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Girls’ high schools: Hopkinton soccer downs Bishop Brady, 2-0

  • Hopkinton’s Loren Charron flies around the Bishop Brady defense on Tuesday at Shaker Road School Field. Charron’s speed was a factor through the game and helped Hopkinton (8-2) to a 2-0 win. The Giants are now 7-2 and both of their losses have come against the Hawks. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Jessie Carney (left) battles with Bishop Brady’s Ashley Brust on Tuesday at Shaker Road School Field. Carney assisted on the first goal of the game, which Hopkinton won, 2-0, to improve to 8-2. It’s the second time in two weeks the Hawks have beaten Brady, which is now 7-2. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Madeline Follansbee and Bishop Brady’s Adrienne Brummett chase after the ball on Tuesday at Shaker Road School Field. Hopkinton won, 2-0, to improve to 8-2. Bishop Brady is now 7-2 with both losses coming against the Hawks. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

  • Hopkinton’s Brooke Carlson (left) and Bishop Brady’s Ashley Brust tussle for the ball on Tuesday at Shaker Road School Field. Carlson scored both goals in Hopkinton’s 2-0 victory in the Division III showdown. TIM O’SULLIVAN / Monitor staff

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Published: 10/1/2019 10:33:33 PM

Brooke Carlson hasn’t been seeing much playing time recently, but she got the start on Tuesday, and she made the most of it.

Carlson scored both goals as the Hopkinton girls’ soccer team claimed a 2-0 win against Bishop Brady.

“The last few games (Carlson) has not gotten a ton of playing time, but since I put our two fast girls out wide I thought we’d get some balls in the box, and she’s one who can get her foot on the ball and get a shot,” Hopkinton coach Mike Zahn said, “and she had two beautiful finishes.”

The Hawks, the defending Division III champs, move to 8-2 with the win. Bishop Brady drops to 7-2, and both of the Giants’ losses have come against Hopkinton. The first was a 1-0 result in double overtime less than two weeks ago on Sept. 19.

“They’re definitely really good at moving the ball and they’re pretty good at talking to each other, too,” Brady senior Adrienne Brummett said. “They’re a really well-rounded team.”

Like they did in the first game against Brady, the Hawks man-marked both Brummett sisters on Tuesday. Lillie Presti trailed Adrienne around the field and Annie Higginbotham followed Sheridan Brummett. The strategy worked both times. In the Giants’ seven games not against Hopkinton, they scored 48 goals. In their two games against the Hawks, they scored none.

“I figured since it worked the first time, we might as well stick with it,” Zahn said.

The Brady defense looked much different than it did two weeks ago, but that wasn’t by choice. Senior center back Hannah Hicks injured her knee on Saturday and is likely done for the season. So the Giants went from four in the back to three in the back.

“Changing something midway through the season is tough, but I thought our players did well with that and they listened to what I had to say, they listened to each other and they worked hard for each other,” Brady coach Andrew Mattarazzo said. “They put it into play as best they could, but it’s tough to do that against one of the top teams in the division like Hopkinton.”

The new system worked well for the Giants in the first half. With Brady junior Maddy Rynhart holding down the middle of the back line for the Giants, and Eleanor Owen doing the same on the other end for the Hawks, the first half ended without a goal for either side.

At halftime, Zahn decided to move Carlson from outside midfield to forward, and to start his two “fast girls,” Jessie Carney and Loren Charron, on the wings (Charron started the first half, Carney did not). Carlson also had some thoughts on how the Hawks might solve Brady’s defense.

“I just knew that we had to create more space and be more creative, and not just as individuals, but as a team,” Carlson said, “and I think we achieved that.”

They did, and it only took 11 minutes. Carney created some space with her speed down the left side, and then sent a perfect cross back into the box to a cutting Carlson, who one-timed the pass into the upper right corner for a 1-0 lead.

“Jessie had a great cross in, I was just there to finish it, and I was lucky to do that, so it felt pretty good,” Carlson said.

