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Local roundup: Senn’s long bomb sets tone for Rivendell boys soccer

  • Luke Senn

  • Hanover High's Chrissy Aman rounds a corner en route to a third-place finish in the Paul Letarte Invitational cross country meet at the Great Glen Trails in Pinkham Notch, N.H., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. Aman helped the Marauder girls to a second-place team result. (Courtesy photograph)

  • Erik Younce

Staff Reports
Published: 9/7/2019 10:12:03 PM
Modified: 9/7/2019 10:12:01 PM

Staff Reports

ORFORD — Wayne Gretzky used to say you won’t score on 100 percent of the shots you don’t take. So Kevin Brooker tells his Rivendell Academy boys soccer team to fire when ready … and perhaps when the opposition isn’t.

Senior co-captain Luke Senn took the instruction to heart on Saturday. The midfielder took a Dylan Ricker pass, stepped just across the midfield stripe and nailed a 40-yard bomb for the Raptors’ first goal en route to a 2-1 Southern Vermont League win over West Rutland at Community Field. Senn added an assist on Derek Vogelien’s second-half rebound finish, which proved enough to withstand a Golden Horde rally.

“He was just below the center circle and just ripped it,” said Brooker, who earned his first win as Rivendell varsity coach. “There’s nothing to say; it was highlight-reel material.

“We’ve been encouraging him to shoot. He can do it. The goalie wasn’t out of position; he can just smoke them from that far. We tell the guys, ‘If you think you can shoot, you’re too late.’ ”

Vogelien converted the second chance following a Senn attempt in the 55th minute. Owen Mansur had 13 saves for Rivendell, allowing only a 68th-minute West Rutland goal.

The Raptors host Thetford on Tuesday.

Sharon 1, White River Valley 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — A move of attacking center midfielder Erik Younce to center back helped the Phoenix (1-1-0) shore up its defense and hand the Wildcats (0-2-0) a second straight shutout defeat.

“We had such a defensive masterpiece against Randolph (on Wednesday), allowing four goals in the last 30 minutes, so I pulled him back to center back and he was definitely the difference,” TSA coach Blake Fabrikant said. “He was all over the place, winning the ball in back and snuffing out their chances. It’s because of him that we kept them off the scoresheet.”

Ben Rodis had a seven-save shutout for Sharon, which hosts Rivendell on Thursday.

White River Valley, which received four-stop netminding from Timber Russell, is off until a Sept. 21 home date with West Rutland.

Burr & Burton 1
Woodstock 0

MANCHESTER, Vt. — The Wasps (1-2-0) put up a defense “that played one of the best games I’ve seen a Woodstock team play,” coach Tom Avellino said, but the Bulldogs held on for the win.

Goalkeeper Steve Bianchi knocked aside 10 BBA shots to keep the Wasps in the game. “He played out of his mind today,” Avellino said.

Woodstock hosts Otter Valley on Monday.

Proctor 2, Thetford 0

THETFORD — The Panthers (2-1-0) dropped their first match of the season, unable to dent the Phantoms’ net. Ryen Wolf finished with six saves for Thetford, which heads to Rivendell on Tuesday.

Danville 2, Oxbow 1

BRADFORD, Vt. — Jordan Sinclair and Ian Steele scored four minutes apart in the second half to erase a one-goal deficit and stop the Olympians (0-1-0) in their season opener for new coach Andrew Fisher.

Bryce Ilsley slipped through two Danville defenders to score the O’s goal in the 18th minute. Oxbow, aided by the play of goalkeeper Cole Nanopoulos (nine saves), kept the 1-0 lead into the midway point of the second half before the Indians took over.

Defenders Josh Fifield and Quinncy Beaudin and midfielder Zach Kane all had standout performances, Fisher said. The Olympians visit Hazen on Tuesday.

Milton 2, Hartford 0

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION – Kyler Kelly scored off a corner kick in the first half, and Nick Desouza added a goal in the second half as Milton dropped the Hurricanes (1-1-0).

