High schools: Cain saves win for Coe-Brown boys’ soccer team

  • Coe-Brown Northwood Academy midfielder Sam Lapiejko falls to the ground during the first half of Thursday’s game at Pembroke Academy. Lapiejko assisted on the game’s only goal, hit the crossbar with a shot and stood tall in the midfield for the majority of Coe-Brown’s 1-0 win. GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown Northwood Academy goalie Hogan Cain blocks a shot by Pembroke's Nolan Curren during the first half of Thursday’s game in Pembroke. Cain saved a penalty kick with 5:20 left in the game to help the Bears to a 1-0 win. GEOFF FORESTER/ Monitor staff

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Published: 10/2/2020 11:51:21 AM
Modified: 10/2/2020 11:51:10 AM

With his team in front by a goal and searching for its first win of the season, Coe-Brown keeper Hogan Cain prepared to face a penalty kick with 5:20 left in Thursday’s boys’ soccer match at Pembroke Academy.

Before the referee blew the whistle for PA’s Chase Culberson to take the PK, a voice from the crowd yelled:

“Use your magic, Hogan!”

“I think that was my friend yelling about birthday magic,” Cain explained.

Thursday was Cain’s 18th birthday, and the magic was real. Culberson drilled a shot to the lower right hand corner, but Cain dove that way and made a stunning save to preserve the Bears’ 1-0 win.

“I usually just line up and guess before the PK,” Cain said. “It’s all about getting out of your head and taking that leap, and I guess in that sense it worked.”

It also impressed.

“That save was unreal,” Coe-Brown coach Christian Gompert said. “I never assume our keeper is going to make a save on a PK. Hogan is a great keeper, but the percentages are not there for him to make that save. It was a hard ball, and I was like, ‘Nobody saves that ball.’ But Hogan didn’t just get his fingertips on it, he got his whole palm on it and made a very clean save.”

The game’s only goal was another highlight moment. After a scoreless first half, Coe-Brown earned a free kick on the left wing deep in Pembroke territory in the fifth minute of the second half. Sam Lapiejko sent a nice ball toward the near post and Giovanni Minasalli ran onto it with perfect timing and flicked a header into the net.

“I was just hitting it to a spot,” Lapiejko said.

That spot and goal inspired his teammates for the rest of the half.

“The energy from our team in the second half was up, especially because of that goal, it just changed the whole game,” Cain said. “The first half was a grind, but the goal definitely helped us in the second half.”

Monday’s game between these two teams, a 2-0 win for PA, also felt like a grind to the Bears. During the two practices between games, they talked about how they could change that for Thursday’s rematch and the rest of the season. They went over it again before taking the field at Pembroke.

“I think we were putting too much pressure on ourselves in our first few games and getting anxious and just hammering the ball and playing very one dimensional,” Gompert said. “We know in training we can (pass) it all over the place and it’s fun, but then we get out in games and we get real antsy. So today we just tried to embrace the beautiful weather, a great afternoon, fans coming out to support us, and just have fun. That energy definitely translates to the field and this game had a different feel for us.”

Harry Army created both goals in Pembroke’s 2-0 win on Monday in Northwood, so the Bears paid extra attention to him on Thursday. Spartans coach Pete Bisson moved Army to different positions to try and free him and up, and Army did get free in the last 10 minutes of the game. He was the one who earned the PK after being taken down in the box. PA’s Trevor Nutting, Nolan Curren, Culberson and Army all looked dangerous as they were hunting for the tying goal in the final minutes, but Cain and the Coe-Brown back line of Josh Warner, Alex Knight, Patrick Bacon and Kevin Kouchoukos refused to give up the equalizer.

“It was a back-and-forth game all day, and I thought we had our chances,” Bisson said. “It could have gone a different way in the end, but their keeper made a great save on that PK.”

Bisson didn’t change much after Monday’s game against Coe-Brown, but the coach does appreciate the chance to play a team twice in a week due to this season’s unique COVID-influenced schedule.

