High schools: Freshmen make impact for Pembroke girls’ soccer in win over Coe-Brown

  • TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staffCoe-Brown goalie Emily van Gerena gathers the ball Tuesday against Pembroke Academy.

  • TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staffCoe-Brown goalie Emily van Gerena collides with Pembroke Academy’s Jade Pescinski on Tuesday.

  • Pembroke Academy’s Cierra Hill (22) celebrates with Maddy Laflamme (14) after scoring in the first half on Tuesday during the Spartans’ 4-1 victory over Coe-Brown. Hill opened the scoring as freshmen were involved in three of Pembroke’s four goals during the win. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Pembroke’s Anna Harlow looks for space against Coe-Brown’s Savilla Flores (20) and Emily Olofson (9) on Tuesday. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staffCoe-Brown’s Morgan Burnap holds off Pembroke’s Britney Hill on Tuesday.

Monitor staff
Published: 9/5/2018 12:09:13 AM

At the start of tryouts this summer, Pembroke Academy girls’ soccer coach Jessica Kaufman decided that all freshmen would begin the season on the junior varsity team. Before long, however, several of those freshmen made it clear they belonged at the next level.

So Kaufman pulled the trigger and pulled those freshmen up to varsity, and the decision has been a good one.

Freshmen were involved in three of the Spartans’ four goals on Tuesday as Pembroke downed Coe-Brown, 4-1, running its record to 3-0.

“I’ve been pleased with the poise and play of my returning players, but it became clear pretty quickly that the freshmen had earned time on the varsity field,” Kaufman said, “and they’ve been making an impact.”

After scoring two goals in Pembroke’s 9-0 win against Pelham on Friday, freshman Cierra Hill opened the scoring on Tuesday against Coe-Brown midway through the first half. Hill ran onto a bouncing ball in the box and poked it past Coe-Brown keeper Emily van Gerena. Meanwhile, her sister Britney Hill, another freshman, was all over the midfield.

The Spartans held their 1-0 lead at halftime, but Coe-Brown (0-4) tied things up early in the second half on a goal from Sam Troy, assisted by Sophie Laird.

Pembroke answered when Adrienne Dorr, another one of the five freshmen who have found their way on to the varsity roster, crossed the ball to Jade Pescinski, who finished to make it 2-1.

“Jade had really been knocking on the door the whole game, so it was nice to see her put one away,” Kaufman said.

The next goal came with a helping of controversy. The Spartans were awarded a penalty kick after the Bears were called for a hand ball in the box. Van Gerena stopped the initial PK shot from Pembroke’s Kayla Paquin, but Paquin got to the rebound and knocked it in the net. After some disagreement and discussion, the officials decided it was a goal, but the Coe-Brown coaching staff didn’t agree, so there was a deep dive into the rule book that eventually led to the goal standing.

The Spartans pushed their lead to 4-1 when Dorr and Pescinski connected for another score, Dorr once again assisting and Pescinski once again finishing.

“Coe-Brown has played some tough teams so far, teams like Oyster River and Hanover that were in the top eight last year, so they were playing at a higher level than we were during our first two games,” Kaufman said. “They came in ready to go and it took us a while to adjust to them and that level of play. But it was good for our girls. We always seem to have battles with Coe-Brown and this was another back-and-forth game.

“This was really our first true test in the division and we were able to step up to it.”

Both teams are back in action on Friday. The Spartans will try and push their winning streak to four when they host Kennett (1-1) while the Bears will be looking for their first win they host Lebanon (1-1-1) on Friday.

“We played hard but still can’t get our play to be consistent,” Coe-Brown coach Josh Hils said. “Good teams capitalize on your mistakes and we have to minimize those mistakes if we want to compete each night. Hats off to Pembroke who were well-coached and well-prepared.”


