Rec Notes: Lightning Soccer Club Teams Hit Holiday Tournaments

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Meriden — The Memorial Day holiday has traditionally been a busy time for the Lightning Soccer club’s many youth teams. This past weekend was no different.

A slice of the action:

The U16 Chargers girls won the championship division of the GPS Memorial Day tournament at Wheaton College in Norwood, Mass. LSC swept through three matches on Saturday and Sunday, winning all of them, to make the knockout round. The Chargers took a 3-0 win over AC Connecticut in the semifinals, with Riley Craft knocking home two goals, Jenna Veysey contributing a goal and an assist and Casey MacVeagh posting two assists. The Chargers clinched the championship later Monday by beating SUSA Bayport (N.Y.) Fury, 1-0, behind the defense of goalie Emma Berard and backs Abbie Koff, Lily MacVeagh, Silvia Dalton, Arwen Clayton, Lilli Hall and Sonja Lippman. Pepper Joseph provided the championship goal, finishing a Craft pass with an 18-yard from the left side of the Bayport penalty area early in the second half.

The U15 Synergy also came home with a trophy from its tournament by claiming Championship Division honors. Two wins and a tie from the weekend moved LSC to Monday’s semifinals, where the Synergy blanked AC Connecticut, 4-0. Seacoast United Premier also found it impossible to penetrate the Synergy’s defense, with the Lightning SC club posting a 2-0 decision in the final for the tournament championship.

The U13 Sparks girls made the finals of the GPS tournament in Boston, playing a total of five matches. The Sparks beat GPS R.I. North (5-0) and played to draws with NEFC Central United (2-2) and Nor’easter North to make the knockouts. The Sparks nipped GPA Mass. Central Elite in the semifinals, 1-0, before dropping the title match to FCUSA Coastal Storm. Brielle Fitzpatrick, Grace Nostrant and Mary Rainey led the offense, while Grace Bean, Mia Madden, Sora Shirai and Elizabeth Kourbatski played well on defense in front of goalkeeper Mo McBride.

The U12 Bugs reached the semifinals of their division at the GPS in Boston. LSC rallied from a 2-0 deficit for a 2-2 draw with NEFC BBA Girls followed by a 3-3 tie with South Shore Select. Needing a win to advance, the Bugs blanked GPS Maine Phoenix White. The Bugs’ tournament run ended with a 4-0 semifinal loss.

The U11 Cyclones boys were in Weymouth, Mass., for their holiday tournament, dropping all three of their matches. Sunday’s final contest provided the team’s highlight, a Cody McKinstry goal that gave the Cyclones an early lead before foe Summit pulled away for a 4-1 decision.

The U11 Comets boys also played three matches in their holiday tourney. The highlight came in the final match in which Thatcher Bacon, Will Knowles and Comenico Pentella scored for a 3-1 cushion against GPS, which eventually scored twice in the final five minutes for a 3-3 draw.

The U15 Blast boys posted two wins and a loss in their holiday tournament. Despite an opening 2-1 defeat to GPS, Tucker Monson provided a goal that cut into a two-score deficit and kept LSC in the contest. The Blast enjoyed better success in its final two matches: Tanner Bessette got his first goal of the year in a 1-0 win, and Ian O’Brien posted a second clean sheet by backstopping a 4-0 victory in Sunday’s final game.

The U16 Sonic boys had a win, a draw and a loss to their credit during a holiday tournament at Bryant College in Rhode Island. Latham Allison and David Stoffell scored to stake the Sonic to a 2-0 lead before GPS New Jersey South rallied for a 2-2 tie in LSC’s opener. The Sonic took a 1-0 decision from Seacoast United Premier in their second match, with Stoffel setting up Amane Matsuoka in the first half and goalie Andrew Enelow earning the shutout. Southeast SC handed the Sonic a 2-0 loss in Sunday’s finale.

The U19 Rush boys reached the semifinals of their holiday tourney thanks to two wins and a draw in group play. LSC opened with a 4-0 blanking of Bruno FC on two Liam Collins goals and one each from Josh Thurber and Arthur Clayton. Collins added the game-winning goal off a free kick for a 2-1 defeat of GPS Rhode Island. A scoreless tie with GPS Mass. guaranteed a spot in the semifinals, where the Rush fell to another GPS Mass., unit, 3-2. Down 3-0 early and playing without substitutes, the Rush picked up late goals from James Disbrow and Collins before their rally came up short.

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 Saturday.

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 Run

Skip Matthews Run

Lebanon — 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.

Shaker 7 Set

Enfield — 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.