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Local Roundup: Woodsville Girls Ride Into Semifinals; Lebanon Boys Eliminate

  • Lebanon High’s Cooper Bourne (6) heads the ball out of the Raiders’ penalty area during Sunday’s NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal with Con-Val at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H. The top-ranked Cougars eliminated No. 9 Lebanon, 1-0.

  • Lebanon's Patrick Mason (2) and ConVal's Manny Bowman go for a header during an NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

  • Lebanon's Logan Falzarano (10) turns on ConVal's Colby Knight during an NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

  • Lebanon's Jack Sandmann (16) and ConVal's Max Richard race for the ball during an NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

  • Lebanon's Trey Chickering, right, clears the ball before ConVal's Ben Kriebel can close him down during an NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

  • Lebanon's Patrick Mason (2) fends off ConVal's Casey Jordan during an NHIAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinal at Conant High School in Jaffrey, N.H., on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018.

  • Judd Alexander

  • Emily Prest

  • Maachah Krull



Monday, October 29, 2018

Bethlehem, n.h. — The surging Woodsville High girls soccer team took another step forward with a 2-0 victory over host Profile in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals on Sunday afternoon.

The sixth-seeded Engineers (14-4-0) have now won seven games in a row, 10 of their last 11 and have recorded five consecutive shutouts. Woodsville has surrendered just one goal since Oct. 9, that in a 2-1 victory over visiting Lisbon on Oct. 13.

Maachah Krull and Emily Prest each scored unassisted in the second half for the Engineers. Goalkeeper McKenzie Dennis and the Woodsville defense did the rest, limiting the Patriots’ potent offense all afternoon.

“We didn’t start slow like we do quite often. We marked them really well and won a lot of 50-50 balls,” Woodsville coach Ann Loud said. “There were a couple scary moments, but the kids managed to come out on top. I’m really happy with the way we played and hope we can continue this through to Thursday.”

Next up is a semifinal matchup with No. 2 Newmarket in Laconia on Thursday at 4 p.m. Woodsville lost, 2-0, at Newmarket on Aug. 31 in a game Loud recalled as one of her charges’ best of the season.

“That was one of those games where we outshot them but couldn’t put it in the net,” Loud said. “I’m hoping we can go down there and do a good job against them. The girls are really excited, and we hope this energy and excitement carries through.”

Hanover 0, Oyster River 0 (Hanover Advances on PKs)

Durham, n.h. — A hundred minutes of soccer wasn’t enough to settle the score but the Marauders took the NHIAA Division II quarterfinal win on penalty kicks, 4-2.

“This was a great game. (Oyster River is) a very, very good team,” Hanover coach Doug Kennedy said. “On balance, they probably had the best of the game. It was a defensive effort for us, keeping them out of the goal. (Keeper) Bella (Bardales) came up big for us time after time.”

Kennedy highlighted strong play from defenders Emma Tysinger and Abigail Wilson. Defense has been the hallmark of the Marauders this fall as Hanover (13-3-2) has allowed just 10 goals all season.

Bardales saved the first two Oyster River penalty kicks to give Hanover the edge. The Marauders countered by making their first four to seal the win, with Casey McGuire, Bryn Kable, Charlotte Johnson and Wilson doing the honors.

“As we get to the latter part of the season, we figure out who our best penalty takers are. We make it as intense as we can in practice, but you can’t really prepare for how it feels in a game,” Kennedy said.

Hanover will battle top-seeded Bow in the semifinals at Nashua’s Stellos Stadium on Thursday at 6 p.m. The Marauders lost to Bow, 2-1, in Hanover on Oct. 16.

Sunapee 4, Moultonborough 0

Andover, n.h. — Marybeth Groton scored two goals to lead the Lakers (15-2-0) over the Panthers in the NHIAA Division IV quarterfinals played at Proctor Academy.

Abigail Pollari and Louise Groton each scored in the first half for the Lakers. Marybeth Groton added her pair of goals after the break to put the game on ice. Marybeth Groton and Hannah Cooney each had assists, Cooney’s coming on a corner kick for Groton’s second goal.

“We have a few kids under the weather, and we were not sure how we would perform today,” Sunapee coach Myles Cooney said via email. “We had a nine-day layoff and have not played since we were outplayed by Stevens (a 3-0 Cardinals victory in Sunapee on Oct. 19). While this game didn’t offer everything we hoped for technically, the kids played noticeably harder.”

Cooney praised the play of both Silvia Dalton and Liz Nichols on the defensive end. The Lakers will play No. 4 Epping in Laconia in Thursday’s 6 p.m. semifinal.

