Local Roundup: Woodstock Boys Win During Busy Week

  • Oxbow's Rachel Spear.

  • Woodstock's Andrew Gubbins.

  • Sunapee's Josh Heino.

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Woodstock — It’s getting to be the busy part of the season for the Woodstock High boys soccer team. With so many matches in so little time, quick starts like the one they dropped on Hartford on Wednesday will serve the Wasps well down the regular-season stretch.

Isaac Emery and Andrew Gubbins staked Woodstock to a 2-0 first-half lead, and the Wasps rode out several close calls to eventually earn a 3-2 win over the Hurricanes at Woodstock Union High School.

Woodstock (6-3-1) never trailed, regaining a two-goal cushion on Emery’s second goal of the afternoon midway through the second half.

Hartford hit a goalpost in the first half, then hit another post and had a shot carom off the crossbar and nearly across the line in the second.

“It was very back and forth; we know it could have gone either way,” Woodstock coach Tom Avellino said. “We had our chances and didn’t capitalize. They had their chances and didn’t capitalize. We don’t have any time to think about it, because we’re right back at it on Friday.”

Barely 24 hours removed from a one-goal win over Otter Valley, the Wasps jumped on the board when Emery converted an Emilio Montano feed in the 15th minute. Gubbins finished an Emery assist six minutes later. Hartford (3-7-0) drew one back in the 60th minute on an own goal, to which the Wasps responded on Emery’s second score of the afternoon, from Liam Brennan, in the 65th.

Nick Jones converted a penalty kick with two minutes left for the Canes’ other strike.

“We’re starting slow, and whether we finish strong or not, it’s dependent upon them at this point,” said Hartford coach Kevin Guilbault, whose squad has lost its last six matches. “We’ve lost a few in a row. Our confidence is really down, and we’re very easily thrown off.”

Shane Miller and Ian O’Brien split the netminding for Hartford, combining on three saves.

Goalkeeper Steven Bianchi stopped three shots for Woodstock, which plays its third game in four days in a Maxfield Sports Complex rematch with Hartford on Friday.

Hillsboro-Deering 4Mascoma 3

Hillsboro, n.h. — A tired bunch of Royals (5-8-0) paid for a slow start with a 4-0 deficit that Mascoma underclassmen nearly erased with a furious rally.

Freshman Ben Seiler struck in the 57th, 68th and 75th minutes for the Royals, upping his team-high goal account to 12 for the season. Seiler converted a penalty kick, scored on a Cam Stebbins assist and completed his hat trick with an unassisted tally.

Mascoma coach Keli Green said she let a number of younger players “who don’t typically get a lot of minutes” take over in the second half, and their chemistry and energy nearly rescued a result.

Lizz Pelton made nine saves in the first half and sophomore Connor Thompson added eight in the second half for Mascoma, which dropped one spot out of the NHIAA Division III state tournament field with three matches to play. The Royals host Prospect Mountain on Friday.

Sunapee 2, Mount Royal 1

Sunapee — Tristan Ouelette made 15 saves for Mount Royal, but Sunapee still found the net twice for a home victory.

Michael Mullen and Josh Heino each scored to help the Lakers win, and Gabe Hastings contributed one assist. Sunapee keeper Sean Moynihan made three saves.

Sunapee (10-3-0) hosts Hinsdale on Friday. Mount Royal (2-11-0) travel to Wilton-Lyndeborough, also on Friday.

KUA 4, Brewster 2

Meriden — Four different Wildcats scored to help KUA remain undefeated on the season.

Dominick DaCruz, Colin Lewis, Wyatt Intrator and Seth Stadheim each scored a goal for the Wildcats. Ethan Barrett did not score but showcased his playmaking, tallying three assists.

Kimball Union (6-0-1) visits Proctor Academy on Friday.

Stevens 0Fall Mountain 0 (2 ot)

Langdon, n.h. — In a tight battle between two rivals, even double overtime could not determine a winner.

Stevens had 12 corner kicks, and goalkeeper Cooper Moote had two saves.

Stevens (3-7-2) travels to Lebanon on Saturday.

Girls Soccer

Stevens 11, Monadnock 0

Claremont — Audrey Puksta and Hannah Miller each scored a hat trick to help the Cardinals get a home win.

Puksta’s three-goal game tied Stevens’ single-season goal scoring record of 30 goals set by Amy Zombeck in 1993.

Stevens has two regular-season games left for Puksta to break the mark.

Tanner Brown scored two goals, and Sydney Miller, Elle Grenier and Brooke Bonneau each scored one. Puksta also added two assists. Grenier, Bonneau, Jenna Pond, Jenna Bonneau, Riley Murphy, Maddy Vaine and Sydney Miller all had one assist. Fionah Carbee earned the shutout in net.

Stevens (11-3-0) travels to Sunapee on Monday.

