High School Roundup: Conant, WLC battle to tie; Jacob scores five goals; Hayes gamewinner beats Keene

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Published: 9/24/2020 1:13:46 PM

Wednesday’s Wilton-Lyndeborough/Conant boys’ soccer showdown featured new coaches and new faces, but the result was the same chippy, competitive action viewers have come to expect over the past few years of this interdivisional rivalry. The two teams are evenly matched – so even, in fact, that Wednesday’s game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Bananas and chocolate milk were on the menu for first-year Conant head coach Tom Harvey’s boys Wednesday night after their second straight double-overtime game to start out their season.

“We’re really excited about what they’re giving us in terms of effort,” Harvey said. “They’re working hard in practice.”

WLC was able to get on the board right off the bat on a corner kick by Paul van Blarigan that hooked inside the post in front of Conant’s replacement goalkeeper Jordan Nagle. With Garrett Somero – who Harvey said is “probably the best goalkeeper in the state in Division III” – out for a couple games with an injury, Harvey tapped Nagle to play in net, and besides his one early positioning miscue, Nagle kept the visitors off the board. 

“He’s one of those examples of a good, young athlete who’s got great hands – he’s a basketball player – and he can hustle around, and he’s an intelligent kid,” Harvey said. 

The Warriors got on the wrong side of the referees early on, drawing a pair of yellow cards which are par for the course in this physical rivalry. Their penalties would end up costing them in the second half, when Conant speedster Ethan Vitello earned a direct kick and put it in the right side of the WLC net along the ground past keeper Joe Krug to tie the game with 28 minutes left to go. 

Both teams had their chances in the rest of regulation and both overtime periods, but Krug and Nagle kept their rapidly tiring opponents out of the goal, and the Warriors fired a few balls off the crossbar or over the net entirely.

“We had a bunch of shots at the end of the game,” said WLC head coach Dan Nelson, “but we’ve got to get the ball down. That’s been our biggest thing.”

Both teams face off again in Wilton Saturday at 11 a.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Keene 5, Mascenic 0

The Vikings were shut out to start their season under new head coach Jeremy Taylor. The Blackbirds scored three in succession to end the first half and piled on two more in the second. First-year keeper Jarred Sullivan made nine saves, and Shea Zina and Jack Cocozella helped blunt the Keene attack on defense, Taylor said. 

Mascenic (0-1) is at Keene Saturday morning. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

WLC 5, Conant 2

Elisabeth Jacob scored all five of the Warriors’ goals Wednesday evening as WLC’s top goal-scorer picked up this season right where she left off last fall. 

Brooke Lane, Bri Fish and Adri Bausha provided the assists.

Head coach Dan Ayotte, who originally planned to take a year off from coaching, returned to the team last week after all. Ayotte said he’s got a short bench this year with only one sub after losing senior captain Sam Yurcak to a preseason ACL injury; Ayotte is hoping for some middle school call-ups to bolster their ranks. 

Heather Gonyea scored twice for Conant in the loss. 

WLC (1-0) is at Conant (0-2) Saturday at 12:30 p.m.

GOLF

The Mascenic golf team held off Conant and Monadnock at Bretwood Wednesday to win the three-team match. Joseph Lisio shot an even par 35 to take medalist honors as the Vikings shot a 187 as team. Ryan Goodrich (44), Bryce Traffie (50), Spencer Sikkila (58) and Casey Brox (64) also shot well for Mascenic. 

Conant’s Hayden Ketola shot a team best 42 for the Orioles, followed by Jordan Ketola (50), Grant Ketola (50), Draven Seppala (57), Jacob DiPasquale (58) and Francesca Ketola (58). 

Conant finished in third place with a 199, just behind Monadnock’s 193.

Both teams are back in action Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at the Shattuck.

FIELD HOCKEY

Conant 1, Keene 0

Bella Hayes broke a scoreless tie late in the fourth quarter to propel Conant to a 1-0 win over Keene Wednesday.

“We played well, we communicated and we stayed composed,” said head coach Jackie Brown.

Elizabeth Gonyea assisted on the gamewinner. 

Conant (1-1) hosts Keene Friday at 4 p.m.


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