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High schools: Pittsfield boys’ soccer falls in OT to Sunapee, 2-1

  • Pittsfield’s Cameron Darrah (right) jumps to head the ball as Sunapee goalie Will Palin knocks the ball away at Drake Field on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Pittsfield goalie Gavin Knight blocks a shot by Sunapee forward Gartland Carson during the second half at Drake Field in Pittsfield on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/19/2017 12:16:57 AM

The Pittsfield boys’ soccer team wants home-field advantage in the playoffs, and the Panthers know they’ll have to beat some good teams to get it.

Pittsfield (6-2) nearly had a win against such a team, but a goal by Lane Smith three minutes into overtime lifted Sunapee (4-2) to a 2-1 win.

The Panthers didn’t get the result it wanted in Monday’s loss against the Lakers, but the Panthers still have plenty of reasons to be optimistic heading into the second half of the season, one of them being their 6-2 record.

The Lakers got on the board quickly with a goal from Michael Mullen in the seventh minute.

“Sunapee came us very quickly,” Pittsfield Head Coach Derek Hamilton said. “They have good speed in their attack. Defensively it took us some time to get our feet under us. We gave them some time and space and they capitalized.”

Both teams had quality scoring chances later in the first half, and senior goalkeeper Gavin Knight (9 saves) made a pair of clutch saves.

“Gavin was really phenomenal tonight,” Hamilton said. “He saved the game.”

Senior midfielder Garrett Guerrero-Hadley took a pass from senior forward Cameron Darrah and his strike found the back of the net in the 43rd minute to even the score three minutes into the second half.

The Panthers continued to control the run of play for the rest of the half, especially in the final 15 minutes, when they had several chances to put the game away.

The best chance came with just under five minutes to go when senior midfielder Matt St. George sent a cross into the box that a Laker defender deflected towards the goal, forcing the Sunapee keeper to make a diving save.

“If we had another five or six minutes I think we could’ve put the game away,” Hamilton said. “But the whistle blew, so both teams had time to reset. Sunapee responded quicker in overtime.”

Despite the loss, the Panthers head into the latter half of the regular season in fourth place in the Division IV standings. Besides their loss against the seventh-place Lakers, the Panthers only other blemish is a 1-0 loss to the first place and undefeated Portsmouth Christian Eagles (7-0).

Pittsfield has also outscored its opponents 44-7 through eight matches, a particularly impressive statistic for a defense that only had one returning starter heading into this season.

“The defense coming into the season was pretty inexperienced,” Hamilton said. “This group has become cohesive very quickly.”

Junior Colby Wolfe, the lone returning defender, and junior Jacob Marcotte anchored the back in Monday’s game against Sunapee.

“Colby in particular has adjusted well to a central position as our sweeper,” Hamilton said. “He and Gavin make up for a lot of our mistakes.”

Hamilton also highlighted the freshman duo of Jah Gordon and Jesse MacGlashing for their roles in the back.

“We’ll have to continue to build out of the back and stay cohesive,” said Hamilton regarding the keys to the second half of the season. “Offensively we want to be balanced and spread the ball around to create opportunities. We want to finish the season and hopefully have two home playoff games. We’ll need to beat some good teams to be in that position.”


Bow 3, St. Thomas 0

Key players: Bow – Chris Gallier (two goals), Graham Weisberg (goal), Max Elsasser (2 assists), Joseph Rychwalski (shutout)

Highlights/key moments: The backline of Ben Guertin, Sean Miclette and Connor Wachsmuth did a good job protecting Rychwalski to give the Falcons their first shutout of the season. Weisberg scored his first career varsity goal and Gallier scored a pair to lead a Falcons’ attack that gave Bow a 1-0 halftime lead.

Coach’s quote: “It is nice to be 7-1 halfway through the regular season, but the hill doesn’t get any flatter. When you’re winning it gets steeper.” – Bow’s George Pinkham

Records: Bow 7-1; St. Thomas 2-8


Kearsarge 2, Plymouth 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Emily Folcik (goal), Taryn Hubley (goal), Jordan Busch (2 assists), Payten Hebert (9 saves)

Highlights/key moments: The Bobcats scored with seven minutes left in the match, but the Cougars scored two goals in the last five minutes to pull out the win.

