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Local roundup: Hanover boys soccer wins fourth straight

  • Ryleigh Butler —Tris Wykes

  • Jake Gilman —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High's Ben Twang heads the ball against Trinity during the NHIAA Division II teams' Oct. 4, 2022, game in Lebanon, N.H. Lebanon won, 4-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High's Benji Madory (21) volleys the ball against Trinity during the NHIAA Division II teams' Oct. 4, 2022, game in Lebanon, N.H. Lebanon won, 4-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High's Nick Brill turns with the ball during his NHIAA Division II team's game with Trinity. Lebanon won, 4-0. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to —Tris Wykes

  • Lebanon High boys soccer captain Francis Calandrella listens to a teammate speak after his NHIAA Division II team's 4-0 defeat of Trinity on Oct. 4, 2022, in Lebanon, N.H. (Valley News - Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to —Tris Wykes

Staff Reports
Published: 10/5/2022 8:07:43 AM
Modified: 10/5/2022 8:19:21 AM

HANOVER — The streaking Hanover High boys soccer team took another step towards the top of the NHIAA Division I standings with a dramatic 3-2 win over visiting Exeter on Tuesday afternoon.

Jack Gardner scored the game-winner for the Bears (7-4-0) in the the 78th minute, snapping a 2-2 tie with Exeter (8-3-0). The win makes four in a row for Hanover, now part of the conversation in the crowd at the top of the D-I rankings as the season begins its final weeks.

Hanover’s Andrew McGuire answered an earlier Exeter goal, scoring in the 28th minute to knot the score at 1-1. Carter Guerin added a goal two minutes into the second half to put the hosts in front, 2-1. Exeter would finally put across the equalizer in the 72nd minute and the teams would battle from there until the Gardner’s late game-winner.

Bears keeper Ty Nolon made four saves, including two huge stops late in the action. Hanover goes for five in a row when the Bears visit Londonderry on Friday.

Lebanon 4, Trinity 0

LEBANON — The Raiders (9-3) bounced back from Friday’s upset loss at Kennett by controlling the NHIAA Division II contest with the Pioneers (2-8-1). 

Otto Bourne headed in a Francis Calandrella corner kick 13 minutes before intermission and Will Katz scored his first varsity goal by volleying in the rebound of a Bourne shot eight minutes later.

Bourne scored again on a long run into the Trinity box, faking the goalkeeper to the ground and tapping the ball home at the left post midway through the second half. Nick Brill finished the scoring with 12 minutes to play. Lebanon is at Merrimack Valley (7-4-1) on Thursday night.

Woodstock 3, Leland & Gray 1

TOWNSHEND, Vt. — The Wasps evened their record at 3-3-0 with a win over the Rebels.

Ben McKenna scored in the 15th minute to give Woodstock an early lead, converting from long range off a feed from Ezra Lockhart. The Rebels would tie it up but Woodstock regained the lead six minutes into the second half on a Declan McCullough goal. Alec Smail assisted. Lockhart then converted a penalty kick later in the action for some breathing room.

The Wasps host Otter Valley on Saturday.

Thetford 11, Lyndon 0

THETFORD — Jake Gilman had three goals and the Panthers (3-3-2) ran all over Lyndon.

TJ Berecz, Aidan Keane and Owen Goodrich each added two goals. Dempsey McGovern had a goal and an assist. Finn Linehan had the other goal. Xander Oshiniyi, Nolan Pepe and Henry Trage had two assists each. Uly Junker, Justin Robinson, Liam Murphy and Wyatt Polletta had an assist each.

Thetford hosts Randolph on Thursday.

White River Valley 1, Twin Valley 0

SOUTH ROYALTON — The Wildcats (4-4-1) picked up a win to cap a busy stretch of five games in eight days.

Tattin Griffin scored the game’s only goal just before halftime, chasing down a through ball by Robby McShinsky before beating the keeper for the score. WRV keeper Ty Couture made six saves. Coach Alex Montano praised the play of Dieter Sieling for his controlling play in the midfield. 

“We asked a lot of the boys today and they responded. It was a tough and smart performance,” Montano said.

The Wildcats will visit Leland & Gray on Saturday.

Hartford 5, Green Mountain 3

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION — The Hurricanes (9-0-0) answered an early Green Mountain goal with three straight and held on to pick up the win.