Bow 1, Lebanon 0

Bow, n.h. — The ninth-seeded Raiders saw their season come to a halt against top-seeded Bow in the NHIAA Division II quarterfinals.

“We gave them a scare. Being an underdog and playing the No. 1 team, we knew we had to play well. We did, but just didn’t score,” Lebanon coach Breck Taber said. “The girls played their hearts out, which was good to see. Nothing was left on the table by any means.”

Bow scored late in the second half for the game’s only goal. Lebanon sophomore star keeper Sally Rainey had another strong game according to Taber. “She made some spectacular saves, which are becoming almost routine for her. She’s pretty incredible.”

Lebanon will graduate nine, including captain Libby Stone.

“For the seniors, it’s tough. It’s a chapter of their high school careers coming to an end, and it hit them pretty hard. It was a really good team effort, for sure,” Taber added.

Boys Soccer

Hanover 2, Salem 1

Hanover — Junior Judd Alexander picked a good time for his first career varsity goal: His game-winner in the 77th minute helped the third-seeded Marauders advance to the NHIAA Division I semifinals.

Hanover (15-3-0) has now won nine straight games and will face No. 2 Manchester Central at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter, N.H., on Wednesday at 4 p.m. to play for a berth in the state title game. The Marauders lost, 1-0, to Central in Hanover on Sept. 17. The other semifinal will feature defending state champion, and No. 4 seed, Concord against top-seeded Bedford.

“We’re excited to be going back to the semifinals for the first time in three years,” Hanover coach Rob Grabill said via email. “The top four seeds are all there, and it should be pretty entertaining.”

Matty Gardner scored, with an assist to Charlie Adams, in the 31st minute to put Hanover in front, 1-0. Salem knotted things up in the 75th minute when Brian English deposited a crossing pass into the lower left corner of the goal.

Liam Collins set up the game-winning goal for Hanover, fitting a cross to Alexander in the penalty area for the junior defender to volley past Salem keeper Anthony Bellomo.

Collins was robbed of a goal in the 15th minute on a great save by Bellomo. Hanover then just missed a pair of scoring chances earlier in the second half by subs Eli Stack and Amane Matsuoka.

Con-Val 1, Lebanon 0

Peterborough, n.h. — The ninth-seeded Raiders saw their season end with a heartbreaker at the top-seeded Cougars in an NHIAA Division II quarterfinal contested at Conant High School.

This marks the third consecutive Con-Val victory over Lebanon by a 1-0 score this season. The Cougars topped the Raiders by the same score in Lebanon on Oct. 6 and in Peterborough on Aug. 30.

The Raiders (10-8-0) will graduate Hunter Bienvenu, Alex Harrington, Patrick Mason, John Moorehead, Jack Sandmann, Jack Smyrski and Pierce Susco.

Women’s Golf

Dartmouth Finishes Eleventh

Atlanta — The Big Green concluded their fall schedule with an 11th place finish at the Alexa Stirling Intercollegiate at Atlanta Athletic Club.

Kaitlyn Lees led Dartmouth with a final-round 6-over-par 78 and finished in a tie for 40th in the 64-player field at 16-over 232. Moon Cheong (79) and Kristen Chen (80) each finished tied for 46th at 236.

College Field Hockey

New Hampshire 5, Dartmouth 1

Durham, n.h. — The Big Green lost its final nonconference game of the season, dropping to 6-10 overall.

Gemma Bautista scored for Dartmouth on a corner play after time had expired at the end of the first half. Jessica Valvano picked up the assist when Bautista redirected Valvano’s shot into the back of the net.

Goalie Hailey Valerio made seven saves for Dartmouth, which closes the regular season at Cornell on Saturday.

Colby-Sawyer 4, Anna Maria 1

New London — The third-seeded Chargers (14-4) won to advance to the GNAC semifinals.

Rachel Fisher scored twice for Colby-Sawyer, which led, 3-0, at halftime. Jordan Teixeira and Bella Robinson also scored. Alie Jones had two assists. Goalie Abby Ladd made two saves to record her program-record 22nd victory.

The Chargers will visit second-seeded Lasell on Wednesday for the semifinals.

Women’s Crew

Dartmouth at Princeton Chase

Princeton, n.j. — The Big Green wrapped its fall schedule by fielding eight boats at the Princeton Chase.

Dartmouth’s first varsity eight took seventh place in 15:25.48. The first varsity four was 13th in its race (17:52.57).