High Schools: Hopkinton boys’ soccer bounces back with rout

Monitor staff
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Gerry Donahue has established a strong presence in Division III this year with more than 20 goals through 10 games for the Hopkinton boys’ soccer team.

The question is can any other team figure out how to stop him and the rest of the dominating Hawks lineup? Only one has so far this fall.

After falling to top-ranked Derryfield on Tuesday, the Hawks bounced back with a 7-0 win over Sanborn on Saturday. Donahue found the back of the net four times to lead Hopkinton back to the win column.

“He’s been our striker in the past but always had some older guys in front of him,” Hopkinton Coach Scott Zipke said. “Now as a senior, it’s been cool to see him step up.”

The defending champions have had a return to the title game on their minds since preseason. At 9-1, the Hawks are poised to storm back into the playoffs and reach the final stage.

They ran into their biggest test earlier last week and had to accept a slice of humble pie in a 4-0 loss to Derryfield, which remains undefeated at 10-0. Hopkinton knocked top seed Derryfield out of the semifinals last season in a 1-0 contest. The Hawks, a fifth seed, went on to defeat Stevens, 1-0, for the championship.

“We hit a massive road bump on Tuesday,” Zipke said. “We gave up some bad goals, goals that were our fault. There is certainly a lesson there that you can’t take any plays off. No time to snooze.”

Getting a fresh win Saturday helped bring some confidence back to the team.

“We just have got to learn from that and go forward,” Zipke said. “Today we were much more focused and that was good to see. It takes 11 guys to attack and 11 guys to defend, which we weren’t doing very well on Tuesday.”

“Guys did a good job today to rest and focus on the second half of the season,” he added. “It was a good rebound win for us.”

Donahue got the offense rolling Saturday with a goal in the eighth minute off an assist from Zach Signor. Donahue went on to score the next three goals over a 36-minute span. One came on a penalty kick, the next off an assist from Corey Breault, and Donahue took care of the Hopkinton’s fourth goal by himself.

Zipke described Donahue’s fourth goal as “absolute bar-down annihilation.”

Breault got in on the scoring action next with his goal in the 62nd minute off a nice through-ball from Derek West. West then chipped in with a goal on a PK. Signor scored the Hawks’ seventh goal in the 71st minute unassisted.

Sophomore goalkeeper Sam Crawford made two saves for Hopkinton. Sanborn keeper Luc LeBlanc made seven stops.

Hopkinton is back on the field Tuesday against Campbell, the first of two back-to-back home games for the Hawks. There are six games left in the regular season.


Kearsarge 3, Stevens 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Bo Underhill (goal, assist), Brad Underhill (2 goals), Ben Corbyn (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Stevens scored on a penalty kick to take a 1-0 halftime lead, but the Cougars found the back of the net three times in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “The boys didn’t quit tonight and were able to find the net on a couple nice set pieces. It was our second come from behind win in two games. The team showed a lot of character.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 4-5-1; Stevens 8-3-0


Kearsarge 2, Stevens 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Payten Hebert (9 saves), Emily Folcik (goal), Taryn Hubley (goal), Kaylyn Storozuk (2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars scored a goal in each half Hebert earned her second clean sheet in a row. After a 1-3 start to the season, Kearsarge is 4-2 in its last six matches.

Coach’s quote: “They played smart and they played tough. We’ve played four games in the last seven days, so winning today and finishing this week was a big deal.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Dezotell

Records: Kearsarge 5-5; Stevens 7-5

Pembroke 7, Kennett 0

Key players: Pembroke – Vicki Mudgett and Katelyn Young (combined for the shutout), Danielle Parent (2 goals), Hannah Brown (2 goals), Iso Gill (first varsity goal), Hannah Serafin (defense), Courtney Jacques (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans kept up its hot streak, recording its second straight shutout. The Spartans were led by a balanced offense, which has produced 13 goals in the last two days.

Coach’s quote: “A full roster effort is always awesome and we got that again today. We spread the scoring around and saw great play from rookie players and veterans today.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

Records: Pembroke 6-5-0; Kennett 1-7-1

Sunapee 6, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Rebecca Smith (12 saves), Kira Wood, Jolene Wood, Madison St. George

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers held the top-ranked and undefeated Lakers to a 1-0 lead at halftime and Smith made some outstanding saves, but Sunapee wore Pittsfield down in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played a fantastic first half and you could tell there was some frustration setting in on the other side. My girls never give up or back down and they proved that tonight against a very good team.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Sunapee 10-0; Pittsfield 6-4


Hollis/Brookline 42,
Hillsboro-Deering/Hopkinton 9

Key players: H-D/H – Aiden Horne (TD catch), Caleb Yianakopolos (TD pass)

Highlights/key moments: The RedHawks recovered a fumble off the Cavaliers’ opening kickoff, but it was all Hollis/Brookline from there. The Cavaliers had a 36-0 lead at halftime. Yianakopolos connected with Horne on a 20-yard pass for the RedHawks’ only scoring play.

Records: H/B 3-1; H-D/H 1-3


Girls’ individual championship

Key players: Bishop Brady – MaryAnne Wiley (tied 4th in Championship Flight), Maghann Haley (3rd in Medal Flight); H-D – Kaysyn Walker (tied 6th in Medal Flight), Zoe Galatas (13th in Medal Flight); Kearsarge – Molli Mayo (tied 9th in Medal Flight)

Highlights/key moments: Wiley shot an 89 to tie for fourth in the Championship Flight at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands. Pinkerton’s Lauren Thiboudeau shot a 1-under 70 to take the state title. Hanover’s Natalie Morhun (43) won the Medal Flight, topping Brady’s Haley (52), Hillsboro-Deering’s Walker (55) and Galatas (63) and Kearsarge’s Mayo (60).


