High schools: Hopkinton boys’ soccer opens with 3-1 win over Hillsboro-Deering

For the Monitor
Published: 8/29/2017 12:10:22 AM

Scott Zipke knows there’s plenty of hard work to be done, but the Hopkinton boys’ soccer team showed there are plenty of reasons to be positive about the season ahead. Despite playing with a short bench and missing their starting goalkeeper, the Hawks came away with a 3-1 season-opening victory over Hillsboro-Deering (1-1) on Monday in Hopkinton.

With sophomore Sam Crawford sitting out the match with a concussion, junior Pete Sintros made four saves in his first career appearance in goal.

“To have somebody like Pete, willing to step up and play as well as he did was great to see,” Coach Zipke said.

The Hawks knew that with a roster of only 15 players this would be a challenge all year, but the loss of Sintros as a field player (he normally plays defense) depleted Hopkinton’s reserves even further, and it affected the run of play early on.

Hopkinton played a strong possession game early on, but couldn’t beat the Hillcats’ goalkeeper Thomas Ferguson (9 saves) and a strong backline, anchored by sophomore center backs Jack Ferguson and Gunner Hagstrom.

Meanwhile, the Hillcats saw great play up front from junior Jacinto Caceres and sophomore Kieren Kenny, who were fed good passes by sophomore midfielder Kadin Garvin. Elijah Winters blasted a shot from 30 yards out to the upper corner of the net, giving H-D a 1-0 lead in the 26th minute.

“It’s early in the year, we’re trying to have some guys play some roles they haven’t played before. It takes some time to getting used to each other,” said Zipke. “H-D scored a good goal. They played good, aggressive soccer and made us play on our heels.”

The Hawks responded quickly with a goal from senior midfield Max Rossignol six minutes later, off an assist from sophomore defender Benny Madden, another player Zipke highlighted as someone who has stepped up early this season.

Hopkinton settled down at halftime and played a cleaner second half, getting goals from seniors Dustin Rose (off a corner in the 56th minute) and Gerry Donahue (61st minute). Donahue took the corner in the 56th minute to earn the assist and Rossignol assisted on Donahue’s goal.

Despite taking the loss, it wasn’t a bad performance by the Hillcats in Glenn Winters second game as the varsity head coach.

“They played really well against (the defending champions),” Coach Winters said. “We had a few solid opportunities that just missed. It was a pretty well-matched game.”

As for Hopkinton, the result will do for now, but Zipke’s squad has much higher ambitions.

“It was a good game against a hard-charging H-D team,” Zipke said. “But we’re not a monster of a team. There’s a lot of work to do to play against the top teams in the division.”


Bow 3, Goffstown 2, OT

Key players: Bow – Will Russo (2 goals), Chris Gallier (goal, controlled midfield), Max Elsasser (assist), Graham Weisberg (central defense), Joseph Rychwalski (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons followed up their season-opening victory against defending runner-up Lebanon with a victory over the defending champions. Gallier tied the game on a penalty kick in the 15 minutes into the second half to force overtime. Russo scored the game-winning goal six minutes into overtime on a great combination from Elsasser and also opened the scoring with a goal five minutes into the match.

Coach’s quote: “How can you not be happy starting the season 2-0 against the two finalists in D-II last season and both teams being solid again this year. But two games don’t make a season. You work to correct your mistakes and build on the success you have achieved. We just have to keep working hard and the victories will take care of themselves.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 2-0; Goffstown 1-1

Campbell 5, Winnisquam 0

Highlights/key moments: The Bears were shut out in a loss against a strong Cougar squad. Campbell has outscored its opponents 9-1 so far this season while Winnisquam is still seeking its first goal.

Records: Campbell 2-0-0; Winnisquam 0-1-1


Bedford 3, Concord 2, OT

Key players: Concord – Anna Lebrun (defense), Haley Monroe (attack), Carly Torrance (attack), Maria Armaganian (controlled tempo)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide peppered Bedford’s goalie, forcing her to make 21 saves, but the Bulldogs took advantage of an opportunity on a counterattack to secure the win in the season opener for both teams.

Coach’s quote: “Concord could not be faulted for its effort and style of play, and the team should be proud of how they played as a group. It was a great game to watch, and unfortunately, Concord came up short against a solid Bedford side.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Bedford 1-0; Concord 0-1


Exeter 195, Concord 208, Spaulding 230

Key players: Concord – Zack Gamble (38), Jeremiah Barry (44), Evan Makris, Sean McDonough, Ryan Merchant

Highlights/key moments: The top seeds for the Tide didn’t have their best days but were supported by strong performances from the bottom of the lineup, splitting a match against the Blue Hawks and Raiders.

Coach’s quote: “Barry, in his first match of the season, scored for the team bouncing back from a quadruple bogey on the fourth hole.” – Concord’s Mark McDonough

Records: Exeter 4-0; Concord 3-1; Spaulding 0-4

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