“It’s a tricky mental game to play a team back-to-back like that, but that’s a good challenge for us,” Bisson said. “We didn’t really make any adjustments to them, we’re still a pretty young team, so we’re not too worried about what the other team is doing. We’re just trying to do our thing properly and get better ourselves, so that’s how we approached it.”

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 9, Manchester Memorial 0

Key players: Concord – Alejo Caceres (2 goals), Alasdair Ferrier (2 goals), Collin Brayshaw (goal), Brady Rice (goal), Brandon Comire (goal), Frank Mucyo (goal), Jacque Tunguru (goal)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide has now played four games without giving up a goal. Abbas Abdulrahman and Nate Wachter split time in goal in this one and combined for four saves.

Coach’s quote: “The passing today was a high level from beginning to end. Very pleased with the level of play.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 4-0-0; Manchester Memorial 0-4-0

Merrimack Valley 2, Hopkinton 1

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Jack Wormald (first varsity win in goal), Griffin Wheeler (goal), Jack Davis (goal), Lucas Godoi (assist); Hopkinton – Josh Duval (goal), Ryan Graham (assist), Aidan Burns (5 saves) All around team effort, great job in goal by Jack Wormald to claim his first varsity win.

Highlights: Wheeler scored off a corner kick from Godoi in the 55th minute to give MV a 1-0 lead, and the Pride doubled that advantage 20 minutes later when Davis scored on a PK. The Hawks answered immediately when Duval headed home a well-taken corner from Graham. Hopkinton pressed in the final minutes, and even got a header off the post from keeper Burns who was up in the offensive third, but Wormald and the MV defense held on for the win.

Coach’s quote: “This was an all-around team effort, we worked hard at practice to avenge Hopkinton’s blowout win from Monday (a 5-1 final). I was very proud of our efforts as a team.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

“MV came out much more determined tonight than during Monday’s edition of the home-and-home and it resulted in a fun, hard-tackling game that came down to the wire.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Merrimack Valley 2-3-0; Hopkinton 1-3-0

John Stark 1, Bow 1

Key players: John Stark – Riley Brooks, Emmet Rinehimer, Orry Murdough; Bow – Matt Selleck (goal)

Highlights: After playing to a 2-2 draw in Bow on Monday, the two teams tied again on Thursday in Weare. Brooks gave the Generals a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute off an assist from Rinehimer. Selleck answered five minutes later for the Falcons.

Coach's quote: “Another hard fought game today from our team. We certainly played a lot better in the second half by simplifying things and playing to our strengths. We generated scoring opportunities and more shots on goal. I’m proud of our team for battling today.” – Stark’s Gerry Allen

Records: John Stark 2-0-2; Bow 2-0-2

Girls' Soccer

Concord 1, Manchester Memorial 0

Key players: Concord – Lillian Reinstra, Caley Nault, Chloe Morgan, Lexy Adams

Highlights: Concord got another solid game from its back line of Reinstra, Nault, Morgan and Adams, and Nault was the catalyst for the game’s only goal. Her free kick from 25 yards out deflected off a Memorial defender for an own goal with about 10 minutes left on the clock.

Coach's quote: “After beating them 5-0 on Tuesday, we knew this would be a tougher matchup. It certainly was. The first half was even with both side getting chances. However, in the second we were able to breakaway a bit from them and finally found a goal. It wasn’t a pretty night offensively, but sometimes you just need to win ugly. Our backline was tremendous tonight as usual. We haven’t given up a goal in four games, so I’m pretty happy about that.” – Concord’s Phil Tuttle

Records: Concord 4-0-0; Memorial 1-4-0

Merrimack Valley 1, Hopkinton 0

Key players: Merrimack Valley – Alyssa Woodman (goal), Chloe Morgan (assist), Mackenzie McDonald (shutout); Hopkinton – Paige Martin (aggressive defense), Olivia Cressy (smart defensive work)

Highlights: A through ball from Morgan freed up Woodman to score the game’s only goal in the 15th minute.

