High schools: John Stark, Lebanon draw in Division II boys’ soccer

  • John Stark’s Jake Reynolds battles Lebanon midfielder Patrick Mason for the ball during the first half of Tuesday’s Division-II game in Weare. The teams played to a scoreless draw. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • John Stark midfielder Jake Reynolds battles Lebanon midfielder Patrick Mason for the ball during the first half of a Division II game on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2017. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • John Stark goalie Chase Patterson makes a save in the second half of a Division II game against Lebanon on Tuesday in Weare. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 10/3/2017 11:38:49 PM

WEARE – No one expected a shootout when the John Stark boys’ soccer team hosted Lebanon on Tuesday. After all, the last five meetings between these two have only yielded six total goals

The surprise was that no one scored, because four of those five matches have ended with 1-0 results. But after 100 minutes of soccer, the Generals and Raiders finished 0-0 and left the pitch with identical 7-3-1 records.

“Both of us try to defend, so that’s part of it,” Stark Coach Jeff Vogt said of the low-scoring history between these two programs. “And then I think we’ve played each other so many times, I know what (Lebanon Coach Rob Johnstone) does and he knows what we try to do, so you can really prepare your team going into it because you know what’s going to happen.”

Even though the game lacked goals, it didn’t lack chances. Stark held a 14-10 advantage in total shots and a 3-2 edge in shots on goal. Both teams had near misses with balls off the woodwork or shots being cleared off the line by a defender at the last second.

“What I liked about it was that it was a class game, and we know the challenge of facing an organized, disciplined group, with good players, like John Stark,” Johnstone said. “That’s what we want to be, so we try to mirror each other in that sense.”

The game also saw plenty of physical action from those organized, disciplined sides.

“Games between us usually get pretty intense,” Stark senior captain Jake Reynolds said. “Nothing too dirty or chirpy, but it’s always a good, hard-fought, physical game, and always great soccer.”

With everyone fresh and willing to run, the first half was the typical defensive struggle between these two. There were just four total shots and only one on net, and that didn’t come until the 40th minute when Lebanon’s Luke Sandmann, who was dangerous all game down the flank, had a go from long range that Stark’s Chase Patterson (two saves) easily stopped.

It was a good half from Stark’s back four – center backs Tyler Restuccia and Tim McComish and outside backs Lawson Murphy and Aiden Moser. Murphy had been at forward for most of the season, but Vogt just moved him last week and the change drew positive reviews from the opposition.

“I think he’s a great player,” Johnstone said of Murphy. “He’s got pace, he’s got technique. I thought that made a difference, that was a good tactical move.”

The second half was more wide open from the start. Lebanon missed a golden chance just two minutes after halftime when Owen Johnstone set up Patrick Mason for an open shot inside the 18, but Mason, who was tough in the midfield all game, pushed his shot high. A minute later, Stark’s Jonathan Rizzitano lofted a ball to the near post that Reynolds headed toward the net, but it also ended up too high.

Patterson came up with a lunging save in the 53rd minute to keep things scoreless, and Lebanon got help from the post in the 62nd minute when a shot from Stark sub Johan French clanged off the wood.

Lebanon keeper Erik Spaulding used his full height in the 74th minute to just tip away a flicked header from Reynolds that was ticketed for the back of the net. Two minutes later, Stark’s Moser had to clear a shot from Mason that was headed just inside the far post.

Despite the intensity of regulation, the Generals were joking and laughing in their team huddle before overtime, which isn’t that unusual.

“We’re a goofy bunch,” Reynolds said, “but we definitely know when it’s time to work.”

Both teams kept working in the two overtime periods, and both had more near-miss chances, but in the end neither goalie had to make an overtime save to preserve their clean sheets.

“I thought that we came out and played a full game,” Reynolds said. “I can’t really ask for anything more.”

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


Pembroke 3, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: Pembroke – Josh Dion (goal, assist), Connor Manteau (goal), Damon Smith (goal), Kobie Valdez (assist)

Highlights/key moments: It was the sixth straight win for the Spartans, who have now posted three shutouts in that span.

Records: Pembroke 10-1-1; Merrimack Valley 6-6

Coe-Brown 2, Portsmouth 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Mitchell Wade (goal), Connor Fallon (goal), Tyler Troy (assist), Ryan Whitcher (forward), Lucciano Minasalli (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Wade gave the Bears a 1-0 first-half lead with a free kick goal. Fallon made it 2-0 with 10 minutes left before the Bears gave up an own goal with about 2:00 remaining.

Coach’s quote: “It was closer than expected, but the team played well. They played good defense and played with good control and creativity, so we’re stepping on the right foot at the right time.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Coe-Brown 5-6-1; Portsmouth 3-6-3

Belmont 4, Winnisquam 0

Key players: Belmont – Nate Sottak (goal, assist), Angelo Papadopolis (goal, assist), Colby Brown (goal), Griffin Embree (goal), Evan Cochran (assist), Caleb Burke (defense), Dylan Greer (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Red Raiders scored all four of their goals in the first half, which is exactly what they wanted to do with two more games coming up this week.

Coach’s quote: “With the very busy week we have ahead of us, we wanted to put this game away as early as we could, and we were able to do that.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 7-2-1; Winnisquam 1-9-1

Campbell 3, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Max Rossignol (goal), Gerry Donahue (goal), Shea Dickson (assist), Sam Crawford (5 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Hawks put themselves in a tough spot trailing 2-0 at halftime. Rossignol’s goal on a penalty kick in the second half helped re-establish momentum for Hopkinton, and Donahue scored 12 minutes later to knot the score, 2-2. But the Hawks made a costly mistake turning the ball over on a throw-in. Campbell’s Justin Furlong dribbled into the box untouched and put away the game winning goal, his second of the afternoon.

