Thursday’s high schools: MV boys’ soccer hands No. 1 Lebanon first loss, Stark field hockey streak ends

Published: 10-06-2023 10:34 AM

Boys’ Soccer

Merrimack Valley 1, Lebanon 0

Key players: MV – Carysn Perkins (goal), Andrew Surpenant (assist), Trevor Simonds (shutout in goal), Carter Lankhorst (defense), Eli Wormald (defense), Owen Piper (defense), Jonas Weed (defense)

Highlights: Perkins flicked a Surprenant goal kick past the Lebanon goalkeeper 15 minutes into the match, and the Pride went on to hand the Raiders their first loss of the season. Surprenant drove a corner kick to the near post to set up MV’s game-winning goal. Lebanon had many chances, including two shots that went off the goal post, but the Pride’s entire back line of Lankhorst, Wormald, Piper and Weed fought out a strong Raider attack.

Coach’s quote: “That was an all-around great team win. Every single player helped us pull off that huge win today. Lebanon is an extremely tough team, with lots of weapons all over the field. We didn’t generate a ton of offense after we scored, but we locked in defensively. I am so happy for the guys to get that win. They have worked hard and things haven’t fallen our way in games. It was great to beat a very skilled Lebanon team tonight.” – MV’s Ken Fuller

Records: MV 8-4-1; Lebanon 12-1-0

Bow 6, Laconia 1

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Key players: Bow – Colby Smith (3 goals), Luke Hartshorn (goal, 2 assists), Ethan Anderson (goal, assist), Matei Botha (goal), Anthony Ray (assist), Eli Berrigan (assist)

Highlights: The Falcons entered with a 2-0 lead from the game that was suspended on Sept. 8 after 25 minutes of play, and the Falcons added four goals in the second half from Anderson (51st minute), Smith (60th and 62nd minutes) and Botha (77th minute).

Coach’s quote: “Despite there being a few weeks off in-between games, we were able to continue right where we left off. We created many quality chances and received great contributions from several different players.” – Bow’s Josh Smith

Records: Bow 9-1-1; Laconia 6-6-0

Hollis-Brookline 2, Coe-Brown 0

Highlights: The Bears dropped their third game in their last four outings.

Coach’s quote: “This is a game where the score doesn’t tell the whole story. Hollis is a great team. They are well-organized and connect passes, often switching through the back and probing until they find a channel. That being said, we adapted very well to their system, able to hold off pressure and limit their options. While we weren’t as clean with our passes as we’d like to be, the heart our boys showed tonight wasn’t something we’d really seen yet this year. They won a large majority of 50-50 balls, and the work rate was admirable. If they bring that mentality and we can work to be consistent with our shape and continue to clean up our passes, I’m really excited to see what our best soccer looks like. This was a step in the right direction.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Hollis-Brookline 9-3; Coe-Brown 7-5

Girls’ Soccer

Kearsarge 2, Conant 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Carly Grant (2 goals), Maddie Thorp (assist), Ociee Ilg (midfield), Adara Boucher (8 saves), Tessa Marinello (defense); Conant – Ava Rollins (goal)

Highlights: Conant applied pressure early, with Rollins finding the back of the net in the 15th minute, but Grant scored the equalizer on a penalty kick 10 minutes later and the game-winner off a pass from Thorp just over a minute into the second half.

Coach’s quote: “Great win. Always tough to travel and play at Conant. We did what we needed to today, even missing a few key players. Great to have Carly back. Proud of the young players who have had to step in to some big roles.” – Kearsarge’s Dave Smith

Records: Kearsarge 7-4-2; Conant 4-6-0

Field Hockey

Kennett 2, John Stark 1

Key players: John Stark – Jillian Fredette (goal), Caylin Worth (assist), Edie Fischer (4 saves), Addy Pelletier (4 saves), Lauryn Guevin (midfield)

Highlights: The Generals dropped their first game of the season on the road at Kennett.

Records: John Stark 11-1; Kennett 9-2

Merrimack Valley 5, Plymouth 3

Key players: MV – Lauren Bailey (2 goals), Julianne Guertin (goal), Kaiya Mercier (goal), Alyssa Brodeur (goal)

Highlights: MV opened the scoring five minutes into the game and added another goal 10 minutes after that. The Pride scored its third goal three minutes into the second quarter. Plymouth took advantage of an opportunity in the circle and scored the only goal of the third quarter, and both teams netted a pair in the fourth. MV held a 3-2 advantage in penalty corners.

Coach’s quote: “It was nice that our midfielders put some points on the board for us this afternoon. We are always stressing they are an important part of our attack. We had some late defensive breakdowns and props to Plymouth for capitalizing on them. We need to pick up a sense of urgency going into our last week of the regular season.” – MV’s Jen Colgan

Records: MV 6-4-2; Plymouth 1-8-2