Panthers Bump Division I Foe
Hanover's Holly Schlosser gets under the ball to return it to Manchester West during Thursday' match in Hanover. Nora Anderson is at left. Hanover won 3-0. Valley News - James M. Patterson
Hanover's Nora Anderson runs to celebrate with her teammates after winning the second game of their match with Manchester West in Hanover on Thursday. Hanover won 3-0. Valley News - James M. Patterson
East Montpelier, Vt. — Heading on the road to face Division I Union-32 figured to be no small undertaking for the D-III Thetford girls soccer team. The undefeated Panthers were up to the task though as Michaela Pomeroy’s penalty kick goal in the second half yesterday afternoon gave Thetford a 1-0 victory.
“This is an incredible victory for our team and our program,” Thetford coach Mark Weigel said. “(Union-32) has a very good team and an outstanding player in Emily George, our defense was sensational.”
Defenders Elise Lindahl and Abby Osheyack led an inspired effort by the Panthers to slow down George and the potent U-32 attack. Keeper Ella Chapman made eight saves to celebrate her birthday with a shutout.
“It was an outstanding effort. The girls ran onto the field after the game like they’d won a championship. This is huge for us,” Weigel added.
The win improves Thetford to 9-0, while U-32 drops to 6-2-1. Thetford has allowed only five goals all season. Pomeroy now leads the Panthers with 18 points on 13 goals and five assists.
Next up for Thetford is a visit from Lyndon on Wednesday.
Hanover 2, Alvirne 1
Hudson, n.h. — The Marauders (4-2-3) handed the Broncos (8-1-1) their first loss of the season, scoring two goals in the final three minutes to stun their hosts.
Alvirne broke a scoreless deadlock with a goal midway through the second half. After struggling to score goals all season, the Marauders exploded late, starting with Kelly Brigham converting the equalizer off a Rachel Boghosian throw-in with about 21/2 minutes to play. Brigham then added the game-winner in a scramble in front of the Broncos net with 80 seconds to play.
“It was a really tough game for us. It was an uplifting win, we’ve had trouble scoring this year so scoring two goals in three minutes is good timing,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said.
Kennedy praised Brigham and Susanna Penfield for their work up front along with keeper Ashley Levesque (three saves) and defender Claire Messersmith. The Marauders had been the only team to not lose to the Broncos, battling Alvirne to a 1-1 draw in Hanover on Sept. 24.
Next up for Hanover is a visit from Windham on Tuesday.
Black River 7, Whitcomb 1
Bethel — The Hornets (6-4) ran into the top team in Vermont D-IV as the Presidents improved to 9-0 with the victory.
Lindsey LaPerle scored off a Nicole Begin corner for Whitcomb, which visits Concord (Vt.) on Tuesday.
Mount Anthony 2 Hartford 1
Bennington, Vt. — The Hurricanes played a strong game against the Patriots, cutting into a two-goal deficit with a Heather Illingworth goal in the 12th minute of the second half.
Illingorth converted off a free kick by Skylar Gray. Keeper Katie McGrath made seven saves.
The Canes host Spaulding on Saturday at 3:30 p.m.
Northfield, Vt. — A successful Williamstown penalty kick 28 minutes into the first half was all the scoring the Blue Devils needed to edge visiting Rivendell on Wednesday.
“In the first half, we were in our zone much of the time because of the wind,” said Rivendell coach Tim Goodwin.
“But in the second half it was more up and down. We had some great opportunities, hammering the goal at the end. It could have gone either way.”
The Raptors hit the bar a few times while keeping the pressure on the Williamstown net. The closest scoring chance came when Hannah Smith just missed connecting from a cross delivered by Quenla Haehnel.
The Raptors (4-4) travel to South Royalton for Homecoming today for a 3 p.m. start.
Hanover 3, Pinkerton 1
Derry, n.h. — The Marauders remained unbeaten with a quality win over the host Astros.
Xavier Tchana put Hanover (10-0) in front with a goal in the 10th minute, assisted by Tomas LaPorta. Pinkerton (7-3) answered a minute later with just the third goal allowed by Hanover this season.
The Marauders took the lead for good when Sam Carey headed home LaPorta’s corner kick in the 15th minute of the second half. Tchana then added some insurance two minutes later with his second goal of the afternoon.
Keeper Alex Bynum made three saves for Hanover. Carey and Jack Lightbody led another strong effort by the Marauders’ backfield.