Goalie Shane Miller made two saves for Hartford, which hosts Lyndon on Tuesday.

Pittsburg-Canaan 4, Newport 2

NEWPORT — Mason Martell scored two goals, but the Tigers (0-1-1) fell short to Pittsburg-Canaan. Newport plays Hinsdale at home on Tuesday.


Hanover 5, Merrimack Valley 0

HANOVER — Junior Sage McGinley-Smith scored two goals and senior Pepper Johnson added three assists to lead Hanover to a season-opening win.

Riley Craft tallied a goal and an assist, while Bella Bardales and Lauren Ilsley secured the shutout and combined for six saves. Caroline Adams and Eva Schiffman both had a goal for the Marauders, who travel to Kennett on Tuesday.

West Rutland 2, Sharon 0

WEST RUTLAND, Vt. — The Phoenix held West Rutland scoreless into the halftime break. But a few defensive miscues in the second half led to the Golden Horde’s victory.

Sharon (0-2) hosts Randolph on Wednesday in its home opener.

Pittsburg-Canaan 5, Newport 0

NEWPORT — Goalie Shelby Adams made 16 saves on 21 shots for Newport, but the Tigers’ mistakes couldn’t be undone in their season-opening loss.

Coach Gary McCall was pleased with his team’s effort, but knows there’s much to improve on. Newport visits Hinsdale on Tuesday.


Stevens 48
Epping-Newmarket 20

EPPING, N.H. — Keaghan McAllister rushed for two touchdowns and ran back a kickoff 80 yards for a third score to propel Stevens to a season-opening win. The senior running back dominated on offense for the Cardinals, and he converted three two-point tries.

Quarterback Owen Taylor threw two touchdowns and rushed for one in from 11 yards out. Stevens hosts Newport on Friday.

Mascoma 46, Franklin 14

WEST CANAAN — Mike Evans threw two touchdown passes and his brother, Josh, ran one in to lead Mascoma to its season-opening win.

The Royals led, 31-14, at the half. Josh Williams and Roman Farnsworth each ran in a touchdown and intercepted a pass on defense. Tyler David had a 2-yard touchdown run. David caused havoc on defense with five tackles for loss and a forced fumble for Mascoma, which hosts Bishop Brady on Saturday.

Brattleboro 61, Windsor 12

WINDSOR — Caleb Meagher and Max Clifford each tallied touchdowns for the Yellowjackets, who trailed, 33-12, at the half.

Knowing his team was up against a much bigger school, coach Greg Balch used the second half to get his younger players playing time. The loss drops the Yellowjackets to 0-2 on the season. They play host to Springfield on Saturday.

Otter Valley 49, Woodstock 14

BRANDON, Vt. — Corey White, who ran back a 70-yard punt return last week against Lyndon, had another good game for the Wasps running and catching the ball. He had a touchdown in Woodstock’s loss.

The Wasps (0-2) will try to find their winning ways Friday night at home against Oxbow.

Burr & Burton 48, Hartford 29

MANCHESTER, Vt. — A week after winning via forfeit, Hartford picked up its first loss of the season.

Junior quarterback Cole Jasmin passed for 292 yards and three touchdowns, but also threw an interception. Sophomore running back Cole Shambo rushed for 82 yards and had a score. Hartford visits Mount Mansfield on Saturday.


Aman powers Marauders

PINKHAM NOTCH, N.H. — With Hanover’s Chrissy Aman racing to a podium result, the Marauder girls placed second in a nine-school field at the Paul Letarte Invitational, contested at Great Glen Trails.

Hanover finished second as a team only to a strong group from Merrimack Valley, which claimed the top two spots among individuals. The Pride’s Sophia Rebencius won in 19 minutes, 3 seconds; Aman’s time of 20:18 led a 3-8-11-14-20 finish for Hanover that included Charlotte Tagupa (21:32), Bridget Meehan (21:58, Riley Roach (22:13) and Catherine Bregou (22:26).

