High School Roundup: Orioles, Warriors clash on soccer field

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Conant on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant girls' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/15/2021 11:54:03 AM

What does Conant senior captain Heather Gonyea provide for the Orioles’ soccer team? In Tuesday’s win over Wilton-Lyndeborough, it was one tweaked knee, a couple somersaults and two huge goals to help Conant pick up a 3-1 victory.

The Warriors came to Jaffrey as the walking wounded, with senior Sam Boette in a wrist cast and a handful of other WLC players injured or in COVID protocol. For first-year WLC head coach Kaelyn Theodoulou, that meant some new middle-school callups – including two seventh-graders she met for the first time Tuesday afternoon.

“We’re asking them essentially to jump up four years of soccer in a game,” Theodoulou said. “So for these girls, you add four years onto it and they’ll be tough to compete with.”

Nonetheless, the Warriors weathered an early Oriole barrage thanks to strong defense from Ella Kelley and determined goaltending from Hiba Koudsi. Conant dominated in time of possession and shots on goal in the first half, with hardworking senior co-captain Jenna Harvey setting the table and homing in with her powerful long shot, but couldn’t break through.

“We had fight, we had a lot more shots than them, more opportunities, but overall we were not having the full energy going into the ball,” said Conant head coach Adam Patria.

At the 37-minute mark, WLC’s Adri Bausha got the ball into the Oriole box, drew a penalty and drove the PK home to the left of Conant keeper Kelly Williams. Bausha, who’s taken over the Warriors’ scoring duties after senior Elisabeth Jacob opted to develop her skills at High Mowing School’s Black Rock FC, has all four of WLC’s goals this fall.

Theodoulou issued a warning to her team at the half: Conant is going to come out strong, take it up the middle, and try to score early.

“I told them that I’m basically gonna take up a job as a psychic,” Theodoulou joked, “because I can usually predict how it’s going to go.”

And after Patria drummed up some Oriole intensity in his own halftime speech, Conant fulfilled that prediction, as Gonyea took a beautiful through ball from senior Kendall Chamberlain and sent the game-tying goal past Koudsi.

“We were talking about it was important to score early,” Patria said. “I wasn’t expecting that early. It gave us that mental boost they needed.”

The Oriole momentum was shortlived, as not long after her goal, Gonyea went down in the Warrior end and stayed down until her coaches carried her off the field. Patria said he thought that was the end of the day for his senior co-captain, but after some rest and some stretching, she was ready to go, and Patria “hesitantly” put her back in. Gonyea immediately took the ball right to the middle of the WLC defense, broke away and pounded another goal home to give the Orioles the lead.

“That was a great desire on her part,” Patria said. “I was not expecting her to be available considering how she was feeling when we were out there carrying her off.”

Gonyea lept into Harvey’s arms in celebration and then was subbed right back out of the game; the winter gymnastics star stepped off the field and rolled to the bench with a perfect somersault.

Conant essentially controlled the rest of the game, with forwards Irelynd Aucoin, Lexi Kulczyk, Rianna Aho and Lola Hayes keeping the pressure on. In stoppage time, Hayes found Aho for an insurance goal to create the 3-1 final.

“They deserve the win,” Patria said. “They fought for it and they came back and did what needed to be done to secure.”

The Warriors (0-4) are still searching for their first win, but with a roster made up of middle-schoolers and a slew of injuries, Theodoulou’s goal isn’t simply wins and losses.

“I tell them all the time,” Theodoulou said, “I don’t care about the score. I care about being competitive and we were competitive up until the end…We’re going to take the cards that we were given and we’re going to do the best we can. That’s it. Walk away with positive energy.”

WLC hosts Pittsfield Thursday at 4 p.m.

Conant (2-4) hosts rival Fall Mountain for homecoming Saturday at 1 p.m.; due to last year’s regional schedule, the two teams have not met since 2019.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Conant 1, Wilton-Lyndeborough 1 (2OT)

The Warriors and Orioles played to a 1-1 draw Monday evening in Wilton in a chippy game that only furthered the rivalry which has grown in the past five years. 

“These guys always give us a good game,” said Conant coach Tom Harvey after the double-overtime tie. “They’ve got a couple of tough guys.”

Conant got a goal midway through the first half when a cross from Thomas Harvey found Josh DiPasquale’s head in the box and rocketed past WLC keeper Joe Krug. From there, the Warriors, anchored by defensive stalwart Dominic Hutchinson, held tight on defense. 

“[Hutchinson] is a very good player,” Coach Harvey said.

WLC didn’t generate much offense in the first half, but the Warriors roared out in the second and got a breakaway goal from Troy Brennan in the first minute to even the score. 

The Warriors had a golden opportunity to take the lead after earning a penalty kick, but Conant’s Garrett Somero – one of the division’s top goalkeepers – made a diving save to his right to keep the score at one apiece. 

“He saved our bacon tonight, for sure,” Coach Harvey said.

The contest went to double overtime, and despite several near misses, including a Thomas Harvey shot in the 100th minute that sailed just over the crossbar, the game ended in a draw.

WLC (4-0-1) hosts Pittsfield Thursday at 6 p.m.

Conant (4-1-1) was set to play Monadnock Wednesday and then host Mascenic for homecoming Saturday at 3 p.m. for another big rivalry matchup.

“We’ll have a battle there on Saturday,” Harvey said.

 

Derryfield 2, Mascenic 1

The Vikings dropped a tough one to the Cougars Tuesday as Mascenic continued to struggle with defensive breakdowns, which led to both Derryfield goals, coach Andy Helliesen said. 