Laconia 3, Kingswood 0

Key players: Laconia – Hannah Dow (9 kills, 6 aces), Maddie Todd (14 kills, 5 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems swept the Knights, 25-19, 25-18, 25-14, in their Homecoming match.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls were amped up today to be playing in their Homecoming game and it showed in their performance. We had solid hitting from Hannah and Maddy.” – Laconia’s Jeff Twombly

Records: Laconia 5-2; Kingswood 1-9

Pittsfield 3, Prospect Mountain 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Arianna Cyr (16 digs, 10 kills, 3 aces), Emma Smith (11 digs, 10 kills), Lily Dunagin (14 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers lost the first set badly, 2-25, rallied to win the second set, 25-19, before losing the third set 17-25. The Panthers rallied again, winning the fourth and fifth sets, 25-17, 15-6, to complete the comeback.

Coach’s quote: “I’ve never seen a team come back from a 2-25 deficit to take control of a match. They had a big win over Sunapee the night before, and came out completely lackluster. They showed their spirit by shaking off the drubbing and playing as the winners they are. I think it was the best match they have ever played.” – Pittsfield’s Paul Strickhart

Records: Pittsfield 3-4; Prospect Mtn. 4-5


Concord first

Key players: Concord – Forest Mackenzie (3rd, 15:46), Nate Nichols (8th, 16:03), Ollie Spencer (11th, 16:06), Brayden Kearns (22nd, 16:31), Matt O’Brien (23rd, 16:32), Eli Boesch-Dining (25th, 16:35), David Cook (32nd, 16:47), Eben Bragg (38th, 16:51)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide got a sneak peek at what the course for the New England Championships looks like, topping a field of 68 teams to win the Maine XC Festival of Champions in Belfast. Concord placed six runners in the top 25 in a field of over 900 runners. The Tide had 11 runners break 17 minutes on the 5K course. Kearns and Bragg were the top two freshmen at the event.

Coe-Brown second

Key players: Coe-Brown – Evan Tanguay (3rd, 16:28), Dawson Dubois (22nd, 17:21), Wyatt Mackey (24th, 17:23), Gavyn Lewis (25th, 17:25), Sam Patteson (27th, 17:38); MV – David Reynolds (2nd 16:27), Matt Reynolds (37th, 17:49), Matt Lyle (39th, 17:54); Pembroke – Josh Crandall (58th, 18:10), Ryan Burns (83rd, 18:55)

Highlights/key moments: Coe-Brown finished second on their home course in the 24-team Black Bear Invitational. Oyster River (31 points) had five runners in the top 12, including individual champion Kieran Murphy (16:18), to win the team title, topping Coe-Brown (96), Winnacunnet (122), Phillips Exeter (136) and Mascenic (136). Merrimack Valley finished seventh behind Reynolds’ runner-up finish and Pembroke finished 21st.

Hopkinton third, Bishop Brady fourth

Key players: Hopkinton – Joe Tierney (4th, 18:28), Theodor Mollano (5th, 18:48), Shepyrd Murdough (7th, 19:01), Hayden Lynch (17th, 19:08), Simon Page (20th, 20:20); Bishop Brady – Oscar Miller (11th, 19:26), Zach Faretra (35th, 23:59), Maxwell Brown (36th, 24:25)

Highlights/key moments: Monadnock (29) swept the top three places to defeat Conant (49), Hopkinton (53) and Bishop Brady (109) at Hopkinton’s Homecoming race. Monadnock’s Lucas Beteau won in 17:24.


Concord 11th

Key players: Concord – Molly Bragg (52nd, 20:09), Morgane Orcutt (62nd, 20:24), Sarah Zarakotas (81st, 20:43)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide finished 11th out of 62 teams at the Maine XC Festival of Champions held in Belfast. Bragg was Concord’s top finisher in the field of around 750 runners.

Coe-Brown first

Key players: Coe-Brown – Addison Cox (3rd, 19:20), Abby O’Connor (9th, 19:58), Elly McDonough (10th, 20:03), Ella Malone (15th, 20:17), Sarah Dupuis (28th, 20:56); MV – Emma York (27th, 20:52), Tristan Beyer (98th, 23:07); Pembroke – Julia Valloto (117th, 23:56)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears successfully defended their home course, winning the 23-team Black Bear Invitational. Freshman Cox finished third in the race of 174 runners, which was won by Milford’s Rebecca Durham (18:09). Coe-Brown (65) topped Bishop Guertin (81), ConVal (142), Manchester Central (148) and Oyster River (151). Merrimack Valley (19th) and Pembroke (22nd) also competed.

Hopkinton first, Bishop Brady fourth

Key players: Hopkinton – Emma Rothe (2nd, 20:30), Sydney Stockwell (3rd, 20:39), Addison Locke (4th, 20:57), Lilia Klingler (5th, 21:00), Cate Westbrook (10th, 22:12); Bishop Brady – Anna Grafton (9th, 22:06), Kamryn Compton (19th, 25:16), Muging Wen (21st, 25:53)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks placed four runners in the top five to win their Homecoming race. Hopkinton (24 points), topped Monadnock (39), Conant (86) and Bishop Brady (92). Monadnock freshman Delaney Swanson won the race in 20:18. The Hawks were bolstered by their young runners. All top nine Hopkinton finishers were all freshmen or sophomores.