High schools: Spartans edge Generals in battle of girls’ soccer unbeatens

  • Pembroke Academy’s Jade Pescinski (4) and Kayla Paquin (15) battle for the ball with John Stark’s Autumn Nelson (17) and Presely Gaberseck (16) on Wednesday in Weare. Both teams were unbeaten going into the game, but Pembroke was the only team to leave it unbeaten (7-0-0) after a 2-1 victory in Division II action. Courtesy of Peter Muise

  • John Stark’s Autumn Nelson (right) collides with Pembroke Academy’s Kayla Paquin (left) on Wednesday in Weare. Pembroke won the battle of unbeaten teams, 2-1.  PETER MUISE/ Courtesy

  • Pembroke Academy’s Cierra Hill (22) keeps here eye on the ball Wednesday at John Stark. Pembroke won the Division II girls’ soccer match, 2-1, to improve to 2-1.  PETER MUISE/ Courtesy

  • Pembroke Academy’s Kayla Paquin (15) tries to direct the ball toward the goal while John Stark’s Meg Cole (8), Ali L’Heureux (01) and Autumn Nelson (17) defend during Wednesday’s game at John Stark. Pembroke won, 2-1, to improve to 7-0-0 in Division II. Courtesy of Peter Muise

  • John Stark’s Alex Pike (19) maintains possession on Wednesday against Pembroke Academy. The Generals lost for the first time this season, 2-1, and are now 5-1-1.   PETER MUISE/ Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 9/20/2018 12:01:43 AM

It’s still early in the season, but the Pembroke girls’ soccer program is already going to places it hasn’t been before.

Six days after the program’s first victory over Oyster River and four days after a rare win over Souhegan, the Spartans achieved another milestone on Wednesday, defeating John Stark, 2-1, in a battle between the only two undefeated teams remaining in Division II.

It was anybody’s game after a scoreless first half, but Pembroke (7-0-0) made some adjustments at halftime to give the Spartans an edge.

Pembroke had a couple of chances early, but John Stark (5-1-1) goalkeeper Ali L’Heureux made some good saves and her teammates kept the ball towards the Spartans’ end of the pitch for large parts of the first half.

“At halftime we had to figure out how to match up with them defensively so we could create offensive chances for ourselves,” Pembroke coach Jess Kaufman said. “You have to put those chances away. You never know when you’ll get other chances.”

The changes in marking and player personnel on defense paid off when junior Iso Gill brought the ball out of the back and found junior Jade Pescinski one-on-one with the keeper and put the ball in the back of the net in the 58th minute.

“(Gill) has been great at learning a new position,” Kaufman said.

Another role player, senior Katie Muise, came off the bench in the second half to spark the second goal, assisting on freshman Cierra Hill’s game-winning strike in the 68th minute.

“We needed some physicality up front,” Kaufman said. “We told (Muise) to be physical, shield the ball and get it to teammates.”

The Generals responded a few minutes later with a goal from senior Chelsea Woodsum, off an Aria Ulmer assist, to cut Pembroke’s lead to 2-1.

“Woodsum has really come into her own,” John Stark Chris Pike said. “She really pulled us back into the game.”

John Stark sent a barrage of shots towards Spartans senior goalkeeper Katelyn Young (15 saves) and Generals freshman Arden Ulmer made great attacking runs down the wings, but Young turned everything aside to preserve Pembroke’s unblemished record.

“She kept them in the game for the last eight minutes,” Pike said. “The ball never really came out of their half. We threw everything at them. We changed formations, we just couldn’t finish. She got in the way of everything. We had some good corners, good volleys, good headers, good shots, but we just couldn’t capitalize.”

“(Katelyn) was just huge for us out there. She came up big. They were pressuring us hard,” said Kaufman, who also credited senior co-captain Hannah Serafin for “helping the defense be confident.”

The win leaves Pembroke as the only undefeated team remaining in D-II, with Bow (6-1) in second place and John Stark in a three-way tie with Milford and Hanover at 5-1-1 for third.

“It was anybody’s game the entire game,” Pike said. “I think we showed that we’re still a team that is dangerous against any other team. You have to give Pembroke their due to put away the win but we showed we can hold our own against anyone.”

As for the Spartans, they are taking things one match at a time, but Kaufman won’t deny that this is a special group.

