At Last, Engineers Get Best Of Crusaders
Woodsville's Ryan Olsen kicks the ball away from Littleton's Chandler Sorrell during the Engineers' 2-0 win in Woodsville on Tuesday. Valley News - Sarah Priestap Purchase photo reprints »
Woodsville's Derek Maccini (10) and David Bazzell (6) celebrate after the first Woodsville goal is scored during the Littleton at Woodsville boys soccer game at Woodsville High School in Woodsville, N.H., on Oct. 1, 2013. Woodsville won, 2-0. (Valley News - Sarah Priestap) Purchase photo reprints »
Woodsville — It took nearly a year, but a bit of revenge was served on Tuesday by the Woodsville girls soccer team. The host Engineers remained perfect, beating Littleton 1-0 in overtime to avenge their only two losses in last season’s 17-2 campaign.
Paige Martin scored the game-winner 4 minutes, 41 seconds into the first overtime. The score capped a well-executed play as the ball was advanced from the defensive zone up to Kayleigh Clough, who lofted a pass over a defender to Martin, who converted for the goal.
“(Martin) was very composed, she took it right in, didn’t rush and did a nice job there,” Woodsville coach Ann Loud said.
The Engineers lost to the Crusaders once in the regular season and once in the state semifinals, as Littleton won the New Hampshire Division IV title. Their first matchup of this season had a playoff-like atmosphere from the start.
“Littleton is always tough. It could have been either’s team’s game. We probably had more shots on goal, but they play so hard,” Loud said.
Keeper Tori Clough earned the shutout, the fifth of the season for the Engineers. Woodsville has outscored its opponents 46-7 in running its record to 9-0. Littleton is 4-3-1.
The Engineers host Gorham on Friday.
Whitcomb 8, Cabot 0
Cabot, Vt. — The Hornets had little trouble with the host Huskies, improving to 6-3.
Phoebe Parrish facilitated the offensive attack, scoring a goal while picking up four assists. Lindsey LaPerle added three goals and one helper while Briana Hillier had a pair of goals. Jessica Chase also scored while Amber Houle had a goal and one helper. Nicole Begin added one assist and earned praise from coach Gary Zisselsberger for her work defensively.
Whitcomb hosts Black River on Thursday.
John Stark 0 (2 ot)
Hanover — The Marauders (3-2-3) continue to have trouble scoring goals, but it’s not for lack of chances as Hanover outshot the Generals 16-2 in battling to a draw.
“We had great urgency in the later part of the second half through the overtimes,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said. “They’re just not going in. We just have to start getting the ball into the net.”
Kennedy praised Susanna Penfield and Kelly Brigham for their work helping to create solid scoring chances. Keeper Ashley Levesque earned the shutout for the Marauders, who visit Alvirne on Thursday.
Thetford 4, Lamoille 0
Thetford — The Panthers scored all four goals in the first half and stayed perfect at 8-0.
Kaitlyn Boyce started the barrage with an early goal, assisted by Michaela Pomeroy. Pomeroy then added a goal off a feed by Elise Lindahl. Pomeroy and Taylor Hollis each added goals later on in the first half.
Ella Chapman and Patience Kasten split time in net for Thetford, combining for five saves. The Panthers visit D-I Union-32 on Thursday.
Oxbow 2, Lake Region 1
Orleans, Vt. — Corrina Oakley scored with less than three minutes to play to lift the Olympians (5-4) over the Rangers.
Oakley converted the game-winner off a header by Amanda Wheeler to cap a back-and-forth afternoon. Becca Towle scored with an assist to Mikayla Hodge in the 26th minute to put the O’s in front early. The win is a reversal of the teams’ meeting on Sept. 20 in Bradford when the Rangers edged Oxbow, 2-1.
Keeper Meghan Williams made many key saves early in the game for the Olympians, who host Enosburg on Friday.
Blue Mountain 2
South Royalton 1
Wells River, Vt. — The Royals (2-5-1) had the better of the play virtually all afternoon, but came out on the short end at the Bucks.
