High School Roundup: Mascenic wins a pair at homecoming, WLC, Conant in action

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic senior captain Shea Zina plays the ball upfield during the homecoming soccer game against Monadnock Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Monadnock for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/4/2020 6:59:34 PM

The Mascenic soccer team came out for Saturday’s homecoming game against Monadnock having just beaten the Huskies in a blowout earlier in the week. But the Vikings quickly learned they’d have to earn their homecoming win the hard way.

After an early goal from Sean Agonis put Mascenic up 1-0, Monadnock’s Mason Hill – the smallest player on the pitch – picked off a clearing attempt, dribbled through the defense and put it back into the net for the equalizer. Just minutes later, Monadnock’s Gavin Gomarlo broke through for another goal, leaving the Vikings audibly upset trying to identify the source of the defensive breakdown, trailing the team they’d beaten 6-1 a few days before.

“They thought this was going to be a walk in the park, and they came out flat, and no one wanted to take personal responsibility – seniors and captains included,” said first-year head coach Jeremy Taylor. Taylor, who has an extensive coaching background across a variety of sports, though he’s never coached soccer before, said he doesn’t like to yell at his players, but he made his points clear at halftime: the Vikings needed more energy and positive teamwork if they were going to grab a homecoming victory.

“I tried to remind them that they’re a team, and they stepped up a little bit,” Taylor said. “I think homecoming helps, there’s a little extra incentive.”

After the halftime break, it was all Mascenic. The Vikings, who whiffed on a slew of crossing chances in the first half, finally put something together in the second, when Blaine Krook played the ball into the Husky box to Joe Cocozella, who made the extra pass back to Agonis to set up his second goal. A few minutes later, Agonis would beat his man and then the Husky keeper to complete the hat trick.

Mascenic wrapped up their scoring with a goal from Dylan Barthel, who roundhoused a loose ball out of the air and into the net to create the 4-2 final, a homecoming win from Mascenic.

Mascenic keeper Jarred Sullivan made two saves in the win.

The Vikings will have some growing pains this season; Mascenic lost 9 of 11 starters – all but defenders Shea Zina and Jack Cocozella  – from last year’s team, which made the first finals appearance in program history. The players who’ve stepped into their bigger roles this season are athletic and capable, and it’s just a matter of getting the reps and experience to compete at the highest level. The Vikings are headed that direction, Taylor said, improving their passing every game and gaining confidence.

Mascenic (3-1) is at Conant Wednesday at 4 p.m.

CROSS-COUNTRY

Vaillancourt breaks course record

Senior Landen Vaillancourt set the new Mascenic home course record on Friday as he won the boys’ race against Monadnock in a blistering 16 minutes flat. The previous record was set just two weeks prior by Keene’s Torin Kindopp, who ran a 16:14 and beat Vaillancourt in the Vikings’ meet against the Blackbirds. Turns out, Vaillancourt had just been warming up, and he annihilated all competition Saturday, his 16 flat a good 50 seconds ahead of his closest pursuer.

Unfortunately for Mascenic, the Monadnock boys brought it Friday, taking three of the top five spots to secure a team victory. Finishers for Mascenic included Connor Traffie (fourth, 17:35), Josh Movsessian (sixth, 18:04), Jethro Somero (eighth, 18:19), Drew Traffie (ninth, 18:34), Ryan O’Shea (11th, 18:42), Dom Cichetti (13th, 20:33), Payton Vaillancourt (14th, 20:45) and Jimmy Crawford (18th, 34:40).

The Mascenic girls flipped the script against the Huskies. Monadnock got a first place finish from Delaney Swanson (19:53) and took three of the top five spots, but Mascenic’s mid-pack runners turned places 5-11 red to secure a win for the Vikings.

Quinn Aldrich (second, 20:47) was Mascenic’s best, followed by Sydney Bane (fifth, 23:47), Emma Schaumloffel (sixth, 23:35), Amelia Smith (seventh, 23:55), Victoria Smith (eighth, 24:00), Maya Callahan (ninth, 24:08), Gracie German (10th, 24:23) and Florrie Schaumloffel (11th, 26:07).

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Keene 3, Mascenic 2

Mascenic got the 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.

Keene 3, Mascenic 0

Keene showed Mascenic a lot more Friday night than the Blackbirds had served up in Wednesday’s five-set showdown. The visitors showed up to spoil Mascenic’s homecoming night with a quick three-set victory over the Vikings. Head coach Karen Gibson said her girls put up a fight in set two but were otherwise dominated by the Blackbirds. Lindsey Coponen served and played great defense in her first varsity match, Gibson said.

Mascenic (0-2) is at Campbell Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

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.

Keene 5, WLC 4 (OT)

For the second time in four days, Keene and Wilton-Lyndeborough played to a 5-4 overtime victory for the Blackbirds on Saturday afternoon. Keene scored in the first 10 minutes of the game before WLC’s Elisabeth Jacob took a nice through ball from Sophia Sistachs and tied it up. Jacob then was able to capitalize on an Adri Bausha assist to put the Warriors up 2-1 going into the half.

Keene came out of the half, tied the game and then took a 3-2 lead with 25 minutes to go. Jacob earned herself a penalty kick and scored to tie it at three, but Keene scored again and had the lead with a minute remaining.

That’s when Brooke Lane hit a 25-yard top-corner strike from the left wing to send the game into overtime, where Keene was able to break through and win it towards the end of the period.

“It was an incredible game for a Division IV squad light on player,” said head coach Dan Ayotte. “These girls never quit.”

Bri Fish made 20 saves in goal for WLC (1-3). The Warriors host Conant Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Keene 3, Conant 1

After a 0-0 first half against Keene Saturday, Conant’s injury-ridden roster cost them in the second half as the minutes started piling up and players started tiring, head coach Adam Patria said.

Heather Gonyea scored Conant’s lone goal on a rocket from about 20 yards out.

Conant (1-4) is at WLC Wednesday at 5:30 p.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.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

Keene 7, WLC 1

Wilton-Lyndeborough 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.

Keene 5, WLC 1

The Warriors faced off against a tough Keene team yet again Saturday, and though WLC lost, head coach Dan Nelson said he’s proud of the progress his team is making.

“The boys worked hard,” Nelson said, adding that keeper Joe Krug made amazing saves to keep the score much lower than it could have been.

“Joe has made huge progress for the team,” Nelson said.

Paul Van Blarigan scored for WLC off a Matt Hadley assist.

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 it 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 4, Keene 0

Conant kept their momentum going on Saturday when they hosted Keene’s Orange team and played them to a 4-0 shutout win.

Freshman Thomas Harvey got it going for the Orioles, scoring off an Austin Poikonen corner eight minutes into the game. Conant junior Ethan Vitello scored moments later on a great individual effort giving Conant a 2-0 lead at the half. Conant had 23 shots on goal in the first half and continued their dominant offensive play in the second, hammering another 20 shots on goal. Conant senior Sam Kalloch continued to fill in as starting keeper as Garrett Somero is still out with a hip injury.

“I don’t expect Garrett back for at least another week,” said head coach Tom Harvey.

Vitello scoring his second goal of the game in the second half, and junior Mike Brooks concluded the scoring with a late goal. 

Conant (2-2-1) hosts Mascenic Wednesday at 4 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.

GOLF

Ketola in state
championship tourney

Conant’s Francesca Ketola competed in the NHIAA girls’ championship tournament in the medal division at Campbell's Scottish Highlands in Salem Saturday. 

Ketola finished 18th overall with a +29 64 on the day; Londonderry’s Mary Croteau won with a +8 43.

 

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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