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High schools: Brummett sisters driving Brady soccer forward

  • Bishop Brady’s Adrienne Brummett (10) takes a shot and scores early against Gilford in a mutual season opener on Friday in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sheridan Brummett (22) advances the ball up the field on Friday during a season-opening victory over Gilford in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Adrienne Brummett (10) makes a pass to a teammate after evading Gilford defenders on Friday during a mutual season opener in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sheridan Brummett (22) battles for a ball with a Gilford defender on Friday during a mutual season opener in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sheridan and Adrienne Brummett celebrate after one of Sheridan goals on Friday during a season-opening win over Gilford in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sheridan and Adrienne Brummett celebrate after one of Sheridan’s goals on Friday during an 11-0 win in the season opener against Gilford in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Bishop Brady’s Sheridan Brummett (22) creates enough space between Gilford defenders to take a shot and score on Friday during a mutual season opener in Concord. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Published: 8/30/2019 10:09:23 PM

Bishop Brady’s Sheridan Brummett launched her first shot just 16 seconds into Friday’s season opener. About a minute later, her sister Adrienne Brummett hit the post. After 20 minutes, the sisters had combined to score five goals.

By the end of the game against Gilford, Sheridan had six goals and four assists, Adrienne had five goals and three assists, and the Green Giants had an 11-0 win.

“I’m very happy with that as a season opener,” said Adrienne, a senior midfielder.

The Brummetts’s skill and finishing touch are certainly impressive, but what stands out even more is their relentless drive for the ball and for goal. The Giants had a 7-0 lead as the first half was winding down at a hot Shaker Road School Field, but the Brummetts were still hungry for more. They created three chances in the last minute, and the final whistle of the half came when the ball went out of play while Sheridan was fighting off two defenders in the box.

“We’ve always been soccer players, we’ve been playing since we were 3, and we’ve always been taught to never stop, to always keep giving 100 percent effort,” Adrienne said. “If you have it, use it.”

“My whole family is soccer players, and when we would play with each other you couldn’t just walk around and not do anything or else you wouldn’t get the ball,” Sheridan said. “So, you had to fight for it, and that translated into soccer now.”

Sheridan, a sophomore forward, wasn’t just trying to keep up with older sibling soccer players. She was trying to keep up with older sibling soccer stars.

Mason, the oldest, was a senior captain for the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass., last fall. Gabi was a three-time New Hampshire Gatorade Player of the Year while she was at The Derryfield School (2013, 2014, 2015), set the state girls’ soccer record for career goals (226), played at Duke University for two years and just transferred to the University of Portland for her junior season. And Austin, Sheridan’s twin, is one of the top players in the Seattle Sounders development academy and was part of the United States U-15 national team during a tournament in Italy this spring.

Asked if they talked about anything other than soccer at home, Sheridan shook her head no and Adrienne thought for a minute before saying, “school.” Adrienne is more focused on academics than soccer when it comes to choosing what college she’ll go to next year, but she still appreciates the indoor court used as a soccer practice space at the Brummett family home in Bow.

“Yeah, that’s super nice to have,” Adrienne said. “I use it whenever I can.”

Adrienne plays like someone who has a ball at her feet whenever possible. She’s strong in possession, plays with her head up and makes quick, smart passes – everything you’d want in a central midfielder. Last year, she was a Second Team Division III pick after finishing with 15 goals and 25 assists for the Giants, who went 13-5.

“Adrienne’s leadership and her ability in the middle of the field is great,” Brady coach Andrew Mattarazzo said. “Just to see her intuition on the field, it’s fun to watch.”

Sheridan plays like someone who needs to score like she needs to breathe. That first shot she took on Friday came from about 40 yards out, and it seems like any time she’s in the offensive half of the field she is looking to score. She’s strong enough to carry defenders on her hip and skilled enough to dribble past them and finish – everything you’d want in a forward.

