High schools: Devanny scores twice, leads Concord to 2-0 win over Merrimack

  • Concord’s Grace Devanny scores her second goal of the game on a corner during Division I action against Merrimack on Tuesday. Devanny, a junior captain, finished with two goals to lead the Tide to a 2-0 win over the Tomahawks. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Grace Devanny celebrates with Abby Crawford (45), who assisted on the second goal, during Division I action against Merrimack on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Karley Richards brings the ball up field during Division I action against Merrimack on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Grace Devanny battles with Merrimack’s Emma Zanni (5) during Division I action against Merrimack on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Allison Silverstein dribbles away from Merrimack defender Emma Zanniduring Division I action on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Grace Devanny scores the first goal against Merrimack goalie Caitlyn Moran during Division I action on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Grace Devanny celebrates her second goal with teammate Ashley Kelly during Division I action against Merrimack on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

  • Concord’s Ashley Plante (46) dribbles away from Merrimack defender Hope Bibeauil during Division I action on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. Rich Miyara / NH Sports Photography

Monitor staff
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

The call could have changed the game, or at least swung momentum. But when the Concord girls’ soccer team had its second goal taken off the board on Tuesday, the Crimson Tide didn’t flinch.

“I’ve literally never seen that in game, a goal disallowed like that, especially two minutes later after re-thinking it,” Concord Coach Phil Tuttle said. “But for us we just felt confident enough in our team where it’s like, okay, let’s go with it. It was just, let’s play on and do what we need to do.”

Not only was Concord’s lack of complaining refreshing, it worked. The focused Tide (4-1) added that second goal early in the second half, got solid minutes out of its bench on a warm day at Memorial Field and claimed a 2-0 win against Merrimack (2-4).

Junior captain Grace Devanny scored both of the Tide’s goals, bringing her season total to seven. But when asked what she liked about the game, Devanny didn’t talk about those scores or anything else she or the other starters did.

“I liked how when we put the bench players in that normally don’t play much they didn’t slow down our momentum and they all got chances at the end of the game,” Devanny said. “They showed that they earned a spot on the field.”

Devanny spent most of the first half in the midfield, but with about 10 minutes to go in the half Tuttle got some good advice from his wife, Kaylin Tuttle, who also happens to be a Concord assistant coach. Kaylin suggested moving Devanny up to forward, and less than a minute later Devanny used her blazing speed to beat the defense and, with Merrimack goalie Caitlyn Moran charging her, calmly slotted a ball inside the far post.

“We came into the game thinking we should put this game away easily, but we weren’t getting as many opportunities as we thought, so when I got put up top I knew that we had to put one away quickly to get ahead of the game,” Devanny said. “(Merrimack) had too much confidence, so we needed to put one away and get our game going, get our groove on.”

It seemed to work because about a minute after that goal Concord earned a corner kick. Abby Crawford sent the corner into the box where Madison Therrien got to it first, shot it and then pounced on the rebound for a second shot that beat Moran.

The goal went on the board and play continued for a more than minute before Merrimack Coach Rick Morgan got the attention of the officials. He argued that the corner had been taken on the wrong side, the officials agreed and the goal was taken off the board.

“I overhead the refs at first and right away I told the team to just brush it off and it’s not a big deal,” Devanny said. “Soccer is a game of forgetting, but learning, so we just had to forget about it, learn from it and keep moving on.”

The Tide did just that. Concord kept creating chances in the last minutes of the first half, including a pretty volley shot from Ashley Kelly that was stopped by Moran (five saves). And less than three minutes into the second half, the Tide built another two-goal lead ... and this time it stood.

Crawford, who was dangerous down the wing all game long, earned a corner kick and took it herself. The first one was poor, but it went off a Merrimack defender and Crawford got another chance. This one she floated perfectly to the far post and Devanny was there with a well-timed header to knock it home.

“That’s our fourth or fifth goal off of corners this season,” Devanny said. “Abby and I have really been working well together with those.”

The Tide defense calmly shepherded the game home from there. Keeper Autumn Nudd (two saves) and center backs Jillian Dusseault and Elizabeth Potter were at the heart of the effort, but they got plenty of help from outside backs Sydney Plante and Caitlyn Kelly, as well as Therrien and Devanny, who moved into the back line for the final minutes.

“We put Grace wherever we need her and she does a really good job,” Tuttle said. “She works hard and she’s an incredible athlete.”

(Tim O’Sullivan can be reached at 369-3341, tosullivan@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @timosullivan20.)