Joey Beggs tied it up for Hartford in the 22nd minute, scoring with an assist by Nolan McMahon. McMahon added an unassisted strike four minutes later. Theo Vassiliou then converted a pass from Sam Peckinpaugh in the 41st minute for a 3-1 Hartford lead.

Green Mountain answered that goal 20 seconds later to get back within one, but Hartford regained its two-goal lead with McMahon’s second goal, assisted by Cavan Benjamin. McMahon then capped the hat trick with a PK goal in the 74th.

“We’re happy to win an exciting, hard-fought game. The boys have good perspective and realize there’s plenty to improve on going forward,” Hartford coach Kevin Guilbault said.

The Canes go for 10 wins in a row to open the season when they host Fair Haven on Friday.

Mascoma 1, Belmont 1 (OT)

BELMONT, N.H. — The Royals battled back to earn a tie with Belmont.

James Thomas scored an equalizer for Mascoma with a great individual-effort type of goal in the second half. Keeper Matt Favreau made nine saves for Mascoma.

The Royals (8-2-1) visit Winnisquam on Friday.

Girls SoccerWindsor 6, Mill River 0

WINDSOR — Audrey Rupp had four goals to help the Yellowjackets (6-2-0) to a shutout win.

Olivia MacLeay added a goal. Keznie Westcott had two assists. Keepers Sophia Rockwood and Ash LaVanway combined to earn the shutout for Windsor.

The Jacks visit Springfield on Friday.

Rivendell 2, Sharon 1

SHARON — Ryleigh Butler moved from keeper to midfield for Rivendell part way through the game and converted for a goal to help lead the Raptors over the Phoenix.

Colleen Underhill had the other goal for Rivendell and Maddy Mintz had an assist. MaCallister Gray scored for Sharon.

“Ryleigh Butler changed the game when she switched out of goal. She scored a goal and dominated midfield,” Sharon coach Andy Ruddell said. “It feels good to play a team like Rivendell a lot closer. The team put forth a tremendous effort.”

Rivendell (4-6-0) visits Bellows Falls on Friday. Sharon (2-6-0) hosts White River Valley on Thursday.

Exeter 4, Hanover 1

EXETER, N.H. — Undefeated Exeter (11-0-0) dispatched the visiting Bears, although Hanover (4-7-0) did become just the third team to score a goal against the Blue Hawks so far this season.

Mia Bagnato scored for Hanover, crediting Syd McLaughlin with the assist. Keeper Sadie Ross made 16 saves.

The Bears host Londonderry on Thursday.

Oxbow 0, Twinfield/Cabot 0

BRADFORD, Vt. — The Olympians (1-4-3) and Trojans played to a scoreless draw. Oxbow hosts BFA-Fairfax on Friday.

Hillsboro-Deering 4, Newport 0

HILLSBORO, N.H. — The Tigers fell to 3-8-0 and host Bishop Brady on Thursday.


Field HockeyFair Haven 1, Windsor 0

FAIR HAVEN, Vt. — The Yellowjackets came up just short in a defensive battle with the Slaters.

Goalie Sydney Perry made nice saves for Windsor (3-7-0). The teams will play a rematch in Windsor on Oct. 12.

CROSS COUNTRYThetford dominates in Windsor meet

WINDSOR — The Panthers had the top three spots in the girls race and the top two in the boys race.

Senior Madelyn Durkee came in first for the girls 5K in 23:03. Sophomore Ava Hayden was six seconds behind her, and junior Annie Hesser took third. Thetford also had senior Charlotte Reimanis in fifth place and junior Charlize Brown in seventh.

Other notable local finishers included Mid Vermont Christian junior Alyssa Roberts in sixth and Hartford seniors Meg MacLaury and Rylee Burnham in eighth and ninth, respectively. Freshmen Julia Bowen and Madelyn Gibson and sophomore Hannah Collins competed for White River Valley, and freshman Olivia Martaniuk represented host Windsor.

On the boys side, junior Ben Mattern won the race for the Panthers in 19:17, with sophomore Brady Sloop in second at 19:31. Hartford took the next three slots, with senior Gavin Farnsworth, sophomore Bennett Moreno and junior Jack Fournier-Stephens finishing third through fifth. Thetford’s depth won the day, though — the Panthers occupied the seventh through 14th positions on the leaderboard, led by junior Jasper Jones and sophomore Miguel Kutter-Walker.

Senior Liam Attwood was Windsor’s top finisher, taking 16th place.

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