Soccer Roundup: ConVal boys turning up at right time

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Pelham on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Garret Rousseau scores against Pelham Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Pelham on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/18/2021 3:25:47 PM

The ConVal boys’ soccer team looks to be peaking at the right time as the postseason approaches. The Cougars moved above .500 for the first time since August with Friday’s 4-0 home win over Pelham, and the best may be yet to come for ConVal (7-6-1).

“We’re getting there,” senior captain Zach Burgess said Friday. “We’ve come a long way from the first game, that’s for sure. Today’s an example of that. We didn’t let up. The first time we played [Pelham], we let in two goals at the end of the game. But today we kept it solid, kept the clean sheet.”

The clean sheet belonged to Wyatt Beaulieu, who’s been manning the ConVal pipes since coach Josh Smith switched Burgess out to the offensive front line earlier this season. The switch has worked for Beaulieu, who’s given up three goals in five games following his first start at Pelham; and, it’s worked for Burgess, who’s got six goals since coming out of the net, including one Friday.

“It was weird to start, but I’m getting used to it,” Burgess said of his move to forward. “I’m liking it – we’re winning. We’re playing a lot better with this. I feel like there’s more pressure on [opposing] backs.”

ConVal applied plenty of pressure to the Pythons Friday. Senior captain Fletcher Maggs scored on a first-half penalty kick, and then the Cougars upped the attack in the second half and poured in goals from Burgess, Garret Rousseau and Caden Peck to come away with a commanding shutout victory. 

ConVal is at Plymouth Tuesday and hosts Coe-Brown for senior night Thursday at 6 p.m.

 

Hillsboro-Deering 2, Mascenic 1

It would take an absolute miracle to get Mascenic into the Division III playoffs this fall, as the Vikings are two spots back of the final berth with two tough games remaining.

The Vikings fell to 3-8-2 on the season with Friday’s 2-1 loss to Hillsboro-Deering; Matt Swanson scored for Mascenic.

The Vikings  are unlik ely to make  up their scheduled game against Monadnock after that district went fully remote last week; they’d need to beat Laconia Tuesday and Hopkinton Friday and have both St. Thomas and White Mountains lose out to have a shot.

 

Conant 4, Derryfield 1

Oriole coach Tom Harvey said Derryfield was one of the best passing teams Conant’s seen all season, but the Orioles still got the victory Tuesday and improved to 11-2-2.

Derryfield scored in the eighth minute to take an early lead, but Ethan Vitello pushed out of the midfield to score and tie the game before Noah Mertzic assisted Thomas Harvey to take a 2-1 lead at the half. 

Conant controlled possession in the second half, where Mertzic scored a goal of his own and then assisted Jacob Sawyer for another.

Conant hosts Kearsarge on Friday.

 

WLC on a skid

The Warriors looked like the team to beat in Division IV early on, but injuries have slowed WLC in recent weeks, as the Wilton boys have dropped three of their past four, most recently falling 4-1 to Concord Christian on Thursday. 

WLC (8-3-2) is still firmly in the playoff hunt; the Warriors were set to host rival Sunapee Monday after press time and then finish the season at Hinsdale Thursday. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Pelham 4, ConVal 1

The Pythons stung the Cougars quickly at Thursday’s senior night game, jumping out to a big early lead that held up through the end.

ConVal (4-8-2) is two spots out of the 12th and final playoff spot in Division II, but can get in with a win or two and some help from Coe-Brown, Kennett and Souhegan, who currently stand in the Cougars’ way.

ConVal hosts Plymouth Wednesday and concludes the regular season at Coe-Brown Thursday.

 

Conant comes oh so close, twice

The Orioles nearly beat a pair of tough teams last week but came away with a win and a tie.

Conant lost 1-0 to Kearsarge Thursday, with strong team defense and a career game from Kelly Williams in net, coach Adam Patria said. The Orioles turned around and played a physical Bishop Brady team on the road Friday and ended with a 4-4 tie.

Heather Gonyea opened the scoring and Jenna Harvey put in a hat-trick of her own. 

Conant (3-11-1) has been eliminated from the Division III playoffs and concludes the regular season at Trinity Wednesday. 




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