High schools: MV boys’ soccer falls short in double OT to Hollis-Brookline

  • Merrimack Valley and Hollis-Brookline players battle for possession during Thursday’s Division II boys’ soccer game in Hollis. Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

  • Courtesy of Michelle Boudreau

Monitor staff
Published: 9/14/2018 12:31:22 AM

One unlucky bounce was it all took.

Entrenched in a wild back-and-forth Division II contest Thursday evening in Hollis, the Merrimack Valley boys’ soccer team ended up on the wrong side of a double-overtime loss.

Following nearly 100 minutes of soccer between a pair of one-loss teams, the players for the Pride could do nothing but watch as the ball skipped off the grass and over keeper Mason Boudreau’s head to propel Hollis-Brookline past Merrimack Valley, 6-5.

“All in all I was proud of how my guys played. We fought the entire time and just had unfortunate bounce at the end there,” MV coach Ken Fuller said. “The guys played really, really tough. I’d obviously like to win, but I’m happy to see them push through and fight a quality team like Hollis Brookline and almost pull off the win there.”

Boudreau, the young keeper for MV, was responsible for keeping the Pride (5-2) in it when he turned back a penalty kick for Hollis-Brookline in the first overtime period.

But the Cavaliers kept charging and MV wasn’t cashing in any of its chances after regulation.

“They just continued to fight in the second half and it kind of went back and forth,” Fuller said. “We had plenty of chances but ours just didn’t go in the back of the net and their keeper had a very strong game.”

There were no scoring woes early on, though, as Griffin Wheeler put the Pride on the board in the fourth minute with a goal and the team took control, at least to start, for a 3-1 lead. Hollis-Brookline, however, countered with a goal just before halftime and tied it up early on in the second half as the two sides began exchanging leads on the way to overtime.

Coby Mercier (goal), Logan Cassin (two goals, two assists) and senior forward Teigan Friedrich (goal) were major factors in MV’s offensive attack in the loss – one that Fuller took a ton of positives from.

“I knew the team we had was going to be a quality team and when they’re all clicking together, they are pretty hard to beat,” Fuller said. “My impression is I wanted these guys to come out and compete in Division II and the way they played today, it showed me we’re a team that’s not an easy win on the schedule. We’re a team that’s going to compete and have a chance to make a run at it.”

It won’t get an easier for the Pride with a road matchup against Oyster River on tap for Friday at 7 p.m.

“Not much time for a bounce back here, it’s another quality team where we need to come out and show we can compete at that level,” Fuller said. “But it’s going to be a really, really tough game for our guys.”

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

Boys’ soccer

Hillsboro-Deering 1,
Fall Mountain 0, 2 OT

Key players: H-D – Ben Ketterer, Logan Clough

Highlights: The Hillcats won the game in double overtime on a set play knocked in by Ketterer after 96 minutes of play.

Coach’s quote: “Boys played hard and had opportunities. It was one of those days where nothing was finding the net. They played well and are happy with the win ” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: H-D 4-2

Farmington 10, Franklin 1

Key players: Franklin – Jacob Weaver (G), Garrett Pellitier (A), Drew Croteau, Aiden Collum

Records: Farmington 3-2; Franklin 3-3

Girls’ soccer

Merrimack Valley 5, Kennett 0

Key players: Merrimack Valley – McKayla Palhof (G), Kylie Curtin (G, A), Kerragan McNeil (G), Emily Koufos (A), Emily Knouse (G), Theresa Irving (G), Hayley Kenney (A), Sarah Davis (midfield).

Highlights: Merrimack Valley opened the scoring seven minutes into the game on a one-time finish by Palhof, assisted with a low cross from Curtin. With a 1-0 lead at halftime, MV picked up the pressure and Kylie Curtin stole the pass from the Kennett defender and scored three minutes into the second half. MV finished off the scoring with a trio of goals in the last 25 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “Our midfield did a great job winning the ball and building the attack in the first half. Limiting and disrupting Kennett’s possession by half field. We adjusted at halftime and our forwards put a lot of pressure on their back line. Winning the ball in the final third and generating chances on goal. Great team effort today. ” – MV’s Nick Dagostino

Records: Merrimack Valley 2-3; Kennett 2-4

Pembroke 4, Oyster River 3, OT

Key players: Pembroke – Kayla Paquin (2 G, A), Jade Pescinski (2 G), Maddie Bailey (A)

Highlights: Paquin scored the first and last goals for Pembroke, sending the Spartans to their fifth straight win with the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime. Hannah Serafin and Kaylie LeBlanc came up big on the defensive side.

Coach’s quote: “For us, we knew today was a really big test. We’ve never beat Oyster River, and we’ve even scored more than one goal, but the girls were prepared and knew what we were setting out do and executed.” – Pembroke’s Jessica Croft

Records: Pembroke 5-0

Field Hockey

Conant 2, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Audrey Kenyon (G), Kate Cochran (A), Brier Roberts (defense)

Records: Kearsarge 3-2

Hopkinton 3, Monadnock 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Amelia Thomas (2 G), Chloe Wood (A), Avery Barrett (A), Kate Meserve (G), Maddy McCluskey (12 saves)

Highlights: Monadnock was able to hold Hopkinton to only one goal in the first half. But the Hawks turned up the pressure in the second half, scoring twice to earn the win.

Coach’s quote: “We are continuing our ability to score off corners. Thomas scored both her goals on corners. This is something we have been focusing on and it was nice to see it pay off.” – Hopkinton’s Patty Connolly

Records: Hopkinton 4-1; Mascoma 0-5


John Stark 57, Conant 39, Belmont 37

Key players: Stark – Tyler Hazzard (19 points), Kolby Spiers (19)

Coach’s quote: “Tyler and Kolby both posted their season’s best with real consistent play to earn co-medalist honors. I’m proud with how the team carried themselves for their first home match. We have another one on Monday against some good teams so we need to do it again.” – Stark’s Matt Caputo

Records: John Stark 3-7

Bow 87, Fall Mountain 51,
Gilford 40, Con Val 29

Key players: Bow – Matt Lamy (35, 1-under)

Coach’s quote: “Our team is playing really well right now. Lamy had an amazing round. I am really happy to see all his hard work paying off. ” – Bow’s Matthew Davis

Sanborn 87, Pelham 87, Kearsarge 31

Key players: Kearsarge – Ryan Bassi (8 points), Tucker Cushing (8 points), Alex Chapman (8 points), Thor Brayshaw (7 points)

Highlights: The Cougars lost both matches at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands Golf course, but did break 30 points for the first time all season. Molli Mayo, Jacob LaBelle and Christian DeCosta all played well for Kearsarge.

Records: Kearsarge 1-9

Hopkinton 61, Farmington 31,
Newport 28

Key players: Hopkinton – Kody Dexter (22 points), Larsen Burack (15), Dan Miner (12), Andrew Fairneny (12)

Highlights: Dexter, a freshman, helped the Hawks earn a pair of victories despite difficult conditions in Farmington.

Coach’s quote: “The course was tough with all the wetness we’ve had over the last week. Our freshman picked us up. I think he had three birdies.” — Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 8-1; Farmington 2-8; Newport 0-9

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