John Stark 5, Plymouth 0

Key players: Stark – Alex Pike (goal), Cady Loos (goal), Abby Brandt (goal), Lexi Knapton (goal), Cara Easter (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Knapton continued to show improvement with some beautiful runs, passes and shots as the Generals rolled to the road win after a slow offensive start.

Coach’s quote: “Rough start for the girls in the first half, but the defense kept them in the game. Second half was a different story and a totally different team came out. The Stark girls dominated the field and Plymouth was hard pressed to keep up with the continual switching of the field and runs through the middle.” – Stark’s Chris Pike

Records: John Stark 4-0; Plymouth 0-3

Pembroke 2, Coe-Brown 0

Key players: Pembroke – Kayla Paquin (goal), Maddie Bailey (goal), Katie Muise (assist), Hannah Serafin (assist), Katelyn Young and Vicky Mudgett (combined for the shutout)

Highlights/key moments: Pembroke’s goals came just three minutes apart in the first half and the defense did the rest as the Spartans earned the road win.

Coach’s quote: “The girls brought the heat to Bear country on this warm day. I’m very proud of how they stood up against heavy fire from Coe-Brown late into the match.” – Pembroke’s Jess Croft

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

Merrimack Valley 9, St. Thomas 1

Key players: MV – Emily Knouse (3 goals), Kaylee Magoon (3 assists), Abby Grandmaison (goal, 4 assists), Kylie Curtain (2 goals), Kerragan McNeil (goal), Kaliana Palhof (goal), Sarah Davis (goal), Kaeli Dunn (assist), Kaitlyn Belanger (strong keeper play), Courtney Palmer (midfield), Brooke Walton (midfield), Hanah Corliss (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Curtain scored the first of her two goals just two minutes into the game and the Pride never looked back.

Coach’s quote: “The girls brought strong emotion and energy today. They have worked hard to battle through the ups and the downs. It’s great seeing how they all work together on and off the field. We will do our best to keep the positive energy going.” – MV’s Jeff Richard

Records: MV 4-2; St. Thomas 2-3

Portsmouth 1, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Amanda Marshall, Kayleigh Marshall, Madi Paul, Lauren Goyette, Megan Remick, Kimberly Gosselin

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons were a step behind the Clippers for most of the game. Bow finally put some pressure on Portsmouth’s goalie in the final 15 minutes, but the Falcons could not find the net.

Coach’s quote: “Faced a very good Portsmouth team today. The girls worked hard – this group has potential to be a very good team. We need to make sure we continue to work hard and improve.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Portsmouth 4-1; Bow 5-1

Bishop Brady 1, Stevens 0

Key players: Dani DesRuisseaux (goal), Olivia Crainich (assist), Mackenzie Wetherill (12 saves)

Coach’s quote: “Solid all-around team effort from start to finish. It was good to see the girls come out on the road and put a full game together. Minds have to be short with another game tomorrow and a long season ahead.” – Brady’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Brady 3-2; Stevens 3-2

Inter-Lakes 4, Newport 1

Key players: Makenna Edgar (2 goals), Taylor Ambrose (10 saves), Gele Nedeau (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers claimed their first win of the season on their home turf.

Records: Inter-Lakes 1-2-1; Newport 1-5

Fall Mountain 3, Hopkinton 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Grace Clark (goal), Taylor Signor (goal), Amelia Basset (12 saves), Megan Ellsworth, Maura Zankel, Ellie Owen, Caitlin Ball.

Highlights/key moments: Undefeated Fall Mountain scored first on its home field in the 28th minute, but Hopkinton answered three minutes later when Clark converted a penalty kick earned by Signor. Five minutes after that, Signor scored an unassisted goal to give the Hawks a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats scored twice in the second half (53rd minute, 66th minute) to claim the win.

Records: Hopkinton ; Fall Mtn. 5-0

Raymond 4, Gilford 0

Key players: Gilford – Aria Stephan (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Raymond scored four goals on crosses into the box, and Anna Harmon netted three of those four for the Rams.

Coach’s quote: “Raymond is a very good and fast team. They move the ball extremely well and are able to find the open man making runs very consistently.” – Gilford’s Thomas Raymond

Records: Gilford 2-3; Raymond 5-0

Hillsboro-Deering 9, Monadnock 0

Key players: H-D – Izabella Warren (3 goals, assist), Kendra Warren (2 goals, assist), Emily Wightman (goal), Lexi McClure (goal), Halie Hurd (goal), Zoe Kemp (goal), Sam Grondin (assist), Morgan Racine (2 assists), Madeline Parisi (assist), Kianna Carter (defense), Cassidy Wightman (midfield), Kaylea Davison (midfield), Maddie Jones (offense)

Coach’s quote: “Good work by the entire team today.” – H-D’s Susan Else

Records: H-D 3-3; Monadnock 0-5

Belmont 3, Somersworth 0

Key players: Belmont – Emma Cochran (6 saves, assist), Sana Syed (defense), Elizabeth Fleming (defense), Kaitlynn Delisle (defense), Makenzie Donovan (goal), Julianna Estremera (goal), Katie Gagnon (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Raiders took a 1-0 lead into halftime thanks to a goal in the 29th minute from Donovan. Estremera made it 2-0 in the 46th minute and Gagnon finished the scoring in 73rd minute after she got on the end of long ball from Cochran, who was outstanding in net and added to the offense.

