Raiders Roll Past Plymouth
Lebanon — Nothing like a long memory.
Opening its season against the squad that knocked them out of the NHIAA Division II state tournament last year, the Lebanon High boys soccer team picked up a one-goal, two-assist game from Austin Whaley and two Bennett Newlove tallies in a 6-1 rout of Plymouth on Friday afternoon at Lebanon High School. Tanner Singleton and Martin Gradijan also had a goal and an assist for the Raiders (1-0), who also picked up an own goal.
Whaley one-timed a Singleton feed four minutes into the contest, which Plymouth (0-1) countered through Steven Southard seven minutes later. Newlove collected a Whaley feed to break the deadlock from 12 yards in the 36th minute, and the Raiders struck four times in the second half — three of them coming in the first seven minutes — to win going away.
Two of Lebanon’s goals came on free kicks, an encouraging sign for coach Rob Johnstone since last year’s edition accomplished that feat just once. Kenny Weitzman made four saves in the Lebanon net, compared with 10 for Plymouth counterpart Noah Knoblock.
The Raiders host John Stark on Monday.
Stevens 7, Monadnock 0
Claremont — The Cardinals had their second straight strong performance to open the season.
Kyle Hamel and Ethan Sweet each had hat tricks to lead the improved Stevens attack. Dan Croteau also scored and had a pair of assists. Zach Bunnell also had two helpers, while Matt Mock and Austin Roy each picked up solo assists. Keeper Austin Putnam stopped five shots for the shutout.
The Cardinals (2-0) get another shot at Monadnock on Monday, this time on the Huskies’ home pitch.
Woodsville 4, Profile 2
Woodsville — Dan Roy and David Bazzell each had a pair of goals as the Engineers improved to 3-0.
Roy, assisted by Bazzell, scored early to give Woodsville an early lead. Bazzell then had his first before halftime to put the hosts up, 2-1. Each scored in the second half, with assists to Chris Sarkis and Mike Dennis. Keeper Tom D’Angelo stopped seven shots for the victory.
The Engineers host Lisbon on Thursday.
Inter-Lakes 3, Mascoma 2
West Canaan — The Royals (0-3) played their strongest game of the season so far in falling to the Lakers.
Hunta Hawes scored in the first half for Mascoma, which trailed 2-1 at halftime. Cody McAlister knocked home a loose ball in front of the net with four minutes to play in regulation to briefly bring his side within one at 3-1. Tucker Stenger assisted on Hawes’ score.
Coach Tanya Rej praised keeper Nick Perez for his play in goal.
The Royals visit Franklin on Wednesday.
Concord Christian 0
Concord — The Lakers played to a scoreless draw through 100 minutes of regulation and extra time.
Otter Valley 6, Windsor 0
Windsor — The Jacks (0-2) struggled against the Otters, trailing 2-0 at halftime.
Freshman Will Jaarsma made his first career start in goal for Windsor, stopping nine shots. The Jacks try again for their first win when Twin Valley comes to town on Wednesday.
Cabot 7, Whitcomb 0
Rochester, Vt. — The Huskies shut out the Hornets (0-2), who visit Chelsea on Tuesday.
Stevens 3, Monadnock 2 (ot)
East Swanzey, n.h. — Alyson Lizotte’s second goal of the afternon, in the final two minutes of overtime, gave the Cardinals (2-0) their second win in as many starts.
Lizotte also earned an assist on Jazmyn Griffin’s strike. Griffin and Madelyn Whipple also had an assist apiece, while Molly Early made 11 saves to pick up the win in goal.
Stevens returns to Monadnock Park to host Windsor on Monday.
Lebanon 4, Plymouth 0
Plymouth, n.h. — The Raiders dominated play, outshooting the Bobcats 25-0 to improve to 2-1.
Emma Greenough had a pair of goals and one assist to pace the Lebanon attack. Emma Forman and Erika Moffitt also scored while Georgia Houde, Micaela Schones and Sam MacDonald had assists. Keeper Kassidee Rogers stopped the lone Plymouth scoring chance.
The Raiders visit John Stark on Monday.
Whitcomb 8, Cabot 2
Rochester, Vt. — The Hornets scored early and often in routing the Huskies.
Lindsey LaPerle led the attach three goals while Ashley Stearns and Briana Hillier each had two scores. Phoebe Parrish added a goal while Nicole Begin, Jessica Chase and Cam Davis each picked up assists.
Goalie Shannon Ludwig made 13 saves for the Hornets, who visit Chelsea on Tuesday.
Thetford 1, Oxbow 0
Bradford, Vt. — Shyann Josler capitalized on a gambling Oxbow defense to score the game’s only goal in the Panthers’ win over the Olympians (0-2).
Josler punched home her second goal in as many games midway through the first half. The Oxbow defense challenged Josler on a 50-50 ball and lost, with the Panther star beating Meaghan Williams (14 saves) on the ensuing break. Ella Chapman had a busy day in the Thetford net as well, making 15 saves.
Thetford (2-0) visits Harwood on Wednesday. the same day the O’s visit Randolph.
Hanover 11, Kennett 0
Hanover — The Marauders won big in their season debut as seven players dented the scoresheet in a blowout of Eagles.
Eliza Laycock had two goals and three assists while Sophie Lubrano had three goals and one helper. Julia Krass added a goal and two assists while Kelly Brigham had a pair of goals, and Abby Smith had two goals and one assist. Evie Keating scored and Karina Lukovits had one assist. Ashley Levesque and Mahler Meyerrose split time in goal for Hanover.