Coach’s quote: “The girls have had some tough games where they’ve had many shots, but haven’t scored enough to win. It was very rewarding to see them dig deep and work hard for the win tonight.” – Kearsarge’s Travis Dezotell

Records: Kearsarge 3-3; Plymouth 1-4

Prospect Mountain 2, Belmont 1

Key players: Belmont – Julianna Estremera (goal), Rebecca Fleming (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Estremera cut the Raiders’ lead to one goal with 10 minutes left, but Belmont wasn’t able to tie it up before the horn. Belmont led Prospect Mtn. in shots, 11-4.

Coach’s quote: “We need to take care of the ball and finish.” – Belmont’s Mark Dawalga

Records: Prospect Mtn. 4-2; Belmont 3-2-2

Pittsfield 2, Concord Christian 0

Key players: Pittsfield – Katie Rollins (goal, assist), Emily Thompson (goal), Kira Wood (assist), Rebecca Smith (2 saves), Tori Lee, Jolene

Highlights/key moments: The Panthers couldn’t find the back of the net in the first half, but Rollins scored early in the second half and Wood netted a goal seven minutes later. The Panthers held the Lady Kingsmen to just two shots.

Coach’s quote: “The girls played great for 80 minutes tonight. The passing was crisp, the talking was loud and the defense was strong.” – Pittsfield’s Jayme Kennedy

Records: Pittsfield 6-1-0; Concord Christian 2-3-1


Winnacunnet 1, Concord 0

Key players: Concord – Ruby Garcia (goalie), Ella Doherty (defense), Sam Ossoff (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide’s strong defense kept Concord in the game. The Tide pressed its attack, despite a yellow card, and came close to scoring.

Coach’s quote: “Concord played very well against a strong and skillful Winnacunnet. It was a great game that saw both sides playing hard for 60 minutes.” – Concord’s Andy Briers

Records: Winnacunnet 5-1; Concord 1-5

Kennett 5, Merrimack Valley 2

Key players: MV – Meg Dougherty (goal, assist), Reilly Swislosky (goal), Chloe Rattee (assist), Kylee Warren (goalie)

Highlights/key moments: The Pride got on the board first 11 minutes into the game. Kennett tied it seven minutes later and scored again with five minutes left in the half for a 2-1 halftime lead. Eight minutes into the second half Kennett scored again, but MV kept fighting and scored another goal halfway into the half. The Eagles scored two insurance goals later in the half to seal the win.

Coach’s quote: “Sometimes you work really hard but things don’t turn out as you hope. Tomorrow’s another day to try to improve on our play.” – MV’s Kim Kenney

Records: Kennett 5-2-0; MV 0-5-1

Gilford 8, White Mountains 0

Key players: Gilford – Bri Salanitro (3 goals), Sydny Lehr (2 goals), Laurel Gingrich (goal, assist), Kellie Ryan (goal, assist), Allyson Carr (first varsity goal)

Highlights/key moments: The Eagles defeated the Spartans for the second time this season, improving over their 5-2 victory from last week. Gilford moved the ball better and played better defense in the rematch.

Coach’s quote: “Positive passing has continued to improve and we are (better at) going to the goalie with our sticks down. We are still a work in progress.” – Gilford’s David Rogacki

Records: Gilford 7-1; White Mtns. 1-5

Hopkinton 1, Stevens 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Fiona Beane (goal), Chloe Wood (assist), Carley Kanter (defense), Maddie McCluskey (third shutout of season)

Highlights/key moments: Beane scored the only goal of the contest in the second half at 15:47.

Coach’s quote: “This was a big win for the Hawks. Our defense was outstanding. They really came together and played a solid game.” – Hopkinton’s Patty Connolly

Records: Hopkinton 4-2; Stevens 3-4


Kearsarge 179, Pelham 189,
Plymouth 191, Fall Mountain 241

Key players: Kearsarge – Jake Bears (40), Solomon Neuwirt (45), Sean Higgins (46), Adam Bartlett (48), Will Chadwick (48)

Highlights/key moments: Bears earned medalist honors at Country Club of New Hampshire and led the Cougars to three victories on their home course.

Coach’s quote: “It was a big improvement over last match. In the past we haven’t defended our home course, but we posted good scores today and shot 11 strokes better than the last match. The kids were more focused.” – Kearsarge’s David Muzzey

Records: Kearsarge 10-2; Pelham 5-7; Plymouth 11-4; Fall Mtn. 0-13

Moultonborough 170, Hopkinton 186
Littleton 189, Farmington 195

Key players: Hopkinton – Larsen Burack (46), Keirnan Byrne (46), Brandon Boris (47), Trent Gagnon (47)

Highlights/key moments: Bryne shot a huge 47 out of the sixth spot to help the Hawks go 2-1 in the match.

