Rec Briefs: LSC Chargers Nearly Avenge Lopsided NEFC Defeat

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Meriden — Having dropped a 6-0 decision to the NEFC BBA World Cup Elite early in the spring season, the Lightning Soccer Club’s U16 Chargers girls soccer team wasn’t about to take a rematch lightly. They didn’t and nearly grabbed a win for their work on Sunday, holding on for a 1-1 draw.

The Chargers showed themselves better prepared for fast and physical play, having also taken advantage of greater practice time with the better weather. LSC dominated play early in the match, particularly bogging down NEFC efforts in the midfield.

LSC drew first blood late in the first half as Casey MacVeagh took a pass through the NEFC defense and dropped a delivery to the top of the box that Pepper Joseph drilled home. NEFC fought back, tying the match just before halftime.

Goalkeeper Emma Berard kept LSC in the match with several fine saves after the break. MacVeagh nearly delivered a win in the dying moments, drilling a sharp-angle shot that drew a leaping save from the NEFC netminder.

Londonderry Tops Cyclones

Meriden — The LSC U11 Cyclones dropped a 5-3 decision to a talented Londonderry United team on Saturday.

LSC played the first 15 minutes of the match down two players but yielded just one goal. Once down by just one player, the Cyclones made it a competitive match.

Goalie Owen Parker kept LSC in the match early. He also added a goal to go with scores from Ezra McGinley-Smith and Ian Holmes.

U11 Comets Win

Meriden — The LSC U11 Comets earned a 3-2 win on Sunday over GPS NH.

Ian Surgenor got the Comets going with an early goal, to which Thatcher Bacon added a perfect free kick score from just ouside the GPS penalty area. GPS tied the match, and that’s the way it stayed until the Comets’ Oliver Choudhury notched the game-winning goal with less than five minutes to play.

The Comets’ defense made the lead stick the rest of the way.

U14 Fire Splits

Meriden — The LSC U14 Fire delivered a nice Mothers Day gift on Sunday with a 2-0 blanking of GPS Boston Elite at Kimball Union Academy’s Pope Field.

The defense of Jack McGrath, Wyatt Napier, Palmer Okai and Connor Hamlin limited the visitors’ scoring chances all game long, with goalie Jack Maynes snuffing out what got through. Tucker Chapman put LSC ahead on a pass from Becket McCurdy in the first half, and Zach Schiffman drilled home a Sebastian Rettore pass late in regulation for the clincher.

Saturday saw the Fire fall at Maine’s Seacoast United, 3-1. Hamlin scored LSC’s goal.

U12 Flames Stopped

Epping, n.h. — The LSC U12 Flames came up on the short end of a pair of road matches, falling 2-1 to Seacoast United Maine South on Saturday and 7-0 to Aztec Soccer Boys Elite Black on Sunday.

In Epping, N.H., the Flames played solid soccer only to come up a goal short. Paul Ashton gave LSC a lead with a one-touch finish of a Theo Vassiliou cross. A long-distance goal brought Seacoast level just before halftime, and an LSC own goal eventually sent the home team to the victory.

Aztec dominated Sunday’s game in Saugus, Mass., putting seven past goalkeeper Norwood Davis despite periods of strong possession by the Flames.

Force Leads League

Meriden — The LSC U14 Force moved to the top of its league with a pair of victories over the weekend.

The Force opened on Saturday with a 4-0 blanking of Seacoast United Select at KUA’s Carver Field. The squad turned around on Sunday and shut down NEFC MN Dream Team United, 5-0.

The dual victories leave the Force atop its league ladder with one match to play.

Sonics Blank Two

Meriden — The LSC U16 Sonic posted a pair of clean sheets over the weekend, grabbing a 4-0 road win over Seacoast United Benfica before claiming a 3-0 blanking of Seacoast United Premier on Sunday at KUA’s Pope Field.

In Epping, N.H., the Sonic jumped to a lead through a 20-yard Tyler St. Martin drive. Latham Allison chipped the Seacoast goalie for a 2-0 halftime lead. Lucas Pugh finished an Amane Matsuoka corner for LSC’s third goal, and Allison added a score from David Stoffel to set the final margin of victory.

Sunday’s win upped the Sonic’s record to 3-2-1. P’Jhae-Don Douglas, St. Martin and Norbu Tenzing Norgay provided the goals, Matsuoka and Sean Donoghue posted assists, and Christian Bloch and Dylan Moody Aness played key roles in the win.

On the Water

Paddle the Border

Woodsville — The Cohase Chamber of Commerce will hit the Connecticut River for its spring Paddle the Border event on Sunday, a 3½-hour cruise from Woodsville to Haverhill Corner.

Kayakers and canoeists will hit the water at Woodsville Community Field on Connecticut Street at 11 a.m., paddling to Bedell Bridge State Park before disembarking. Volunteers will be on hand to help unload boats, and Cohase will have hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages available for purchase at the end of the trip from 1-3 p.m.

