It’s Mak’s-Touchline for Soccer Title
Henniker, n.h. — Lebanon Mak’s erased a two-goal deficit in the final 14 minutes Saturday afternoon on the way to a penalty shootout victory over Fall Mountain United following a 2-2 draw in a New Hampshire Soccer Conference Division V boys soccer semifinal.
Despite hitting the crossbar less than a minute into the game, and holding a significant territorial edge throughout, No. 3 Mak’s found itself on the wrong end of a 2-0 score by the game’s 50th minute. No. 2 Fall Mountain tucked home a breakaway in the 15th minute to go up 1-0, and in the 49th minute made it 2-0 with a direct kick goal from 25 yards out.
Nathan Gariepy chipped away at the lead with a penalty kick for Mak’s in the 76th minute, before Noah Didehbani found side netting on a direct kick from the top of the 18 with under four minutes to play to knot things at 2-2. Didehbani nearly ended things with another free kick in the game’s final five seconds, but his shot slammed off the inside of the post and was cleared away as the whistle blew.
All NHSC playoff games prior to the finals proceed immediately to penalty kicks following regulation, and Julian Stott, Didehbani, Gariepy and Noah Ryder all struck for Mak’s. FM converted its first two penalties, before Lebanon keeper Owen Johnstone made consecutive saves to help secure the victory.
Today’s title match will be the fourth meeting of the summer between Mak’s and Touchline, with Touchline holding a 2-1 edge. All three of the previous games were won by the visiting team.
Touchline 6, Claremont 2
Henniker, n.h. — Robbie Murdza scored three straight second-half goals to lift Touchline (12-5) from a 2-0 deficit and to a win over Claremont in the NHSC D-V semifinal.
Touchline will face Lebanon-Mak’s for the title today at 11:15 a.m. in Henniker.
Murdza finished with four goals. Jack Hazard scored twice, and Will Smith, Luke Messersmith and Chris Parenteau each had an assist.
Keeper Connor Edson made six saves.
Touchline 4, Pembroke 1
Henniker, n.h. — Asa Berolzheimer had two goals and an assist as Touchline defeated Pembroke in the NHSC D-IV semifinal.
Touchline faces Hudson for the title today in Henniker at 11:30 a.m.
Brendan Barth had a goal and two assists for Touchline, and Jules Evens also scored, assisted by Duncan Piper.
Keeper Kieran Read made seven saves.
Lebanon Wilson-Tire 0
Henniker — Wilson Tire dropped the championship game to Hillsboro on Saturday, ending the season at 8-3.
Following a scoreless first half, Hillsboro scored twice late in the second half to take the title.
Lebanon’s Mikayla Schones was named co-player of the match.
Nashua 4, Lebanon 3
Concord — The Lebanon Post 22 juniors were edged by Nashua for their first loss in the New Hampshire state tournament.
Nashua scored two runs in the second inning and two more in the third inning. Lebanon responded with three unearned runs in the fourth.
Sam Hastings and Levy Bird had hits in the inning.
Chase Hussey went seven innings and allowed four runs while striking out four.
Lebanon (12-5) will face Plymouth in a consolation-round game today at 1 p.m.