Rec Briefs: U11 Surge Rolls to New Hampshire Soccer League Title

  • The Lightning Soccer Club's U11 Surge girls soccer team celebrates its New Hampshire Soccer League championship on Sunday in Pembroke, N.H. (Courtesy photograph)

Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Pembroke, n.h. — The Lightning Soccer Club’s U11 Surge girls lived up to their nickname on Sunday, surging to a 4-1 win over Merrimack SC to cap an undefeated fall season and claim the New Hampshire Soccer League championship.

Joanna Bujarski broke open a tight defensive contest by scoring on a breakaway for the Surge’s opening goal. Katharine Moseley doubled LSC’s lead early in the second half before assisting on a blast from Annalbel des Cognets. Ainsley Smith’s half-volley of a Malia Pratt corner kick completed the Surge’s scoring before Merrimack notched a late consolation marker.

In addition to the players involved in the scoring, the Surge’s Karley Hollis, Deming Dwyer, Ella Donahue, Kayleigh Ferland, Aila Van Dolah, Cosima Torresani and Nora Holmes all took part in the team’s undefeated run. Sasha Cirovic coached the squad to its championship victory.

U12 Comets Unbeaten, Too

Meriden — The LSC U12 Comets boys also went undefeated through their fall season, finishing with a 2-0 blanking of Seacoast United Premier White at Kimball Union Academy over the weekend.

The Comets took advantage of an own goal, despite the best efforts of the Seacoast netminder to prevent it, to post the eventual game-winning marker. Thatcher Bacon provided the insurance.

Ryder Wilson and Roan Palm combined on the shutout for the Comets.

U11 Thunder Drops Finale

Meriden — The LSC U11 Thunder dropped the final game of their fall schedule in a 3-2 loss to Aztec FC over the weekend.

Shawn Walker posted both goals for the Thunder, and Ronan Przydzielski earned the only assist. LSC had its chances in the contest, twice hitting goalposts behind the Aztec netminder. Micah Jacobs had six saves, and his defenders played well in front of him.

The Thunder went 5-3-0 in the fall, topped by an unbeaten run through the Seacoast United Tournament.

In other LSC action:

■ The U14 Storm fell, 1-0, to SFC New England in its final game to finish third in its league for the fall campaign.

■ The U13 Fever boys also fell in their last game of the season, 4-2, to the Boston Bolts in Lancaster, Mass. Cabot McLaren and Ian Press had the goals for the Fever.

On the Run

Norwich Turkey Trot

Norwich — Runners, walkers and volunteers are being sought for the 10th edition of the Norwich Turkey Trot road race on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 22.

The race offer two routes, one covering 4.4 miles and another covering 2 miles around the town. The event benefits the Upper Valley Haven, and although there is no fee to hit the starting line, participants are asked to provide a cash, food or clothing donation for the Haven to join in.

This is a dog-friendly event, although leashes are required. Turkey Trots and other gear also will be available for donations of $20 or more.

Organizers are also seeking volunteers to help run the races and take donations. For more information, contact Molly Turco at 802-310-0422.

On the Ice

Small Games Camps

White River Junction — Hartford High girls hockey coach Bill Goldsworthy and boys hockey coach Todd Bebeau will hold their weeklong Small Games Camps the week of Nov. 12-16 at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

The camps promote creativity and experimentation on the ice, working in small spaces to improve skills such as skating, shooting, cycling and stickhandling. The camps also are a great opportunity to jump-start the coming high school season.

The camps open to girls in grades 7-12 and boys in grades 8-12. The girls meet from 3:15-4:15 p.m. each day, with the boys following from 4:25-5:25 p.m.

The cost is $65 for residents and $80 nonresidents.

Online registration is available at hartfordvt.myrec.com.

UVHA Try-for-Free Day

White River Junction — The Upper Valley Hockey Association is hosting a Try Hockey for Free day for youngsters on Nov. 10 at Wendell A. Barwood Arena.

The Storm will run its try-free day from 12:30-2 p.m., and the event is open to all youths between the ages of 4 and 9 who have not previously registered to play through USA Hockey. Storm team members and coaches will on hand. Just bring skates, a helmet with face protection and some friends. Participants all will receive a goodie bag and will be entered into a drawing for a registration credit.

Learn more at tryhockeyforfree.com or register via uvha.org.

To the Hoop

Lebanon Thanksgiving Basketball Tourney

Lebanon — The Lebanon Police Department is teaming up with the Carter Community Building Association to hold its annual youth three-on-three basketball tournament on Nov. 25, the Sunday of Thanksgiving weekend.

The tournament consists of multiple divisions for boys and girls in grades 5-12. Each team can have up to four players, and teams will play 12-minute contests in a double-elimination format. Tournament rules are available at lebanonnh.gov/1096/Annual-Basketball-Tournament.

The team fee is $50, with proceeds benefiting the Child Advocacy Center. All games will take place at the CCBA Witherell Recreation Center in Lebanon. Contact Lt. Matthew Isham at 603-448-8800 or Matthew.Isham@lebanonnh.gov for more information.