Rachel Moore scored 20 minutes into the second half for SoRo to knot the score at 1-1. The Bucks answered with the game-winner on what coach Julian Villa called a beautiful goal. The Royals outshot the Bucks 25-2, but both of the Blue Mountain shots found the back of the net.
“We’re snake-bitten, but it’s all right, it’ll all even out,” said Villa, who praised the play of Moore and Jocelyn Hewitt.
The Royals host Rivendell on Friday.
Woodsville 2, Littleton 0
Woodsville — The unbeaten Engineers started slowly, but recovered in time to beat the Crusaders with two goals with less than 20 minutes to play.
Woodsvile (8-0-1) got goals from David Bazzell (assisted by Jaime LoCascio) and Derek Maccini (from Jacob Frost) in the 63rd and 68th minutes, respectively.
“We were playing not to lose instead of playing to win,” said Engineers coach Mike Ackerman, whose team had shellacked its previous three opponents by a combined score of 23-2. “But I think it says something about our team that we played poorly and were still able to win and get a shutout.”
Tom D’Angelo made seven saves for Woodsville for his third shutout.
The Engineers host Gorham on Monday.
Williamstown, Vt. — The Raptors lost a tough one as the Blue Devils scored in the 76th minute to drop Rivendell to 3-2-2.
Coach Bob Thatcher credited keeper Josh Marshall and the entire defensive effort.
“It was unfortunate, the kids played hard and a lot of the kids played 80 minutes. I’m proud of the effort, back to work tomorrow,” Thatcher said.
Tim Stimson played well in the backfield, subbing for the injured Sam Ivey. Following the Williamstown goal, Stimson led a rush up the field and let loose from 30 yards with a rocket of a shot and watched as the would be game-winner clanged off the crossbar.
The Raptors visit South Royalton on Friday.
John Stark 1
Lebanon 0 (ot)
Weare, n.h. — The Raiders fell in a heartbreaker as the Generals’ golden goal in the first overtime gave John Stark the victory.
Lebanon beat the Generals 3-0 at home on Sept. 9 but John Stark had the better of the play in this game.
“We were lethargic and flat from the opening whistle. Time and again we were broken down by single, long balls over the top as we consistently failed to pressure the ball,” Raiders coach Rob Johnstone said in an email.
Keeper Kenny Weitzman stopped six shots for the visitors. The Generals improved to 4-4-1 with the win. Lebanon (7-2) hosts Souhegan on Friday.
Cabot 7, Whitcomb 0
Cabot, Vt. — The Hornets fell to 2-5-1.
“We held them to 2-0 in the first half, but we had some injury problems in the second half and it kind of went downhill,” Hornets coach Corey Stearns said.
Goaltender Derek Gendron was one of the injured, but the senior from Rochester, Vt., re-entered and finished with 12 saves.
Whitcomb hosts Black River on Thursday.
Lebanon 4, Bow 1
Bow, n.h. — Emily Perryman scored twice and Dina D’Cruze had a pair of assists for Lebanon (8-1-1).
Jennifer Laramie and Heidi Martin added scores for the Raiders, who held a 17-4 advantage in shots over the Falcons.
Emily Foster made three saves for the Raiders, who host Bishop Brady on Friday.
Newport 5, John Stark 0
Weare, n.h. — The Tigers (5-3) blanked the Generals for their first shutout win of the year.
Julia Sullivan and Nikki Gardner, scored twice for the Tigers, and Hannah Merrow added a goal. Sullivan, Kaytlynn Kenney, Caitlin Jones and Lindsy Desmarais each had an assist.
Newport’s Leah Peel made two saves in goal.
Woodstock 2, Fair Haven 0
Woodstock — The Wasps picked up their first win of the season, outshooting the Slaters 25-3.
Holli Olson and freshman Lily D’Anna each scored for Woodstock, D’Anna’s goal was the first in her varsity career.