Hanover’s boys were fourth out of 12 teams and tops among the Division II contingent. The Marauders were 15-17-18-22-23 through Trevor Siegel (17:48), Daniel Frost (17:52), Ian Nolon (17:54), Daniel Bandler (18:02) and Matt Bonner (18:10). Keene’s Jake Velazquez won the race in 16:04.

Boys team scores (top five): Keene 33, Pinkerton 43, Nashua 90, Hanover 95, Kennett 176.

Girls team scores (top five): Merrimack Valley 37, Hanover 52, Kennett 71, Kingswood 87, Monadnock 124.

Panthers show strong

WILLIMANTIC, Conn. — The Thetford Academy boys cross country team placed second out of 17 teams at the Haddad Memorial Cross Country Meet.

The Panthers put three in the top 10, led by Tad Darrah’s fifth-place time of 17:13 out of a field of 148. Teammate Eamon Deffner ran a 17:42 to finish seventh, and Tobin Durham ran a 17:45 to finish 10th.

On the girls side, the Panthers finished seventh out of 15 teams. Madelyn Durkee covered the course in 20:33, good enough for fourth place out of 133 competitors. Layla Hanissian and Abby Egner were 27th and 34th, respectively, with times of 22:50 and 23:24.


Windsor 11, Fair Haven 0

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Yellowjackets (2-0-0) made quick work of the Slaters behind a five-goal game from Angelina Bigwood and a hat trick from Chloe Husser.

Hannah Wood, Peyton Richardson and Ashley Grela also hit the tin for Windsor. Wood added three assists, and Grela, Alyssa Slocum and Karen Kapuscinski each had one. The Jacks fired 43 shots at Fair Haven goaltender Jordyn Howard, who held up well in the barrage and made 32 saves.

Lindsey Young and Madison Leduc shared the shutout without having to face a shot for Windsor, which visits Hartford on Saturday.

Hanover 7, Oyster River 0

HANOVER – Five different players scored a goal for Hanover (2-0-0) in its rout of Oyster River.

Hillary Mackall started the scoring with a goal 21:40 into the game. Olivia Trummel and Anna Stafford each scored two goals. Kate Blaisdell tallied a goal and two assists, while Macy Curtis added a goal and an assist. Coach Jean Essex credited her midfield to her team’s success.

Goalie Ella Edmonds made six saves for Hanover, which plays at Bow on Tuesday.


Dartmouth sweeps opener

HANOVER — The Big Green women edged Brown by five points and the men enjoyed a near-perfect day to sweep the season-opening Maribel Sanchez Sou thern Invitat ional at the Hanover Country Club.

The Bears had three of the top four finishers in the women’s race, but Dartmouth’s depth won out. Brown’s Hannah Butler won the 6K race in 21 minutes, 58 seconds. The Big Green’s Diana Vizza was second in 21:15.

Dartmouth’s Quinn Cooney won the men’s 8K race in 24:53, with teammates Henry Raymond (24:53) ad Ben Matejka (24:56) close behind. The Big Green went 1-2-3-5-7 for the victory.

Dartmouth takes part in Boston College’s Coast-to-Coast Invitational on Sept. 20.


Green wins tourney

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A split of matches with Eastern Kentucky and UNC Asheville gave Dartmouth the title of the hosts’ invitational tournament.

The Big Green (2-1) lost three narrow sets to EKU, 25-22, 26-24, 25-22. Elise Petit powered Dartmouth’s attack with 10 kills.

The Big Green rebounded by routing UNC Asheville in its final match, 25-22, 25-19, 25-9. Sophomore Bella Hadley, who went on to win the tourney’s most valuable player award, posted a career-high 21 digs in the victory. Petit joined Hadley on the all-tourney team.

The Big Green returns home to welcome Fordham, Hartford and Hofstra to town for the Dartmouth Invitational next weekend.

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