Bow’s strong season continues behind 4-0 win over Merrimack Valley

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  • Bow forward Zach Anderson (13) and Merrimack Valley Owen Piper battle for the ball in the first half of Friday’s game in Bow. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Merrimack Valley goalie Trevor Simmonds jumps to make a save against Bow during the first half of Friday’s game. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Bow students celebrate the soccer team’€™s second goal against Merrimack Valley on Friday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/17/2021 5:17:05 PM

Bow soccer players stepped off the pitch with smiles on their faces and the exchanges of high-fives were underway.

With roughly 10 minutes left in the second half of its game against Merrimack Valley on Friday at Premier Field, Bow’s starters were subbed out and the bench took to the field.

In their 4-0 win over the Pride, the Falcons were dominant from the opening kick to the final whistle. It was a return to a style of play coach George Pinkham was happy to see, but also eager for the chance to see how his team can improve.

“We were too sleepy in a couple of other games where we only won by a goal or made fixable mistakes,” Pinkham said. “(Today) was a great game to build on.”

Bow has been one of the marquee Division II programs and it showed that behind its senior class Friday. John Salerno played a major role in setting up the Falcons offense by using his speed to sneak past MV defenders and create opportunities whenever the ball was on his foot.

He assisted on fellow senior Noah Leuchtenberger’s first half goal where Salerno sent a crossing pass from the right flag all the way in front of MV goalie Trevor Simonds.

Similar to a one-timer in hockey, all Leuchtenberger had to do was make sure his foot didn’t miss the ball with a wide-open net in front of him.

The Falcons scored its next two goals starting with a penalty shot by sophomore midfielder Colby Smith where he was able to draw a tripping foul near the goalie box – albeit to the displeasure of MV fans. Midfielder Elias Berrigan extended the lead with his second half goal where he sent to the bottom left corner just missing Simonds’ outstretched hands.

Salerno ended the offensive effort when he poked the ball between two MV defenders and sent the ball straight through the middle of the net with Simonds out of the goal.

Bow spent most of the afternoon dominating possession and even with its big leads, the aggressiveness still persisted as if it were a tied game.

“In this game we refocused again, we didn’t give MV a chance,” Pinkham said. “We pressured, we created chances, we controlled the ball.”

Amid all the instant gratification that Friday’s match brought, Pinkham was quick to remind his team that they aren’t where they should be yet.

Not even close.

What makes the good teams good and the great teams great is the ability to still find things to improve on after a strong win and Pinkham listed them off like a grocery list.

“Balls out of bounds, better throw-ins, defending in the offensive half, the way we shift (our formations),”

With so many takeaways after a rout against a solid team in the division, there’s no question as to why Bow continues to be one of the top teams in the state.

But it still has to make it to the postseason, and for Friday’s sake, it can celebrate a strong victory.

“I’m happy with the way we played, but there’s still work to be done,” Pinkham said. 

The Falcons will return to the pitch on Sept. 21 when they travel to undefeated Hollis-Brookline. First touch is set for 4 p.m.   

Boys’ Soccer

Hopkinton 4, Campbell 3

Key players: Hopkinton – Quinn Whitehead (2 goals), Bryce Charron (2 assists), Garrett Fitzgerland (goal), Josh Duval (goal), Aidan Burns (5 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks and Cougars traded goals back and forth all match, but Duval scored on a long strike from 35 yards out with 10 minutes left to secure the game. Campbell led 1-0 at halftime, but Fitzgerald scored 45 seconds into the second half to tie it up. Charron was instrumental in setting up scoring chances from his center midfield position and outside back Gavin Nestler shut down numerous attacks and also provided some offensive push. 

Records:  Hopkinton 5-1; Campbell 3-2

St. Thomas 3, Hillsboro-Deering 2

Key players: H-D – Griffin Cassidy (2 goals), Mason Ferwerda (2 assists)

Highlights: The Hillcats played well against the Saints, but a hand ball in the box gave St. Thomas a penalty kick that made the difference.

