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Injured Cougars show claws

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Finn Wegmueller fights a Manchester West defender for a loose ball. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team beat Manchester West on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 13, 2017

You might not see a slower run across the field than the ConVal boys showed after Tuesday’s game. With Jackson Perry on crutches after a gruesome shin injury that will cost him the season, the Cougars took it easy on the traditional trot to acknowledge the fans.

Perry had to hop across, and he’s not the only member of the walking wounded in blue-and-gold right now. Manny Bowman’s out with a busted nose, and senior captain Aiden Hall is playing with a cast on his broken right thumb.

“We’ve been dealing with a few injuries,” said first-year coach Josh Smith. “I’m sure all the teams at some point have to deal with things like this. This is our time to deal with it, but people step up, so we don’t have much of a drop-off.”

Indeed, all those injuries didn’t slow ConVal as they picked up their second win of the season by beating Manchester West 5-0.

Senior captain Micah Black put together a hat-trick to lead the Cougars.

“He scored three goals, so he had a good game, obviously,” Smith said.

Black split the defense for a score in the first half and put in another off an assist from fellow senior captain Jordan Cooper. Black would add a penalty kick tally in the second half to complete the trifecta.

“Specifically today we were really trying to get the ball wide, get some crosses into the middle and crash the net, and you saw a couple of our goals were due to things like that,” Smith said.

Max Richard set up Hall for a header goal in the first half off a corner kick, which Hall flicked in deftly from outside the box. Richard then received a second-half cross from Cooper to get a goal of his own.

Sophomore goalie Mather Kipka was tested infrequently but made several leaping saves.

“Mather had a good game too,” Smith said. “There wasn’t a ton of pressure but when he was called upon he did really well.”

Zach Kriebel started in Bowman’s place at left back and put on a good showing.

“I think that’s probably the best soccer he’s played all year,” Smith said.

Max Richard and August Marshall have been taking care of Perry’s duties.

“We have a bunch of guys who can step up,” Smith said. “It’s really fortunate.”

ConVal is now 2-3, with two shutout blowout wins and a trio of one-goal losses.

“You look at our record, and it’s what we would hope, and that’s just the reality of the situation,” Smith said, “but I think we’re starting to play better and you should start seeing the results of that effort.”

Next up is an appealing matchup with 1-2-2 Pelham today at 6 p.m. The Pythons have yet to score more than one goal in a game this season. After that, it’s a big test for ConVal, as they travel to undefeated No. 1 Windham Tuesday at 4 p.m.

The Cougars should be a little healthier by then. Bowman is expected back, and Hall, who left the game Tuesday after taking a rocket shot to the face, passed his concussion protocol and should play as well.

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