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Cougars move on in unified soccer playoffs

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal unified soccer team beat Nashua South in the NHIAA playoffs on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, November 01, 2017

There were just 18 seconds left in the game, and ConVal had a one-goal lead. The Nashua South striker approached the net and fired. The ball went off the crossbar and Cougar goalie Andres Tourgee made a big save. He punted the ball away, and South got it back for one final shot. Tourgee attacked the ball, made the play and ConVal had a playoff win.

“It was crazy,” said Tourgee. “I had to do everything [I could] for my team so we could win.”

“They're a tough team,” said forward Garrett Shows, “and we know that, but we competed and we battled hard right to the last second, and thankfully we won.”

The ConVal unified soccer team’s 6-5 playoff win over Nashua South on Tuesday should come as no surprise. The Cougars just finished their second straight undefeated regular season. Their last regular season loss came all the way back in 2015 — the program’s first year.

Head coach Dick Ellingwood said the Cougar success is thanks in large part to their explosive roster of scorers.

“I think you can see, pretty much, we have really talented players and partners and I think they work really well together,” Ellingwood said. “When you have goal-scorers like Dylan and Dalton, it makes it a lot easier.”

Indeed, the speedy Coyne brothers accounted for all but one of the ConVal goals on Tuesday. Dylan Coyne had a hat trick and Dalton Coyne scored two of his own. Tourgee, playing forward while Dalton took a shift in goal, scored ConVal’s other goal.

“I think we’ve really meshed as a team,” Ellingwood said. “The partners do a good job working with the team and creating scoring chances for these guys.”

Ellingwood said he’ll have his team out on the field again this week to work on some more “strategic or tactical” plays, which will come in handy when the No. 2 Cougars host their next playoff game Thursday. No. 6 Londonderry upset No. 3 Laconia on Tuesday, and they’ll travel to take on ConVal Thursday at 3 p.m.

The ConVal players were already hyped up for the next round at the conclusion of Tuesday’s contest.

“We’ll be ready again,” said Tourgee.

“The greatest thing about my four years here is that we don't give up,” Shows said. “We don't give up.”

Sports Editor Ben Conant can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 226 or bconant@ledgertranscript.com.