“She wants to the ball on her foot, she wants to put it in the back of the net, she wants to punish teams,” Mattarazzo said. “And that’s something you can’t teach.”

Last year, Sheridan was a First Team D-III pick after posting 47 goals and 12 assists. This year, she’s looking for more.

“I definitely want to get more goals than I did last year,” Sheridan said. “I really want Gatorade Player of the Year.”

She’s only a sophomore, but Sheridan already has some ideas about where she would like soccer to take her after she finishes high school.

“I definitely want to play soccer in college at a high level and after that I would like to play professionally if I am able to,” Sheridan said.

As good as they are individually, the Brummett sisters are even better together. The prettiest goal of Friday’s game came when Sheridan tracked down a ball in the corner and sent a cross to the top of the box, where Adrienne slid into it for a one-time shot into the far corner.

“It seems like I always know where she’s going,” Sheridan said. “I can make the pass and she’s there.”

“They’re a pretty dynamic duo. They support each other and they’re pushing each other to be better, as well,” Mattarazzo said. “And they push the whole team. They want to make everyone better around them, and that’s the biggest thing for us.”

The Brummetts may be goal-producing machines, but Brady is not just a two-person team. Keeper Emily Senko, who is also the goalie for the Brady girls’ hockey team, is a talent in the net and had four saves for the shutout win on Friday. Center backs Molly Rhynhart and Hannah Hicks are a solid foundation on the back line. And midfielder Lauren Beitler showed her class on Friday with a pair of assists.

All that quality has the Giants thinking big for this season.

“We want to win it,” Adrienne said. “We want to go all the way.”

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

Girls’ Soccer

Pembroke 3, Plymouth 2

Key players: Pembroke – Kaitlin White (game-winning goal), Jade Pescinski (2G), Maddie Bailey (2A), Adrienne Dorr (A), Anna Harlow (defense), Kaylie LeBlanc (defense)

Highlights: The Spartans outshot the Panthers, 20-5, controlled most of the possession and White’s goal in the second half would prove to be the game-winner as Pembroke opened the season with a victory at home.

Coach’s quote: “Many players contributed to our effort today. The girls dug deep and worked hard for each other and were rewarded with their first victory of the season.” – Pembroke’s Jess Kaufman

Records: Pembroke 1-1; Plymouth 0-1

Bow 7, Manchester West 0

Key players: Bow – Maddi Green (G, A), Kristina Pizzi (G, A), Isabella LaPerle (G, A), Lyndsey LaPerle (G), Ally Boone (G), Madison Roberge (G), Chloe Binder (G), Nicole Sartorelli (A), Makayla Murray (A)

Highlights: Sartorelli made a perfect cross-field diagonal pass that Pizzi ran on to and hit a nice shot to the far side netting to open the scoring early and the Falcons cruised from there. The LaPerle sisters, and Boone all scored their first varsity goals and midfielders Lindsey Burnham and Jocelyn Anderson distributed the ball well. The entire Falcon defense did a good job in front of goalkeepers Emma Wilke, Maddie McSweeney and Caylin Benson, who combined for the clean sheet.

Coach’s quote: “We controlled the ball and did a good job with our possession, just need to finish our chances. Overall a good first game with things to work on.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 1-0; West 0-1

Hopkinton 6, Conant 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Loren Charron (3G), Madison Carmichael (2G, A), Brooke Carlson (G), Kally Murdough (A), Emily Metzger (A), Caitlin Clark (A), Elise Miner (A), Paige Martin (A), Eleanor Owen (defense), Jess Carney and Kally Murdough (combined for the shutout)

Highlights: The Hawks scored all six goals in a 29-minute span in the first half. Hopkinton threatened to extend its lead in the second half, but ran into good goalkeeping from Conant and hit the crossbar twice.