Coach’s quote: “We were low on energy to start the game and got off to a slow start. The goal helped, but we just couldn’t find a rhythm. Hopkinton was great in possession and played well today. Luckily, our defense stayed organized and limited their chances. ” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

“Another good defensive game to keep Hopkinton away from the MV goal. I told my team at halftime and after the game that although we lost the game, what mattered to me was how beautiful of a game they played today. First day so far in this short season where players looked very comfortable in their positions.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Merrimack Valley 3-1-1; Hopkinton 0-2-2

Bow 3, John Stark 2

Key players: Bow – Madison Roberge (goal), Chloe Binder (goal), Isabella LaPerle (goal)

Highlights: Bow took a 1-0 lead on a free kick from Roberge before the Generals answered to take a 2-1 lead. Roberge tied things with another free kick goal, this one from an eye-popping 35 yards out, and LaPerle scored the game winner after a nice run in the final minutes of the contest.

Coach's quote: “What an amazing game where the score doesn't reflect the grit and determination shown by each player who set foot on the field. What a great game to watch.” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: Bow 3-0-1; John Stark 0-4-0

Coe-Brown 2, Pembroke 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Somer Loto (goal, assist), Corinne Fernald (goal), Mackenzie Quick (11 saves)

Highlights: Pembroke took a 1-0 lead in the 10th minute, but Fernald, assisted by Loto, tied things up just eight minutes later. The game stayed tied until the 65th minute when Loto converted a PK. Pembroke pressured for the final portion of the game, but the Bears held tight for their first win of the season.

Coach's quote: “Playing a team twice in four days allows you to make adjustments and refine your approach. Losing 4-1 on Monday, we had to stick to basics a and get back to work. The two days of practice paid off for us today against a talented and strong Pembroke team who is always well coached.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 1-4-0; Pembroke 3-2-0


Bow 160, Campbell 209

Key players: Cam Evans (medallist, 38), Matt Lamy (41), Justin Murphy (41), Hunter Duncan (42), Joey Place (42)

Coach’s quote: “I felt like we started to turn a corner with our play last week. Nice to see Cam and Matt lead the charge today. Also happy for Justin who has been working hard to come in with a great score. ” – Bow’s Matt Davis


Hopkinton first

Key players: Kody Dexter (medallist, 2-over-par 38), Evan Fairneny (43), Joe Yanzo (47), Ryan Metzger (50), Hal Stokes (51)

Highlights: Hopkinton’s Dexter got things started the right way on the first hole at Pembroke Pines Country Club when he chipped in from 35 yards out for an eagle. The Hawks finished with a team score of 229 to beat Pembroke (233) and John Stark (272). Hopkinton has now won seven matches in a row to push its record to 9-3.

Coach's quote: “I am very happy as the team continues to improve. Each of our golfers are making good shots, now the key for us will be to string those good shots together going into the tournament.” – Hopkinton’s David Chase

Girls' Volleyball

John Stark 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: Stark – Brianna Bodner (6 kills), Destiny Vickers (3 kills, 3 aces), Lillian Stogner (5 kills, 5 aces); H-D – Irena Rose (5 aces), Rose Rioux (block), Kaitlyn Schoeneman (block), Serena Havunen (defense), Chloe Braun (defense)

Highlights: Hillsboro-Deering started strong and caught Stark sleeping, but Lauren Desrosiers used some strong serving to wake up the Generals and them back on track for a 25-10 win in the first set. Stark controlled things from there, winning the next two sets 25-5 and 25-16 to take the match on Senior Night.

Coach's quote: “We have a strong senior group and they lead by example and hard work. It showed tonight with the way the younger players played.” – Stark’s Jeff McClellan

“This was our first match of the year and we were playing a team in a division above us. This girls played with heart and loved just being able to get out on the court. The John Stark team is full of talented young women who showed the Hillcats much hospitality and love. We will meet the Generals three more times this season and we are looking forward to the rematches.” – H-D’s Christa Liquori

Records: John Stark 2-2; Hillsboro-Deering 0-1

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