Seven minutes later, Hopkinton’s speed paid off again. This time it was Charron getting free down the right side and sending in a cross. Caitlin Clark, who was outstanding all game for the Hawks, gathered the pass and ripped a shot from 20 yards out that hit the crossbar and caromed straight down. Before Brady keeper Emily Senko (seven saves) could grab it, Carlson swooped down on the rebound and knocked it home.

“Caitlin has a great shot, she always has, and I just followed it in trying to finish it,” Carlson said.

Hopkinton keeper Emily Fleegle finished with four saves to earn the shutout.

The Hawks have now won six of their last seven games, the only blemish in that span a 2-1 loss to undefeated Stevens, the team Hopkinton beat in last year’s final.

While the Hawks are hitting their stride, the Giants need to find theirs as they adjust to their new lineup and formation.

“We still have seven games left in the regular season, so we can try some different things going forward if we need to, we have the time to change,” Mattarazzo said. “I think our girls will battle through it.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341, or on Twitter @timosullivan20)

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 1, Portsmouth 0

Key players: Concord – Mary Martinson (G), Ashley Plante (A), Allison Silverstein (A), Autumn Nudd (shutout)

Highlights: The game was tied at halftime before the sides went back and forth with scoring chances to start the second half. Nudd made a huge save off the crossbar to keep the game scoreless, and then with 17 minutes to play, the Tide finally found the back of the net. Using some great passing from Silverstein to Plante, the ball made its way to Martinson who was all alone to slot home the only goal of the game.

Coach’s quote: “It was a great team effort tonight. Portsmouth was ninth and we were eighth heading into this game. I loved our buildup play into the attack. Things are really starting to click at the right time. We’re excited to play Bedford on Friday.” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 5-3; Portsmouth 4-5

John Stark 7, Kingswood 0

Key players: John Stark – Elizabeth Downing (G, 2A), Isabella Roy (G), Chloe Astholz (G), Alexandrea Hardcastle (G), Megan Rousseau (G), Arden Ulmer (G), Diana Stafford (G), Emaly Roy (shutout)

Coach’s quote: “John Stark bounced back after a difficult week and got a great team victory.” – Stark assistant coach Bill Nardino

Records: John Stark 6-3; Kingswood 1-9

Bow 4, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Bow – Maddi Green (G), Chloe Binder (A), Lindsay Burnham (G), Kristina Pizzi (2A, G), Anna Lafreniere (G), Madison Roberge (2A), Steph Gosselin (defense), Kelly Harris (defense), Tessa Thomas (defense); Coe-Brown – Mackenzie Quick (13 saves), Kate Hocevar, Sophie Laird, Amelia Brackett

Highlights: Binder hit a great corner that Green finished at the far post 3:40 into the game. The second goal, four minutes later, was a thing of beauty with a long through ball from Roberge to Pizzi, who split the defense with a nicely weighted pass to Burnham for the calm finish. Lafreniere finished off a nice through ball for Bow’s third goal about three minutes after the second one. Pizzi scored the final goal on a great far post shot off a beautiful through ball from Roberge.

Coach’s quote: “We had some moments of brilliance today with some really nice passing. Great to see everyone get in the game and contribute.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

“We came out passive in the first half and a team as well-coached and prepared as Bow makes you pay. We competed much better in the second half and we were able to hold our own. I am proud of how the team responded in the second half.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Bow 8-1; Coe Brown 3-6

Belmont 8,
Prospect Mountain 2

Key players: Belmont – Rebecca Fleming (4G), Sierra Bourque (2G), Yelena Rodrigues (G, A), Ella Irving (1st varsity goal), Molly Sottak (A), Kailey Gerbig (A), Sana Syed (defense), Deanna Bourque (defense)

Highlights: The Raiders enjoyed a fairly easy win, extending their lead to four goals by halftime in a total team effort across the roster. Goalie Emma Cochran did a good job keeping the Timberwolves off the scoreboard in the first half by turning away a penalty kick.