All participants must abide by safe boating rules; the event is also weather-dependent. For more information, contact Michael Thomas at 802-757-3960 or email mikethom1@charter.net. Details are also available at www.cohase.org.

The Upper Valley road racing scene will heat up with a pair of events next month.

The annual Skip Matthews Memorial Race hits its 15th birthday on June 17 in downtown Lebanon. The four-mile race commemorates the life of Matthews, who died from brain cancer in 2003.

Since then, the race — which begins and ends in front of City Hall and covers part of the Northern Rail Trail — has raised money for the Norris Cotton Cancer Center’s tumor research program.

The day kicks off with Brady’s Fun Run/Walk, a one-mile route starting at 9 a.m. The four-mile run gets going at 10 a.m. River Valley Community College will provide post-race massages, and awards along with a barbecue will follow immediately after the race.

The cost to participate is $25 for adults (ages 19 and older) and $20 for youths (ages 18 and younger). There is no charge for the one-mile run run/walk. Online registration is available through the link at www.skipsrun.org. Day-of-race registration will also be available until 8:30 a.m. for the fun run/walk and 9 a.m. for the four-miler.

For more information, contact Fran Oscadal at foscadal@gmail.com or 603-448-4121.

The Enfield Village Association will fire up the annual Shaker 7 road race on June 24 for its 14th edition.

The race covers a seven-mile route around Mascoma Lake, beginning and ending at Shaker Recreation Park in Enfield. A three-mile walk option is also available. Proceeds from the Shaker 7 go toward projects and events run by the EVA, which seeks to enhance the town’s cultural, recreational and natural resources.

The cost to participate is $30 for adults and $15 for students. Online registration is available through www.enfieldmainstreet.org. Day-of-race registration will be available starting at 7:30 a.m., and both the run and walk will fire off at 9 a.m.

The Shaker 7 is part of the nine-race Upper Valley Running Series overseen by the Upper Valley Running Club. For the complete schedule of events, visit www.uppervalleyrunningclub.org.

Save a Stray 5K

Newport — The Sullivan County Humane Society will hold its fifth Save a Stray 5K road race on June 23, beginning at the Corbin Covered Bridge.

The race, which will start at 10 a.m., is a fundraiser for SCHS, which provides help for homeless animals and sponsors spay and neuter clinics. Pre-registration is $20 and comes with a free event T-shirt for the first 100 runners to sign up. Kids under the age of 12 are free.

Race-day registration will also be available, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The day will include prizes for the top male and female finishers in several age groups, raffle prizes and a post-race barbecue, all taking place at the covered bridge. Visit www.sullivancountyhumanesociety.org or contact Laurie Waterman at 603-381-0715 or laurie_waterman@comcast.net for more information.

On the Tee

Lebanon Legion Tourney

Lebanon — Guyer-Carignan American Legion Post 22 is gearing up for its annual fundraising golf tournament at Carter Country Club on June 2.

The tournament benefits the post’s American Legion baseball scholarship program, which awards $1,000 for each Post 22 player who goes on to play baseball in college, spread out over four years. Proceeds also go toward the operation of Post 22’s senior and junior Legion teams.

The 18-hole scramble for five-player teams begins with an 11 a.m. check-in for the noon start. The tournament and barbecue continue until 6 p.m., with music and dancing scheduled for 5:30-9:30 p.m. as well. The cost to play is $125 per person, with a maximum of 16 teams. Hole sponsorships are also available for $75.

Mail completed forms with payment to Guyer-Carginan American Legion Post 22, attn: Pete St. Pierre, 189 Mechanic Street, Lebanon, NH 03766. For more information, contact St. Pierre at 603-448-3429.

On the Pitch

With a Grunt

USA Weightlifting at CCBA

Lebanon — The Thor’s Stone Athletic Club will host an Olympic-style weightlifting meet on May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the CCBA’s Witherell Recreation Center.

The official USA Weightlifting-sanctioned meet will consist of two lifts: the snatch and the clean and jerk. Competitors, both male and female, range in age from around 20 to 78.

The event is open to the public and admission is free.

On the Oval

Hartford Youth Track

White River Junction — The Hartford Parks and Recreation Department’s youth track and field program is getting set for the start of the spring and summer season.

Under the direction of coach Heid Geha, the team will hold workouts at Wendell A. Barwood Arena beginning on May 29 at 6 p.m. Boys and girls of all skill levels are welcome to join. The program gives all young athletes the chance to compete in a local track meet as well as the Vermont Recreation and Parks Association’s state meet in St. Johnsbury later on July 21.

Participants will be placed in age-appropriate programs. Athletes ages 7-14 as of Aug. 31 are eligible to compete at states. All are reminded to wear comfortable clothing and bring a water bottle.

The registration deadline is May 24. Online registration is available at www.hartfordrec.com. Hartford Parks and Rec’s office at the Hartford Municipal Building will also accept registrations during normal business hours.