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Vikes ousted by Hawks

  • The Mascenic soccer team traveled to Hopkinton for a playoff game Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team traveled to Hopkinton for a playoff game Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team traveled to Hopkinton for a playoff game Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team traveled to Hopkinton for a playoff game Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team traveled to Hopkinton for a playoff game Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Micah Howard battles for the ball. Staff photo by Ben ConanT



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The 15th-seed Mascenic soccer team wasn't cowed by their playoff matchup with No. 2 Hopkinton on Friday.

“We didn't go into the game thinking we were going to lose, that's for sure,” said Viking head coach Zach Stephenson.

The Vikings jumped out to an early 1-0 lead after senior Micah Howard scored off a corner kick – Mascenic's strong point.

“Free kicks and corner kicks are our specialty,” Stephenson said. “I think if we had more of those we could have scored some goals.”

Mascenic held their lead for the majority of the first half. The Hawks were without senior striker Gerry Donahue (illness), but senior midfielder and All-State lock Max Rossignol kept the pressure on as Hopkinton was able to win more than their fair share of goal kicks and 50/50 balls.

“Them winning the ball and gaining possession was a killer for us,” Stephenson said, “because their No. 19, Rossignol, is a stud athlete and if you give him space, he's going to do something with the ball.”

Rossignol was held scoreless, but Paul Molnar stepped up in his absence. He'd score the equalizer on a play that appeared to be offsides, catching the Viking defense off guard as they expected a whistle.

“After that, it's a real demoralizer,” Stephenson said.

Derek West then gave Hopkinton a 2-1 lead and Molnar would score twice more for a hat trick and a 4-1 win.

“There were a couple letdowns but the team didn't give up, which I was most proud of,” Stephenson said. “They played the full 80.”

Seniors Drew Rines and Howard played their usual all-out style in their final game.

“They both played a good game – they played their hearts out,” Stephenson said.

Freshman Shea Zina played an excellent game on defense.