Coach’s quote: “Byrne and Boris both stepped up and scored big for us as the team rallied to beat two teams ahead of us in the standings.” – Hopkinton’s Dave Chase

Records: Moultonborough 7-0; Hopkinton 7-4; Littleton 7-4; Farmington 5-3


Salem 3, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Maria Wimpey (15 kills, 15 digs), Brenna Vandersea (12 digs), Abby Rochette (31 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Tide won the first set, but dropped a tight match to one of the teams in D-I, 19-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-22.

Coach’s quote: “We are a team who focuses on ways we can improve with every new experience. This game was a success in that we have a better idea of how to improve for future matches.” – Concord’s Jonathan Flower

Records: Salem 5-1; Concord 6-1

John Stark 3, Manchester West 0

Key players: John Stark – Sydney Story (7 kills), Sarah Wagner (5 kills), Ila Heino (5 kills), Courtney Lavigne (defense), Lucy McGrade (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Generals easily dispatched the Blue Knights, 25-7, 25-13, 25-15.

Coach’s quote: “We came out focused and ready to play. It was great to get all of the team playing time.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 4-2; West 0-5

Gilford 3, Hanover 0

Key players: Gilford – Maggie McNeil (24-for-24 in serves, 5 kills), Lexi Boisvert (team-high 7 kills), Abby Warren (5 kills), Abby O’Connor (5 kills), Karly Sanborn (24 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Eagles won their fourth match in a row. McNeil made 14 straight serves with five aces in the deciding third set. Gilford swept all three sets with scores of 25-10, 25-17 and 25-16.

Records: Gilford 4-1; Hanover 3-2

Belmont 3, Pittsfield 0

Key players: Belmont – Arianna Janosz (10 straight service points)

Highlights/key moments: Thanks to some clutch serving from Janosz, the Raiders were able to dig out of an early hole in the first set en route to a 26-24, 25-23, 25-21 victory over the Panthers.

Coach’s quote: “Belmont girls played well tonight but we still need to tweak some things. Each game we are improving and learning and that’s a really good thing. I think we have great potential and I am hoping we come together at the right time. It’s still early and we are still learning how we need to operate as a team.” – Belmont’s Adam Gaulin

Records: Belmont 2-3; Pittsfield 1-3

Sunapee 3, Franklin 0

Key players: Franklin – Lexy Lynch (4 blocks, kill), Sarah Sorette (3 digs)

Highlights/key moments: The Tornadoes lost in straight sets to the one of the best programs in D-III.

Records: Sunapee 4-1; Franklin 0-6

Mascenic 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Key players: H-D – Eva Evans (6 assists), Kaelyn Snair (2 kills, block, 5 digs), Meg Wheeler (2 kills, 4 digs, 2 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Hillcats fell on the road to the Vikings.

Coach’s quote: “Mascenic is always a strong team and a great competitor. We are really proud of the performance our girls had tonight and the volleys that went on.” – H-D’s Nicole LaRoche

Records: Mascenic 3-3; H-D 1-5

Inter-Lakes 3, Prospect Mountain 0

Key players: I-L – Jessalyn Brown (21 assists, 13 service points, 8 digs), Emma Wheeler (13 service points, 14 digs, 5 aces, 6 kills, 3 blocks), Morgan White (5 kills, 7 digs), Hailey Hart (6 kills, 6 digs, 6 service points), Sarah Seeley (12 digs, 4 service points)

Highlights/key moments: The Lakers remained undefeated with a win in straight sets over the Timberwolves.

Coach’s quote: “Nice team effort for the Lakers with all 14 players on the roster contributing.” – I-L’s Randy Mattson

Records: I-L 4-0; Prospect Mtn. 2-2

Newfound 3, Moultonborough 0

Key players: Newfound – Ashlee Dukette 21 digs, 8 kills, 7 aces, 3 blocks), Bailey Fairbank (25 digs, 8 kills, 6 aces)

Highlights/key moments: The Bears won some long volleys to secure a tight 25-22, 25-23, 25-21 win.

Records: Newfound 4-2; Moultonborough 2-4

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