Records: Belmont 2-0-2; Somersworth 0-6


Concord 2, Merrimack 0

Key players: Concord – Taylor Silverstein (goal), Josh Adams (assist), Chea Chebo (goal), Sebastian Pardo (assist), Liam Devanny (2 saves), Liam Bennett (defense), Grant Rienstra (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Concord controlled the game with 17 shots to Merrimack’s four and led in corners, 9-2.

Records: Concord 4-2; Merrimack 2-4

Merrimack Valley 5, St. Thomas 4

Key players: MV – Teigan Friedrich (3 goals), Dillon Arrant (goal), Zac LaRoche (goal)

Highlights/key moments: The game went back and forth before Friedrich buried the game-winning goal three minutes into overtime.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play well tonight as a team. I am happy with the win, but we will need to improve our game to really compete in Division II.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 3-3; St. Thomas 2-5

Coe-Brown 1, Pembroke 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Tyler Troy (goal), Jose Victor de Souza Barreira (assist), Lucciano Minasalli (midfield), Nick Sanderson (defense), Connor Fallon (defense), Mason Winiarski (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Spartans had more possession, but they couldn’t turn that into any quality chances as they dropped their first game of the season. Coe-Brown absorbed the pressure for most of the game and then struck on the counter with just eight minutes left, that’s when de Souza Barreira sent a long pass to Troy, who was all alone up top but worked some magic against a pair of defenders to score the game’s only goal.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t give them any decent chances, but they were knocking.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

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

Laconia 1, Bishop Brady 0, OT

Key players: Laconia – Thomas Turpin (goal), Kaleb Shumway (assist), Cam Souda (6 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Sachems claimed the win at home when Turpin scored the game’s only goal five minutes into the first overtime. Shumway notched the assist after scoring three times in Laconia’s 3-0 win on Monday.

Coach’s quote: “We started off really slow today, but luckily for us we were able to overcome the sluggish start. Love that our senior captain was able to score the game-winner.” – Laconia’s Joey DiTommaso

Records: Laconia 3-2, Bishop Brady 0-3

Bow 3, Portsmouth 1

Key players: Bow – Max Elsasser (3 goals), Chris Gallier (2 assists), Joseph Rychwalski (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: Bow built a 3-0 halftime lead and held a gallant Portsmouth comeback attempt in the second half to one late goal. Bow had several quality chances to increase their lead in the second half but failed to cash in.

Coach’s quote: “(Elsasser) has scored back-to-back hat tricks and registered a total of 10 goals in the first six games.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 5-1; Portsmouth 0-3-2

Gilford 9, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Christian Shepard (midfield), Logan Hannigan (forward)

Coach’s quote: “Gilford played well controlling possession in the midfield. We will use this game as a learning opportunity.” – Franklin’s Kevin Vangorden

Records: Gilford 5-0; Franklin 0-4

Belmont 2, Somersworth 2

Key players: Belmont – Griffin Embree (2 goals), Nate Sottak (forward), River Mathieu (midfield), Colby Brown (midfield)

Highlights/key moments: Trailing 1-0 in the second half, Embree put his head on the ball and into the net to tie the game with 90 seconds to play. Somersworth scored on a penalty kick 20 seconds later, but Embree struck again to keep his team alive, this time with 20 seconds left in the game. The teams battled through two overtime periods but could not produce a winner.

Coach’s quote: “The soccer gods were shining down on us today.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 3-1-1; Somersworth 3-2-1


Bow 8, Conant 1

Key players: Bow – Elizabeth Guertin (goal), Isabelle Dolcino (goal), Brenna Novakoski (2 goals, 2 assists), Sonya Delorie (2 goals), Laura Hoeker (goal), Shannon Ford (goal, assist), Erin Boldwin (3 assists), Charlotte Clement (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Guertin and Dolcino earned their first varsity goals to help the Falcons rise above .500.

