Central Supply Prevails on the Pitch
Noah Kahn of Touchline, left, hammers a head shot wide of the Central Supply net last night. Defender Ryan Servant is at right. Central Supply won the New Hampshire Soccer Conference game, 2-1, at Huntley Meadows in Norwich. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Touchline's Ben Manning, center, dribbles past defenders Max Moorhead (17) and Sam Ryder last night during his team's New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV loss to visiting Central Supply at Norwich's Huntley Meadows. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Purchase photo reprints »
Norwich — Even in summer league play, a Hanover vs. Lebanon soccer clash features a little extra zest. Now that the neighboring rivals no longer share an NHIAA Division II home, the Marauders and Raiders have to make do with matchups like Wednesday night’s New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division IV game.
Lebanon, playing under the nom de guerre of Central Supply, prevailed 2-1 over Hanover, also known as Touchline, with Jeff Purdy scoring the deciding goal on a penalty shot with 10 minutes remaining at Huntley Meadows.
After a scoreless first half, Jonah Levine gave Touchline a 1-0 lead midway through the second half before Nick Gradijan tallied off a Purdy assist 30 seconds later.
“It’s good to see guys go down in a heap and get up smiling and give each other high fives,” said Rob Grabill, the Hanover High coach who also guides Touchline. “These guys all know each other and this is a chance to play hard but for fun. It’s really enjoyable for everyone.”
A notable standout was Central Supply goaltender Miguel Hernandez, a rising junior who made half a dozen saves, several of them highly impressive.
Touchline (3-4) and Central Supply (9-0-1) meet again next Wednesday for the teams’ regular season finale at the Plainfield School.
Touchline V 4
Lebanon Mak’s V 2
Meriden — Touchline (10-4) scored three goals in the game’s first 10 minutes in a win over Lebanon Mak’s V (3-4-3).
A.J. Barre scored twice for Touchline, and teammates Jake Acker and Tim Alibozek also scored. Will Smith, Henry Meyerrose and Marcus Helble assisted for Touchline, which led 3-1 at the half.
Noah Didehbani and Taylor Williams scored for Mak’s.
Conor Edson made four saves in goal for Touchline.
Hartford Juniors 3
Wilder — Connor Brooks scored three goals, including the tie-breaker in the second half, as Hartford Juniors edged Charlestown.
Hartford led 2-0 before Charlestown knotted the game on goals by Mike Templeton and Dan Couto. Brooks’s third goal, scored early in the second half, made the difference.
Lebanon 2, Sweeney 0
Manchester — Isaac Fleming-Steinberg tossed a six-hitter as Lebanon Post 22 (6-8) blanked Sweeney Post 2 late Tuesday.
Fleming-Steinberg struck out three and walked two. He threw 115 pitches. In the eighth inning, Fleming-Steinberg allowed a walk and a hit, but he retired the next three batters to end the inning.
Post 22 scored one run in the second inning when Jeff Quimby’s sac fly scored Dalton Campbell, and another in the eighth when Campbell was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, scoring Cyrus Rothwell-Ferraris.
Cam Blewitt and Liam Gantrish each had two hits for Lebanon, with Blewitt stealing two bases.
Post 22 greets Keene on Friday.
On Preseason List
Hanover — Six Dartmouth players were on Phil Steele’s College Football FCS Preseason All-Conference Teams on Wednesday. Two of the Big Green players — senior linebacker Michael Runger and senior safety Garrett Waggoner — were chosen for the first team.
The remaining four players were included on the second team, with junior Ryan McManus earning mention at both wide receiver and punt returner. Joining him on the second team were senior running back Dominick Pierre, senior linebacker Bronson Green and junior kick returner Kirby Schoenthaler.
Both Runger and Waggoner were named to last season’s All-Ivy League first team. Runger led the conference with 98 tackles, including 17 in the season finale at Princeton. The native of Lisle, Ill., also was named to the FCS All-New England Team, the Capital One Academic All-District I Team and the FCS Athletics Directors Association Academic All-Star Team.
Waggoner will serve as a tri-captain for a second straight season after receiving Dartmouth’s Bob Blackman Award as team MVP.
He was third on the squad in tackles in 2012 with 56 and tied for the team lead with a pair of interceptions, five passes defended and two fumbles forced from his free safety position.
This article has been amended to correct an earlier error.
Nate Gradijan scored his team's first goal in Central Supply's eventual 2-1 victory over Touchline in a NH Soccer Conference Division IV game on Wednesday. Gradijan was misidentified in an earlier version of this article.