Marauders Singing in the Rain After Rout

  • Hanover boys soccer coach Rob Grabill.

Valley News Correspondent
Published: 9/25/2018 11:59:57 PM

Hanover — The weather might have been miserable, but the Hanover High boys soccer team’s play certainly wasn’t in an 8-1 NHIAA Division I defeat of winless Alvirne on Tuesday afternoon at Merriman-Branch Field.

The Marauders (6-2-0) want to go deeper into the playoffs than in past seasons. They beat the Broncos (0-8-0) for the D-I state championship in 2013, but they’ve known little but postseason frustration since. Hanover has been eliminated in penalty-kick tournament tiebreakers three of the last four years.

Hanover put 26 different players on the field on Tuesday in an attempt to give everyone playing time with back-to-back games on the calendar. The Marauders travel to Exeter today for their fourth match in six days.

“Exeter is a brutal, very strong team that beat us last year,” Hanover coach Rob Grabill said. “It is a reason we used a lot of players today, to keep our legs fresh.”

The game opened up with a lot of crisp passing and ball control for Hanover, hardly giving Alvirne an opportunity to touch the ball. Hanover maintained possession for long stretches, waiting for the Broncos’ defense to yield an opportunity.

“Stay patient, don’t try to rush down and do things,” Grabill said. “Let the game come to us. We would come back, go side to side and back again. That opens the other team up. One mistake ... and boom, we strike.”

Charlie Adams was the first player to do so. Adams scored the first goal of his hat trick 10 minutes in from 10 yards out with a blast to the left of the goalkeeper. Christo Dragnev and Aiden Rowley also scored before halftime as Hanover built a 3-0 lead.

Adams completed his hat trick with goals in the 49th and 51st minutes, giving the junior 12 goals through Hanover’s eight matches. Rowley, Caleb Benjamin and Colm Seigne rounded out the Marauders’ scoring. Benjamin and Seigne both notched their first career goals.

Liam Collins had a team-best two assists, while Dragnev, Adams, Will Blinkhorn, Matty Gardner and Patrick Osborn also posted assists. Andrew Enelow started in net, his first varsity opportunity, and did not have a lot of action, stopping two of the three shots Alvirne attempted.

“We are on track for a top-four seeding, and that is important because in the second round of playoffs, if you’re a top seed, you play at home and that makes all the difference,” Grabill said. “Each game brings a different challenge.”

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