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Marauders girls soccer advances to NHIAA D-II semifinals

  • Riley Craft, Hanover High girls soccer

  • Doug Kennedy, Hanover High girls soccer coach

Staff Reports
Published: 11/3/2019 10:13:41 PM
Modified: 11/3/2019 10:13:38 PM

The Hanover High girls soccer team’s magical season continued Sunday with a 4-0 defeat of John Stark during an NHIAA Division II playoff quarterfinal game at Merriman-Branch Field.

Two goals from Charlotte Johnson during the first half and two unassisted tallies during the final 10 minutes by Riley Craft were enough to send the No. 1 Marauders (17-0) on to face No. 4 Milford in Thursday’s semifinals at Bill Ball Stadium in Nashua. The teams did not meet during the regular season.

Sage McGinley-Smith and Craft had assists and Bella Bardales made seven saves for the hosts.

”It was a good overall effort where we possessed a great deal and took a ton of shots,” said 12th-year Hanover coach Doug Kennedy, whose defending state champions produced 34 of them. The No. 8 Generals “played very well and had a few offensive forays on long balls.”

Kennedy touted midfielders Pepper Joseph and Eva Schiffman and the front line of McGinley-Smith, Johnson and Craft.

“They’re all weapons with great pace who can run for 80 minutes,” the coach said. “We moved the ball around really well. (John Stark) had a good, active goalie who came out to make a lot of saves.”

Hanover is a combined 57-11-5 the past four seasons. The Marauders lost in the 2016 and 2017 semifinals.

FIELD HOCKEY Dartmouth 3, Vermont 2

BURLINGTON, Vt. — The Big Green (4-12) snapped a seven-game losing streak Sunday when freshman Holley Cromwell scored the deciding goal during the 51st minute.

Katie Spanos gave Dartmouth a 1-0 lead with her team-high eighth goal during the 27th minute. UVM forged a 1-1 tie fewer than two minutes later and shortly before halftime. The Catamounts (6-11) struck again six minutes after the break, but the Big Green’s Jocelyn Wulf pulled the visitors into a 2-2 deadlock just 52 seconds later.

Taylor Hantman assisted on Dartmouth’s first and last goals and Carmen Braceras, Katie Persin and Sara Falkson also had assists. Isabella Santucci made eights saves to earn her fourth victory.

Dartmouth, 0-6 in Ivy League play, hosts Cornell (9-7, 3-3) on Saturday in its season finale. The Big Green is trying to avoid its second winless league record during the past four years and just the third since the program’s 1979 inception. Big Red coach Andy Smith is a former Dartmouth assistant who was previously the head man at Pacific until it dropped field hockey after last season.

TENNIS Big Green ends fall season on uptick

HANOVER – Dartmouth went 5-4 in singles play Sunday against Massachusetts and Yale during the Big Green Invite tournament.

The Big Green won four of their six matches against the Minutewomen. Sophomore Nicole Conard defeated Jodie Annie Lawrence-Taylor, 6-1, 3-6, 10-8, and senior Racquel Lyn had a 6-3, 1-6, 11-9 victory over Anna Napadiy. Seniors Allison McCann and Chuyang Guan easily won their matches in two sets.

Dartmouth went 1-2 versus the Bulldogs. Sophomore Nina Paripovic narrowly beat Lauren Gillinov, 7-5, 7-6 (6). Finished with fall play, the Big Green returns to the court in January.

Saturday’s Results

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KUA 1, Andover 1

MERIDEN — Ethan Barrett’s 84th-minute goal enabled the Wildcats (7-5-3) to earn a Pope Field draw with Phillips Andover.

Sebastian Morris set up Barrett’s equalizer. Sophomore Matty Gardner and senior Colin Lewis both had strong games on defense for Kimball Union, as did freshman Owen Lewis in his first KUA start.

The Wildcats visit Phillips Exeter on Wednesday.

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