Local Roundup: Lebanon Soccer Squads Top, Tie Touchline
Meriden — As soccer coaches, Rob Johnstone and Rob Grabill are no dummies. As much stock as they may put in the value of summer soccer, they weren’t going to let yesterday’s New Hampshire Soccer Conference twinbill between Johnstone’s Lebanon Soccer Club teams and Grabill’s Norwich-based Touchline squads at the Plainfield School get in the way of watching the United States and Portugal in the World Cup.
So they moved everything up two hours and got done early, with LSC coming away with a win and a draw.
In the Division IV opener, Touchline IV and Lebanon Central Supply battled to a 1-1 draw. Xavi Tchana put the visitors on top in the second half, converting an Asa Berolzheimer corner kick. Nate Gradijan posted the equalizer in the 76th minute, nodding a Duncan Craig free kick home.
Miguel Hernandez produced four saves for LSC (1-0-1). Touchline dropped to 0-1-1 on its young season.
The following Division V encounter went to homestanding Lebanon Top Stitch Embroidery by a 6-3 tally over Touchline V. Luke Sandmann scored twice in the opening five minutes for Lebanon, which grabbed another goal before halftime from Zach Petrin and strikes in the second half from Owen Johnstone, Eli Weitzman and Marcus Roper. Jake Acker, Barl Barrowes and Sander Macaulay provided the tallies for Touchline, with Luke Messersmith setting up Acker’s goal.
LSC is now 1-1-0 in Division V play, while Touchline V dropped its first game of the summer season.
Lebanon 6, Goffstown 0
Manchester — Lebanon Post 22’s senior squad rolled over Goffstown in its district opener on Sunday, with Ben Bates throwing a complete-game five-hitter at St. Anselm College.
Bates struck out 10 and walked just one to give Lebanon (2-0 overall) a foundation. The rest of the damage went to an offense that drilled 13 hits off Goffstown pitchers.
Cam Broughton provided Lebanon’s first two runs, doubling and scoring on a Noah Skarin grounder in the third and singling before scoring on a passed ball in the fifth. Broughton delivered Sam Barrett with an RBI hit in the eighth, and Tanner Simms’ two-run double in a three-run ninth closed the win.
Broughton finished with three hits and Skarin, Simms and Bates had two each for Post 22, which visits Jutras Post at Gill Stadium on Tuesday night.
Lebanon 7, Haverhill (Mass.) 0
Keene, n.h. — Jacob Tetley threw six innings of one-hit ball as Lebanon Post 22’s junior team won its final game of a weekend tournament at Keene Post 4.
Tetley struck out nine batters and carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning before Haverhill broke it up. Parker Thurston went 3-for-3 with a walk and Steve Cerrone had two hits in three trips with a walk and scored twice for Lebanon.
Post 22 (1-3) opens district play against New London at Lebanon High School on Wednesday evening.