Bow 2, Merrimack Valley 1, 2OT

Key players: Bow – Kayleigh Marshall (2G), Lauren Goyette (A), Miah Munro (A); MV – Madison Merchant (12 saves), McKayla Palhof (G), Sarah Davis (midfield), Emily Knouse (forward), Kylie Curtin (forward)

Highlights/key moments: MV opened the scoring in the 10th minute when Palhof scored on a rebound. Marshall scored Bow’s first goal when she one-timed a cross from Goyette. Marshall found the game-winner after running onto a through ball from Munro with four minutes left in the second overtime. Lindsay Burnham, Brianna Boone and Madison Roberge played well in midfield for Bow while Megan Remick, Ally Boone, Chloe Binder and Taylor Burnham anchored the defense. The Pride got solid defense from Asia Hanson, Kaitlyn Belanger and Kylie Marquis.

Coach’s quote: “This was an excellent game that had a lot of exciting plays and the two teams went hard for the entire game. We started a little slow and MV came ready to play, they are a well-coached team. The second half we got better, did a better job with our passing. This was a great effort from all the girls today.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

“We applied high pressure on their backline and played a little more direct than we normally do. We started off well by getting shots and finishing the early goal, but it’s difficult to defend Bow’s deep and talented roster for the whole game. Our defense and goalkeeper, Merchant, had to step up to today and we felt like we played well as a whole. We learned a lot about ourselves today and even with starting the season 0-3 I feel it’s beginning to come together.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: Bow 3-0; Merrimack Valley 0-3

Bishop Brady 6, Somersworth 2

Key players: Brady – Sheridan Brummett (4G), Adrienne Brummett (G, 3A), Lauren Beitler (G, A), Emily Senko (6 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Green Giants shook off a sluggish start from the long weekend, but started clicking on all cylinders with a well-rounded effort.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls are playing well right now and building the team chemistry that is needed fo this long season. I am extremely proud of them for coming together and starting to realize the end goal. We have work to do still but they are starting to jell together and it’s going to be fun to watch.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 3-0; Somersworth 0-3

Lebanon 2, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Klaleh Punni, Olivia Fielder

Records: Lebanon 2-0-1; Kearsarge 1-2

Trinity 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Gracie Atkins (11 saves), Eva LaValley (defense), Lexi McClure (defense), Morgan Racine (midfield), Halie Hurd (offense)

Coach’s quote: “The girls picked up the pace and played a strong second half with good possession and team play. – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 1-0-2; Trinity 3-0

Campbell 1, Hopkinton 0

Highlights/key moments: After an early error, the Hopkinton backline played well and stayed on the field for most of the game. But the Hawks couldn’t solve Campbell’s keeper, who finished with eight saves.

Coach’s quote: “We were not able to recover after making a defensive error in the ninth minute. Campbell played us physical and tough. We could not get our possession game going on their varsity field with weeds up to the players’ ankles.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 2-1-0; Campbell 3-0-0

Portsmouth Christian 3, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Emma Ramsey (defense), Becca Smith (8 saves)

Highlights/key moments: PCA scored three goals on three shots in the first 10 minutes. The Panthers responded with strong all-around play from Jolene Wood and Destinee Ellis, some quality chances and eight shots on goal, but none of it translated into a score.

Coach’s quote: “The first 10 minutes of the game I think we were still on the bus. For the rest of the 70 minutes, it was a 50/50 game.” – Pittsfield’s James Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 0-2; Portsmouth Christian 1-2


Concord 4, Dover 0

Key players: Concord – Becket O’Neil (G), Aiden Donnelly (G), Duvan Morikawa-Montenengro (G), Gopal Timsina (G), Sujan Gurung (2A), Alex Giammarino (A)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide scored in the third minute and never relinquished the lead thanks to strong play from Grant Rienstra (defense) and Jackson Wilkes (midfield) while getting six saves in a combined shutout from Liam Devanny and Thomas Dean.

