High School Roundup: Mascenic field hockey, boys’ soccer undefeated to start season

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team beat Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant’s Josh Dipasquale shoots during Wednesday’s win over Monadnock. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Conant boys' soccer team beat Monadnock 7-0 on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team beat Portsmouth Christian Academy 2-1 on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/12/2022 1:58:54 PM
Modified: 9/12/2022 1:54:57 PM

The Mascenic field hockey team is off to an undefeated start and has yet to allow a single goal through the Vikings’ three-game season-opening win streak, most recently beating Mascoma Valley 1-0 on Friday. 

“I was excited to see us come out and really start fast,” Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw said Friday, “because the first couple games, we started really slow. So we came out intense right off from the start and that was good, and it was key for our game.”

The Vikings kept the ball in Mascoma’s end most of the first half and had plenty of chances, but couldn’t cash them in, and both teams were scoreless at the half.

“We were definitely the more offensive team in the first half,” said senior captain Lexis Vautour after the game. “It was just that we were struggling to put it in the goal. We were definitely pushing up, keeping it high, not as much sprinting back and forth. We just couldn't find that scoring angle. We couldn't seem to put it in the goal and finish.”

It was Vautour who broke the ice in the second half, slamming a shot off a corner that richocheted off a Mascoma stick in front of the net and ricocheted in high to put Mascenic up 1-0.

“It felt really good when it went in,” Vautour said. “Breaking that ice is always the best feeling because then it’s like – now we're ahead. All we’ve got to do is contain, possess and finish out this game strong.”

That they did, as emerging keeper Emma Cargill helped keep the Royals off the board and continued Mascenic’s four-game shutout streak. The Viking defense, centered around Lorelei Shippee, has been a strength for Mascenic thus far. 

“Lorelei stepped up big in our defense,” Shaw said. “She's been playing really well. I'd say our defense in general has just got their angles down, and we don't let much through.”

The Vikings have also been getting excellent play from tough-as-nails forward Jade Traffie, much-improved utility player Ella Pearson, and Vautour, who sets the tone for her Mascenic team.

“She's just a leader, and she's just a dynamic player,” Shaw said.

The Vikings (3-0) traveled to Newport Monday and host Conant for homecoming Saturday. 

BOYS’ SOCCER

Conant wins two, stays undefeated

Conant won both their games last week to improve to 4-0 on the season

On Wednesday, the Orioles shut out Monadnock 7-0, coming right out of the gate to take the lead in the fifth minute.  

“We had a long holiday weekend and it was important that we established control early,”  head coach Tom Harvey said. 

Junior Sean Farmer assisted junior Manny Hodgson for the first goal; junior Josh Dipasquale set up junior Thomas Harvey for the second; Harvey scored unassisted for the the third goal; junior Jacob Sawyer scored off a Harvey assist, and Dipasquale stole the ball and scored to make it 5-0 at the half. 

Conant keeper Ben Ramirez made a great save to open the second half and keep Monadnock scoreless in the contest. Sawyer was fouled while driving to goal in the 48th minute and Harvey stepped up to the penalty line to score his third of the contest. Great play from the Conant bench in the second half led to another penalty as sophomore Ben Sawyer was tripped in the box and freshman Connor Eagan was given the nod to shoot and score his first varsity goal.

“He is a heck of a soccer player and is a future leader here at Conant,” coach Harvey said.

Conant traveled to Hillsboro to play the Wildcats on Friday. With injuries mounting, Conant called up JV players Connor Eagan and Dre Seppala.

“We knew we would have to move some key players around and they both gave us key minutes on the field,” coach Harvey said.

In the sixth minute, Dipasquale got loose from the defenders and scored to put Conant in front 1-0. With the Hillcats controlling the pace, Conant played to defend their lead into the half.

The second half started with more changes for Conant as they moved Harvey from the midfield to the back to shore up tired defenders. Hillsboro had 13 shots and Conant keeper Ramirez had his best game so far this year, making save after save. 

