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Conant girls lose heartbreaker in final seconds

  • Conant’s Jordan Banish breaks away from a Fall Mountain defender. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Fall Mountain for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Fall Mountain for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 25, 2017

The defending champion Fall Mountain Wildcats struck in the final ten seconds of the Conant girls’ homecoming game to break a tie and put away the Orioles 3-2.

After a scoreless first half, Jillian Patria broke the ice for Conant to give the Orioles a 1-0 lead. Fall Mountain roared back with an equalizer, putting the pressure on Conant, finding space in the defense and putting in a shot so perfectly placed that Oriole goalie Taylor Banish never had a chance at it.

Conant counter-attacked, and again took the lead, this time on a shot from just outside the box from Jordan Banish. The O’s were up 2-1 on a stiflingly hot fall day.

“The heat was finally beginning to take a toll on my midfielders and that left our defense playing a lot harder,” said Conant head coach Carlos Fuertes.

The Wildcats broke through once again, evening things up at 2-2.

“We did put pressure on Fall Mountain with our counter attack and had few opportunities but their sweeper, Maddie Parrott, made some great tacking plays to stop our forwards from shooting,” Fuertes said.

After a flurry of saves from Taylor Banish, the Wildcats put one more home with ten seconds left to finish the game 3-2.

“It was emotional to see my players in tears and heartbroken because they felt they had the chance to win or tie the defending state champions,” Fuertes said. “I am so proud of these girls. They gave everything they could into this game, they played exactly as they had practiced. No one gave up even though they were running on fumes.”