Oxbow 3, Hazen 0

Hardwick, Vt. — Mason Tomlinson tossed a four-save shutout in goal and the Olympians (10-1-0) picked up goals from three different scorers to keep pace near the top of the VPA Division III ladder.

Sisters Avery and Zoe Barton scored unassisted goals in the first half for a 2-0 cushion. Rachel Spear added an insurance marker in the second half on a Zoe Barton pass.

Owner of a six-match winning streak, Oxbow heads to Winooski today.

Lebanon 2, Con-Val 2 (2 ot)

Peterborough, n.h. — The Raiders bounced back after letting in a quick goal three minutes into the game to steal a tie on the road.

Ireland Fielder scored a goal off a corner kick from Zoe Soule to tie the game, 1-1, before the half. Con-Val pulled back in front before Soule scored with five minutes left to send the game into overtime.

Sally Rainey made eight saves for the Raiders.

Lebanon (6-5-3) hosts John Stark on Tuesday for its annual Breast Cancer Awareness game.

Wilton-Lyndeborough 6Newport 1

Newport — Caty Boles scored for the Tigers in a home loss.

Elisabeth Jacob scored a hat trick to lead the Warriors. Shelby Adams made five saves and Zeta Morris made four in the Newport goal.

The Tigers (1-11-1) visit Farmington on Saturday.

Sunapee 3, Mount Royal 0

Sunapee — Sophie LaRose made 10 saves for Mount Royal, but Sunapee’s Marybeth Groton was able to beat her for two goals en route to a Lakers win. Abigail Pollari scored the other goal for Sunapee.

Although a loss for Mount Royal, the margin was much closer than earlier in the season, when Sunapee rallied to a 13-0 road win.

“We ran a different set,” Knights coach Derek Tremblay said. “We knew they were going to come through the middle and (we) stacked five on the back line. We had better push on offense this game, too.”

Sunapee (13-1-0) hosts Hinsdale on Friday. Mount Royal (3-8-1) travels to Wilton-Lyndeborough, also on Friday.

Green Mountain 4, Windsor 0

Chester, Vt. — Despite getting 12 saves from goalkeeper Adi Prior, the Yellowjackets (5-6-0) fell to the high-flying Chieftains (10-1-0).

Windsor heads to Otter Valley on Friday night.

Brewster 4, KUA 1

Wolfeboro, n.h. — The hosts jumped to a 3-0 lead by the early part of the second half to shut down the Wildcats (5-3-0).

Willa McGough delivered a one-time blast on an Esa Anderson pass for Kimball Union’s only goal.

KUA takes on Vermont Academy on Friday.

Field Hockey

Deerfield 3, KUA 0

Meriden — Despite Seana Perkins having an outstanding performance in net with 25 saves, the Wildcats could not find any offense of their own.

Kimball Union (6-2-0) hosts New Hampton on Friday.


Belmont 3, Sunapee 1

Sunapee — The Lakers fell in four sets, 25-9, 25-13, 19-25 and 25-9, to visiting Belmont.

Mackenzie Wrightington and Tess Palin each served up an ace for the Lakers. Palin also led the team with four kills.

Sunapee (3-9) travels to Epping on Friday.

Milford 3, Hanover 0

Milford, n.h. — The second-ranked Spartans swept the Maruaders (4-9), who received two kills each from Willa Parkins and Shannon Walsh.

Hanover visits Plymouth on Friday.


Hartford Grad HamiltonAmong NFF Elite

Irving, Texas — Former Hartford High football standout Tyler Hamilton has been named to the National Football Foundation’s first national high school scholar-athlete class.

The list comprises 68 football players across five regions around the country. The group owns a combined 3.90 grade-point average and includes 59 team captains, 12 valedictorians, 42 members of the National Honor Society and a dozen first-team all-state selections.

Hamilton, who graduated from Hartford last spring, played quarterback and defensive back for the Hurricanes, leading the team to the VPA Division I title game and winning the state’s Gatorade player of the year award. A Northeast Region selection for the NFF honor, Hamilton is currently a freshman safety at Maine’s Bates College.

Women’s Tennis

CSC 6, E. Nazarene 2

Quincy, Mass. — The Chargers finished a perfect Great Northeast Athletic Conference schedule with a win over previously undefeated Eastern Nazarene.

Colby-Sawyer claimed two doubles points through the tandems of Yahsu Yang and Anna Kopituk as well as Nilary Boucher and Michelle Lopes.

The Chargers clinched the team win when Yang, Aislinn O’Connor and Kopituk claimed their singles matches. Boucher also won the tightest singles contest of the day, outlasting Jacquelin Arretche, 3-6, 6-2, 10-8.

Colby-Sawyer (8-2 overall, 7-0 league) will begin the GNAC tournament beginning next Wednesday.