Raiders Edge Generals in OT
Lebanon — Tanner Singleton scored 42 seconds into the first overtime to lead the Lebanon High boys soccer team past John Stark, 1-0, in the opening round of the NHIAA Division II tournament on Thursday.
Lebanon owned a 9-1 advantage in shots on goal and an 8-1 advantage in corners.
Within 30 seconds of the opening kickoff, a header by Lebanon’s Martin Gradijan was cleared off the line by a John Stark defender on a Jeff Purdy corner, and that set the tone for the remainder of the day, as John Stark defended ferociously and hoped for a chance to counter.
That chance happened with just under six minutes to play, when a long clearance squibbed behind the Lebanon defense and suddenly John Stark’s Will Pineault was in alone.
Lebanon keeper Kenny Weitzman played the breakaway perfectly, and Pineault’s ripper from just inside the 18-yard-line sailed wide of the right post.
Lebanon had several moments of outstanding passing combinations to keep the ball pinned deep in the John Stark zone over the course of the game, and as a result earned close to 20 long throw-ins from center back Will Merchant.
Finally, just seconds into overtime, one of those throws paid off. Merchant’s throw from the left sideline skimmed over targetmen Martin Gradijan and Austin Whaley at the near post, and GW Wells-Bogue cut in front of John Stark keeper Mike Prindiville to flick the ball to the center of the goal.
Singleton arrived at just the right moment, and his one-timer from inches out settled into the back of the goal.
The back four of Merchant, Hugh Townsend, Chris Morse and Moe Woodcock limited John Stark to just one shot on target for the day, and when an ailing Morse (flu) had to leave the game just after halftime, senior Nate Morgan stepped in and played extremely well at center back.
Fifth-seeded Lebanon (13-3-1) travels to No. 4 Oyster River on Sunday. No. 12 John Stark finishes up at 6-10-1.
Concord Christian 0
Woodsville — Eric Maccini scored twice as top-seeded Woodsville (15-1-1) blanked No. 16 Concord Christian in the opening round of the New Hampshire Division IV tournament.
Dan Roy, Jason Fullerton, Jamie LoCascio and Mike Dennis also scored for the Engineers, who led 2-0 at halftime. Roy assisted twice, and David Bazzell and Jaret Bemis each assisted once.
Woodsville keeper Tom D’Angelo made eight saves behind the defense of Roy, Fullerton, Skylar Clough and Jared Mitchell.
Woodsville hosts a quarterfinal game on Sunday.
Hanover 3, Man. Memorial 1
Hanover — The Marauders (16-0-1) found themselves in an unusual position — trailing — before peeling off three straight goals to unseat Manchester Memorial on the opening round of the NHIAA Division I tournament.
Memorial’s Ryan Cawley scored 10 minutes into the game on a free kick, putting Hanover in a rare deficit.
“The team kept their composure,” Hanover coach Rob Grabill said. “They went to work and showed their patience in the second half. It was clear that it was just going to be a matter of time.”
Xavier Tchana knotted the game in the 35th minute on a scramble following a free kick. Sam Carey collected the assist.
Hanover took the lead in the 64th minute when Daniel Hazlett converted a Tchana feed, and Tchana added an insurance goal in the 71st minute, assisted by Hazlett.
Hanover keeper Alex Bynum made four saves, and teammates Jonah Levine and Tim Alibozek had strong games, Grabill said.
Hanover greets eighth-seeded Timberlane in the quarterfinals on Sunday at 2 p.m. The teams did not play in the regular season.
Laconia 4, Kearsarge 3
Laconia, n.h. — Eighth-seeded Laconia snapped a 1-1 tie right before halftime and didn’t trail the rest of the way in a first-round win over No. 9 Kearsarge (11-6-1) in the NHIAA Division III tourney.
The Cougars’ Bobby Lauster scored twice, and teammate Andrew Van Hooydonk added a goal and an assist. Nick Bailey had an assist.
Mike Sullivan made seven saves for Kearsarge.