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High schools: Pittsfield boys’ soccer prevails in overtime



Monitor staff
Wednesday, October 10, 2018

The Eagles had the Panthers’ number when the two teams kicked off in early September, but Ben Stopyro’s overtime goal lifted the Pittsfield boys’ soccer team (6-7) to a 4-3 overtime victory over Portsmouth Christian (8-4), avenging that loss and giving the Panthers back-to-back wins for the first time since August.

Portsmouth Christian won 3-2 on Sept. 4 and it looked like the Eagles would earn another victory, taking 1-0 and 2-1 leads in the first half, but goals from senior midfielder Colby Wolfe (two goals, assist) and senior forward Kyle Stockman (goal, assist) tied the game, 2-2, at halftime.

Pittsfield took a 3-2 lead in the second half when Wolfe converted a penalty kick in the 58th minute, but the Eagles returned the favor, scoring in the 71st minute to force extra time.

Sophomore midfielder Jesse MacGlashing started a counterattack and sent the ball over the top of the Portsmouth Christian defense to sophomore midfield Ben Stopyro, who beat the Eagles’ goalkeeper with one touch for the game-winning strike.

“I’ve seen a lot of positive growth in this team over the past few weeks,” Pittsfield coach Derek Hamilton said. “Today we battled back from one-goal deficits twice in the first half and showed our resolve throughout the second half and overtime period. It is good to see their hard work paying off.”

The win puts the Panthers in 14th place in Division IV with three games remaining in the regular season, including a Saturday matchup when Pittsfield hosts Concord Christian.

The top 16 teams in D-IV qualify for the postseason tournament.

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 1, Windham 1, 2OT

Key players: Concord – Sujan Gurung (G), Liam Bennett (A), Liam Devanny (3 saves), Danny Aybar (defense), Garrett Boyle (midfield)

Highlights: The Crimson Tide got on the board first in the 57th minute when Bennett headed down a corner kick and Gurung redirected it into the net. An own goal tied the game in the 77th minute when a Jaguar cross hit a Concord defender and deflected into the net. The Tide couldn’t find the game-winning goal in overtime, despite outshooting Windham, 14-7, in the match.

Records: Concord 8-3-2; Windham 2-8-3

John Stark 2, Bow 2, 2OT

Key players: John Stark – Jared Peterson (G), Jonathan Rizzitano (G), Josh Reynolds (A), Emmet Rinehimer (A), Jaimason Lacasse (4 saves)

Coach’s quote: “We were disappointed with our first half and how we went down 2-0. I am very proud of how the boys bounced back in the second half and showed some resiliency against a very good Bow team to get the draw.” – John Stark’s Eddie Marceau

Records: John Stark 9-3-1; Bow 7-3-2

Hillsboro-Deering 4, Mascoma 3

Key players: H-D – Ben Ketterer (3G), Kadin Garvin (G), Gunner Hagstrom (A), Teghan Auger (A)

Highlights: Ketterer scored a hat trick and Garvin drove a shot into the net from 20 yards out to lift the Hillcats to their second consecutive win.

Records: H-D 7-6; Mascoma 5-8

Girls’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 7, Manchester West 1

Key players: MV – Theresa Irving (2G), Emily Knouse (3G), Kylie Curtin (2G), McKayla Palhof (A), Kaitlyn Belanger (A), Kaylee Magoon (2A), Hannah Costello (A), Emily Philbrook (A)

Highlights: Irving put the Pride on the board 10 minutes into the match by cutting inside on the keeper and finding the net. West answered a few minutes later on a long shot that went off the post and then off the keeper in the back of into the net, but MV finished the half with four goals in five minutes (including a hat trick from Knouse) to take a 5-1 lead into halftime.

Coach’s quote: “A fun game on turf against a hard-working West team. I was impressed by the work ethic of West throughout the whole game. Everyone should admire work ethic and we can take this game as lesson from them. Well played by both teams.” – MV’s Nick D’Agostino

Records: MV 8-5-0; Man. West 0-11-1

Hopkinton 5, Somersworth 0

Key players: Hopkinton – Grace Clark (G), Caitlin Clark (G), Jessie Carney (G), Emily Metzger (G, A), Lyndon Flanagan (G), Loren Charron (A), Sage Hubicki (A), Amelia Bassett (shutout), Emily Fleegle (shutout)

Highlights: The Hawks had five different goal scorers and used two goalkeepers to combine for Hopkinton’s fifth shutout of the season. Clark netter her 15th goal of season while seniors Flanagan and Hubicki recorded their first points of the year.

Coach’s quote: “The Hawks shared the ball well today to get five different players on the scoreboard. I really like how our team plays as a team and not as individuals. I think this will help us come playoffs.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn

Records: Hopkinton 9-3-1; Somersworth 3-8-0

Field Hockey

Londonderry 3, Concord 1

Key players: Concord – Felicity Sheldon (goalie), Kaitlyn McKinnon (G)

Highlights: The Lancers used solid stick skills to elude Concord’s efforts and put three goals into the cage, despite great goaltending from Sheldon. McKinnon scored a late goal for the Tide.

Records: Londonderry 9-4-0; Concord 6-6-1

Kennett 4, Bow 0

Key players: Bow – Maddie Soucy (11 saves), Courtney Baer (12 saves), Brenna Novakoski (midfield), Falon Labrecque (midfield), Barrie Guertin (midfield, defense), Elizabeth Guertin (defense), Rylee Constant (defense)

Highlights: Soucy and Baer kept their cool in net despite being peppered with shots from the first-place Eagles on Tuesday.

Coach’s quote: “We played more like ourselves today which felt really good. We were down 1-0 at the halftime and stayed in the game until late in the second half. I am proud of how well they played.” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary

Records: Kennett 13-0; Bow 3-10

Newfound 3, Winnisquam 1

Key players: Winnisquam – Meghan Cote, Maddie House, Emma Griffin

Highlights: Winnisquam played a strong second half, but couldn’t overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit on Tuesday despite strong several scoring changes from Cote, House and Griffin.

Coach’s quote: “Tonight, we may have allowed fears and intimidation to get in our way of playing our game. The team really pulled together and played a phenomenal second half. We dominated in offensive corners, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net. ... The season is far from over.” – Winnisquam’s Erin Cayer

Records: Newfound 10-2-1; Winnisquam 8-5-0

Gilford 8, Franklin 0

Key players: Gilford – Brianna Salanitro (5G); Franklin– Ryleigh Seufert (utility player)

Highlights: Seufert played a strong two-way game for the Tornadoes, but they couldn’t overcome Salanitro’s five goals in a loss on Tuesday.

Records: Gilford 8-5; Franklin 0-12

Girls’ Volleyball

John Stark 3, ConVal 0

Key players: John Stark – Lillian Stogner (11 kills, 5 digs, 3 aces), Riley Lord (7 aces, 5 kills), Brooke Patnode (21 assists, ace)

Highlights: The Generals pulled away later in the first set, staved off a ConVal comeback in the second and took control early in the third in a 25-19, 25-19, 25-13 victory.

Coach’s quote: “We didn’t play to our potential tonight, but we still found a way to win. We need to finish the regular season on a winning streak and playing well.” – John Stark’s Jeff McClellan

Records: John Stark 7-7; ConVal 1-13