High schools: Bow girls’ soccer stays perfect with win over MV

  • Bow High’s Madison Roberge (left) battles for possession of the ball with Merrimack Valley’s Haley Kenney during Wednesday’s Division II contest in Penacook. The Falcons stayed unbeaten with a 2-1 victory. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Merrimack Valley goalie Mackenzie McDonald (right) tries to prevent the ball from crossing the goal line after a corner kick during the second half of Wednesday’s game against Bow in Penacook. The referees awarded Bow a goal on the play. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Kristina Pizzi (7) looks for space while being chased down during Wednesday’s Division II tilt against Merrimack Valley in Penacook. Pizzi finished with a goal and the Falcons won, 2-1. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Kristina Pizzi (left) and Merrimack Valley’s Emily Philbrook (right) fight for the ball during Wednesday’s Division II contest in Penacook. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Kristina Pizzi (7) lines up a shot attempt on Merrimack Valley goalie Mackenzie McDonald (background) during the first half of Wednesday’s Division II contest in Penacook. The Falcons won, 2-1, to improve to 4-0 on the season. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Kristina Pizzi handles the ball in the corner late during Wednesday’s game against Merrimack Valley in Penacook. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

  • Bow’s Madison Roberge (20) carries the ball through the middle of the field during Wednesday’s game against Merrimack Valley in Penacook. The Falcons won, 2-1, to remain perfect on the year at 4-0. JAY McAREE / Monitor staff

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Published: 9/11/2019 10:46:25 PM

PENACOOK – The Bow High girls’ soccer team won 15 games last season, made it all the way to the final four of the Division II tournament and returned this fall loaded with talent up and down the roster.

So in the eyes of coach Jay Vogt, it was nice to see the Falcons get a little national respect this week after USA Today High School Sports and United Soccer Coaches ranked Bow 11th in the Super 25 Region I Girls Soccer Rankings.

“It’s good to be recognized as a program and show that the girls work hard and try to play at high level,” Vogt said. “That is really nice to see.”

Voted as one of the premier programs in all of New England, Bow was one of three New Hampshire teams to crack the rankings, joining Bedford (No. 2) and Londonderry (No. 7) on the list. But the Falcons didn’t let that get to their heads on Wednesday, remaining focused and pushing their record to 4-0 on the season after holding on to beat Merrimack Valley, 2-1, in Penacook.

“It’s a good group. We get along very well and we have some talented players as well as some girls up from JV that are catching up,” Vogt said. “It’s a very inclusive group, which I think is a great thing and gives us strength to work together as a team.”

After breezing through its first three games of the season by outscoring its opponents, 18-2, Bow received a stiffer test against a young and scrappy Merrimack Valley lineup.

The Falcons started fast, using junior midfielder Kristina Pizzi’s goal off an assist from Madison Roberge to grab a 1-0 lead just two minutes into a contest that was quickly starting to feel like it might be an easy afternoon for Bow.

The Pride, though, made sure that wasn’t the case.

Despite being outshot all game and facing a 10-1 disadvantage in corner kicks, Merrimack Valley (0-3) never went away.

The Pride weathered the early first-half storm and turned defense into offense with a counter attack. In the 28th minute, junior Rhiley Tanguay took Bow’s corner kick the other way, kept the defender at her back on the breakaway and tucked a shot past keeper Emma Wilke for the equalizer.

“You have to give props to them because we didn’t really come out as strong as we could have,” Bow captain Taylor Burnham said. “The first half was a little weak, but in the second half we definitely picked it up and got it together.”

The Falcons came out with an aggressive attack in the second half and used an unconventional goal in the 42nd minute to take the lead for good.

After being awarded a corner, Bow’s Chloe Binder sent the ball across toward MV keeper Mackenzie McDonald, who leaped and tipped the shot skyward. As the ball came back down, an off-balance McDonald tried to corral it and pin it against the goal post, but the referee ruled that the ball had completely crossed the line and Bow took a 2-1 lead.

“It was tough to tell and it’s a tough call,” MV coach Nick D’Agostino said. “From my point of view, whether it’s right or wrong, (McDonald) pinned the ball on the goal post, so there’s no way the ball could be completely over the line if she has any part of it on that goal post.”

Needing to swing the momentum back in a hurry against a stout Bow back line, the Pride fired off a few good looks, including a free kick for junior midfielder Kaylee Magoon in the 45th minute, but couldn’t find the back of the net.

“Merrimack Valley came at us. They did a great job. Hats off to them. They played a really good game,” Vogt said. “I thought we did a much better job in the second half with our energy and winning the 50-50 balls. That kind of helped give us a slight field advantage on being in their end.”

For the Pride, these first three games have been quite the test. MV has already faced three final four teams from a year ago – Bow, Milford and a road trip against defending champion Hanover last week.

“We’ve played three top teams from last year in the first three games so this young group is getting tested early,” D’Agostino said. “All you can really ask for from a young team is just to continue to learn, learn, learn and hopefully we can get enough wins to get in the playoffs. At that point, you never really know.”

(Jay McAree can be reached at 369-3371, jmcaree@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @JayMcAree.)

