Concord beats Pinkerton, wins fourth consecutive game

  • Concord freshman Emanuelle Beaujouan tries to hit the ball out of the air against Pinkerton Academy at Rollins Park in Concord on Monday. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Concord defenseman Madison Raymond has her eyes locked on a Pinkerton Academy player at Rollins Park on Monday.

Monitor staff
Published: 9/21/2021 3:28:51 PM

Concord has been finding its groove lately.

It has spent the last three weeks on buses, traveling over 200 miles roundtrip to other schools in the division and the bus rides home have been more fun than the departures.

On Monday, however, there wasn’t a need for a bus for the Crimson Tide, but the celebration continued as they picked up their fourth consecutive win with Pinkerton as the latest to fall.

Though it was a tight 1-0 contest, the Tide mostly controlled the game. They had spans of 2-3 minute stretches where the ball consistently came off their sticks and caused a swarm for Astros’ goalie Elise LeBlanc in front of the goal.

One of those swarms ended up as the game’s lone goal. The play started as a forced turnover in the middle of the field and turned into a breakway opportunity for senior Jordan Cromwell.

Cromwell had help behind her with fellow senior Isabelle Sawyer and junior Emma Beaujouan following her into Pinkerton space. Cromwell’s shot missed and the clashing of sticks echoed throughout Rollins Park in a battle for possession.

A brief pause, Beaujouan managed to push the ball past LeBlanc and gave Concord the lead and eventually the game. Beaujouan is more of a hitter than a finesse type of scoring, according to first-year coach Nicole Armaganian. Such a hitter, the officials told her that some of wind-ups are potentially dangerous, and Armaganian was pleased with the quick adjustment to help the team.

“I was so happy that she was the one who scored,” Armaganian said. “It kind of reiterates that you can score, it doesn’t have to be perfect, just keep going after the ball.”

While the practice window has been minimal – the Tide have played four games in nine days starting on Sept. 11 – what they have practiced on is starting to show up on the field Armaganian said. Most noticeably was the communication aspect of the game.

Calls were being made throughout afternoon’s game ranging from creating match-ups and how to line up defensively to calling out passes and directions on offensive starts. Having the ability of being coachable as the middle of the season approaches is going to be critical if Concord wants to continue to play the way it has as of late.

But that coachability is something that Armaganian has seen from the start of the first summer workouts up through Monday’s game.

“In practice we do talk about game-like situations and then we make a big about carrying it over into the game we do it,” she said. “They’re encouraging each other, and being able to adjust and to adjust on the fly is great to see.”

Concord has a quick turnaround as it will host Salem on Tuesday with a 4:45 p.m. start time. Should they get win number five on this run, the Tide will have a day of practice and then host Bedford on Thursday with a 4 p.m. start.

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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