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High schools: Hopkinton boys score big win over Conant

  • The Conant boys' soccer team hosts Hopkinton on Oct. 18, 2016. (Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

  • The Conant boys' soccer team hosts Hopkinton on Oct. 18, 2016. (Ben Conant / Monadnock Ledger-Transcript)

Monitor staff
Published: 10/19/2016 12:06:03 AM

The game wasn’t even two minutes old when Max Rossignol scored. About 17 minutes later, Rossignol found the back of the net again. And before the half was out, Rossignol completed his natural hat trick to lead the Hopkinton boys’ soccer team (12-3-0) to a 6-0 win at Conant (7-9).

“We played quick combinations from the start tonight, which spread out the Conant defense and allowed us to make dangerous runs into the gaps,” Hopkinton Coach Scott Zipke said.

Rossignol’s opening tally came off his head after a free kick. He made it 2-0 in the 19th minute on a nice give-and-go play with Jacob Rockwood, who finished with two goals and an assist himself. Rossignol completed the trifecta in the 35th minute after a smooth through ball from Gerry Donahue unlocked the Conant defense.

Rockwood made it 4-0 just two minutes before halftime as he belted one in from 30 yards out. He scored another unassisted beauty in the 61st minute when made a run along the baseline and then somehow finished into the near post corner from a seemingly impossible angle.

Azarius Meister completed the scoring in the 75th minute when he finished off a rebound after a Derek West shot hit the woodwork.

Hopkinton was coming off a 2-1 overtime loss to Belmont, the first game the Hawks had dropped in the month of October. They close the season against 14-1 Stevens on Friday.

“Stevens is one of the top teams in the division,” Zipke said. “It was a tough overtime loss to Belmont, but we’re hoping for a strong showing going into the playoffs. With Rockwood finally back to full-strength from a serious injury, the offense is beginning to jell at just the right time.”

And it will have to jell if the Hawks hope to find success in what should be a competitive tournament.

“Division III is very interesting this year,” Zipke said. “There are eight or nine teams that have all battled each other for the top spots and inflicted a lot of tough losses on each other. The top four teams of Stevens, Derryfield, Brady and Gilford are strong, but so is the next group of teams. The tournament this year should be absolutely must-watch soccer.”


Pembroke 2, John Stark 1, OT

Key players: Stark – Lawson Murphy (goal), Evan Caswell (assist), Isaiah Lovering, Ryan Nelson, Jake Reynolds; Pembroke – Cole Sporcic (goal), Glenn Dion (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Murphy gave Stark the lead with 15 minutes remaining, but Pembroke rallied two minutes later for the equalizer and again for the game-winner five minutes into overtime

Coach’s quote: “That was a hard-fought game that could have gone either way.” – Stark’s Jeff Vogt

“It felt like a playoff game and was great to be on the winning side.” – Pembroke’s Peter Bisson

Records: Stark 10-5; Pembroke 14-1

ConVal 4, Kearsarge 2

Key players: Kearsarge – Leland Heckle (goal), Brendan McDonald (goal, assist), Brad Underhill (assist), Levi Wilson (15 saves)

Highlights/key moments: After going scoreless in the first half, Kearsarge got its attack working with two goals in the second half, including a goal from McDonald that trimmed the lead to two with seven minutes left.

Coach’s quote: “ConVal has a strong team and scored a couple nice goals. The boys worked hard and did not quit tonight. It’s been a long, hard season with very little luck going our way.” – Kearsarge’s Matt Burch

Records: Kearsarge 2-10-3; ConVal 14-1

Mascoma Valley 7, Franklin 2

Key players: Franklin – Gio Lemon (2 goals), Jacob Weaver (assist), Logan Hannigan (defense), Bryan Sweet (defense)

Highlights/key moments: The Golden Tornadoes could not slow down Mascoma’s attack and their winning streak ended at two.

Records: Franklin 2-13; Mascoma 9-5-1

Belmont 5, Inter-Lakes 1

Key players: Belmont – Logan Wilder (2 goals, 3 assists), Cole Contigiani (goal), Doug Price (goal), Nolan Gagnon (assist), Ryan Gelinas (goal)

Highlights/key moments: Wilder created for himself and his teammates all afternoon as the Raiders cruised to their 10th win.

Coach’s quote: “It was a big night on our senior day and a very nice way to end the regular season at home.” – Belmont’s Michael Foley

Records: Belmont 10-3-1; Inter-Lakes 6-7-2


Pinkerton 2, Concord 1

Highlights/key moments: The loss was the first for the Tide this month.

Coach’s quote: “After a strong first half, Concord took the lead at the start of the second, however, despite great play and tremendous effort, Pinkerton was able to come away with the victory.” – Concord’s Jeremy Duclos

Records: Concord 10-5; Pinkerton 12-3

Bow 7, Kennett 0

Key players: Bow – Lauren Goyette (3 goals), Kayleigh Marshall (goal, assist), Malena Lafrenierre (goal, assist), Taylor Burnam (first varsity goal), Miah Munro (goal), Crista Alfano (2 assists)

Highlights/key moments: The Falcons turned it up in the second half, scoring four goals in the first 17 minutes.

Coach’s quote: “When the game started we were still on the bus enjoying the beautiful scenery up in the North Country.

In the second half, we came out playing like we have the last few weeks.” – Bow’s Jay Vogt

Records: Bow 12-3; Kennett 2-12-1

Merrimack Valley 5, Sanborn 3

Key players: MV – Emily Knouse (3 goals), Abby Grandmaison (goal, 4 assists), Maddie Glazier (goalkeeper), Brooke Walton

Highlights/key moments: MV struck first and continued to pile up the goals from there, turning a 3-1 halftime advantage into its third win in four tries.

Coach’s quote: “It was a good battle throughout and both teams fought hard.

“It was great to see the girls finish strong.” – MV’s Jeff Richard

Records: MV 4-10-1; Sanborn 2-13

Gilford 1, Inter-Lakes 0, 2OT

Key players: Gilford – Sophie Leggett (goal), Hannah Perkins (15 saves), Sarah Fillion (assist); Inter-Lakes – Makenna Edgar (offense)

Highlights/key moments: Leggett knocked home the game-winner with 10 seconds left in the second overtime period.

Coach’s quote: “Very proud of how my team continued to play hard, strong soccer throughout the entire game.

We never gave up and it paid off in the end.” – Gilford’s Thomas Raymond

Records: Gilford 3-10-2; Inter-Lakes 6-9-1

Hopkinton 2, Raymond 1, OT

Key players: Hopkinton – Meg Ellsworth (goal), Ellie Morrall (goal), Lilias Whitehead (assist)

Highlights/key moments: Ellsworth connected in the 28th minute for the early lead. Morrall finished off the game with a score in the 82nd minute off a feed from Lilias Whitehead.

Coach’s quote: “We have one more final game against Hillsboro-Deering on Friday so it was nice to come away with a win today.” – Hopkinton’s Lauri Izzi

Records: Hopkinton 12-3; Raymond 10-5

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