Coach’s quote: “We were inconsistent in the first half, but we played our best soccer of the day in the second half.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 2-0; Dover 0-2

Coe-Brown 6, Souhegan 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Lucciano Minasalli (2A), Ben Healey (2G), Hayden Knight (4 saves), Connor Fallon (defense)

Coach’s quote: “This was an important game for us – a good response to our previous match against Hollis-Brookline. Our players are recognizing their strengths and weaknesses and building on both. If they keep that mentality they will continue to get better each match.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 3-1; Souhegan 0-3

Merrimack Valley 5, Manchester West 2

Key players: MV – Teigan Friedrich (2G), Coby Mercier (G), Logan Cassin (G), Matt Dean (G), Dylan Campbell (defense), Mason Boudreau (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: Merrimack Valley played well and possessed the ball throughout the game. West was awarded a penalty kick early in the game and scored, but the Pride responded with two unanswered goals before West was given another PK and converted again.

Coach’s quote: “We played a great game tonight. We controlled the game and the possession.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 2-1; West 2-1

Belmont 9, Newfound 0

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (3G, A), Nate Sottak (2G), Nolan Gagnon (G), Evan Cochran (G), Mike Sprague (first varsity goal), Jake Brown (first varsity goal), Lucas Mathieu (2A), Zach Ennis (2A), Jake Deware (6 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Belmont held a 2-0 lead at halftime before the goals started flying in toward the end of the game.

Coach’s quote: “Great effort by Belmont after the long weekend. Great opportunities and contributions from a lot of players. Well done.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 3-0; Newfound 1-3

Hillsboro-Deering 3, Conant 1

Key players: H-D – Elijah Winters (3G), Ben Ketterer (3 A), Jack Ferguson (defense)

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

Winnisquam 7, Franklin 2

Key players: Franklin – Jacob Weaver (2G), Jadyn Lutz (A)

Highlights/key moments: Winnisquam held a 3-1 lead at half before closing out the win at home.

Coach’s quote: “Although the score isn’t what we were hoping for, we did see a lot of improvement in this game. We have identified a few trouble spots and will continue to work on those as the season progresses.” – Franklin’s Kevin VanGorden

Records: Winnisquam 1-2; Franklin 0-2

Portsmouth Christian 3, Pittsfield 2

Key players: Pittsfield – Kyle Stockman (G), Jah Gordon (G), Jesse MacGlashing (A), David Cote (defense), Joseph Cote (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Stockman beat the PCA goalkeeper to a 50/50 ball in the third minute to give Pittsfield a 1-0 advantage. PCA responded with goals in the 32nd and 35th minutes to take a 2-1 halftime lead. Gordon got the equalizer for Pittsfield in the 70th minute off a Jesse MacGlashing free kick, but PCA answered quickly and scored the eventual game winner in the 74th minute.

Coach’s quote: “We set the tone early and played a physical game. However, we didn't close out either half and PCA capitalized on our breakdowns. We learned a lot about ourselves today and we will be better for it in the long run.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Pittsfield 2-1; Portsmouth Christian 3-1


Pembroke 6, Milford 2

Key players: Pembroke – Ali Corriveau (4G), Maddie Bennett (2G, A), Laurel Klawes (2A, defense), Kelsey Larson (A)

Coach’s quote: “We had many scoring opportunities. Once the first one went in, the rest kept following. We are still working through making adjustments on the field, but this was a great breakthrough game for us. ... Ali Corriveau has improved her game by playing smart. She’s changed her style a lot and it’s working for her. This was the most goals scored by one player for Pembroke for at least the last five years.” – Pembroke’s Aimee Monterio

Records: Pembroke 1-2; Milford 0-6

Pelham 3, Merrimack Valley 2

Key players: MV – Amy Bardsley, Sadie Merrow, Reilly Swislosky, Molly McLaughlin, Lauren McLaughlin, Alani Ramas, Rosemary Ostrowski

Highlights/key moments: Pelham took a 2-0 lead into halftime and made it 3-0 less than two minutes into the second half. The Pride kept fighting and got a goal from Bardsely with 12:50 left on the clock and another from Swislosky with less than two minutes to go. MV made one final offensive push, earned a corner with no time on the clock and got off a strong shot, but it went just wide.