Coach’s quote: “We have been focusing on scoring goals in practice and I was happy to see the variety of players who scored and assisted. Our midfield and defense helped keep the ball in our half throughout the game.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Bow 2-1; Conant 0-3

Pelham 2, Bishop Brady 0

Key players: Brady – Emma Windsor (11 saves)

Highlights/key moments: Pelham scored with 11 minutes left in the first half and carried its 1-0 lead into halftime. Pelham doubled its lead to two with 11:25 left in the game. Pelham led Brady in corners, 7-5.

Coach’s quote: “We are getting better each game. The hunger to score needs to come. Overall, facing Pelham we gave them a great game.” – Brady’s Kelly Owen

Records: Pelham 4-0; Brady 0-3

Newport 3, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Abby Nadeau (goal), Audrey Kenyon (goal), Jordan Pollard (assist), Megan Norris (assist), Marissa Pickman (25 saves)

Highlights/key moments:

Coach’s quote: “After the prior day’s loss the team came back today making the adjustments needed to be more competitive against Newport, a team that has a lot of strength in their drives and use of the field. Their speed and intensity pushed us to step up and stay in the game. I was much happier with the effort today. It was an intense match and in the end we didn’t have the gas to take it in overtime. Pickman was critical for us today in goal.” Kearsarge’s Dianne Chadwick

Records: Kearsarge 1-3


Concord second

Key players: Concord – Winsor Bean (40), Ryan Merchant (42), Jeremiah Barry (42) Evan Makris (43), Matt Burns (42)

Highlights/key moments: The Crimson Tide finished with 210 to beat out Manchester Memorial (222) but lost to host Salem (208) at Campbell’s Scottish Highlands. Memorial’s Bryce Vigneault earned medallist honors with a 38.

Records: Concord 6-2; Salem 4-4; Memorial 3-7

Kearsarge 168, Conant 179,
Belmont 188, Monadnock 300

Key players: Kearsarge – Jack Bears (37), Will Chadwick (38), Sean Higgins (43), Solomon Neuwirt (50)

Highlights/key moments: Izzy Avilez of Monadnock led the field with a 1-over par 36.

Records: Kearsarge 3-0; Conant 4-3; Belmont 1-7; Monadnock 2-4


Inter-Lakes 3, Belmont 1

Key players: Inter-Lakes – Jessalyn Brown (24 assists, 10 digs, 19 service points), Emma Wheeler (11 kills, 10 blocks, 13 digs), Jordan Durand (5 kills, 16 digs, 14 service points); Belmont – Amber LeMay (defense)

Highlights/key moments: Inter-Lakes served at a 97 percent clip, missing only three serves overall in the match.

Coach’s quote: “Great team effort by the Lakers with all 14 rostered players contributing.” – Inter-Lakes’ Rany Mattson

Records: Inter-Lakes 2-0; Belmont 0-3


Concord second

Key players: Concord – Morgane Orcutt (2nd overall, 20:25) Molly Bragg (3rd, 21:10) Hannah Willette (4th, 21:41) Heather Deacon (10th, 22:09) Sarah Zarakotas (11th, 22:10)

Highlights/key moments: Manchester Central finished with 31 points to just beat out Concord (32). Nashua North had 61 points. The Tide also got strong races from Kat Jepson (12th) and Serena Britos (14th).

John Stark first

Key players: Stark – Madison McDonald (3rd overall), Laura Martin (4th), Haleigh Bilodeau (7th), Katelyn Brennan Elizabeth Barnes (10th); Merrimack Valley – Emma York (5th), Noelle Colarusso (6th), Maizie Thurber-Wells (9th)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals finished with an impressive 22 points on their home course to earn the win. MV was second with 43 and Sanborn (69) was third. Manchester West’s Julia Robitaille was first overall and her sister Corinne Robitaille was second, but the Blue Knights did not have enough runners to compete as a team.


Concord first

Highlights/key moments: Tide runners took the top 10 spots in the three-team meet at Mines Falls.

Coach’s quote: “We are still working to develop our potential, so we are satisfied to see strong results when training is our primary focus in this phase of the season.” – Concord’s Tristan Black-Ingersoll

Merrimack Valley second

Key players: MV – David Reynolds (1st overall), Matthew Reynolds (3rd), Matthew Lyle (7th), Mason Graham (18th), Ethan Dodenhoff (18th); John Stark – Brandon Langdon (2nd), John Hagan, Jr. (13th), Owen Payeur (14th), Erik Hilyard (15th), Reece Montague (20th)

Highlights/key moments: Trinity finished with 35 points to win the four-team meet. MV (48) was second ahead of Stark (64) and Sanborn (120). Stark’s Langdon led for most of the race before MV’s David Reynolds chased him down in the last mile.