Coe-Brown boys soccer holds on for win against Souhegan

  • Coe-Brown Northwood Academy midfilelder Jack Lano(left) battles Souhegan midfielder Logan Brown (center) as Souhegan goalie Ryan Lockitt puches out the ball in first half action on Monday, September 27, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown Northwood Academy midfielder Sam Lapiejko (7) congratulates teammate Brady Kouchoukos after their second goal on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Coe-Brown Northwood Academy forward Brady Kouchoukos (left) battles Souhegan midfielders Owen Rodriguez (center) and Chuck Wason for the ball in first half action on Monday, September 27, 2021. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 9/28/2021 4:43:14 PM

NORTHWOOD – Sam Lapiejko charged toward the Souhegan goal and looked to put the match out of reach early.

Brady Kouchoukos was to his left and Lapiejko, rather than take the shot, briefly hesitated and instead passed to Kouchoukos, who sent the ball into the bottom corner just past keeper Ryan Lockitt’s fingertips.

Kouchoukos’ goal proved to be the difference in Coe-Brown’s 2-1 win over visiting Souhegan on Monday night as the Bears’ offense dominated for most of the game.

A large aspect behind Kouchoukos’ goal was the patience in with which the Bears played. Rather than sail passes over top of the defense and try for the breakaway goals, they were more decisive with the ball and reacted with what the defense gave them.

“Once we started playing the ball up through the midfield or through our wings, whichever way we found it, we were able to generate a lot more (chances),” coach Christian Gompert said. “I thought they did well.”

The patience that Gompert was happy to see he gave credit to Souhegan’s coach, David Saxe, as Saxe’s program is one that is fueled on offensive patience. Perhaps a bit too patient in Monday’s game. Mainly with patience, Gompert just wants to see development and a progression on the pitch rather than creating havoc.

“We talk a lot about not forcing it,” he said. “Finding teammates, just being aware of the field around you and not making unnecessary dribbles.”

Kouchoukos’ goal – and Adam Ludwikowski’s strike that broke the 0-0 score – were the style of play that can take Coe-Brown (4-4-0) on a serious regular-season run as the playoffs grow more near.

While the offense created the lead, the defense preserved the victory. After the Sabers’ scored off a corner kick rebound from Ryan Fillion, the final 15 minutes of the game featured anything but patience on the pitch.

Desperation chances and even attempts at trying to control possession were on display from both teams.

Ultimately, the Bears persevered and held on, cheering moments before the officials blew their whistles, signaling the end.

Finally out of a losing record, the Bears will look to get back into a winning record when they play at John Stark on Wednesday.

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Matt Parker is a sports reporter at the Monitor and started in August 2021. He is an Ohio native and relishes being from the Buckeye state. A proud graduate of Ohio University located in Athens, Ohio, he served as the sports editor for the student-run newspaper, The Post, from 2019-20. When not at a game or chasing around a coach, you can catch him playing his guitars or looking for the next Peanuts memorabilia piece to add in his growing collection.

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