“Ben played great today and Harvey saved two off the goal line,” coach Harvey said. “It was awesome to watch.”

A corner kick given in the 55th minute led to junior Jordan Nagle scoring with a header to give Conant a much needed secnd goal. With pressure mounting, the Hillcats scored in the 63rd minute but Conant held out for the win.

“The whole team played great today,” coach Harvey said.

Conant (4-0) will host Wilton-Lyndeborough on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. match.

 

ConVal splits, plays contender tight

The ConVal boys shut out Pelham on Wednesday and then lost a tight one to Oyster River Friday.

After a scoreless first half at Pelham, Garrett Rousseau scored two goals and Ethan Kinney scored the other for a 3-0 win. Jake Daniels, Bennett Saxe, and Carter Rousseau chipped in with an assist each. Harry Bernier, Austin Klonel, Aiden McClusky, and Carter Rousseau provided solid defense in front of Wyatt Beaulieu as he recorded his first clean sheet of the season, coach Scott Daniels said.

“Overall, the team showed a lot of resilience after a difficult first half where we struggled to put passes together and create scoring opportunities,” Daniels said.

On Friday, the boys had a tough loss under the lights against visiting Oyster River.

ConVal went up 1-0 early in the first half on a goal by Jake Daniels, assisted by Caden Peck. Oyster River came back and scored two to lead 2-1 at the half. ConVal earned a penalty kick in the second half but could not convert. A yellow card to Wyatt Beaulieu forced him to come out of the goal and Oyster River scored their third goal on a free kick during this time. Beaulieu played a phenomenal game in goal, coach Daniels said, and the teams’ effort and intensity was good.

“We have shown we can play with the two teams [Lebanon and Oyster River] who were in the state final last year,” coach Daniels said, “but now we need to take the next step and show the mental strength it takes to push through and win those tight, hard fought games.”

ConVal (2-2) hosts Souhegan Tuesday at 4 p.m.

WLC tops Hinsdale, blanked by CCA

The Warrior boys put on a good show against Hinsdale at home Wednesday evening.

“The boys came out with a plan,” said head coach Dan Nelson.

Alex Nelson scored first on a memorable free kick from way outside the 18 before Austin Kimball scored four straight, two of which were assisted by Nelson. The final score was 5-1 WLC.

Ben Jacob played great in goal, coach Nelson said, and the defense did everything that their captain Joe Krug asked.

“We put lots of pressure on the forwards, and midfielders controlled the game really well,” coach Nelson said. “Very proud coach of the hard work the team has put in. It showed tonight.”

Nelson added that newcomer Rob Gagnon has made huge strides after taking up the sport over the winter and contributed to the win.

The Warriors stumbled in their followup, losing 9-0 to Concord Christian Friday.

WLC (1-2) is at Conant Tuesday.

 

Mascenic 2, Portsmouth Christian 1

Mascenic wasn’t at their best against visiting PCA Friday, but picked up a win to stay undefeated.

Hunter Thompson scored both Viking goals in the first half, knocking in a PK after being fouled in the box and then planting another one to put Mascenic up 2-0.

Portsmouth Christian scored just before the end of the first half, but Mascenic was able to hold on through a scoreless second half to pick up the win.

“Although it was not our greatest look today, we’ve already won more games this season than all of last season, so the boys are stoked,” coach Joe Hileman said.

Mascenic (3-0) is at Hinsdale Tuesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Conant stays undefeated with third straight shutout

The Orioles played a pair of late games under the setting sun last week and came away with two shutout wins. Conant shut out Stevens 1-0 on Wednesday behind a goal from Ella Weinhold.

“It wasn’t our best game, but a win’s a win,” coach Jackie Brown said, adding that Natalie Lambert, Maddie Bergeron and Weinhold all played great games.

On Friday, Conant shut out visiting Saint Thomas 4-0, as Rylee Herr scored twice and added an assist, and Meg Newton and Violet Bennett each scored. Graecen Kirby had an assist.

“Really great team effort,” Brown said.