Records: Belmont 7-2-1; Prospect Mountain 3-6

Field Hockey

Bishop Brady 1, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ashlyn Toupin (G), Riley Marsh (A), Julie Blais (3 saves); Kearsarge – Marissa Pickman (6 saves), Paige Hoegler (fullback), Megan Norris (midfield)

Highlights: Toupin scored 35 seconds into the start of the first period and that’s all the Giants needed to add to their win total.

Coach’s quote: “We played a competitive and strategic game. I’m proud of what our team did on the field today.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams

Records: Bishop Brady 9-1-0; Kearsarge 3-5-0

Merrimack Valley 3, Bow 1

Key players: Bow – Barrie Guertin (G), Sarah Guerrette (A), Emma Hilton (midfield), Maddy Tibbetts (defense), Amelia Coe (defense); MV – Molly McLaughlin (G), Caitlyn Fortier (G), Alexa Prewitt (G), Reilly Swislosky, Abby Forbes, Lauren McLaughlin, Taylor Bailey

Highlights: Guertin opened the scoring on an assist from Guerrette midway through the first half. MV responded 10 minutes later when a shot from Swislosky rebounded off the goalie and Fortier was there to tip it in. MV scored twice in the second half with both coming late. With 10 minutes left to play Prewitt beat a defender into the circle and flipped the ball past the goalie. Three minutes later McLaughlin rocketed a shot from the top of the circle off a corner.

Coach’s quote: “We knew we would have good competition playing MV today. We started strong and scored first, but they came back scoring in the first and twice more in the second. I thought both teams played very well today.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

“We came out slow again today and seemed to be have trouble advancing the ball through our midfield in the first half. The girls made some adjustments the second half and we started to move the ball more with quick restarts to find them out of position on transitions. It is always nice to see multiple people score. We have been working on getting more touches on the ball going toward goal under the 25. I’m glad they were able to capitalize on those opportunities tonight.” – MV’s Jen Colgan

Records: Merrimack Valley 4-5; Bow 4-5

John Stark 5, Hollis-Brookline 1

Key players: John Stark – Elizabeth Aubin (3G, A), Meg Girardet (2G, A), Gracie Bolduc (A), Delaney Forestall (A), Sydnee Pelletier (9 saves), Olivia Dame (defense), Caroline Wetherbee (defense)

Highlights: Stark jumped out to a 4-0 lead at the halftime behind the duo of Aubin and Girardet and cruised from there.

Coach’s quote: “We made a big switch moving Aubin up from mid to center forward in attempt to get out of our goal-scoring struggles and it paid off today. We also passed the ball much better as it was nice to see what we did in practice Monday translate into game success.” – Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: John Stark 5-4; Hollis-Brookline 0-9

Hopkinton 5, St. Thomas 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (3G), Emma Tworek (2G), Lillian Eckberg (A);St. Thomas – Molly Connor, Isabella Predaris

Highlights: Each senior on the roster posted a solid effort to help the Hawks keep it rolling through their first 10 games. Meserve, who registered a hat trick, scored her 50th career goal in the victory.

Coach’s quote: “We had a great night for field hockey. Our seniors played strong tonight and it was nice to celebrate them along with St. Thomas’s seniors.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 9-1; St. Thomas 1-4-1

Laconia 1, Franklin 0

Key players: Laconia – Kyleigh Jenna (G), Lexus LaFoe, Katie Allen; Franklin – Jasmyn Long (13 saves), Hannah Oltman (midfield), Alyssa Cornell, Liz Guillotte (midfield), Danyelle Hines, Ryleigh Seufert (midfield)

Coach’s quote: “The girls had a great game. They played hard, had some great passes and breakaways, and some great defensive plays. They also worked hard together as a team and really gave it their all on the field.” – Franklin’s Shelby Joyce

Records: Laconia 2-1-4; Franklin 0-10

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