High School Roundup: ConVal girls beat Sanborn for homecoming win

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal senior captain Maddy Faber dribbles past a Sanbron defender during Friday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Allison Burgess, left, and Meara McClusky, right, celebrate with Morgan Bemont after she scored Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team hosted Sanborn on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/20/2021 1:27:48 PM

There’s no better time for a win than homecoming, and the lady Cougars delivered one for the ConVal faithful Friday, pouring in five goals against Sanborn on a soggy South Meadow School field.

“That’s a good way to start out homecoming weekend for them,” said first-year head coach Amanda Carey after Friday’s 5-1 win. “It was great to get that first one for the seniors too.”

ConVal’s backbone is senior strength, with captains right down the middle of the field. Midfielder Maddy Faber provides energy, effort and toughness and sweeper Kendall Larson roves the defensive zone keeping opposing forwards at bay.

“Kendall does a great job holding down our back line,” Carey said.

Senior keeper and captain Mairin Burgess saved everything she saw Friday, with the exception of a late penalty kick that went for Sanborn’s only score.

“We have a great number of leaders,” Carey said, “and a good number of incoming freshmen. So it’s trying to get that leadership and incoming freshmen role to just all merge on the field together.”

That evolution was evident on the field Friday, where ConVal got the bulk of their scoring from the freshman class. After Morgan Bemont opened the scoring for the Cougars midway through the first half, freshman Wrayana Covey knocked in her first career goal. Then, it was time for freshman Allison Burgess to get going; she’d score twice in quick succession to double the ConVal lead. 

The Cougars scored once more, in the second half, when freshman Eliza Bull took a shot at the Sanborn net that was misplayed into an own goal. 

Now 1-4-1, ConVal hopes the first win of the year will get them going.

“It's just exciting to have that one win and get that good feeling, excitement, to push us through and continue on with our next couple games,” Carey said.

ConVal is at Kingswood Tuesday.

 

Fall Mountain 3, Conant 0

Conant played a competitive game against Fall Mountain Sunday but couldn’t score, and when Oriole senior captain Heather Gonyea was knocked out of the game with an injury, things didn’t get any easier. 

Conant (2-5) is set to host Hopkinton Tuesday

BOYS’ SOCCER

Conant 2, Mascenic 1

The Oriole boys got their first homecoming soccer win in at least five years on Saturday, with second-half goals from Mason Devost and Noah Mertzic putting Conant up for good. 

“The boys were fighting hard against a tough squad,” Conant coach Tom Harvey said. 

Ben Sawyer had an assist for the Orioles.

Sean Agonis scored on a free kick for Mascenic’s only goal.

The Vikings started Quinn Krook in net for the first time, and he was quick off his line and made a lot of good saves, coach Andy Helliesen said. 

Mascenic (1-4-1) hosts Trinity on Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

Conant 4, Monadnock 0

Conant shut out the Huskies in Swanzey Thursday afternoon.

Ben Sawyer scored twice for the Orioles, assisted by brother Jacob and Noah Mertzic. Mertzic and Thomas Harvey were responsible for the other Conant goals.

 

ConVal 3, Sanborn 0

ConVal grabbed their third win of the season at homecoming Saturday with a shutout of visiting Sanborn.

Senior Fletcher Maggs scored in the ninth minute; Jake Daniels had two second-half goals, assisted by Sean Cattigan and Ethan Kinney.

Zach Burgess and Wyatt Beaulieu played net for a half apiece; both kept clean sheets.

“[It was] a complete team effort where 23 guys played,” coach Josh Smith said.

ConVal (3-4) hosts Kingswood Tuesday at 4 p.m.

FIELD HOCKEY

Mascenic 3, Conant 0

The Vikings left Jaffrey victorious Saturday morning after shutting out the shorthanded Orioles.

“It was a hard-fought game!” said Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw. 

Jade Traffie broke the ice with the game’s first goal in the fourth quarter on an assist from Lexis Vautour; Vautour scored unassisted and then Lexi Caron finished a rebound to wrap up the scoring.

The Orioles were missing three starters, including senior captain Chelsea Dupuis, who remains out following a blow to the head in a game last week.

“Mascenic didn’t play the experienced Conant team yesterday,” Oriole coach Jackie Brown said. “They played a very young Conant team who played with control and 100 percent effort...Even though Mascenic thinks they ‘spoiled’ our homecoming, they didn’t at all. They allowed us to see the bright future of our young athletes and the progress we have made with them thus far.”

The teams will meet again at Mascenic’s homecoming on Oct. 2.

Conant (2-4) is at Newport Tuesday.

Mascenic (3-2) has won three straight games and hosts Monadnock Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

ConVal 1, Sanborn 0

Senior Molly Dishong knocked in the gamewinning shot off a rebound from fellow senior Natalie Tremblay to win ConVal’s homecoming game Friday afternoon.

First-year coach Kelly Shirk moved Tremblay from defense to forward for the game and she responded with six shots on goal.

Senior keeper Makenzie Anderson made 10 saves. 

“It was a great team effort,” Shirk said.

ConVal (2-4) was set to host Merrimack Valley Monday after press time and play at Hanover Saturday. 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

 

Laconia 3, ConVal 0

Visiting Laconia dealt the Cougars a 3-0 homecoming loss Friday night. 

Leading the Cougars were Emma Rodenhiser with five kills, two assists, three blocks, and two aces; Kendall Sullivan with three kills, four assists, and three aces; Makaela Drummond had a pair of kills and an ace; Samantha Henderson was the libero with 21 successful serve receives and six digs; Elyssa Naylor added three digs, and Aria Laurent had three assists and three digs. 

ConVal (0-5) was set to play at Campbell Monday after press time and host Manchester West Wednesday at 5:45 p.m.

 

Mascenic drops first match, rebounds

The Vikings lost their first match of the year to perennial powerhouse Newfound on the road Wednesday before rebounding and shutting out Stevens Friday night.

Against Newfound, Annika Martel had 14 kills and five aces; Lyla Buxton made six kills and three aces; Kenzie Cormier made 27 assists; Delaney Traffie had three kills and three blocks and Lindsey Coponen had eight digs. 

Mascenic (4-1) is set to host Nute Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

FOOTBALL

Wounded Cougars fall at Monadnock

With ConVal’s football field soaked from another sizable rainstorm last week, the Cougars had to take their homecoming on the road Friday, playing at Monadnock instead of hosting in their home stadium.

And while it was a homecoming of sorts for head coach Mike Jillson, who teaches in the Monadnock district and served as an assistant football coach, the Huskies weren’t exactly welcoming, shutting out the visitors 44-0.

The Cougars have become decimated with injuries over the past two weeks and are expected to be shorthanded going into Saturday’s game at Pelham.

ConVal will now host their homecoming game on Friday, Oct. 1 against Stevens. 


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