Coach’s quote: “Had some great play and near misses, but didn’t pull it off.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: St. Thomas 3-1-2; H-D 2-4-0

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 2, Goffstown 1, 2OT

Key players: Concord – Avery Fitcher (goal), Mary Martinson (game-winning goal), Caley Nault (assist)

Highlights: Both teams played a very tough and fastpaced first half. Goffstown found the back of the net first in the second half but Concord scored an equalizer on a nice build up that found Fitcher about 12 yards out and put it in the side netting. With 4:30 left in the second overtime, Martinson picked up a loose ball at the top of the 18 yard box, made a move and slotted home the game-winner for the second game in a row.

Coach’s quote: “I just think our girls have so much fight and determination in them. They just come out every day to compete and it’s fun to coach. I’m super excited to see what the rest of the season brings.” – Concord’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Concord 5-1; Goffstown 0-5

Hopkinton 7, Laconia 1

Key players: Hopkinton  – Loren Charron (3 goals), Ashlee Brehio (3 goals, 2 assists), Annie Higginbotham (goal, 4 assists), Ellie Sintros (assist), Juliana Pardo (smart attacking play), Emily Fleegle (4 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks scored five goals in the first half to maintain their undefeated season.

Coach’s quote: “The Lady Hawks are six games into the season and now have two goals against. Our defense is very hard to break down. Offensively we were very good today and the team is really starting to click all over the field.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 6-0-0; Laconia  3-2-1

Boys’ Cross Country

Coe-Brown 19, Bow 36

Key players: Coe-Brown – Aidan Cox (1st, 17:09), Tyler Tkaczyk (2nd, 17:35), Lars Hogne (3rd, 17:49), Jamie Lano (4th, 18:14), Maxwell Lemay (9th, 19:10); Bow – Michael Pelletier (5th, 18:30), Adem Aricanli (6th, 18:36), Lincoln Routhier (7th, 18:41), Connor Bernard (8th, 18:52), Owen Miller (10th, 19:27)

Highlights: The Bears claimed the top four places to win a dual meet against the Falcons on Coe-Brown’s home course.

Girls’ Cross Country

Bow 27, Coe-Brown 28

Key players: Bow – Maya Brochu (1st, 19:58), Susanna Zahn (4th, 23:19), Leigh Rudduck (5th, 23:55), Delia Brochu (7th, 24:23), Lena Thompson (10th, 25:21); Coe-Brown – Sheldyn Fisher (2nd, 22:26), Natalie Sicard (3rd, 23:18), Mallory Taylor (6th, 24:04), Amelia Edmonds (8th, 24:25), Emma Larson (9th, 25:02)

Highlights: Brochu won her fourth consecutive race to open the season and the Falcons upset the defending champion Bears by a single point at Coe-Brown’s home course.

Girls’ Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, Milford 1

Key players: Coe-Brown – Haile Comeau (19 digs, 2 aces, near perfect serve receive), Annika Gunderson (14 kills), nnie Jerome (7 kills, 2 aces)

Highlights: The Bears were down late in the second set, but refocused to claim it en route to a 25-16, 25-21, 23-25, 25-17. A comeback late in the third set came up a little too short, but the team didn’t skip a beat and came out swinging in the fourth. Coe-Brown had its highest hitting percentage of the match in the final frame.

Coach’s quote: “Milford pushed us tonight. We started to play it a little too safe, but came back making solid decisions and got aggressive from the service line and net after dropping the third set. Milford did a fantastic job making in game adjustments, forcing us to modify our game plan to control our side of the court. Great battle.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 5-0; Milford 2-2

Field Hockey

Hopkinton 7, St Thomas 1

Key players: Hopkinton –  Natalie Allen (3 goals, assist), Abby Condon (2 goals), Charlotte Presti (goal, assist), Kate Bouchard (goal), Kelsey Sullivan (defense), Sylvia Dustin (defense)

Coach’s quote: “We played together as a team. The communication was on and the energy was there. We are looking to continue this for our next game on Monday.” – Hopkinton’s Kate Hohenberger

Records: Hopkinton 5-0; St Thomas 0-5

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Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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