Engineers Grow From Loss

  • Woodsville goalie McKenzie Dennis stays on target with Newmarket 's Camryn Young giving her pressure during their NHIAA D-IV semifinal in Laconia, N.H., on Nov. 1, 2018. Newmarket won 4-0. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Woodsville's Emily Prest and Newmarket's Morgan Hock follow the ball during their NHIAA D-IV semifinal in Laconia, N.H., on Nov. 1, 2018. Newmarket won 4-0. (Valley News - Jennifer Hauck) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 11/2/2018 12:01:54 AM

Laconia, n.h. — Inexperience from the Woodsville High girls soccer team was evident in Thursday’s NHIAA Division IV semifinal match against No. 2 Newmarket at Laconia High School. The Engineers, with no seniors on the roster, eventually fell, 4-0, to snap a nine-game win streak and end its tournament run.

Lesson learned for Ann Loud and Woodsville, which ended it season with a 14-5-0 record. Now it’s up to this year’s junior class to make sure the message sinks in.

“We let down and we let up a goal,” Loud said. “I knew if we did that, they’re young and they get discouraged. ... I’d like to say it’s because they’re young, but a lot of it is the nerves. That happens every time we come down here.”

Woodsville, the sixth seed in this year’s D-IV tournament, sent seven shots on goal and managed three corners in the loss, its first since Sept. 25. The Engineers last made an appearance in the state final in 2014, in a division historically dominated by Sunapee, Colebrook, Derryfield and Newmarket. Woodsville has not won a D-IV title since 1994.

“They came ready to play, ready to pressure us,” said Woodsville sophomore Olivia Sarkis, who led the Engineers with 19 goals and eight assists in 19 games this fall. “I think making it this far and this experience is going to be really good for us.

“A lot of us haven’t had this experience. A lot of us are sophomores, but a lot of sophomores didn’t play last year as freshmen. I think this is good for us to come back (next year) and want it more. This atmosphere, it makes you nervous and it makes you panic. Having this experience will help us next year.”

Newmarket (17-2-0) got goals from four different scorers, finding time and space in between Woodsville’s defenders.

Camryn Young opened the scoring in the 22nd minute, shaking off three Woodsville defenders in front of Engineers goalkeeper McKenzie Dennis and tucking a shot inside the near post. Newmarket outshot Woodsville, 6-4, in the first half and held a 3-2 advantage on corners.

Things unraveled for Woodsville in the second half.

Two Newmarket goals in a 5:53 span put the game out of reach. The first was a rocket from the Mules’ Marie Hoehner from 30 yards out, finding a corner on a curving shot for goal slated for the highlight reel. Abigail Henry added to it in the 50th minute, making a move at the top of the box past a Woodsville defender and scoring against the grain on Dennis.

Brigid Moore added an insurance goal in the 72nd minute. Newmarket outshot the Engineers, 6-2 in the second half, punching its ticket to its second consecutive D-IV championship game, scheduled for Sunday afternoon at Laconia High. The Mules fell, 2-0, to two-time defending champion Sunapee in last year’s final.

“Ann, I have so much respect for her. Her teams come to play every time we play them,” Newmarket head coach Andrew Dawson said. “She has no seniors, mostly underclassmen with some junior players, who clearly next year will be a force. They already are.”

The Engineers had their chances, pressuring Newmarket’s defense for most of the first 20 minutes. Sarkis had a breakaway on Newmarket senior goalkeeper Madison Foster in the final seconds before halftime, a chance that would have tied the game at intermission. She was stonewalled with a shot that deflected into Foster’s legs and out of bounds.

“The first 20 minutes of the first half, we played a really good game,” Sarkis said. “After we let in that goal, we kind of let down a little bit.

“It’ll be really important for next season to know that we are capable of playing with this team,” she added. “We need to want it and push and work harder.”

Woodsville will bring back four seniors next year — midfielders Astra Sleeper, Emma Daly and Sarah Britton and goaltender Dennis. It also brings back 14 juniors, including leading goal-scorer Sarkis.

”For them all getting in here and seeing this, we were here last year, but we’re getting here. We can only get better,” Loud said. “I have a lot of confidence in them. Another year all together, working with each other. ... We had a good season.

“It’s good to be here. We have no seniors. Everybody will be back.”

Josh Weinreb can be reached at jweinreb@vnews.com or 603-727-3306.




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