Conant (4-0) and first-year starting keeper Abby Quill have only allowed one goal through four games this season. The Orioles are at Gilford Wednesday.

 

ConVal gets first win

The Cougars beat Milford 3-2 in overtime Thursday to pick up their first win of the season. 

ConVal took the lead early, getting ahead 1-0 in the first quarter when senior Hayden Kaltsas got the ball to senior Makennah McPherson in the circle, with McPherson able to find the back of the net.

The Spartans increased the pressure, earned a string of “no-time” corners, and were able to score an equalizer to end the half.

The Spartans took the lead 2-1 in the third. After a lot of back and forth play, senior Allie Hodgen was able to collect a rebound and cross the ball to senior Eliza Harris to tie the game. The game remained tied 2-2 at the end of regulation. Therefore, the teams went into a 7-on-7 full-field, sudden-victory overtime.

Keeping the pressure up during overtime, the Cougars had opportunities on goal, with McPherson collecting the ball and crossing it back to Kaltsas for a deflection past the Milford goalie to come out with the win, 3-2.

Senior goalie Lydia Cleveland made 18 saves. 

On Friday, ConVal played their back-to-back with Pembroke and came up short, 2-1. 

The Cougars came out strong in the first quarter, coach Kelly Shirk said, but Pembroke was able to put the pressure on and capitalize on an opportunity to score in the first quarter. Pembroke was awarded a  second-quarter penalty stroke; Lydia Cleveland made a great split save to attempt to stop the ball, but Pembroke scored on the stroke and went ahead 2-0.

Throughout the game, seniors Makennah McPherson, Allie Hodgen, Hayden Kaltsas, Laramie Wilson, Eliza Harris, and juniors Ella Morris and Lucy Jackson all took shots on goal. Into the third quarter, Kaltsas collected the ball off a rebound and took a beautiful reverse shot over the Pembroke goalie to bring the Cougars to within one. Although they kept the pressure up, the Cougars were unable to find the back of the net in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland ended the game with 26 saves. 

ConVal (1-3) hosts Derryfield Tuesday.  

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Two tough losses for ConVal

ConVal’s girls lost a pair of one-goal games last week in heartbreaking fashion. On Wednesday, ConVal lost to Pelham 2-1 when the Pythons broke free in front of the net with about 30 seconds left in regular time. Forward Allie Burgess scored for the Cougars and keeper Ray Covey had four saves.  

On Friday, ConVal was on the road at Oyster River, where they took a scoreless game into overtime before losing 1-0 on a corner kick goal.

Covey made another four saves in the game.

The Cougars (0-4) host Souhegan Tuesday at 6 p.m.

 

Monadnock 2, Conant 0

The Orioles fought hard at Monadnock Wednesday but lost in a 2-0 shutout.

Head coach Devon Spirka said her girls need to be more aggressive offensively after dominating the attacking third of the field but only shooting five times in the game.

“I think it’s just important to remember what wins a soccer game in the end,” Spirka said. “If you don’t take shots, you can’t make any.”

Keeper Kelly Williams made 15 saves, and Jordan Morace did attack the goal with adequate fervor, Spirka said. 

Conant (1-3) is at WLC Wednesday. 

 

Warriors drop a pair

The Warriors battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game against Hinsdale Wednesday but ultimately lost 3-2. 

Senior Bri Fish did it all for WLC in the game, scoring their first goal and creating chances out of the midfield for herself and teammates. The Warriors tied the game on a 45-yard through ball from Danika Stratton for a second goal, but the Pacers scored last and won.

Coach Mike Nason said that WLC’s back four, anchored by senior Kaylee Degan, junior Savanah Dubois,  Aurie Nelson and Danika Stratton provide “strength and determination” for his team, along with midfielders Kelsey Crouse, McKenna Crouse, Vanessa LeMoyne, Alivia Jacques, Lexi Bausha and Izzy Swett and strikers Cailin Swett and Delaney Dowling.

 “We almost had them,” Naso said. “We had opportunities.” 

