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Adams, Hanover pointed toward the very top

  • Hanover High's Charlie Adams unloads a Thursday shot that would prove to be the winning goal during a 2-1 victory over visiting Concord in an NHIAA Division I game at Merriman-Branch Field. Concord defender Brandon Comire is at right. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Charlie Adams, center, shouts in exultation Thursday after scoring the winning goal during a 2-1 NHIAA Division I defeat of visiting Concord. The senior, who is headed to Brown University next year, recently broke the Marauders' career scoring record. Hanover's Henry Aspinwall (19) and Amane Matsuoka join in the celebration. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High's Charlie Adams attempts to split Concord defenders Daniel Aybar, left, and Nicholas Dibuono during Thursday's NHIAA Division I clash between the schools on Merriman-Branch Field. Adams scored the winning goal in a 2-1 Marauders victory and recently set the program's career scoring record. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover High forward Amane Matsuoka watches shot get past Concord goalkeeper Abbas Abdulrahman during Monday's NHIAA Division I game between the schools on Merriman-Branch Field. The ball bounced off the far post but the Marauders trumped, 2-1. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »

  • Hanover HIgh's Kyle Doucette, left, tries to control a bouncing ball Thursday on Merriman-Branch Field. Concord defender Becket O'Neil is at right. Hanover won the NHIAA Division I clash, 2-1. (Tris Wykes - Valley News) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com. Purchase a reprint »



Valley News Staff Writer
Thursday, September 26, 2019

HANOVER — Charlie Adams likes it quiet.

When he’s on the field, he’d prefer to communicate with his teammates only when he must, a lead-by-example type. Off the field, his statements are concise, and he never says a word too many.

So when Adams scored Hanover’s game-winning goal on Thursday afternoon late in the second half, a rush of players swarmed around him. The bench exploded in cheers, and his cast of classmates screeched his name from the sidelines.

And for a few seconds, he enjoyed himself by letting out a holler.

That’s what the Marauders’ boys soccer team needed him to do in their 2-1 win over visiting Concord at Merriman-Branch Field.

“That's what seniors are supposed to do for you,” coach Rob Grabill said. “Late in the game, he's taking the ball and just kind of calmly killing the clock. He steps up in big moments.”

Adams has been doing a lot of hollering lately.

On Tuesday at Manchester Central, the senior midfielder scored career goals No. 51 and 52 to make him Hanover’s all-time goal scorer. He’s one assist away from tying the assists record, and before he even entered the season Adams had claimed at the all-time points title.

He won’t admit it, but Hanover’s offense runs through him.

His performance against Concord was no different. In the first half, Adams helped facilitate the ball movement immediately, which resulted in the Marauders’ first goal coming less than a minute into the contest.

Throughout the rest of the half, he was tripped, took a ball to the face and was sent flying.

But that didn’t faze Adams. In the second half, he methodically inserted himself inside the Crimson Tide defense so he could execute the game-winning goal on a pass from Eric Ringer with just less than 12 minutes to play.

What he was able to do Thursday is the reason why coaches at the college level know he can make the jump to Ivy League play at Brown University next year. It’s not a done deal yet — he still has to submit his application — but there will be a spot for him on the roster if all goes as planned.

This weekend, Adams is taking his official visit down in Providence, R.I., which will allow him to meet with the Bears’ coaching staff and put faces to the names of players he’s communicated with throughout the recruitment process.

“It was always my No. 1 throughout the process,” Adams said. “Honestly, when Brown coach Patrick Laughlin) called me, I was a little surprised; I didn’t see it coming. But it was a dream come true. I can’t even describe the feeling.”

While his production this year has been strong, it’s the last three matches that have topped off Adams’ record-breaking numbers.

Its rare for Grabill to take a freshman on varsity, but Adams earned his spot with ease. He finished his rookie campaign with 10 goals and nine assists.

Adams said he started to feel comfortable on the field during his sophomore season in 2017, with 13 assists and 11 goals.

But the 21 goals he scored last season was thanks to his confidence from taking shots from 18 yards out. It opened up the Hanover offense and made Adams a bigger threat, which made way for his teammates.

“Charlie was a natural; the guys accepted him right away (his freshman year),” Grabill said. “He has a huge upside as a player. He can adapt to a physical game but be smart enough not to hold the ball too much.”

Growing up, Adams was the ball boy for some of Grabill’s great teams.

He always loved to watch Asa Berolzheimer play; he also wore No. 10. So when Adams jumped to the high school level, the jersey was passed down to him.

For all the records Adams has broken, there’s still something missing from his collection of achievements: a state title. That’s something Berolzheimer was able to do when the Marauders won in 2013.

Tuesday’s 4-3 defeat of Manchester Central was Hanover’s first over the Little Green since Adams’ freshman year. The pieces are starting to fall into place, but Adams knows he only has one last chance to finish the job.

“This is our final chance to do it,” he said. “It means a lot to us. It’s been a while. We feel like we have a great chance this season, Bedford had us to 2-0 at the beginning of the season, but definitely we feel like we can beat them. Other than that, we know we can beat anyone.”

Notes: The win improved Hanover to 7-1-0 on the season, good for second place in NHIAA Division I. ... The Marauders will play four teams in D-I’s top tier in the last half of their schedule. .... The first goal of the game was scored by Amane Matsuoka with an assist from Eli Stack.

Pete Nakos can be reached at pnakos@vnews.com or 603-727-3306.