High School Sports: Conant, Mascenic, WLC all in action Wednesday

  • The Conant boys' soccer team hosted Wilton-Lyndeborough on Wednesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

Published: 10/1/2020 11:47:37 AM

Keene 5, WLC 4 (2 OT)

The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls made a furious comeback against Keene Wednesday before ultimately losing in double overtime.

The Warriors came out flat in the first half and had trouble controlling the midfield and breaking down a very experienced and talented Blackbird back four, WLC head coach Dan Ayotte said. Despite eighth-grader Hiba Koudsi’s five saves in net, the Warriors were down 4-1 at the half, with the only WLC goal coming from freshman Audri Bausha from an Elisabeth Jacob assist.

In the second half, Ayotte made the tough choice to sacrifice Bri Fish’s defensive leadership by putting her in the goal. Fish played “incredible,” Ayotte said, and made 23 saves. The Warrior girls rallied in front of her, scoring on a Brooke Lane free kick, a Jacob penalty kick and then another goal from Jacob assisted by Lane, and regulation ended in a 4-4 tie.

Keene finally broke through in the final minutes of double overtime to take the win.

“Could not be prouder of the work of all the players,” Ayotte said, adding that Avery Krug and Ella Kelley were especially great in the center back positions.

WLC (1-2) hosts Keene Saturday at 11 a.m.

Keene 3, Conant 2

Coach Adam Patria said his girls are starting to believe in themselves and each other, and they put on a good game against Keene Wednesday in a one-goal loss.

Keene struck twice early on goals by Molly Chamberlain and Brianna Hodgman. Conant’s Megan Graff cut into the lead with a goal just before the half, and then evened the score to open the second by taking control of the ball, beating two defenders and then passing to Heather Gonyea, who put the ball up over the Keene keeper and into the net.

Chamberlain scored with 15 minutes left to put Keene up, and Conant couldn’t score again despite some good chances.

“Overall the team played good quality soccer,” Patria said, “and are coming together as one.”

Conant (1-3) is at Keene Saturday at 11 a.m.


Conant 4, Keene 1

Conant looked sharp at Keene Wednesday as the Orioles picked up their first win of the season.

“The boys played good,” said head coach Tom Harvey, “they worked hard.”

Freshman Thomas Harvey scored first for Conant off an corner kick from junior Austin Poikonen. Poikonen then scored another goal himself to make 2-0 at the half. Junior Noah Mertzic put in a beauty for Conant’s third goal and then the Orioles benefited from a Keene own goal following a corner kick to conclude their scoring.

Conant’s Sam Kalloch made his debut in the goal for the Orioles and brought some of his wrestling skillset to the table, allowing just one goal on a perfect strike from a Keene forward.

“He’s an aggressive kid and he’s got a good mind for playing the goal,” Harvey said. “We’re really happy with what the kids gave us tonight. They worked hard and they deserve the win. We hope that we can continue that momentum.”

Conant (1-2-1) hosts Keene Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

Mascenic 6, Monadnock 1

The Vikings picked up a good win against Monadnock Wednesday afternoon, led by a Blaine Krook hat-trick.

“Communication was much improved for us today and it showed on the pitch,” said head coach Jeremy Taylor.

Krook got the scoring started with a nice solo drive to the goal, and shortly thereafter Caitlyn Levangie corralled a deflection and added a goal of her own to make it 2-0. Sean Agonis was the beneficiary of a beautiful through ball from Dylan Barthel to score the third goal, and Krook added his second goal off of an Agonis cross to send us to half with a 4-0 lead.

After the half, another cross from Agonis, this time converted by Joe Cocozella, gave Mascenic a 5-0 lead, but Monadnock was able to quickly respond with a finish off of a wonderful though ball of their own. The rest of the half was closely contested, but at around the 74-minute mark, Shea Zina made a throw-in into the box which Krook used to finish his hat-trick.

Center back Jack Cocozella had the sequence of the afternoon when Mascenic keeper Jarred Sullivan slipped charging a ball. Cocozella was able to make two saves back-to-back to deny Monadnock a potential comeback. Sullivan finished with five saves.

Mascenic (2-1) hosts Monadnock Saturday at 11 a.m.


Keene 7, WLC 1

The Warriors never gave up against Division I Keene Wednesday despite the blowout loss.

“We held our own against a tough team,” said head coach Dan Nelson. “I’m very excited to see our team later on this season – they are trying 100 percent of the time.”

Matt Hadley scored WLC’s lone goal from a Sean Brennan assist. 

WLC (1-1-1) is at Keene on Saturday at 11 a.m.


Keene 3, Mascenic 2

The Vikings got their season underway at Keene Wednesday with a tough five-set loss. Mascenic had a 2-0 lead before losing the pivotal third set 25-23, dropping the fourth 25-14 and then just falling short in the fifth, 17-15.

Annika Martel had 11 kills for Mascenic and Paige Somero passed well out of the back row, head coach Karen Gibson said. 

Mascenic (0-1) hosts Keene Friday at 5:30 p.m.


Mascenic tops Conant, Monadnock, Keene

The Vikings had the two best individual scores of the day as Mascenic won the team competition at the Shattuck Wednesday with a 202.

Joseph Lisio was the medalist with a 42 and Ryan Goodrich had a 44 to lead the Vikings; Spencer Sikkila (56), Bryce Traffie (60) and Casey Brox (68) also scored for Mascenic.

Monadnock had good all-around team play and finished just a stroke back at 203.

Conant finished third with a 219, led by Hayden Ketola’s 47. Also scoring for the Orioles were Jordan Ketola (55), Grant Ketola (55), Jacob DiPasquale (69), Francesca Ketola (64) and Draven Seppala (62).




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