The Warriors were shut out 10-0 by Concord Christian Friday. 

WLC (1-3) hosts Conant Wednesday. 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Mascenic 3, Franklin 0

The Vikings made short work of Franklin Wednesday, winning in straight sets. Lyla Buxton had 11 kills and three aces; Kenzie Cormier had 20 assists and three aces; Hannah Zina had five kills and five aces and Delaney Traffie added five kills and seven aces. 

Mascenic (2-0) is at Concord Christian Wednesday and host Conant for homecoming Friday. 

 

St. Thomas 3, ConVal 1

ConVal traveled to St. Thomas Friday for a competitive game that saw the host Saints hold on for a 3-1 win.

“They communicated and worked as one right from the start,” ConVal head coach Amanda Hinton said of her team.

 The Cougars lost the first two sets (25-20, 25-17) but kept each game close and were able to capture a 25-18 victory in the third set, forcing a fourth, but came up short in the end losing the final set 25-15.

Leading the Cougar offense was Emma Rodenhiser with 12 aces, six kills and five blocks; Ivy Armstrong-McEvoy had three kills and six blocks, and Kendall Sullivan had two kills, seven assists and an ace. Defensively, Samantha Henderson had three aces, 27 successful serve receives and 18 digs, and Aria Laurent had an ace, six successful serve receives, nine digs and four assists. Zadie Marshall added 13 successful serve receives and six digs.

ConVal (1-1) was set to play at Fall Mountain Monday after press time and host John Stark Thursday. 

CROSS-COUNTRY

Conant races at Coe-Brown

The Conant girls took four of the top five spots at Coe-Brown Wednesday to win the Black Bear Invitational against John Stark, Merrimack Valley, St. Thomas Aquinas and the host Bears. 

Kylie Aho (second, 22:02), Bella Nero (third, 22:58), Amber Gnoza (fourth, 23:00) and Amelia Hill (fifth, 23:08) went in order behind winner Sheldyn Fisher of Coe-Brown (20:27).

Nathan Alajajian was Conant’s top finisher in the boys’ race, placing ninth in 18:43.

Conant finished fourth overall. Also scoring in the boys’ race were Austin Richard (14th, 20:15), Jon Ciglar (22nd, 20:56), Isaiah Nero (36th, 22:14) and Lenny Angove (47th, 24:17).

Conant is at John Stark Tuesday. 

GOLF

ConVal gets a shutout

ConVal’s golf team had its best score ever since the NHIAA adapted Stableford scoring, coach Mike Young said Thursday, scoring a 68 in their 3-0 win against host Laconia, Stevens and Sanborn.

Wyatt Burbank had a terrific round, hitting all the greens in regulation and posting a best ever 38 for 25 points to earn medalist honors for the third time this season. Kermit Pope played his best golf to score a personal best of 42 for 21 points; Kiernan King and Daniel McCall both posted 52s for 11 points to give CV the winning score.

ConVal (6-5) was scheduled to play at Coe-Brown Monday.

 

Mascenic loses first contest, then wins at home

The Vikings lost their first match of the year Wednesday at Hopkinton, as the host Hawks scored an 80 to knock off Mascenic (62). The Vikings were able to get wins over Gilford and Laconia on the afternoon. Josiah Hakala was medalist, scoring 26 points.

Mascenic nearly doubled up visiting Hillsboro on Thursday at the Shattuck, outscoring the guests 67-36 for another win. Hakala medaled again with a round-best 29 (-2).

Mascenic (13-1) is at Newport Tuesday. 

Football

Epping 42, ConVal 0

The Cougars got shut out on the road Saturday after losing starting QB Gabriel Fret and backup Bradley Brunelle to injury early in the game. 

“Our defense struggled with containing the outside,” coach Matt Harris said, “and our o-line didn’t set the tone – they came out flat.”

Eric McGrath stepped in to play quarterback in the second half and rushed 13 times for 60 yards.

ConVal (0-2) hosts Trinity (2-0) Friday night. 


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