The Hillsboro-Deering boys’ soccer team has gone through some ups and downs this season. Thursday was one of the good days.
The Hillcats (6-5) took care of business with a 3-0 win against a struggling Monadnock team (1-11). After building its lead, the ’Cats focused on their possession game, and H-D Coach Glenn Winters liked what he saw.
“That’s something we’ve been working hard on for a couple of weeks, and we did a much better job with it today,” Winters said. “It was a great possession game.”
Freshman Griffin Cassidy gave Hillsboro-Deering a 1-0 lead with an unassisted goal. Evan Winters doubled that edge with an assist from Kieran Kenny. After that, the Hillcats worked the ball around in the midfield with Kenny, Winters, Troy Gould and Kadin Garvin leading the passing attack.
Coach Winters played his entire bench, and Thomas Doyle finished the scoring with his first varsity goal, assisted by Brad O’Brien. Backup keeper Noah Urban played the entire game, earning his first varsity shutout.
The win was a good rebound for the Hillcats, who had lost to Mascoma, 4-1, on Tuesday. Two games before that, H-D suffered its worst loss of the season, a 9-1 drubbing from Mascenic. But in between was a 2-1 win against Derryfield, a perennially strong program.
“We’re still at a point where we can go either way in any game,” Winters said. “Some days we shine, some days we don’t. We’re hoping to find that consistency and go into the playoffs with that.”
Bow 1, Plymouth 0
Key players: Bow – Ryan Leonard (G), Zachary Anderson (A) scored the only goal of the game.
Highlights: Bow waited until there were three minutes to go in the game to score its goal. Leonard had to fight off two Plymouth defenders to finish off a long through ball from Anderson. Connor Griffin and Kyle Martin shared the shut out in goal, while Nate Dolder stood tall in the back for the Falcons.
Coach’s quote: “As Coach Belichick would say if he was a soccer coach in New Hampshire, there are no days off in D-II. Plymouth played tough, fundamentally-sound soccer. Their coach, Jesse Elderkin, a four-year player at Concord High, always has his team ready. It took us 77 plus minutes to score the only goal of the game and that was on a great individual effort by Ryan Leonard.” – Bow’s George Pinkham
Records: Bow 7-2-3; Plymouth 5-6-1
ConVal 2, Merrimack Valley 1
Key players: Merrimack Valley – Mason Boudreau (played great in goal), Coby Mercier (G), Griffin Wheeler (A)
Highlights: ConVal scored at the 10-minute mark and again in the second half. Merrimack Valley answered with a goal off a great pass to Mercier from Wheeler.
Coach’s quote: “We played a tough team tonight and did a great job of containing their good players. The defense played amazing. Never happy with a loss but we learned a lot about ourselves tonight as we get ready for the final stretch of the season and into the playoffs.” – Merrimack Valley’s Ken Fuller
Records: Conval ; Merrimack Valley 8-4-1
St. Thomas 1, Hopkinton 0
Highlights: St. Thomas scored early, when Jackson Maness got behind Hopkinton’s back line and fired a great shot that caromed off the cross bar and went down into the goal. After that, the Hawks enjoyed a huge possession advantage while the Saints packed in the defense, but Hopkinton couldn’t solve St. Thomas keeper Chase Gagnon, who tipped a shot over the bar in the 60th minute and saved a PK in the 86th minute.
Coach’s quote: “St. Thomas is a much better team than their record would indicate and tonight they earned a hard-fought win. ” – Hopkinton’s Scott Zipke
Records: Hopkinton 8-2-1; St. Thomas 3-6-1
Farmington 8, Franklin 1
Key players: Franklin – Asher Graves (G), Pierre Guillote (A)
Records: Farmington 8-6; Franklin 0-10
Pembroke 9, Manchester West 0
Key players: Pembroke – Hannah Picott (2G), Kaitlin White (G), Em Weldon (2A), Hannah Brown (G), Sam Muise (G), Abby Randall (G), Kayla Chase (G), Lauren Simmons (A), Jade Pescinski (G), Mady Laflamme (G)
Highlights: White got the scoring started in the fourth minute as the Spartans spread out the offense all game long. Randall and Chase netted their first career varsity goals and Picott had another multi-goal day. Riley Kennedy picked up the shutout in net.