Coach’s quote: “Obviously, the big lesson is that we have to show up to play for the full 80 minutes. Today we simply didn’t get that done.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Campbell 5-4; Hopkinton 9-2

Newfound 2, White Mountains 0

Key players: Newfound – Ryan Quinn (2 goals), Brad MacDonald (assist), Mike Doan (9 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Newfound took control of a close game midway through the second half with two goals on Monday.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play our best soccer on both sides of the ball, but the team bonded together and finished when it counted. Ryan Quinn stepped up huge for us and found a nose for the goal. Our team played strong defensively to earn the shutout.” – Newfound’s Jason Hill

Records: Newfound 4-7; White Mountains 5-3-3

Prospect Mountain 9, Franklin 0

Key players:

Highlights/key moments: It was the sixth win in the last eight games for Prospect.

Records: Franklin 0-10; Prospect Mountain 7-4-1


Merrimack Valley 5, Pembroke 2

Key players: MV – Emily Knouse (2 goals), Kaliana Palhof (goal, assist), Kyle Marquis (2 assists), McKayla Palhof (assist, strong midfield play), Kaeli Dunn (assist), Abby Grandmasion (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride went to work early with three goals in the first half. Pembroke battled back in the second half with two goals, but MV matched with two of its own to keep the Spartans at bay.

Coach’s quote: “The girls came out ready to play. The ball movement was pretty good today, it was great to see the girls working well together.” – MV’s Jeff Richard

Records: MV 9-3; Pembroke 6-6

Hanover 2, Kearsarge 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Payten Hebert (16 saves), Alexis McConnell (defense), Gabby Paquette (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Cougars played even with a very good Hanover team until the final 10 minutes, when the Marauders scored two goals in a one-minute span.

Coach’s quote: “I felt like we played pretty well, and Payten Hebert was awesome in net.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Dezotell

Records: Kearsarge 5-6; Hanover 7-1-2

Lebanon 2, John Stark 0

Highlights/key moments: The Generals were hurt by an own goal off a corner kick and some miscommunication in their own box to drop this one on the road.

Coach’s quote: “This was an unfortunate series of events combining with Lebanon putting on good pressure.” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 7-2-2; Lebanon 6-4-1

Bishop Brady 2, Conant 2

Key players: Brady – Danni DesRuisseaux (goal), Dana Fahey (goal), Olivia Crainich (2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The goal of the game came late in the first half when Crainich played a free kick into the box from 25 yards out and DesRuisseaux tapped it into the side netting.

Coach’s quote: “Today had the feeling of a playoff game. We played well and hard the entire game. Got to keep pushing forward and finish the regular season strong and put ourselves in a good position.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 8-2-1; Conant 8-2-1

Pittsfield 3, Concord Christian 1

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (goal, assist), Kianna Vincelette (goal), Kira Wood (goal), Emily Thompson (assist), Kylee Morel (assist), Rebecca Smith (5 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Rollins scored 10 minutes into the game and Vincelette scored on a free kick from Morel to make it 2-0. Wood iced the game on a breakaway in the second half off a feed from Rollins.

Coach’s quote: “I thought the girls came out quick again tonight and put one in early. The passing was solid all around the field and we won most of the 50/50s. Girls played hard and earned it.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 7-5; Concord Christian 4-9


Windham 8, Merrimack Valley 1

Key players: MV – Reilly Swislosky (goal), Haleigh Boutwell (assist), Molly McLaughlin (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Windham led 3-0 at halftime. The Pride got on the scoreboard late in the second half.

Coach’s quote: “There's a reason Windham is one of the top teams in the state.” – MV’s Kim Kenney

Records: Merrimack Valley 1-10-1; Windham 11-1

Hopkinton 5, White Mountains 1

Key players: Hopkinton – Fiona Beane (2 goals), Katie Meserve (2 goals), Chloe Wood (2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: After a three-game skid, the Hawks have won back-to-back games. Hopkinton is home for the final three games of the regular season and currently sits at No. 6 in the Division III standings.

Coach’s quote: “We are starting to score and get stronger on offense. Sophomores Katie Meserve and Fiona Beane are coming on strong.” – Hopkinton’s Patricia Connolly

Records: Hopkinton 6-5; White Mtns. 4-8

Newfound 2, Berlin 1

Key players: Newfound – Caroline Marchand (goal), Julianne Marchand (goal), Savanna Bony (midfield), Jasmine Peterson (midfield), Hayleigh LeTourneau (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears scored both of their goals in the first seven minutes of the game and finished with major advantages in both shots (22-3) and corners (10-4).

Coach’s quote: “It was good for us to day to play in a physical game. We came out strong and was able to hold on in a hard fought match.” – Newfound’s Karri Peterson

Records: Newfound 11-0; Berlin 7-5


Bow 182, Lebanon 188, Pelham 205

Key players: Bow – Nate Benoit (41)

Highlights/key moments: Benoit, a freshman, was the medalist in leading the Falcons to a win at the three-team match on Monday.

Coach’s quote: “Now that the regular season is over, we will fine tune our games heading into states. Very excited to see Benoit as a medalist today.” – Bow’s Matt Davis

Records: Bow 21-6; Lebanon 18-9; Pelham 11-16

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