Kaufman said that senior co-captains Serafin and Emily Lacasse “have been such great leaders for girls,” but added, “there’s too many (contributors) to mention, that’s for sure.”

“This is the third game in a row where we’ve risen to the challenge in the way the program has never done before,” Kaufman said. “We had never beaten Oyster River (until last week) and have only beaten Souhegan and John Stark twice in my nine years with the program. Moving forward we want to stay healthy and stay together and put the team before self.”

Girls’ Soccer

Bow 2, Hollis-Brookline 1, OT

Key players: Bow – Kayleigh Marshall (G), Lauren Goyette (G), Miah Munro (A)

Highlights: Munro played a nice ball to Marshall who turned on her defender and fired a shot into the left corner of the net with five minutes left in regulation to force extra time and Goyette volleyed home a ball from the 12 yards out with 1:40 to go in the second overtime. Megan Remick, Chloe Binder, Taylor Burnham and Kimmy Gosselin did a great job dealing with long balls into the Falcons’ end, while Amanda Marshall and Kristina Pizzi played well in the midfield.

Coach’s quote: “We put Hollis under a lot of pressure. Hollis works very hard defensively and we got a little caught up in their style. We got back to our game in the second half. Nice to see us making progress.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 6-1-0; Hollis Brookline 4-2-1

Kearsarge 9, Kingswood 0

Key players: Kearsarge – Caroline Camp (2G), Emily Folcik (2G), Brie Von Beren (G, 2A), Kaylyn Storozuk (G), Taryn Hubley (G), Jordan Busch (G, A), Livia Herno (G), Sarah Clark (2A), Kallee Selby (A), Lili Baer (A)

Coach’s quote: “Everyone came ready to play and put in a good effort tonight. Kingswood showed a lot of heart and played hard the entire time.” – Kearsarge’s Emily Wagaman

Records: Kearsarge 3-3-1; Kingswood 1-5-1

Boys’ Soccer

Pembroke 2, Souhegan 1

Key players: Pembroke – Connor Manteau (G), Cameron Rivard (G)

Highlights: The Spartans scored the game-winning goal with 10 minutes left in the match.

Records: Pembroke 6-1; Souhegan 0-6

Belmont 1, Campbell 1

Key players: Belmont – Zach Ennis (G), Colby Brown (A), Jake Deware (10 saves)

Highlights: The Raiders fell behind on an early corner, but the defensive unit of Lars Major, Caleb Burke, Angel Papadopoulos and Devin Bricknell kept the undefeated Cougars off the board for the rest of the match and Ennis scored the game-tying goal off a corner in the 77th minute. Both teams had quality chances in overtime, but settled for the draw and, along with Trinity, are the only teams remaining in D-III without a loss.

Coach’s quote: “It was the battle we expected from Campbell and it lived up to the hype. Well done by both teams.” – Belmont’s Mike Foley

Records: Belmont 5-0-1; Campbell 7-0-1

Hopkinton 2, Raymond 2

Key players: Hopkinton – Paul Molnar (2G), Ian Heck (A), Shea Dickson (A), Sam Crawford (4 saves)

Highlights: The Hawks had a dozen breakaway opportunities against the Rams, but some misses and spectacular goalkeeping prevented Hopkinton from coming away with the win.

Coach’s quote: “Wow. I’ve never seen a team create as many breakaway opportunities as we did tonight and not score close to 10 goals, let alone not win the game. We played some inspired soccer for the entire second and 20 minutes of overtime and created approximately 12 breakaway chances, all of which were saved or shot wide. It was an absolute wild event to watch. Pete Sintros played very tough for us at center back, stepping forward to win many 50/50 balls and then start our counterattack. Shea Dickson and Corey Breault also played well at center midfield, as they kept slotting balls through the defense for streaking forwards.” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke

Records: Hopkinton 4-3-1; Raymond 3-3-1

Epping 2, Pittsfield 1

Key players: Pittsfield – Jesse MacGlashing (G)

Highlights: Epping took an early lead with a goal in the seventh minute. Pittsfield got on the board with a goal from MacGlashing in 67th minute but the Blue Devils responded quickly with the game-winning strike in the 73rd minute.

