Tuesday’s high schools: Concord girls defeat runner-up Exeter; plus more soccer, field hockey and volleyball results

Published: 10-11-2023 12:22 AM

Girls’ Soccer

Concord 2, Exeter 0

Key players: Concord – Kate Dickson (goal), Ella Goulas (goal), Whitney Vaillant (assist), Izzy Sawyer (assist), Kelley Mikelson (5 saves)

Highlights: Just before the half the Tide were able to get on the scoreboard on a long throw from Goulas to Vaillant and Dickson buried it for a 1-0 lead against last year’s runner-up Blue Hawks.

Coach’s quote: “Our girls played well and competed the whole game. Big week ahead and need to continue to compete the last week of the regular season.” – Concord’s Andrew Mattarazzo

Records: Concord 8-3-1; Exeter 10-3-0

Coe-Brown 1, Oyster River 0

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Key players: Coe-Brown – Sammy Perron (goal), Lily Wolf (assist), Sadie Scruton (7 saves), Jennifer Noni, Sammy Ball, Kylie Prusia,  Somer Loto, Jadyn Spearin 

Highlights: Perron scored off a corner to lift the Bears to a victory over their rival Bobcats. Coe-Brown has now won seven in a row and unbeaten in 12 matches.

Coach’s quote:  “It was a physical game and a chess match all game adjusting to the Oyster River attack. The defense made plays when they needed to make plays. Proud of how the girls played hard and managed to win in a tough atmosphere and in a good rivalry. Oyster River played really well and we were able to weather the storm.” – Coe-Brown’s Josh Hils

Records: Coe-Brown 10-2-1; Oyster River 6-5-2

Merrimack Valley 7, Keene 1

Key players: MV – Ashlyn Fortier (2 goals), Juliana Palhof (goal), Corrine Palhof (goal), Searra Andrews (goal), Colby Magoon (goal), Lila Gray (goal)

Highlights: Gray opened the scoring with a beautiful shot from outside the box which dipped right under the bar.

Coach’s quote:  “The game started out a bit disorganized for us. It took 15 minutes to start connecting passes. Once we did, the chances in the attacking third just kept coming. … Our build into the attacking third looked fantastic. We kept our shape even when we moved people around a bit. Looking forward to Kingswood on Thursday.” – MV’s Kylee Yam 

Records: MV 10-2-1; Keene 0-12-1

Kearsarge 2, Mascoma 1

Key players: Kearsarge – Carly Grant (goal), Ann Dudley (goal), Ellie Wimer (assist), Ava Shapiro (assist), Adara Boucher (9 saves); Mascoma – Molly Gray (goal)

Highlights:   Grant opened the scoring in the 33rd minute to give Kearsarge a 1-0 lead at halftime. Mascoma came out strong in the second, scoring eight minutes in when Gray caught Kearsarge sleeping and scored off a corner. After battling for the next 30 minutes, the Cougars finally pulled ahead as Dudley scored in the final minute off a pass from Wimer. Kearsarge has won four straight.

Coach’s quote:  “Definitely not our best game, but I have to give the girls credit for sticking with it and battling for a win.” – Kearsarge’s Dave Smith

Records: Kearsarge 8-4-2; Mascoma 6-7-0

Boys’ Soccer

Concord 2, Exeter 0

Key players: Concord – Benjamin Huges (2 goals), Nick D’Agostino (assist), Matthew Jenness (15 saves), Bronson Becker (midfield), Nick Reynolds (defense)

Highlights:  Hughes scored an unassisted goal in the 20th minute and added another in the 66th when he received a pass from D’Agostino and beat two defenders.

Coach’s quote:  “Entire team played hard for 80 minutes to secure the win.” – Concord’s Scott Dunlop

Records: Concord 3-9-0; Exeter 4-8-1

Oyster River 3, Coe-Brown 2

Key players: Coe-Brown – Max Heigis (2 assists), James McKane (goal), Tommy Maskwa (goal), Alex Readel (5 saves)

Coach’s quote:  “We felt pretty good coming into the game with a good defensive performance against Hollis. Today, our guys put a strong overall effort throughout the night and almost found the equalizer in the waning moments. In the end, it wasn’t enough. We showed some spurts of connecting passes and looked effective, and even dangerous. But we also were hampered by our old bad habits of ineffective individual defending and too many touches on the ball which slows momentum and reduces our options. We’ll have to get that figured out or expect more of the same tough results against top teams.” – Coe-Brown’s Christian Gompert

Records: Oyster River 10-2-1; Coe-Brown 7-6-0

Hillsboro-Deering 5, Inter-Lakes 0

Key players: H-D – Mason Ferwerda (3 goals), Brady Curley (goal, 2 assists), Alex Crowe (goal, 2 assists), Anthony Alibrandi (assist)

Highlights:  The Hillcats scored three goals in the first half  and dominated possession to earn their second clean sheet of the season.

Coach’s quote:  “I was really proud of the boys today. They were able to work together while dominating their positions. The defense was extra focused in keeping the opposition at bay and kept calm on the ball.” – H-D’s Joey Gillett

Records: H-D 9-4; Inter-Lakes 2-11

Field Hockey

Bow 6, Laconia 0

Key players: Bow – Ella Gray (4 goals), Josie Johnson (2 goals, 2 assists), Shire Kelley (2 assists), Maia Kimball (assist)

Coach’s quote:  “We’re piecing things together, finding the back of the net in time to keep the momentum going into playoffs.” – Bow’s Sarah Vaughn

Records: Bow 9-4; Laconia 4-9

Kennett 1, Merrimack Valley 0

Key players: MV – Lauren Bailey (midfield), Kaiya Mercier (midfield), Hannah Butler (offense), Grace Thompson (offense), Caroline Wheeler (solid defense) 

Highlights:  Much of the match play occurred in the middle third of the field, and MV had a 5-2 advantage in penalty corners, but Kennett scored off a deflection on the weak side post off a cross four minutes into the game.

Coach’s quote:  “Today was a tough loss against a talented Kennett team. We dug ourselves into a hole early and couldn’t climb out. We had a lot of opportunities in the second half, but did not finish. I will give my team credit, they never stopped playing until the final whistle.” – MV’s Jen Colgan

Records:  Kennett 11-2-0; MV 6-5-2

Volleyball

Coe-Brown 3, Laconia 0

Key players: Coe-Brown – Annika Gunderson (7 kills, 2 aces), Emma Zeblisky (5 kills, 4 aces), Mackenzie Nadeau (17 assists, 2 kills), Courtney Morris (60% of serve reception, 7 digs)

Highlights: The Bears were aggressive from the service line, defeating Laconia, 25-21, 25-9, 25-18.

Coach’s quote:  “The team had a great aggressive night from the service line with 22 combined aces while serving at 95%. That was backed up with disciplined defense and smart, balanced play on the net.” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel

Records: Coe-Brown 11-3; Laconia 5-8