Panthers Storm Past Olympians
Thetford — Matt Perry had a pair of goals as the Thetford Academy boys soccer team stormed back from an early one-goal deficit to beat visiting Oxbow 5-1 on Friday afternoon.
Allen Wheeler scored in the 29th minute to give Oxbow a 1-0 lead; Hunter Torrey assisted. From there on, it was all Thetford. Colby Richardson had the equalizer for Thetford in the 33rd minute before Perry’s first goal put the Panthers in front for good just before halftime. Perry, Kyle Bowen and Wyatt Ulman then added goals in the second half. Richardson and Nolan Howard added assists for Thetford.
Brandon Gray stopped five shots in net for the Panthers, while Olympians keeper Michael Hodge made seven saves. Thetford coach Sean Fitzgerald credited the play of Cole Chapman and Connor Brown. The Panthers have now won back-to-back contests by 5-1 scores after tying 2-2 with Rivendell in Orford to open the season on Aug. 30. Perry now has eight points in just three games played.
Thetford (2-0-1) visits Harwood on Monday while Oxbow (0-4) travels to Randolph on Wednesday.
Kearsarge 4, Pelham 3
Pelham, n.h. — The Cougars’ Andrew VanHooydonk broke a 3-3 deadlock with two minutes to play, scoring the game-winner in a scramble in front of the Pythons’ net.
The go-ahead goal was the second of the afternoon for VanHooydonk. Jacob Donovan and Nick Bailey also scored, while Francis Carpenter added an assist. The Cougars erased a 2-1 deficit to lead 3-2 before a Pelham penalty kick tied the score at 3-3 with 27 minutes to play.
Keeper Mike Sullivan stopped eight shots for Kearsarge (2-2), who plays at Winnisquam on Tuesday.
Woodstock 6, Northfield 0
Northfield, Vt. — Ten different players dented the scoresheet for the Wasps (2-0) in dominating the Marauders.
Doug Avellino led the attack with a goal and an assist. Cole Dalton, Nathan Thompson, Alex Crompton, Griffin Balsar and Oliver Vicar also scored. Justin Forgione, Ben Orr, Connor McCarthy and Curran MacDonald each had one assist.
Carter Pratt and Connor Fegard split time in goal for Woodstock, combining for five saves.
The Wasps visit Rutland on Monday.
Rivendell 2, Stratton Mtn. 0
Stratton, Vt. — The Raptors showed some rust after not playing since tying Thetford 2-2 on Aug. 30, but rode a strong defensive performance to blank Stratton Mountain.
Scott Calhoun scored in the 15th minute off an assist from Tim Stimson to give Rivendell the early edge. Luke Bell added a goal off a cross from freshman Chris Gendron in the 62nd minute. Gendron also hit the post on a header off a corner kick and played well in his first varsity game, according to coach Bob Thatcher.
Keeper Josh Marshall made two saves and communicated well to lead the Raptors’ defense. Thatcher praised the defensive quartet of Nathaniel Eastman, Sam Ivey, Cole Stever and Jake Welch.
“It was a really good effort tonight. Hopefully we can get into our routine now playing every two to three days,” Thatcher said.
The Raptors host Blue Mountain on Tuesday and then host Williamstown for homecoming on Friday.
Stevens 5, Hillsboro-Deering 3
Claremont — Daniel Croteau had five points as the Cardinals erased a one goal deficit while improving to 4-0.
Stevens led 2-0 on goals from Croteau and Austin Roy before the Hillcats stormed back to take a 3-2 lead. Croteau then had the equalizer for the Cardinals before Ethan Sweet added a pair of goals to put Stevens ahead for good.
Croteau added three assists while Sweet had one helper. Kyle Hamel also assisted. Keeper Austin Putnam stopped eight shots for the victory.
The Cardinals cross the Connecticut River to play at Windsor on Tuesday.
Goffstown 3, Lebanon 2
Goffstown, n.h. — The Raiders rallied back from a 2-0 hole at halftime to knot the score at 2-2 before the Grizzlies scored the game-winner with seven minutes to play in regulation.
Lebanon (2-1) came out aggressively in the second half when Bennett Newlove’s corner kick was deflected by Jeff Purdy to Tanner Singleton for the goal in the 42nd minute. The equalizer came 10 minutes later when Will Merchant’s throw in was advanced by Austin Whaley to setup a charging Tate Singleton, who headed home the goal from six yards out.
