0

Girls’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 1,
Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Rhiley Tanguay (goal), Alyssa Woodman (assist), Mackenzie McDonald (shutout)

Highlights: The game’s only goal came 15 minutes into the first half in Northwood when Woodman played Tanguay in on a breakaway. Tanguay touched it around the Coe-Brown keeper and finished the open net. The two teams meet again on Thursday in Penacook.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see the girls in game action and play someone other than ourselves. It was evident that is was our first game out there as we adjusted to the intensity of the game. Coe-Brown played well, but our defensive line held strong and McDonald had a few nice saves. A lot to work on as Coe-Brown will be tough to beat twice in a row.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-0-0; Coe Brown 0-1-0

Pembroke 2, John Stark 0

Key players: Pembroke – Adrienne Dorr (goal), Cierra Hill (goal); John Stark – Emaly Roy (excellent in net), Avery Geaumont (defense)

Highlights: Dorr, a defender, showed her offensive versatility with a back-post goal that gave the Spartans a 1-0 lead and set the tone for the game. Roy kept Stark in the contest with some solid work in goal and freshman Geaumont impressed in her varsity debut for Stark.

Coach’s quote: “We have to finish. I felt like we were cool and collected the first half and kept to our game plan, but we couldn’t get on to the end of the ball. The second goal was the chance you take when your trying to equalize. Both Pembroke goals were beautiful to watch even if you’re on the receiving end. You have to recognize and give credit where credit is due.” – John Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: Pembroke 1-1-0; John Stark 0-1-0

Bow 3, Hopkinton3

Key players: Hopkinton – Keegan St. Cyr (goal), Elise Miner (goal), Annie Higginbotham (PK goal), Jessie Carney (assist), Caitlin Clark (assist); Bow – Madison Roberge (goal, assist), Kristina Pizzi (goal), Chloe Binder (assist), Stephanie Gosselin (assist), Juliette Tarsa (first varsity goal)

Highlights: Hopkinton built a 2-0 lead at home before Bow stormed back in the second half. The Falcons made it 2-1 six minutes into the second half. About a minute later, Higginbotham gave the Hawks a 3-1 lead when she converted a PK, but the Falcons immediately responded to make it a 3-2 game. Tarsa scored the tying goal with 10 minutes left in regulation on a pretty technical finish over the keeper’s head.

Coach’s quote: “Even though we were up by two goals at the half, I told my girls do not get comfortable because the pressure is coming. That is what happened and I was not surprised Bow came back to tie it.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Coach’s quote: “It was a tale of two halves with Hopkinton doing a better job in the first half and Bow doing better in the second. We knew Hopkinton is a very talented team, so we were expecting exactly what the game turned out to be. A typical Hopkinton/Bow clean, hard-fought match. I was really happy with how the girls responded in the second half. You always have to believe.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Hopkinton 0-0-1; Bow 0-0-1

Hillsboro-Deering 4,
Conant 0

Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Emily Howell (3 goals), Eva LaValley (goal), Kimmie Nadeau (assist), Elyssia Hagstrom (assist), Grace Atkins (4 saves)

Highlights: Howell scored the first of her three goals just four minutes into the game in Jaffrey. LaValley made it 2-0 in the 19th minute and six minutes later Howell, assisted by Hagstrom, pushed the lead to 3-0. Howell competed the scoring, and her hat trick, 8:30 into the second half. Lexi McClure and Maddy Ledvina played excellent defense for the Hillcats, while Abby VonDette was strong in the midfield.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort with good passing and possession of the ball.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 2-0; Conant 0-2




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