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Always bet on Black

  • ConVal’s Micah Black netted his second hat trick of the season as the Cougars beat Merrimack Valley 3-0 on Tuesday. Black is leading ConVal with 10 goals on the year and the Cougars think they are about to make the leap as the weather cools and the season heats up. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Aiden Hall goes up for a header alongside Merrimack Valley’s Ryan Heath. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Merrimack Valley on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Put the ball in the box and Micah Black will score it. ConVal’s senior striker pulled off his second hat trick of the season on Tuesday against Merrimack Valley to give the Cougars a 3-0 win.

Black leads the team with 10 goals through 10 games. Against Valley, he played garbageman for the afternoon, finding loose balls around the net after Cougar shot attempts and pounding them home.

“The goals he scored today were the result of everyone around him doing really positive things to put him in a position where he could get those goals,” said ConVal head coach Josh Smith. “We put a lot of pressure on, we had shots, and that allowed him to find those spaces and dig those goals out.”

The Cougar win snapped a five-game win streak for Merrimack Valley.

“They're a good team,” Smith said. “They've won five in a row until today, well-coached, they've got a lot of talent too.”

The victory brought ConVal back to .500, at 5-5, after an uneven week of play that included losses to Windham and Hollis-Brookline.

“Hopefully this is a turning point in the season,” said Black, who explained that the team had a meeting before Monday’s practice and reassessed their approach. “I think what's been missing in the other games is just coming out with intensity. We haven't really been playing to our full potential, coming out with the heart that we had last year, but I think we're slowly building that up. We're just going to continue to get better as the season goes on.”

ConVal travels to play at Conant (2-8) Friday at 4 p.m.