“We need to tighten up in the back and iron out those mistakes,” Helliesen said. “I’m hopeful we are able to do so before our playoff chances start to dwindle.”

Wyatt Duval assisted Sean Agonis for the Viking goal. Lucas Leroux and Corey Miller played well defensively, Helliesen said. 

Mascenic (1-2-1) hosts Gilford Thursday at 4 p.m.

 

Milford 3, ConVal 1

The Cougars became the first team to score against Milford all season on Tuesday when Garrett Rousseau put one in off an Ethan Kenney cross in the ninth minute, but the Spartans scored three second-half goals to remain undefeated. 

The defense gave a good effort overall, coach Josh Smith said, and keeper Zach Burgess made a number of key saves.

ConVal (2-4) looks to stop their two-game skid at homecoming Saturday morning, when they host Sanborn at 11 a.m.

GOLF

Hakala medals again for Mascenic

Josiah Hakala is making his presence felt in his first season with the Mascenic golf team, earning medalist honors yet again in the Vikings’ win at Newport. Hakala shot a 23, with teammate Joseph Lisio right behind with a 22, as the Vikings scored a 59 overall, beating Woodsville (42) and Newport (5).

Tyrus Krook (7), Seth Talbot (7) and Casey Brox (6) also scored for Mascenic.

ConVal picks up a win

The ConVal golf team beat Belmont and Gilford at Canterbury Woods Monday afternoon.

Wyatt Burbank, playing his first match for CV, posted a stroke score of 41, equal to 22 Stableford points, and was the medalist.

Elias Niemala, Corey Guzman and Daniel McCall all scored well to add to ConVal’s winning total of 41 pts, to better Gilford by two for the win.

ConVal travels to Country Club of New Hampshire to play Hopkinton and Campbell on Wednesday and plays at home Thursday against John Stark, Belmont and Lebanon.

Conant drops a match

Oriole golfers didn’t have their best day on Monday, as Conant came in last behind Derryfield and Hopkinton at the Shattuck.

Jordan Ketola was Conant’s top scorer with 12 points; Francesca Ketola had 10 and Marcus Somero and Draven Seppala had eight each.

FIELD HOCKEY

Mascenic 8, Newport 0

Ava Johnson and Olivia Shaw had two goals each as the Vikings routed Newport on Monday afternoon. Leah St. John, Emma Lampinen, Jade Traffie and Bella Knisley also scored for the Vikings; Lexis Vautour made two assists in the game.

The Vikings (2-2) were set to play Newport on the road Wednesday and then play at Conant’s homecoming Saturday at 11 a.m.

Gilford 8, Conant 1

Shorthanded, the Orioles were unable to muster much against a tough Gilford team Monday, but Coach Jackie Brown said she was happy with the girls’ effort nonetheless.

“If we were full strength, we could have given them a good game,” Brown said.

Freshman Emily Battisti scored Conant’s only goal off an assist from Bella Hayes.

Conant (2-3) hosts Mascenic for homecoming Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

Souhegan 3, ConVal 0

The Cougars played the Sabers tough on Tuesday, coach Kelly Shirk said, but Souhegan was able to convert more of their chances despite ConVal stopping all 13 corner opportunities.

Goalie Makenzie Anderson had another great game, Shirk said, making 21 saves, and juniors Abby Kamieniecki and Laramie Wilson came up clutch with some defensive saves.

ConVal (1-4) hosts Sanborn for homecoming Friday at 4 p.m.

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Mascenic 3, Hillsboro-Deering 0

Mascenic’s girls’ volleyball team kept on rolling Monday at Hillsboro-Deering, winning in straight sets, 25-11, 25-11, 25-8.

Annika Martel had five kills and five aces; Lyla Buxton had two kills and six aces; Hannah Zina had four kills, and Kenzie Cormier had six assists.

Mascenic (3-0) has not lost a set yet this season. The Vikings are at Newfound Wednesday and host Stevens Friday at 6:15 p.m.

 

Hanover 3, ConVal 2

The Cougars took the floor eager to show Hanover their volleyball skills Tuesday night, coach Amanda Hinton said, and played a close back-and-forth match that saw the Marauders ultimately victorious.

Hanover took the first two sets before ConVal outlasted them in the third and blew past them in the fourth. With the ConVal gym loud with cheering fans, the two teams battled to the final point before the Marauders finished the fifth set off 17-15.

Emma Rodenhiser had five aces, 14 kills, two blocks, and eight digs; Kendall Sullivan added two aces, four kills, 20 assists, and six digs; Makaela Drummond had three aces, five kills, and two digs. Aria Laurent had an ace, three kills, five assists and three digs, and Sophia Hatmaker and Molly Tyle each had a pair of kills. Samantha Henderson, Brooklyn Sainsbury, and Avery Swasey played well defensively, Hinton said, and all had five digs.

ConVal (0-4) hosts Laconia Friday at 5:45 p.m.

Cross-country

Mascenic races at Belmont

The Traffie boys finished just behind unflappable 2020 champ Patrick Gandini of Gilford Tuesday, and it was enough for the Vikings to take a team win over Gilford, Kearsarge and host Belmont.

Connor Traffie (second, 18:53), Drew Traffie (third, 19:01), Ryan O’Shea (seventh, 19:43), Derek Somero (ninth, 20:01) and Dominic Cichetti (12th, 21:10) were Mascenic’s top five.

The Mascenic girls finished second behind Gilford, with Skye Lambert (third, 23:16), Gracie German (seventh, 24:58), Amelia Smith (1oth, 25:40), Victoria Smith (11th, 25:41), Emma Schaumloffel (12th, 25:48) in the top five positions. 


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