Coach’s quote: “It was fun to see sophomore defender-turned-forward, Loren Charron get her first ever varsity goals in style today. Also, to have freshman Madison Carmichael show her strength and poise on the field was impressive. We had some sicknesses and injuries today, so a win like that was a good sign.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 1-0; Conant 0-1

Boys’ Soccer

Bow 3, Milford 1

Key players: Bow – Matt Ferland (midfield), Nate Dolder (defense), Kyle Martin (goalkeeper)

Highlights: Ferland’s goal with two minutes left in the first half gave the Falcons a 2-1 lead at the break and Dolder was solid in the back, providing strong support for Martin, making his first varsity start.

Coach’s quote: “Milford is much-improved from last year and will give any team they face a tough game. They will surprise some teams. It was a good way to start the season being tested and responding.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 1-0; Milford 0-1

Merrimack Valley 4, Pelham 0

Key players: MV – Coby Mercier (2G), Tucker Nevers (G), Jack Davis (G), Griffin Wheeler (2A), Mason Boudreau (shutout)

Highlights: After a scoreless first half, the Pride picked things up in the second half, netting four goals.

Coach’s quote: “We played a better second half, but we need to start like that from the beginning of the game. We hit the crossbar numerous times in the first half and Pelham continued to fight throughout the game. We have some things to work on for Monday’s practice as we get ready for a tough Hollis Brookline team.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 1-0; Pelham 0-1

Manchester West 3, Kearsarge 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Toby MacLeod (G), Nolan Grant (A), James Greason (defense)

Highlights: The Cougars scored the first goal of the match, but West tied the game a minute later. The Blue Knights added two more goals in the second half and Kearsarge couldn’t close the gap, despite getting 23 shots on net and hitting the post three times.

Coach’s quote: “It was a tough result today. We maintained the majority of the possession of the ball, had 23 shots on goal and hit the post three times. The ball just didn’t want to fall for us. West’s keeper had a great game.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: West 1-0; Kearsarge 0-1

Campbell 4, Hillsboro-Deering 2

Key players: H-D – Jack Ferguson (G), Kieran Kenny (G), Gunner Hagstrom (A)

Highlights: Hagstrom sent a perfectly placed ball to Ferguson who headed home the first goal of the season for the Hillcats and Kenny scored an unassisted goal later in the match, but H-D had a tough draw for its opening game, falling to the defending champion Cougars.

Coach’s quote: “We played well as a whole team.” – H-D’s Glenn Winters

Records: Campbell 1-0; H-D 0-1

Belmont 3, Mascoma 0

Key players: Belmont – Eddie Mann (2G), Nate Sottak (G, A), Jacob Bivens (8 saves), William Riley (A)

Highlights: Mann scored his in first varsity appearance, Bivens completed his first varsity start with a clean sheet and the Raiders took a 1-0 halftime lead en route to a season-opening victory. Riley assisted on Mann’s second goal of the match, sending a well-placed corner kick into the box that Mann headed home.

Coach’s quote: “Great start, but we have a lot to work on. Mascoma was a much-improved team from a year ago. Defensively very strong. Time to get to work.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 1-0; Mascoma 0-1

Girls’ Cross Country

Merrimack Valley 40, Portsmouth 55, Oyster River 58, St. Thomas 67

Key players: MV – Sophia Rebenciuc (1st), Sophia Reynolds (2nd), Emma York (3rd), Maddy Garrity (14th), Samantha Kimball (21st)

Highlights: The Pride executed the race plan perfectly, running progressively faster over the 5K course at Oyster River and eventually moving into the top three spots in the last mile. The boys’ race was canceled due to heat.

Coach’s quote: “Our strategy of starting easy and progressively picking up the pace worked well with the heat, which, combined with a very tough course, made for a hard day. The two Sophias ran together the entire race, with Rebenciuc crossing just in front of Reynolds. Samantha Kimball was the hero of the day, overcoming mid-race struggles to move up over the final mile and seal the win for the girls.” – MV’s Dave Irving

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