“We played really solid in the midfield, Evie Keating and Julia Krass really kept things moving and kept us organized,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said.
The Marauders visit Trinity on Tuesday.
Woodsville 4, Profile 1
Woodsville — Louisa Noble put her feet in on all of the Engineers’ strikes, scoring a hat trick with an assist as Woodsville improved to 3-0.
Noble scored in a span of less than two minutes midway through the first half to put the hosts ahead for good, netting the first without aid and the second on a Lauren Kiessling pass.
Martin set up Paige Noble barely a minute after halftime, and when the Patriots’ Delia Castens spoiled the shutout bid of Woodsville goalie Tori Clough (seven saves), Noble notched her third of the afternoon on a Noelle Abrams pass with 2:35 to play.
The Engineers are off until hosting Lisbon on Thursday.
Lebanon 3, Souhegan 1
Lebanon — Emily Perryman had two goals to help the quick-start Raiders (2-0) over the Sabers.
Brooke Whitaker started the action with an unassisted goal just 90 seconds into the game, dribbling through multiple Souhegan defenders to the middle of the circle to score. Perryman then added a pair of goals off corners, the first with an assist to Kendra MacDonald and the second with assists to MacDonald and Kyra Taylor.
Goalie Emily Foster (11 saves) along with defenders Gergana Alteva and Rachel Berg led a strong defensive effort by the Raiders.
Otter Valley 2, Woodstock 0
Woodstock — With six freshmen on the field and two starters missing, the Wasps (0-1) played well in a Marble Valley League loss to the undefeated Otters (3-0).
Led by first-year sweeper Loretta Blakeney and freshman goalie Molly Henne (nine saves), Woodstock held OV scoreless through the first half. The Otters’ Brittany Bushey finally broke through 5:46 into the second half, and Kylee Bissette added some insurance with a goal at 22:01.
Stevens 6, Kearsarge 0
North Sutton — The Cardinals (2-0) kept up their unbeaten — and unscored-upon — ways in a shutout of the Cougars (0-1-1).
Jenna Deschaine powered the Stevens assault with three goals and an assist. Anissa Girard scored twice with a helper, and Allison Lessard accounted for the Cards’ other strike. Cassandra Cutts needed just one save for the shutout.
Stevens returns home to meet Derryfield on Tuesday, the same day that Kearsarge continues a four-game homestand with a visit from Pelham.
Littleton 2, Newport 1 (ot)
Littleton, n.h. — The Crusaders (2-0) handed the Tigers (1-1) their first loss of the early season, scoring in the seven-on-seven overtime for the win.
Newport’s defeat came on the heels of a 3-1 win over Conant to open the season on Tuesday, built on two Julia Sullivan goals, a goal and a helper from Hannah Merrow and assists from Nikki Gardner and Lindsy Desmarais.
Windham 1, Hanover 0
Windham, n.h. — The Marauders (0-2) lost their second straight 1-0 contest despite playing another strong game.
Hanover lost 1-0 to defending state champion Lebanon on Tuesday, while the defending state runner-up Jaguars dispatched the Marauders by the same score Friday on Courtney Sweeney’s goal. Marauders coach Jean Essex praised the play of Valentina Sedlacek (right wing) and Emily Gougelet (midfield).
Mascenic 3, Stevens 0
Claremont — The first-year Cardinals (0-1) dropped their debut match to one of the top teams in New Hampshire Division III.
Stevens did get an early kill from Rachel Dansereau, but the Vikings proved too strong.
The Cards visit Mascoma on Monday.
Windham 3, Hanover 0
Windham, n.h. — The Marauders got a spark from transfer student Zoe McElwain, but were swept by the Jaguars.
McElwain, a sophomore, joins Hanover after nine years of experience playing volleyball in Florida.
Hanover lost 25-7 in the first game, followed by defeats of 25-13 and 25-17.
Belmont 3, Mascoma 0
Belmont, n.h. — The Royals had a solid showing in their first match of the year despite coming out on the short end at the Red Raiders.
Mascoma lost by scores of 25-10, 25-8 and 25-4. Kendra Stone had six digs, Allison Gibbons had two aces and Carrie Hackman had three kills for the Royals, who play host to Stevens on Monday.
Purdue 5, Dartmouth 3
West Lafayette, Ind. — The Big Green held an early 2-1 win in their season debut, but the host Boilermakers (3-2) rallied for three goals in a five-minute span for a wild victory.
Kelly Bach and Lucielle Kozlov scored in the first half for the Big Green (0-1), with Kozlov’s goal giving Dartmouth its only lead. Kozlov later set up Corey Delaney for the Big Green’s third goal. Kelly Brait and Chrissy Lozier also had assists for Dartmouth.
Marist 3, Dartmouth 1
Poughkeepsie, n.y. — The Big Green fell in its season opener at the Volley in the Valley tournament, dropping a 25-15, 25-18, 22-25, 25-18 decision to the host Foxes.
Struggling through the first two sets, kills from freshmen Danielle Glinka and Emily Astarita sandwiching a Marist serving error gave Dartmouth (0-1) the third set. In a 21-21 tie, the Big Green ran off three straight points and got the winner on an Astarita spike.
Astarita led the Big Green with 12 kills, four digs and five blocks. Paige Caridi and Molly Kornfeind had five kills each for the Big Green, which plays UMass-Lowell and Hartford today.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error. Hanover High’s Abby Smith netted two goals in the Marauders’ season-opening 11-0 girls soccer win over Kennett on Friday. Smith’s goal tally was incorrectly reported in an earlier version of this story.