High School Roundup: Cougars lose another nail-biter

  • ConVal’s Clara Wilsher splits Milford captains Kate Hansen and Ava Hutcheons during Tuesday’s game.  Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford girls' soccer team beat ConVal 3-1 in Peterborough on Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/28/2022 1:44:54 PM

The latest in ConVal’s season-long series of extremely close contests ended in defeat once again for the Cougars, as the girls’ soccer team lost to visiting Milford 3-1 Tuesday afternoon to leave the battered blue-and-gold at 2-6 on the season.

“Our schedule is really tough this year,” said head coach Derek Sorbello after the game, “and we have lost to some really good teams in heartbreaking fashion.”

Six of ConVal’s eight games have been decided by one goal, and the other two were two-goal gaps.

When Milford and ConVal first faced off two weeks ago, it was the Cougars who delivered the heartbreak on an Allie Burgess game-winner in overtime, but the Spartans reloaded on Tuesday and kept the pressure on the Cougars. Milford kept the ball in ConVal’s defensive end for the majority of the game, racking up corner kicks and scoring chances. The Cougars, meanwhile, couldn’t get much offense going and took the easy way out – sending speedy forwards Eliza Bull and Burgess on long runs and hoping for the best. 

“Our first meeting with [Milford], we had a lot of opportunities,” Sorbello said. “Today they had us on our heels all game, so then we relied too much on long balls to our forwards to make a run, which essentially put us in a two-on-four – and that rarely if ever works out. We still had some good chances at the end, but too little, too late.”

During the Spartans’ offensive barrage, new goalkeeper Abby Lussier continued to impress, as she has since taking over for injured Ray Covey in the Milford overtime win. 

“Abby Lussier has really played well in net,” Sorbello said. “Every game she has played, she has come up with some impressive saves. Today she didn’t have much chance to stop the goals they did score. Just really good plays by them.”

Lussier and the Cougars kept Milford scoreless through the first half, but with the field tilted, it was only a matter of time, and the Spartans broke through with a perfect cross and one-timer to get on the scoreboard midway through the second. They then followed it up with some insurance minutes later.

Playing from behind and with urgency, ConVal finally scored just before stoppage time when Bull intercepted a pass from Milford keeper Caroline Tessier and plunked it in the net. The Cougars rushed back to the line to seek an equalizer, but Milford quickly scored again to create the 3-1 final.

The Cougars have a good defense, led by captains Tasha McNeil and Abby Rodenhiser, a solid midfield with captains Morgan Bemont and Eva McCullough and the two blazing-fast forwards up front, so they have the potential to turn things around. McCullough left Tuesday’s game just after the half with an injury and Rodenhiser went down in the final seconds; ConVal could use both of them back as they embark on a three-game road trip starting Thursday at Keene. 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Conant gets first-ever varsity win

The Orioles hit another major milestone on Friday in their first season as a varsity program, shutting out Kearsarge on the road for Conant’s first-ever victory. 

“Overall, the team is coming together and playing as one with greater communication,” said coach Morgan Cooper. “It has been great to see that team mentality develop.”

Hayden AuCoin had several strong passes and hits from the back, Cooper said, and captains Emma Tenters and Adrienne Kennedy played strong on the net. Nex Harris had a great string on serves, causing Kearsage to change up their last set and put in a libero.

The Orioles continued to show their improvement in a loss to defending champion Newfound Monday, losing close games by scores of 25-18, 25-16 and 25-20. Tenters made several good plays, Cooper said, and Kennedy made a great block.

Conant (1-7) hosts Mascenic Friday. 

 

Mascenic 3, Prospect Mountain 0

The Vikings passed a test Monday, shutting out visiting Prospect Mountain 25-19, 25-18 and 25-23.

Mascenic dealt with Prospect’s dominant middle hitter by shifting the offense around and came out on top in all three close sets.

Hannah Zina had 14 kills, 19 digs and an ace; Kenzie Cormier had 33 assists, four kills and two aces; Lyla Buxton had 12 kills, an ace, four digs and five blocks; Lindsey Coponen had 10 digs and three aces; and Delaney Traffie had eight digs, seven kills and an ace.

Mascenic (7-0) was set to travel to Division III’s only other undefeated team, Somersworth, Wednesday after press time. 

 

ConVal 3, Plymouth 0

ConVal shut out Plymouth on the road Tuesday night, winning two close sets (25-20, 25-22) before dominating the third 25-11. 

Leading the Cougars was Emma Rodenhiser with eight kills, two aces, and six digs; Kendall Sullivan had two kills, two aces, 11 assists and eight digs; Ivy Armstrong-McEvoy added six kills, five blocks and an ace; Aria Laurent had nine assists and four aces; Makaela Drummond had three aces; and libero Samantha Henderson had 14 digs on the night.

ConVal (4-2) hosts Hillsboro-Deering Thursday and Laconia Friday. 

FIELD HOCKEY

Conant 4, Hopkinton 0

After a three-game losing streak, Conant is back in the driver’s seat, as the Orioles have outscored their opponents 14-0 in their past two games, both wins.

On Monday, senior Rylee Herr scored all four goals on assists from Graecen Kirby (two), Katy Weidner and Ella Weinhold.

Conant (6-3) is at Monadnock Thursday and hosts Mascenic for homecoming Saturday at 11 a.m.

 

Mascenic 3, Newport 1

The Vikings got their best win of the year to date on Monday as they beat previously undefeated Newport in New Ipswich.

“It was a really good win,” coach Selena Shaw said. “Fast, back-and-forth game.”

Lexis Vautour scored twice and Ella Keating had one of her own, all unassisted. 

Emma Cargill had 13 saves, and Ella Pearson had a defensive save on the goal line. Millie McClain stepped up big defensively, as well, Shaw said.

Mascenic (5-1) was set to host Monadnock Wednesday afternoon and play at Stevens Thursday. 

 

Lebanon 3, ConVal 2

ConVal had a lead over Lebanon entering the final moments of Tuesday’s game, but the Raiders scored two late goals to tie the game and win it in dramatic fashion. 

Senior Abbey Shumway set up senior Makennah McPherson for the first ConVal goal, and senior Allie Hodgen set up junior Lucy Jackson for what was the go-ahead goal in the second half. 

Senior goalie Lydia Cleveland made 12 saves on the day, including her 100th career save. 

The game was ConVal’s annual Pink Game to raise awareness about breast cancer and money to fight the disease. 

ConVal (1-8) is at Hollis-Brookline Friday. 

GOLF

Mascenic wins at home

The Mascenic golf team scored 68 points Monday to pick up a win at the Shattuck, beating Conant (42), Inter-Lakes (28) and Moultonborough (0). 

Josiah Hakala of Mascenic shot a minus-4 31 to earn medalist honors. 

Mascenic (21-1) is at Newport Monday. 

 

ConVal plays well but falls to top teams

Wyatt Burbank led ConVal with 18 points as the Cougars scored 40, losing to Derryfield (73) and Souhegan (72) on Monday.

Grace Stewart and Mason Desrosier both played well in their first time in competition against very good players, coach Mike Young said. 

“They accepted the challenge,” Young said. 


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