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Playoff roundup: Warriors knocked out by penalty; plus, Mascenic and ConVal eliminated

  • WLC’s Sam Townsend heads the ball out of the Warrior box late in the game at Sunapee Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team played at Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Sean Brennan beats Sunapee’s Brendan Kelleher down the sideline during Friday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • WLC’s Dylan Pfeil takes on Sunapee’s Parker Reed in the midfield Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team played at Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team played at Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team played at Sunapee in the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, October 29, 2018 2:10PM

The Warrior boys played at their highest level at Sunapee on Friday, only to have their efforts snatched away by an overtime penalty call that gave the Lakers a game-winning penalty kick.

“This is the best game we’ve ever played against them,” said WLC head coach Kristin Schwab after the Warriors’ 1-0 playoff loss. “Our defense definitely stood up.”

After losing to rival

Sunapee twice in the regular season, including a season-ending 4-0 shutout, the No. 11 Warriors were quarterfinal underdogs to the No. 3 Lakers. But after upsetting defending champions Profile earlier in the week, WLC was fired up.

The teams played a defensive battle with not many scoring opportunities through about 60 minutes. As the second half wound down, the Warriors began to wear down.

“We were getting tired,” Schwab said. And the Laker chances came fast and furious, Wilton goalie Sam Bailey peppered with shots. Bailey made back-to-back diving saves, punched a ball out of the box and got a few defensive assists from his teammates to keep the Lakers scoreless late.

“The defense stopped quite a lot of those shots,” Bailey said.

The Lakers stopped one, too, after another Bailey dive, when Sunapee’s Michael Mullen reared back and blasted the rebound for a potential game-winner at an empty net, only to have it smack directly into his teammate Jackson Cooney, who’d gone down in the goal mouth.

Mullen would get another chance in overtime, however. The Lakers sent Mullen on a run into the box with the ball out ahead of him, with Bailey and defender Owen McGettigan bearing down. Bailey charged and dove for the ball.

“He was like a voracious leopard pouncing on the ball,” McGettigan said.

Bailey and Mullen collided, the ref blew the whistle, and a penalty was called — a rare foul on the goalie.

“I don’t agree with the call that was made,” Schwab said, “but that’s soccer, and it’s not my judgement.”

“I’m not overly pleased about it,” Bailey said. “I touched it. It wasn’t a very clean contact, but I touched it. Usually, most refs agree when a goalie is in the box, if they are at least going for the ball, it doesn’t really matter what happens as long as they’re not trying to take someone out on purpose.”

Lane Smith took the kick for Sunapee and put it past Bailey on the left side of the goal, breaking the 0-0 tie and eliminating the Warriors.

“That’s the worst way to go out, especially in a playoff game,” Schwab said.

WLC finishes at 8-8-2.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Belmont 5, Mascenic 0

The Mascenic Vikings were eliminated from the Division III playoffs on Saturday when they lost to No. 2 Belmont on the road, 5-0.

“Rough day, but a great season,” said first-year head coach Andy Helliesen. “We set out with a goal to improve from last year, and we did.”

The seventh-seeded Vikings finished at 11-7.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Newmarket 3, WLC 1

The No. 10 Warrior girls fought hard at No. 2 Newmarket Sunday but were eliminated with a 3-1 loss.

“The Warriors played excellent team defense against a talented Newmarket offense,” said head coach Dan Ayotte.

Janel Bachand was stellar in goal with 19 saves. The Warriors’ defense of Emma Skelley, Avery Krug, Ella Kelley, and Kaitlin LoVerme was solid.

The midfield was controlled by Lexi Balam, Elisabeth Jacob and Sam Yurcak, who worked tirelessly.

Jacob set up the Warriors goal with a beautiful free kick to the back post for Brooke Lane to finish.

WLC finished the year at 10-7-1.

Oyster River 3, ConVal 0

The ConVal girls saw their season draw to a close Thursday when the No. 13 Cougars were shut out at No. 4 Oyster River, 3-0.

“Great season,” said head coach Curt Martens. “Loads of improvement. Lots of young talent on the team that can't wait to get back to the tournament next season.”

ConVal graduates only one player, senior goalkeeper Lindsey Carey. The Cougars finished at 5-9-3.