Keeper Molly Henne stopped two shots to earn the shutout for the Wasps. Coach Hannah Nichols praised the play of the defense, led by Megan Dalton.
Woodstock (1-7) goes for two straight wins when D-II leading Otter Valley comes to town on Thursday.
Francestown, n.h. — The Raiders closed their regular season with a 20-stroke victory over Coe Brown and Con-Val, finishing the season with a 15-5 record.
David Albright led Lebanon with a 40 on the par-36 front nine at Crotched Mountain Golf Club. Nabeel Khan and T.J. Barber each had 42 while Hunter Marsh had 45. Garrett White and Corey Huckins each carded 46. Ben Westcott won the medal for Con-Val, shooting an even-par 36.
The Raiders now look ahead to the state championship match one week from Thursday at Beaver Meadow Golf Course in Concord.
Team Scores: Lebanon 215, Coe Brown 235, Con-Val 241.
Hanover 1-1 in Finale
Amherst, n.h. — The Marauders lost to St. Thomas while beating host Souhegan on the front nine at Amherst Country Club in their regular season finale.
Hanover senior Mattson Rosenbaum (2-over-par 38) co-medaled with the Saints’ Alex Bickford, while Chris Lehman (40), Conor Nagle (42), Nathan Roth (43) and Pat Dyroff (43) also shot well for the Marauders.
Hanover (17-2) is off for eight days before participating in the NHIAA Division II state championship tournament at Concord’s Beaver Meadow Golf Course.
Team scores: 1. St. Thomas 201, 2. Hanover 206, 3. Souhegan 211.
Hanover 3, Kingswood 1
Hanover — The Marauders (5-2) won three of four matches in decisive fashion.
Zoe McElwain led the attack for Hanover, going 15-for-15 serving with three aces to go along with 15 assists. Holly Schlosser was 19-for-20 with four aces and three kills. Elizabeth Pillsbury was 14-for-15 with 16 digs while Vanessa Nwokoye had eight blocks and three kills.
Hanover won by match scores of 25-13, 25-13, 17-25 and 25-11. The Marauders host Manchester West on Thursday.
Brattleboro, Vt. — Ian Mundy led the Thetford boys, taking seventh as an individual with a time of 19 minutes, 43 seconds in a multi-team meet at Brattleboro.
Teammate Jeremy Bauer was 15th, Nathaniel Froehlich was 21st and Kipling Haviland-Hack took 28th. Matthew Phillips led Hartford with a 26th place finish while Mark Knapp was 27th.
Emma Patriquin led the Hartford girls, finishing 12th in 24:39. Maggie Pomeroy was 17th to lead the Thetford girls, clocking in at 25:46 just ahead of Mary Younce in 18th followed by Autumn Cornelier in 29th and Nicolette Brown in 38th.
The Thetford boys took fourth out of seven teams while the Panthers girls were fifth. The Hartford boys finished seventh.
Vermont 1 (2 ot)
Hanover — The Big Green’s Alex Adelabu broke a scoreless tie late in the second half, taking possession of the ball outside the box and just beating Vermont keeper Conor Leland to give Dartmouth a 1-0 lead.
The Catamounts answered less than two minutes later as Brian Wright scored the equalizer. Both teams had chances in the overtime sessions, but the score remained deadlocked.
Keeper James Hickok stopped three shots for Dartmouth (4-0-4).
Bryant 3, Dartmouth 0
Smithfield, r.i. — The Big Green concluded its nonconference schedule with its third straight loss to fall to 7-6.
Dartmouth had 40 digs and five blocks. Kayden Cook and Julia Lau each had eight digs and freshman Kendall Ronzano had her best game of the season with seven digs. Cook and Danielle Glinka each had service games with an ace each. Kaira Lujan added a pair of aces.
Emily Astarita led the offensive attack with four kills while Lottie MacAulay and Allison Brady had three kills each. Cook added 11 assists and Stacey Benton dished out seven assists for the Big Green.