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Field hockey picks up lone win

Boys soccer falls in OT, girls also lose

  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.
  • Conant High School hosted its annual homecoming on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013.

It was rivalry day at Conant on Saturday, as three of the school’s fall sports teams played neighboring squads as part of the yearly homecoming celebration.

But unfortunately for Orioles nation — outside of the field hockey team — the day did not go as planned.

It began on the right note with the field hockey team picking up a 3-1 win over Mascenic and despite a 3-1 loss by the girls soccer team to Wilton-Lyndeborough, there was still a chance at salvaging the day when the boys soccer team took on Mascenic. And while it looked good in the first half, as the Orioles took a 1-0 lead, it turned into a heartbreaking 2-1 loss in overtime.

Field Hockey

The Orioles and Vikings met just a week earlier at Mascenic’s homecoming and the end result was a 1-0 Conant win.

So the Vikings entered Saturday’s rematch looking for some redemption, while the Orioles had hopes of a season sweep. And the advantage went to Conant in the 3-1 victory.

“I’m pleased we’re moving forward,” said Conant coach Leigh Webb. “But we still have a lot to work on.”

The win, though, did not come without a price, as senior Heather Bilodeau broke her right foot and will miss the remainder of the season.

“It was really anticlimactic because of Heather,” said Webb of the win.

For the first 25 minutes of the game, it remained scoreless. Then in fewer than 30 seconds, Conant took complete control.

Sophomore forward Victoria Johnson pushed in the first goal when she took a cross from senior Jess Sorby and put it past Mascenic goalie Gianna Cialdea.

“We’ve been working on that exact play in practice,” said Webb.

Before the Vikings could even respond, Sorby made it a two-goal Conant lead off an assist from sophomore Becca Boutwell. And that is how it would stay going into the half.

Mascenic cut the Conant lead to one when Shaina Lampinen scored the team’s first goal in over five games. But with less than 10 minutes to go, freshman Jasmine O’dea put in a pass from Boutwell to give the Orioles their season high in goals.

“It’s nice more people are getting involved in the scoring,” said Webb.

It was Conant’s third win in four games.

Boys Soccer

After falling in the final minute at Mascenic’s homecoming the week before, the Orioles really wanted to even up the season series with the Vikings.

“It’s a good, close competition for us,” said Conant coach Cole Griffin. “It’s one of our biggest and best games of the year.”

As a team still in search of its first win of the season, Conant knew it had a chance against its longtime rival and it looked good early on.

Senior Aiden Russell scored with just eight minutes gone by in the first half to give the Orioles their first lead of the season.

With some timely saves from senior goalie Tyler Desmaris, Conant took a 1-0 lead into halftime.

And it stayed that way well into the second half, but with about 12 minutes left Mascenic’s Conor Hein knotted the game at one off an assist from Jared Nolan.

“I thought we did a pretty good job holding them,” said Griffin.

With the game tied at one at the end of regulation, overtime would decide the final game of the day.

But it didn’t take long for the Vikings to capitalize in their first overtime game of the year. Less than two minutes in, Hein collected the game-winner — assisted by Jared Stauffeneker — to give Mascenic its second win of the year, 2-1. Both of the Vikings’ wins have come against Conant.

“It’s unfortunate it didn’t go our way,” said Griffin. “But we have some good games coming up so I’m really hoping this is a turning point.”

Girls Soccer

Sophomore Shannon Bennett scored just nine minutes into the game to give Conant its first lead of the season.

And the Orioles maintained that lead over the Warriors for much of the first half.

“We played our best game of the year by far,” said Conant coach Whitney Aldrich. “If we build off what we did, I think good things can happen.”

But with about 11 minutes left in the opening half, WLC senior Sophie LeVert tied the game at one off an assist from senior Sami Bosquet.

Then six minutes later, Lorrie Blais gave WLC a 2-1 lead when she got one past Conant goalie Bethany Hector, who finished with 21 saves. The Warriors never gave up the lead from there.

“Overall it was an evenly played game,” said WLC coach Bill Draper.

LeVert added her second tally of the game just three minutes before halftime to take a 3-1 lead into the break.

“We had two real good opportunities that we didn’t finish on,” said Aldrich.

The win gave WLC a season sweep of the Orioles after winning the first match-up 5-1 on Sept. 16.

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