The Raiders were then awarded a penalty kick in the 71st minute, but the attempt ricocheted off the cross-bar. Less then a minute later, the Grizzlies regained the lead when a shot from 18 yards found the corner of the net.
Kenny Weitzman stopped four shots in goal for Lebanon, which hosts Merrimack Valley on Wednesday.
Fall Mtn. 3, Newport 0
Langdon, n.h. — The Wildcats did all of their scoring in the first half as they beat Tigers for the second time this year slipped to 1-3 in their second loss of the year to the Wildcats.
The first game, the season opener in Newport, was a more tightly played game in Fall Mountain’s 2-1 win.
“They were more aggressive getting to 50-50 balls than we were,” said Tigers coach Jon Hamel. “We were able to take advantage of more things last time.”
Moriah Chase made seven saves for Newport, which hosts Hillsboro-Deering on Tuesday.
Mount Anthony 3 Hartford 0
White River Junction — The Hurricanes fell to 1-2 after a shutout loss to the Patriots.
“It was our strongest effort of the year against a really good team,” said Canes co-coach Joe Denny. “We’re struggling to score, but we had a lot of possession and scoring chances.”
Mariah Palmer had the two best chances for Hartford, missing the mark on a direct kick and later on a breakaway on the right wing.”
Katie McGarth (first half) and Megan Potter each had a pair of saves for the Canes, who play at Brattleboro on Wednesday.
Sanborn 2, Hanover 1 (OT)
Hanover — Danielle Jongsma scored six minutes into overtime as the Indians won a back-and-forth battle with the Marauders (2-1).
Down 1-0 at halftime, Susanna Penfield scored unassisted midway through the second half for Hanover.
“(Souhegan) came out with the initiative,” said Hanover coach Doug Kennedy. “We gradually figured out that we were in a game and had most of the momentum in the second half. We just couldn’t put it away.”
Hanover plays at Souhegan on Wednesday.
West Rutland 6, Whitcomb 1
West Rutland, Vt. — Briana Hillier scored five minutes in for Whitcomb, but the Hornets were soon outgunned by the powerhouse Golden Horde.
Goalie Shannon Ludwig played a strong game according to Whitcomb coach Gary Zisselsberger, who also praised the play of Ashley Stearns, Phoebe Parrish and Nicole Begin.
The Hornets host Concord (Vt.) on Tuesday.
Hartford 3, Springfield 1
White River Junction — Allison Courtemanche had two goals and an assist as the Hurricanes improved to 3-1.
After scoring the Canes’ only goal of the first half, Courtemanche assisted on Megan Newton’s tie-breaking strike with eight minutes left in the game before adding an insurance goal late.
Taylor Wilson and Esme Cole added assists for Hartford.
Hurricanes goalie Rachel Loseby made three stops.
Hartford visits Brattleboro on Tuesday.
Hanover 4, Bishop Brady 1
Concord — The Marauders (2-2) exploded in the second half for three goals to pull away from the Giants.
Hannah Seibel had a pair of goals and one assist to pace Hanover. Hanover coach Jean Essex praised Ellie Stout for sparking an increase in team intensity after halftime, as Stout scored a highlight goal off an assist from Seibel to give Hanover the lead just after the break. Eleanor Patten added a goal and an assist for the Marauders while Stout also had an assist.
Goalie B Sachsse stopped seven shots for Hanover, which hosts Con-Val on Wednesday.
Lebanon 1, Plymouth 0
Plymouth, n.h. — Jennifer Laramie scored the only goal of the game late in the second half as the Raiders (4-0) stayed undefeated. Brooke Whitaker assisted.
“It was a back-and-forth game, mostly played between the 25- (yard lines),” said Raiders assistant coach Shay Brine, who filled in for the second straight game for Lebanon mentor Deb Beach. Beach has been home-ridden with a back injury.
Emily Foster made four saves for the Raiders, who visit Merrimack Valley on Tuesday.
Mascoma 6, Mascenic 2
New Ipswich, n.h. — Catie Kondi (assist) and Brooke Pushee scored two goals each as the Royals (1-1) got their first win of the year.
Shea Curley and Rachel Kahn added goals for Mascoma, while Jordan LaCroix made three saves in Mascoma’s net.
The Royals play at Derryfield on Monday.
Gilford 8, Kearsarge 0
North Sutton, n.h. — The Cougars fell to 0-2-1.
Breyna Carey (three saves) and Maddison Smaith combined in net for Kearsarge, which visits Franklin on Monday.