P/cloudy
43°
P/cloudy
Hi 66° | Lo 36°

Close games headline weekend

ConVal girls soccer  tops Lebanon 1-0

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

The ConVal homecoming weekend included five home games over two days and then concluded with Sunday’s Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

It did not have the best start on Friday with a 14-0 loss for the football team and a 3-0 defeat for the girls volleyball team.

But it started to turn around with a 1-1 overtime draw for the field hockey team and continued with a 1-0 victory for girls soccer.

And it looked as though the boys soccer team might also pull off a win before falling in overtime, 3-2.

Girls Soccer

After 39-plus minutes of scoreless play against Lebanon, the Cougars finally broke through. It was just mere seconds from halftime and it ended up being the difference in the game.

Senior Zoe Paige headed home a corner kick from freshman Sylvie Holding to give ConVal a 1-0 lead entering the half. And that was all the Cougars would need to match the team’s win total from last year, as the Cougars evened their record at 4-4.

“It was huge,” said coach Cher McClelland of the late first-half goal. “I was nervous if we didn’t score in the first half we would come out flat to start the second.”

The defense played well throughout the afternoon to limit the Raiders’ chances and anything that did get into the box, sophomore goalie Catherine Rautio quickly scooped up.

“We’ve really been working on defending as a team and working as a block of eight,” said McClelland.

It was the sixth game in a row for the Cougars that has been decided by one goal and the team now owns a .500 record in those contests.

“This season we’ve been pretty evenly matched with every team we’ve played,” said McClelland.

While ConVal only came away with one goal on the afternoon, there were plenty of chances. Sophomore Maura Rapposelli sent one over the crossbar on a free kick from just outside the box and senior Haley Zanga and sophomore Grace Bowman each had shots go just wide of the net in the second half.

Boys Soccer

Saturday presented another tough test for the Cougars, as Lebanon entered the contest with a 6-1 record and atop the Division II standings.

But ConVal was up for the challenge.

On two occasions, the Cougars took a one-goal lead only to have the Raiders quickly respond with a goal of their own.

With the game tied at two at the end of regulation, ConVal entered its third overtime game of the year. After neither team scored in the first 10 minutes of extra time, the D-II foes went to a second overtime. And with six minutes left, Lebanon came up with the game-winner to hand ConVal its second straight loss.

“We had some great chances in overtime that we just couldn’t finish,” said coach Jon Hall.

Junior Ian Szep gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead just five minutes into the first half when he headed home a Campbell French corner. The Raiders tied things up four minutes later and it went into the half tied at one.

ConVal struck with 18 minutes remaining in the second half when senior Austin Wheeler converted a breakaway, but once again Lebanon quickly scored to even the score.

“We certainly could have won. We put ourselves in a position to win,” said Hall.

Field Hockey

The Cougars entered Saturday’s game in search of their first win of the season.

ConVal stood at 0-7 and was facing Monadnock, a Division III team that already had five wins this season.

So when the game ended in a 1-1 overtime tie, it was a step in the right direction. It gave the Cougars their first points of the year despite losing four games by two goals or fewer.

“We had one rough game against Milford, but besides that it hasn’t been too bad,” said coach Carrie Whittemore.

Maddie Ellnor scored midway through the first half to give Monadnock a 1-0 lead and it stayed that way well into the second half.

Senior Taylor Boyd finally pulled the Cougars even when she put in a pass from Ashlynn Wing with just over six minutes left in regulation.

“I knew it was going to be close,” said Whittemore. “And you can’t get any closer than a tie.”

ConVal had its chances in the 7-on-7 overtime, but couldn’t capitalize on a few openings in front of the net.

“We definitely had good opportunities in overtime,” said Whittemore. “We were there, we just couldn’t quite put it in.”

Girls Volleyball

Entering Friday’s homecoming match with Sunapee, the Cougars were riding a program record four-game winning streak that had them at three wins over .500 for the first time ever.

But the win streak did not extend to five. ConVal was swept for just the second time all season by the Lakers, who had just one loss entering play this week.

“Sunapee was a very consistent team,” said coach Jenn Merrill. “Every time they got the ball it was pass, set, hit.”

The Cougars hung tough in the opening game before falling 25-21. The second game was not their best, as they lost 25-11.

But the team had been in that position before. On two occasions, the Cougars battled back from a 2-0 deficit to win a match in five games. This was not one of those times.

Again, ConVal stayed right with Sunapee in the third game, but could not close it out in a 25-21 loss.

“I think overall we could have played better,” said Merrill. “We had some good moments, but we took ourselves out of the games.”

Senior Ayohnny Guy-Scott had six kills. Sara Clemens dished out seven assists with eight digs and Cass Yerkes had three aces.

There are no comments yet. Be the first!
Post a Comment

You must be registered to comment on stories. Click here to register.