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Concord upset by Nashua North in 1-0 loss

  • Concord midfielder Jacque Tunguru (right) battles with Nashua North forward Amos Karnuah during the second half of Tuesday night’s Division I playoff game at Laconia High School. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff photographs

  • Concord defender Nicholas Reynolds fights through three Nashua North players during the first half of Tuesday’s playoff match at Laconia High School. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Concord defender Nicholas Reynolds gets bumped out of bounds by Nashua North’s Estevan Arango during first-half play.

Monitor staff
Published: 10/27/2021 5:39:22 PM

LACONIA – Jacque Tunguru sank to his knees in disbelief.

The junior midfielder, in the midst of the pouring rain and whipping winds, clutched his damp maroon jersey while wiping away a combination of sweat, rain and tears.

His actions were similar to that of his teammates as the beginning of reality settled in and the celebration on the other side of the field from Nashua North took place.

The fifth-seeded Crimson Tide were upset in the opening round of the Division I tournament on Tuesday as the No. 12 Titans won, 1-0.

Nashua (8-9-0), which had lost to Concord, 1-0, back in late September, scored the game’s only goal just seven minutes in as Gaurav Maharjan put the ball in the net on a feed from Caua Soares de Freitas. From that moment on, it was an uphill battle for the Tide, who seemed to find a Titan reaction for every offensive action they could muster.

Some of Concord’s best chances came in moments where they needed. With about 18 minutes left in the second half, the Tide began to click offensively.

It all started on the back end as the defense was able to stop the persistent Nashua strikers.

From there, their defenders sent the ball up along the outskirts of the field, and the Tide’s forwards would cross the ball back over toward their midfielders.

This standard formula proved to be effective as Concord generated more shots on goal against Titans goalie Yazid Poolakal than it had all game long.

“They were playing with more urgency; they knew they had to try and go tie it up,” coach Scott Dunlop said.

Tunguru, Alejo Caceres and Ajay Darjee piloted those chances and were all met with the same disappointing fate. With the time on the clock getting smaller and smaller, the neatly designed chances turned into desperation shots, and on the final corner kick the painful sound of the whistle signaled that the Tide had run out of time.

“We gave up one early and then had to try to recover,” Dunlop said.

“First half, we didn’t really create that many chances, then we had to change things around and moved some pieces around.”

Despite the changes and efforts, the Tide’s season ends on a disappointing note. It’s not the way their seniors would’ve liked to have finish, but those seniors were part of something big, according to Dunlop.

“They’ve been tremendous,” he said. “They’ve really picked this program up and each guy has given everything they can.”

Despite the loss, there is still some upside. Concord’s junior class features 13 players who all return next fall. That includes Tunguru and captain Jimmy Rutikanga.


Matt Parker bio photo

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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