Girls’ Soccer

Coe-Brown 1, Lebanon 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Jaden Boulanger (G), Samantha Troy (A), Mackenzie Quick (9 saves), Lauren Curtin (midfield); Lebanon – Sally Rainey (11 saves)

Highlights: The only score play began when Coe-Brown’s Troy drew a Lebanon defender and standout goalie Rainey to the right side of the 18 and made the extra pass to the opposite side to Boulanger, who finished to give the Bears a 1-0 lead in the 69th minute. Quick was tested late for the Bears, but she came up with three huge saves.

Coach’s quote: “We established our pace and possession early and rode that momentum in the game. We stressed unselfish soccer and that’s what we got from the girls. They all contributed in meaningful ways and the result was what we needed moving forward.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 1-2; Lebanon 1-3-1

Bishop Brady 1, Somersworth 0

Key players: Bishop Brady – Adrienne Brummett (G), Emily Senko (6 saves)

Highlights: Brummett scored the game’s only goal in the first half as the Giants earned the road win.

Coach’s quote: “It was a tough battle today and our girls showed their resilience and determination to get the job done. They worked hard throughout the game and did what we asked of them. ” – Bishop Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Bishop Brady 3-0-0; Somersworth 0-2-1

Boys’ Soccer

Kearsarge 6, Kingswood 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Nate St.Pierre (G), Pat Geary (2G), Tyler Sydmore (G), Tim Flanders (G), Toby MacLeod (G, A), Adam Reeves (A), Seth Rutledge Davis (A), Gavin Fedas (A), Aiden McCullough (A)

Highlights: Kearsarge went into halftime with a 2-0 lead and cranked up the pressure over the final 40 minutes. The Cougars began to maintain possession in the second half and were able to put four more on the board.

Coach’s quote: “The team came out ready to play tonight. We struggled to maintain possession in the first half but settled into our game in the second half. It was a good win for the team.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 2-1-1; Kingswood 0-4

Field Hockey

Concord 1, Timberlane 0

Key players: Concord – Maria Armganian, Katlyn Spinney, Kait McKinnon (G), Ella Doherty

Highlights: Concord toughed out a win against a determined Timberlane team despite the Owls dominating for the first 15 minutes of the game. The Crimson Tide finally matched its opposition’s ability to move the ball, especially through Armaganian and Doherty, and the Tide eventually scored through McKinnon. Concord held off Timberlane’s attack on a corner at the very end of the game to seal the win.

Records: Concord 3-0-0; Timberlane 0-2-0

Bishop Brady 6, Mascenic 1

Key players: Bishop Brady – Ashlyn Toupin (5G), Becca Murphy (G), Jill Weaver (A), Julie Blais (4 saves), Kathryn Weed (defense); Mascenic – Jade Traffic (G), Rebecca Staton (21 saves)

Highlights: Mascenic came out and scored in the first half at 22:04, but Brady answered back at 21:53 and took a 4-1 lead into halftime.

Records: Bishop Brady 3-0-0; Mascenic 1-2-0

White Mountains 8, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Jasmyn Long (22 saves), Leila Gerard (offense), Alyssa Cornell (strong left inner), Raynah LeBrecque (solid defense), Hannah Oltman, Danyelle Hines

Coach’s quote: “The girls played hard right up until the very end. They never gave up and I’m extremely proud of them for the way they played today.” – Franklin’s Shelby Joyce

Records: White Mountains 1-1; Franklin 0-3

Girls’ Volleyball

Winnisquam 3, Belmont 0

Key players: Winnisquam – Emma Richardson (13 kills, 6 digs), Gabby Isabelle (8 kills), Emily O’Neil (10 digs, 3 kills, 4 aces), Chloe Colarusso (22 assists), Hannah Honeman (4 aces, 2 kills)

Highlights: After hanging the Division III championship banner from their 2018 season, the Bears opened with some nerves, “which is only natural for a team with a lot of turnover that’s playing in the shadow of back-to-back state championships,” Winnisquam coach Mike Livernois said. Still, the Bears pulled out a 25-20 win in the first set, and then settled in a little more in the next two, coming away with 25-16 and 25-15 wins.

Coach’s quote: “They’re just getting their feet wet and learning how to play as a team, but I think there’s some potential there.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 1-0; Belmont 0-1

Franklin 3, Stevens 0

Key players: Franklin – Lauryl May (5 kills), Fayth Kaspszack (9 service points), Olivia Wattendorf (defense)

Highlights: The Golden Tornadoes picked up a win in their opener, beating Stevens in straight sets, 25-12, 25-11 and 25-12.

Records: Franklin 1-0; Stevens 0-2


Hopkinton second

Key players: Hopkinton – Kody Dexter (25 points), Dan Miner (19), Colby Marshall (18), Andrew Fairneny (16)

Coach’s quote: “Hopkinton split a tri-match beating Farminton, 78-30, and losing to Mascenic, 80-78. The Hawks 78 would have been their best score last year so it was a great way to start the season. It was great to see some consistency with the top four golfers and to only lose to Mascenic by two is something to build on.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Mascenic 2-0; Hopkinton1-1; Farmington 0-2

John Stark third

Key players: John Stark – Hunter Patterson (14 points), Colin Warecki (10), Kolby Spiers (9), George Reph (8)

Highlights: Patterson has his best performance yet to lead the Generals to 41 team points, which put them ahead of ConVal (34), but behind Stevens (74) and Fall Mountain (63)

Records: John Stark 3-9

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