Coach’s quote: “It was great to see so many different girls combining and finishing tonight under the lights in Manchester. Our confidence as a group continues to grow and we will need to tap into it as the season continues.” – Pembroke’s Jess Kaufman
Records: Pembroke 11-1; Manchester West 1-11
Hillsboro-Deering 5, Laconia 0
Key players: Hillsboro-Deering – Kendra Warren (G, 2A), Maggie Carter (G), Morgan Racine (G), Abbie Johnson (G), Abby VonDette (G), Emily Howell (A), Gracie Atkins (4 saves), Kimmie Nadeau (midfield), Kaylea Davison (defense), Zoe Kemp (offense)
Highlights: Carter got the first goal 34 minutes into the half when she took a pass from Warren and dribbled from midfield to shoot and score. Morgan got another four minutes later to put H-D ahead 2-0 at the half. Johnson scored from Warren about halfway through the second, while VonDette got taken out in the penalty box and scored the penalty kick 10 minutes later. Warren from Howell finished off the scoring.
Coach’s quote: “H-D played well with excellent passing and possession today. They were patient, anticipated well and worked hard to create opportunities. We are so proud of these girls!” – H-D’s Susan Else
Records: Hillsboro-Deering 4-6
Hopkinton 2, Stevens 0
Key players: Hopkinton – Loren Charron (G), Caitlin Clark (G), Melana Curley (A), Emily Fleegle (shutout in goal), Sofia Locke (tough midfield play)
Highlights: The Hawks scored in 63rd and 65th minutes with beautiful wing play in this rematch of last year’s Division III championship. It was the first loss of the season for Stevens.
Coach’s quote: “It was nice to get another shutout against another undefeated team this season. Second half we looked much more dangerous and were able to score two great goals.” – Hopkinton’s Mike Zahn
Records: Hopkinton 10-2-0; Stevens 11-1-1
Moultonborough 3, Pittsfield 2
Key players: Pittsfield – Paige Provencal (G, A), Tori Lee (G), Becca Smith (10 saves), Bryana Morris (great defense), Jolene Wood (great defense), Maddie St. George (all-around play)
Highlights: Pittsfield struck first off a set piece as Provencal sent one into the box and Lee connected for the goal. Moultonborough scored two straight before Provencal tied it on another free kick, this one from 20 yards out. After Moultonborough scored in the 70th minute, Pittsfield applied dangerous pressure with Wood getting two shots on goal, but Moultonborough held on for the win.
Coach’s quote: “The girls worked really hard tonight and I thought we deserved a better outcome. I’m proud of the way they battled versus a really good team. The ball just didn’t bounce our way for the equalizer tonight.” – Pittsfield’s James Kennedy
Records: Moultonborough 7-5; Pittsfield 2-10
Coe-Brown 3, Pelham 0
Key players: Coe-Brown – The Bears won for the fourth time in the last five games with scores of 25-8, 25-20, 25-7. Eight different Coe-Brown players contributed multiple kills, digs and aces.
Coach’s quote: “All stats were beautifully distributed. We did a great job of controlling our side of the court and generating energy on the court and the sidelines. ” – Coe-Brown’s Renee Zobel
Records: Coe-Brown 9-4; Pelham 1-12
Souhegan 2, Bow 1, OT
Key players: Bow — Megan Lavigne (G), Maddie Soucy (11 saves), Amelia Coe (D), Emma Hilton (D), Maddie Tibbetts (D), Rylee Constant (MF, D), Elizabeth Guertin (MF)
Highlights: Lavigne, a senior midfielder, scored her first varsity goal to tie the game early in the second half and Soucy had several key saves to carry the game into overtime.
Coach’s quote: “I think we caught the Sabers by surprise. The girls were fired up today and stayed intense throughout the whole game. We are only the second team to score on them this season (undefeated Derryfield is the other) and it was certainly not a fluke goal. The Falcons dug deep today and played a beautiful game. ” – Bow’s Rebecca Cleary
Records: Souhegan 11-1; Bow 5-6-1
Sanborn 5, Pembroke Academy 0
Key players: Sanborn – Elinor Cotter (2G), Avery Peters (2G), Marissa Bordesi (G); Pembroke Academy – Ali Corriveau, Sophia Brasley (7 saves)
Coach’s quote: “The girls really stepped up offensively today in the second half. While we weren’t able to find the back of the net, we were able to keep the ball down in their end a lot more than we have been doing and were awarded nine corners.” – Pemboke’s Tess Patry
Records: Sanborn 6-5; Pembroke Academy 0-11-0
Newport 4, Kearsarge 0
Key players: Kearsarge – Hannah Tockman (fullback), Paige Hoegler (fullback)
Coach’s quote: “We spent a lot of time in front of Newport’s goal and had ample opportunities to score today. Newport wanted the win.” – Kearsarge’s Chelsea Williams
Records: Newport 6-5-1; Kearsarge 5-7