Hanover goes for 11 in a row on Tuesday, when Manchester Memorial visits.
Sharon 1, Williamstown 0
Williamstown, Vt. — Tanner James’ goal in the second minute stood up as the Phoenix improved to 6-1-2.
Paul Roberts earned the assist on the James goal. Sawyer Levy stopped five shots for the shutout in net for Sharon.
“The boys played really well, we had the upper hand in the first half for sure,” Phoenix coach Rob Stainton said. “They put us under pressure in the second, but we played really well to get the win.”
The Phoenix host South Royalton on Tuesday.
Kearsarge 4, Winnisquam 1
North Sutton — Andrew Van Hooydonk had two goals and an assist to lead the Cougars (7-3-1).
Nick Bailey added a goal and two helpers, while Francis Carpenter scored and Roudy Rehor had one assist.
Keeper Mike Sullivan made four saves for Kearsarge, which visits Campbell on Tuesday.
Black River 3, Whitcomb 0
Bethel — Whitcomb trailed 1-0 at halftime after the Presidents scored in the 33rd minute.
Coach Corey Stearns praised his defense, led by keeper Derek Gendron (nine saves) along with Marcus Sheldon, Jacob Feeney, Cole Abbot and Ethan Scott.
The Hornets (2-6-1) visit West Rutland on Saturday.
Thetford 1, Lamoille 0
Thetford — Wednesday’s final score was close, but — from Thetford coach Sean Fitzgerald’s perspective — the game was not.
The Panthers (5-3-1) got the space they needed in the 31st minute of the second half when Matt Perry took a cross from freshman Connor Brown and beat goalie Bennett Anderson 1-on-1.
The Panthers attacked Anderson the rest of the half, putting a number of crosses into the box and challenging for balls in the air. Anderson was forced to make eight hard saves to keep the game close.
“We actually controlled play about 80-20,” Fitzgerald said. “They packed it in, and that held us up. But we’ll work on it in practice, the need to create space.”
At the other end, Thetford goalie Brandon Gray had two saves for his second shutout in the past three games.
Thetford is at Union-32 today.
Berlin 3, Mascoma 0
West Canaan — The Mountaineers led 2-0 after just three minutes of action, a hole from which the Royals couldn’t emerge.
“We came out really flat, but after that we picked up our intensity level and it was really competitive,” Mascoma coach Amanda Valliere said.
Kialah Reeder, Brooke Pushee and Emily Tevere all played strong games ,according to Valliere. The Royals (2-7) host Kearsarge on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Otter Valley 1
Woodstock — The Wasps (1-8) put a scare into one of the top teams in D-II, falling just short in an upset bid against the Otters.
The Wasps were outshot by a narrow margin, 15-10, but each team had seven shots on goal.
Molly Henne made two spectacular saves in net for Woodstock, according to coach Hannah Nichols, while freshman midfielder Mariah Luce had a strong game.
The Wasps visit Rutland on Saturday.
Manchester West 0
Hanover — The Marauders continued their strong play in shutting down Manchester West by scores of 25-13, 25-5 and 25-15.
Zoe McElwain had another good all around game, going 14-for-15 serving with five aces and 11 assists.
Holly Schlosser was an impressive 28-for-28 from the service line with eight aces, while Elizabeth Pillsbury added nine kills.
“We kept a high level of play and did a good job playing our game against a scrappy opponent,” Hanover coach Amy Carney said.
The Marauders (6-2) host Gilford on Monday.
Hopkinton Edges Newport
North Sutton — The Tigers finished just one stroke behind rival Hopkinton in a match over the front nine at the Country Club of New Hampshire.
Cameron Gebo led Newport with a 43 while Spencer Coronis had 44 and Matt Bocko and Dawson Campbell each had 45. Andre Kepler and Chandler Wentzell both added 46.
Team Scores: Hopkinton 176, Newport 177, Inter-Lakes 196.
Keene, n.h. — The Cougars picked up an eight-stroke victory over Conant and Monadnock at Bretwood Golf Course.
Lucas Muzzey led the way with a 41 on the par-35 front nine at the south course at Bretwood. Andy Arnold added a 42, Bailey Kane had 45, senior Connor Shannon and sophomore Zach Swinerton had 47 for the Cougars.
Swinerton holed an 85-yard wedge shot for birdie to highlight his round as both Shannon and Swinerton broke 50 for nine holes for the first time in their careers.
Team Scores: Kearsarge 174, Conant 182, Monadnock 212.