Coach’s quote: “I’m happy with the way we carried ourselves today. It’s easy to pack it in when you are behind 3-0. We never hung our heads. We continued to play hard and never gave up.” – MV’s Jennifer Otis

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-1; Pelham 1-0

Hanover 4, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Angie Cericola (offense), Sarah Guerrette (offense and defense), Amelia Coe (defense), Elizabeth Guertin (midfield), Courtney Baer (goalie), Maddie Soucy (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons only trailed by one at the break, but the Marauders broke loose in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Today was our first game of the season on turf, which makes for a faster game. We kept up really well in the first half and much of the second, but Hanover was faster to the ball. We are happy with how we played against this tough opponent.”

Records: Hanover 3-0; Bow 1-2

Bishop Brady 2, St. Thomas 1

Key players: Brady – Hallie Laramie (2G), Riley Marsh (A), Libby Hicks (A), Ashlyn Toupin (A), Emma Windsor (2 saves)

Highlights/key moments: St. Thomas took a 1-0 lead early in the first half, but the Giants answered less than three minutes later when Laramie scored off a Marsh assist. Hicks and Toupin assisted on Laramie’s second midway through the second half. Brady held 7-1 edge in offensive corners.

Coach’s quote: “Still a little flat in the first few minutes and putting a lot of shots right on the defense/goalie sticks. Picked it up in the second half. St. Thomas has strength and we see them later on in the season.” – Bishop Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Brady 2-0, St. Thomas 0-2

Kearsarge 4, Newport 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Marissa Pickman (14 saves), Paige Hoegler (G), Abby Naduea (G, A), Audrey Kenyon (2G), Eliza Cardillo (A), Brooke Rozum (A); Kate Cochran (midfield).

Highlights/key moments: Hoegler, a freshman, scored on a slap shot five minutes into the game, and two minutes later Kenyon made it 2-0 with the first of her two goals. Pickman stopped several fast breaks to maintain the lead while Kate Cochran’s second-half transitions in midfield were critical.

Coach’s quote: “Newport has great hustle and speed and really challenged us to get to the ball and work hard for the win. I’m proud our forward line capitalizing on opportunities in the circle to secure an early lead, and Marissa Pickman’s saves were instrumental in us holding on to earn the win.” – Kearsarge’s Dianne Chadwick

Records: Kearsarge 3-0; Newport 0-2

Sanborn 2, John Stark 1, OT

Key players: Stark – Olivia Desainde (G, defense), Elizabeth Aubin (A), Meg Girardet (midfield)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “We played very hard today in a very even battle. I’m proud of our effort. We just couldn’t generate much offense as the game was landlocked in the midfield. The 7-on-7 full field OT is tough on a hot and humid day, and it just didn’t go our way.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 1-2; Sanborn 1-1

Mascoma Valley 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (G), Avery Barrett (A), Maddie McCluskey (7 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks grabbed an early lead at the 8:47 mark of the first half, but the Royals answered quickly and converted a penalty corner in the second half to earn the win.

Coach’s quote: “Our first real test and we found we have plenty to work on. It is early in the season and this team works hard. We will get stronger.” – Hopkinton’s Patricia Connolly

Records: Mascoma 3-0; Hopkinton 2-1


Laconia 3, John Stark 1

Key players: John Stark – Brooke Patnode (25 assists, serving), Riley Lord (10 digs, 10 kills, 3 aces), Lillian Stogner (12 kills, 10 digs, defense)

Highlights/key moments: After falling in an early hole, the Generals forced a fourth set but were defeated by the Sachems, 25-16, 25-16, 22-15, 25-18.

