Royals Get Hot, Halt Golden Tornadoes
Hartford's Colby Frechette, right, clears the ball away from the offense of Spaulding's Morgan Keene in the first half of the game in Quechee on Wednesday. The game was later suspended. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford's Karla Medina, right, battles for control of the ball with Spaulding's Ryley Gravel. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Hartford girls soccer coach Jeff Acker, left, and Spaulding coach Peter Sakash discuss their options after the game was halted because thunder. The start was also delayed a half hour because the officials were stuck in construction traffic on Route 4. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Purchase photo reprints »
Franklin, n.h. — The NHIAA told Franklin High School that, despite Wednesday’s heat and humidity, there would be no problems with the Golden Tornadoes hosting Mascoma in an NHIAA Division III boys soccer match.
Count the Royals at the top of the list for approving that decision.
Senior defender Keegan Caraway’s 18-yard chip in the second half served as the game-winning goal as Mascoma claimed its first victory of the season in a 2-1 win over Franklin. The win was welcome news for a young team that surrendered 16 goals to Berlin and Stevens in its first two matches, but had been starting to show signs of improvement since then.
The Royals’ victory was filled with firsts. Sophomore Ben Jones converted his first varsity goal on the first varsity assist from freshman Tucker Stenger midway through the first half. Caraway — a three-year member of the varsity — scored his first career goal after halftime, stepping up to a loose ball just outside the Franklin penalty area and booting it home.
“As a senior, he was pretty pumped,” Mascoma coach Tanya Rej said. “We’re getting the chemistry together. Having a young squad and moving the ball around, trusting in their passes — it’s gone well.”
Franklin broke the shutout with 12 minutes left in the game, solving second-half Mascoma goalkeeper Connor Gill. Nick Perez and Gill combined on six saves, while Jones and Tyler Schwarz had strong games in the midfield for the Royals.
Mascoma visits Fall Mountain on Friday evening.
Kearsarge 8, Conant 1
North Sutton — Nick Bailey scored twice and set up two other goals as the Cougars (1-1-1) flattened the Orioles for their first win of 2013.
Kearsarge built a 3-0 lead at the interval, then used its depth and the heat to wear out the visitors. Jacob Donovan had two assists to go with his goal, with teammates Carver Bosela, Roudy Rehor, Francis Carpenter, Andrew VanHooydonk and Nick Brady also denting the net. Carpenter, Brandon Thibodeau and Keegan Matisse all added assists, and Mike Sullivan stopped two shots in goal.
The Cougars go to Pelham on Friday.
Fall Mountain-Stevens, ppd.
Claremont — The Cardinals’ Monadnock Park date with the rival Wildcats was suspended by inclement weather and will be rescheduled.
Next up for Stevens (3-0): a home match with Hillsboro-Deering on Friday.
Hanover 2, Plymouth 1
Hanover — When you haven’t beaten someone in a decade, what’s another day — or an additional 40 minutes, for that matter? After having their game with the Bobcats postponed by weather on Tuesday, the Marauders rebounded for their first win of the season and first against the Bobcats (1-2) since the 2003 NHIAA Class I state tournament.
Hannah Seibel followed her own rebound with 11:23 left in the first half to put Hanover in front, a goal Plymouth matched about three minutes later. After halftime and a 40-minute lightning delay, Christine Croituro potted a corner pass from Sumner LeBaron-Brien for the winner with 2:56 to go. Goalie B Sachsse made it stick with four saves.
“It’s nice to take Plymouth; it’s been a long time,” said Hanover coach Jean Essex, whose program had gone 0-11-1 against the Bobcats since that 1-0 tournament win on Oct. 25, 2003, in Essex’s first season in charge. “After playing our first two games on grass on the road, the girls liked being home. It was a nice game to watch; we did some nice stuff.”
Now it’s back to the road: The Marauders (1-2) visit Bishop Brady this afternoon.
Newport 5, Hinsdale 2
Hinsdale, n.h. — The Tigers (1-2) finally broke into the win column as Sophie Willis netted a hat trick and Alyssa Fulton scored the first two goals of her varsity career.
Newport spotted the Pacers a 1-0 lead but never trailed after back-to-back breakaway strikes from Willis netted a 2-1 halftime lead. Fulton scored her first by following her own rebound early in the second half. Hinsdale drew a goal back, but Willis and Fulton put the game away with goals later in the half.
“Hinsdale did a good job in the first half of controlling the midfield,” said Newport coach Jon Hamel, who earned his first career victory. “In the second half, we did an outstanding job at midfield, and our defense really stepped up in the second half.”
Mariah Chase finished with 15 saves for the Tigers, who host Fall Mountain on Friday.
Quechee — The Hurricanes (1-1) will get another shot at the Crimson Tide after Wednesday’s match was stopped by thunder with 10½ minutes left in the first half and Spaulding holding a 1-0 lead.
Because the match didn’t reach halftime, it will be restarted once the schools agree on a makeup date, Hartford co-coach Joe Denny said.
The Hurricanes resume play on Friday at home against Mount Anthony.
Hillsboro-Deering 3, Stevens 0
Claremont — The Hillcats dropped the Cardinals (0-3) at Carr Gymnasium by a 25-5, 25-8, 25-11 count.
Liz Gagnon delivered a kill for Stevens, which travels to Winnisquam on Friday.
Newfound 3, Mascoma 0
Bristol, n.h. — On a high after winning just their second match in four-plus years, the Royals (1-2) came back to earth in a 25-10, 25-12, 25-12 loss to the Bears (1-1).
Mascoma begins a three-match homestand when Inter-Lakes pays a visit on Friday.
Windham Tops Hanover
Windham, n.h. — The Marauders (10-3) took their first crack at the state championship-favorite Jaguars and came up short on Windham Country Club’s par-37 back nine.
Nathan Roth and Patrick Dyroff led Hanover with 3-over-par 40s. Hanover also had four golfers shoot 43: Chris Lehmann, Conor Nagle, Mattson Rosenbaum and Andrew Keddy. Windham’s Connor Greenleaf shot the low round with a 2-under 35.
The Marauders go to White Mountain Country Club on Wednesday to meet Trinity and host Plymouth.
Team scores: Windham 194, Hanover 209, Bishop Brady 210.
Clark 2, Colby-Sawyer 0
New London — Freshman Vinny Morra scored two first half goals to lift Clark (2-1-1) over Colby-Sawyer (2-2).
Chargers keeper Nick Austin made eight saves. Clark outshot Colby-Sawyer 25-5.
Plymouth State 1
New London — Colby-Sawyer (2-2) cruised to a win over Plymouth State (1-1).
The Chargers’ doubles pairs of Elizabeth Lincoln-Ashlyn Ramsay, Charlotte Horton-Oxana Tkachenko and Conley Dion-Ellen Graham were victorious, and Lincoln, Ramsay, Horton and Tkachenko won their singles matches in straight sets. Graham was a three-set winner at singles as well.
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