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Conant field hockey wins rematch with Mascenic 

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Above left: Conant’s Mariah Chamberlain maneuvers past a Mascenic defender durng Saturday’s homecoming win. Above right: Conant’s Nahomy Menjivar and Mascenic’s Sydney Bane fight for control of the ball.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Conant’s Nahomy Menjivar and Mascenic’s Sydney Bane fight for control of the ball.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • The Conant girls field hockey team defeated Mascenic 1-0 during homecoming action on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2018. Staff photo by Nicholas Handy—

  • Mascenic’s Avery McClain and Conant’s Katie Marsh sprint to a loose ball. The teams were evenly matched through much of Saturday’s game, but the Orioles won 1-0 after a late goal.  Staff photo by Nicholas Handy



Tuesday, September 25, 2018 10:41AM

Conant's field hockey team continued to improve on an already strong season, defeating rival Mascenic 1-0 during Saturday’s homecoming match-up – just a week after the Vikings won 4-3 at their homecoming against the Orioles.

The two teams traded possession and scoring opportunities back and forth for much of the match, but the Orioles ultimately prevailed, scoring the game's only goal with less than three minutes left to play.

“Not giving up was the number one thing,” Conant head coach Jackie Brown said. “It was push, push, push until we finally got it in.”

This year's Orioles team has shown much improvement over previous years, as the team had already won more games than the previous three seasons combined before the homecoming game.

“This is my second season with the team, so I think there is more consistency,” Brown said. “Prior to that, they had three coaches in three years so there was no consistency. It's all starting to come together now.”

It was the combination of two freshman – forwards Elizabeth Gonyea and Teagan Kirby – who would score the games lone goal.

“We played as a team, my girls wanted it really bad,” Brown said. “I don't think they've won a homecoming game in almost a decade... it's been a very long time.”

Gonyea had the ball on the right side of the net with about two and a half minutes to play. Gonyea passed the ball through the legs of a few defenders and past Mascenic goalie Xaria Talbot (who was playing her first full game in the goal for the Vikings) to Kirby, who slammed the ball into the back of the net.

“We said we were going to score, and we went for it,” Kirby said. “It was all about teamwork.”

Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw said the game was evenly matched for the most part, but her team was unable to capitalize on their opportunities.

“We were just a step behind... a little slow getting to the ball,” Shaw said. “It's not good enough just to outplay a team, you need to capitalize on every opportunity. A game like this typically comes down to one play. That play can be any play throughout the game; that's why every ball and every play matters."

The rival teams are now 1-1 against each other this year. Mascenic took care of business during their homecoming game last weekend.

“It's a big rivalry. Overall, both teams played great,” Brown said. “They have quite a bit of talent on their team, so for us to shut them down is a big improvement.”

The Orioles travel to Monadnock (0-6) on Tuesday.

Mascenic will play at ConVal (2-4-1) on Tuesday.

BOYS SOCCER

After posting a shutout of Conant at its homecoming the week before, Mascenic traveled to Jaffrey on Saturday in search of a season sweep.

And the Vikings got just that with a 5-2 victory.

Nate Wilkins started off the scoring thanks to an excellent through ball from Dylan Vaillancourt.

Noah Caballero had a hat trick on the afternoon and junior Sam Stauffeneker headed on in off a long throw-in by Shea Zina. Goalie Chris Wilkins finished with four saves.

Mascenic jumped out to a 2-0 lead before Gavin Motuzas converted a penalty kick late in the first half to make it a one-goal game. Motuzas scored Conant’s other goal unassisted.

Saturday’s win made it three straight for the Vikings, who also defeated Raymond 5-1 on Thursday.

Mascenic hosts Hillsboro-Deering today, while Conant hosts Hopkinton.

GIRLS SOCCER

It was a tough end of the week for the Conant girls, asthey fell to Derryfield 4-0 at homecoming.

The Orioles were down 3-0 at the half, but despite what the scoreboard said, they played quite well.. Defensive miscues are what cost them.

They also lost to St. Thomas 3-0 on Wednesday, despite 12 saves from backup goalie Bailey Brewer.

Conant will have a chance to rebound today when they play host to Monadnock.