Coach’s quote: “The third set was John Stark’s best set. They came out with lots of enthusiasm and played worry-free volleyball. ... We’re still making too many mistakes to win, but that’s what an inexperienced team will do. We showed that we can win, we just need more consistency.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

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


Exeter 198, Concord 202,
Nashua North 207, Man. Memorial 245

Key players: Concord – Matt Burns (38), Evan Makris (39), Winsor Bean (40), Matt Hauschild (41), Zach Gamble (44)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide suffered its first setback of the season as three Blue Hawks carded a 39. North’s Bryce Zimmerman took medalist honors on his home course at Green Meadow with a 34.

Records: Exeter 9-0; Concord 8-1; North 1-6; Memorial 1-6

Bow first

Key players: Bow – Amelia Soucy (19 points), Jason Howe (20 points)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons beat Derryfield and Pelham in a three-way match.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight’s win was a good step in the right direction. A huge performance from Amelia Soucy tonight, she was the difference for us. We still have work to do to reach our best play.” – Bow’s Matthew Davis

Records: Bow 3-1; Derryfield 2-2; Pelham 2-2

Trinity 71, Hillsboro-Deering 43,
Farmington 42

Highlights/key moments: Trinity’s Matt Simmons was the medallist with 29 points.

Records: Hillsboro-Deering 1-2

Fall Mountain 59, Monadnock 55,
John Stark 53

Key players: Stark – Tyler Hazzard (16 points), Hunter Patterson (14 points), Jacob Greene (12 points)

Highlights/key moments: Hazzard sank a 30-foot putt to save bogey and Stark’s Kolby Spiers just missed an eagle on No. 1 and settled for a birdie.

Coach’s quote: “Today’s match was very even in the team’s abilities. Everyone played hard and had fun.” – Stark’s Matt Caputo

Records: John Stark 0-4

Hopkinton 75, Inter-Lakes 73,
Moultonborough 51

Key players: Hopkinton – Dan Miner (20 points), Kody Dexter (20), Larsen Burack (19), Brandon Boris (16)

Highlights/key moments: Miner, a junior in his first season with the golf team, and Dexter, a freshman seeded fifth on the team, led the way for the Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “For the first time out, we wanted to play bogey golf. ... The difference was the newcomers. Those are two big scores for first-time golfers.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Hopkinton 2-0; Inter-Lakes 1-1; Moultonborough 0-2


Kearsarge second, Pembroke 14th,
Hillsboro-Deering 16th

Key players: Kearsarge – Ben Boulton (12th, 17:50), Ed Stowell (14th, 17:57), Trevor Pauling (15th, 17:58), Tom Lick (19th, 18:08), Aidan Kellogg (35th, 19:16); Pembroke – Jack Harkness (83rd, 21:44), Oscar Gamache (85th, 21:49); H-D – Zach Camp (44th, 19:53)

Highlights/key moments: The 2017 Division III runner-up Cougars finished second in the 17-team Jamie Martin Sanborn Invitational against D-II and D-III schools. Campbell’s Jeffrey Allen topped the 207-runner field in 16:11. Trinity (59 points), Kearsarge (89) and Campbell (98) were the top three teams.


Kearsarge fourth, Pembroke 11th

Key players: Kearsarge – Mya Dube (2nd, 18:58), Jenna Bears (10th, 20:51), Marliese Baer (28th, 23:20), Avril Prak (46th, 24:59), Ada Gardner (47th, 25:06); Pembroke – Charlotte Corbitt (45th, 24:55), Amanda Montminy (50th, 25:18)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars finished fourth at the Jamie Martin Sanborn Invitational in a field of 13 scoring teams. Dube’s 5K time was 27 seconds behind the individual champion, Manchester West’s Julia Robitaille (18:31), the only runner Dube trailed in the field of 129. ConVal (48), Campbell (82), Milford (95) and Kearsarge (117) had the top four team scores. Hillsboro-Deering competed, but did not have enough runners to score.

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