Coach’s quote: “We controlled play for long stretches this afternoon and created quality scoring opportunities. Some bounces didn’t go our way and we give credit to Epping’s goalkeeper for his strong play. We have a lot of positives to take away from today and hopefully we can start to turn the corner soon.” – Pittsfield’s Derek Hamilton

Records: Epping 7-2; Pittsfield 3-5

Field Hockey

Concord 4, Manchester Memorial 1

Key players: Concord – Kaitlyn McKinnon (3G), Julie Auld, Erin Doherty, Ella Doherty

Highlights: Concord played its best game of the season, defending well and attacking with speed and purpose, beating a determined Memorial team on its home field.

Coach’s quote: “Julie Auld controlled the game. Erin and Ella Doherty (had a great) work rate.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Concord 4-3-1; Man. Memorial 1-5-0

Goffstown 4, John Stark 0

Key players: John Stark – Linsey Hagman (5 saves, no goals allowed), Sydnee Pelletier (12 saves), Elizabeth Aubin (midfield), Ali Burhamer (defense)

Highlights: The two sides were evenly matched for most of the game, but the Grizzlies dominated the circle on both ends at times, scoring two goals in each half.

Coach’s quote: “We are getting so close. We just need to clean up our defensive circles and finish on offense.” – John Stark’s Dennis Pelletier

Records: Goffstown 4-3-1; John Stark 2-5-0

Hopkinton 3, Gilford 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Katie Meserve (2G, A), Tora Thornley (G), Amelia Thomas (A), Julia Baer (A), Avery Barrett (team play), Maddy McCluskey (4 saves)

Highlights: McCluskey earned her second shutout of the season to help the Hawks win their fourth straight game.

Coach’s quote: “We came out strong, scoring in the first few minutes. We are playing with more confidence every game.” – Hopkinton’s Patty Connolly

Records: Hopkinton 6-1; Gilford 4-3


Concord 189, Alvirne 196,
Merrimack 275

Key players: Concord – Evan Makris (37, co-medalist), Sean McDonough (38), Matt Hauschild (38), Colin O’Brien (38), Winsor Bean (38), Zack Gamble (39), Quentin Barry (39)

Highlights: The Tide had seven golfers shoot under 40 at Green Meadow and Makris tied for medalist honors, leading Concord to wins over the Broncos and the Tomahawks.

Records: Concord 13-2; Alvirne 7-8; Merrimack 0-10

Bishop Brady 71, Monadnock 43, Kearsarge 25

Key players: Bishop Brady – Nick Grimbilas (23 points), Max Marinace (18), John Tauscher (18), Matt Cherian (12); Kearsarge – Molli Mayo (11), Jake LaBelle (6), Christian DeCosta (5), Alex Chapman (3)

Highlights: The Giants picked up two more wins in a home match at Beaver Meadow.

Records: Bishop Brady 10-1; Monadnock 4-8-1; Kearsarge 1-13

Mascenic 83, Hopkinton 68, Woodsville 36

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (19 points), Brandon Boris (18), Andrew Fairneny (16), Daniel Miner (15)

Highlights: The Hawks bounced back from a disappointing performance on Tuesday by splitting a match on their home course at Country Club of NH on Wednesday.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice to see us rebound from our 58 performance (on Tuesday). We played better golf today. The kids looked more confident and putted better than the other night.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Mascenic 12-0; Hopkinton 11-3; Woodsville 0-14

Girls’ Volleyball

Winnisquam 3, Newfound 1

Key players: Winnisquam – Shannon Goodwin (16 kills, 18 digs), Gabby Isabelle (16 kills, 9 digs), Olivia Dill (35 assists, 8 digs), Aubrey St. Onge (14 digs, 2 assists), Sarah Seymour (12 digs), Bekah Persson (6 digs, 2 aces)

Highlights: Goodwin and Isabelle had huge nights at the net and matched up well against Newfound’s Ashlee Dukette (last year’s D-III Player of the Year), making the difference in a 25-14, 25-19, 18-25, 25-12 victory in Mike Livernois’s 400th game as Winnisquam’s varsity head coach.

Coach’s quote: “Newfound is a better team than their record indicates. Newfound has a strong hitter in Ashlee Dukette, but Shannon and Gabby pounded the ball and had huge nights at the net.” – Winnisquam’s Mike Livernois

Records: Winnisquam 5-0; Newfound 2-4

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