Soccer: No. 1 Campbell snaps Mascenic’s 11-game win streak

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Dylan Vaillancourt beats Campbell’s Anthony Holder to the ball. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team traveled to Campbell on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/15/2019 7:43:33 PM

Campbell scored twice on set piece kicks and came out on top in a battle for Division III supremacy against Mascenic in Litchfield Tuesday afternoon.

In their second matchup with an undefeated top team in as many weeks, the Vikings didn’t quite find the intensity they’d displayed in their win over then-No. 1 Trinity – at least not in the first half.

“We were a little flat,” Mascenic’s Jon Kushner said after the game. “We need to definitely work on that as a whole team. We’ve got to start stepping up our game. These guys, we were both tied for No. 1, and they showed us they wanted it more than we did, and we’ve got to keep working on that.”

The Cougars scored on a corner kick at the 32:04 mark of the first half. Campbell senior Michael Cosco’s first career goal was a game-winner, as he sat on the back post to receive Michael DeCarli’s corner kick.

“Michael DeCarli, No. 7, sent in a great ball,” Cosco said. “It went right over the keeper, he jumped up for it but it went right over him and it just hit me and went in.”

“That was good,” said Campbell head coach Bill Miller. “That was off a dead ball play, and we subscribe to  dead ball plays.”

Mascenic keeper Chris Wilkins wasn’t able to track down that corner, but  he made a handful of first-half stops with his trademark abandon, coming off the line and throwing his body at the ball regardless of the oncoming traffic.

“They’ve got a good keeper,” Miller said. “Kid’s good.”

Viking striker Noah Caballero got a trio of chances in the first half, but sent two of them into the woods behind the goal, and couldn’t find a whistle when being taken down in the box on another drive. Campbell took a 1-0 lead into the half.

Mascenic began to find themselves right out of the gate in the second half, as Kushner worked his way into the center of the field at the top of the box and sent a shot just high in the opening minute, setting the tone for the Vikings, who possessed the ball more often than not in the second frame.

“We just started waking up,” Kushner said. “We’ve just got to get that confidence in hopefully in the beginning of games instead of in the second half and start finishing, and we’ll be a No. 1 team.”

Campbell scored on a free kick at the 28:20 mark, when DeCarli sent a ball across the goal from the right side that squirted through Wilkins’ hands and into a scrum, where David Latsha was waiting to put it away. The Vikings kept fighting to the final whistle and had a number of chances, but couldn’t quite finish.

“We definitely came out with a little more vigor in the second half,” said Mascenic head coach Andy Helliesen. “I liked all the offensive chances we got, we couldn’t put any away but I feel like the field was tilted a little more in the second half.”

Despite the 2-0 loss, Mascenic was happy to know his team had faced Division III’s best, seen what they had to offer, and stayed in the game. 

“This was a top-level game,” Kushner said. “This could have been a championship game. If we do see these guys again, we know what we need to work on, how they play, and what to do, hopefully.”

Campbell (11-0-2), now alone on top of Division III, was likewise impressed with the Viking squad and their ability to move the ball.

“They’re wonderful kickers,” Miller said. “That might sound contrite but they’re really strong, and they’ve got that kid [Shea Zina] who can throw great, and they play hard right ‘til the end. What more do you want?”

Mascenic (11-2) has Sanborn (6-4-2) at home Thursday. Though the Indians are a middle-of-the-pack team, they did tie Campbell last week and won’t be easy. But as the postseason approaches and the Vikings lick their chops after Campbell snapped their 11-game win streak, Mascenic wants nothing more than a title – and to get there, a rematch with the Cougars is nearly inevitable. 

“I think that if we play at the highest level that we can, we’re the best team in DIII right now,” Helliesen said. “I always tell the team, one of the most difficult things in sports is to beat the same team twice.”

BOYS’ SOCCER

ConVal 1,
Manchester West 0

The Cougars stayed unbeaten Tuesday, winning their third 1-0 game of the year, this one at Manchester West.

“We focus on defense first, so that’s partly why we have so many close games,” said head coach Josh Smith.

Casey Jordan scored the games’ only goal on a corner kick taken by Ben Kriebel.

The defending champion Cougars (11-0-1) are at Lebanon (11-1) Thursday and host Kearsarge (6-6-2) on Friday.

Sanborn 3, Conant 1

The Orioles missed a PK and a wide-open breakaway Tuesday as Sanborn won 3-1 in Jaffrey.

“It was definitely a winnable game for us that we did not capitalize on,” head coach Dan Bemis said.

Anthony Gauthier scored Conant’s only goal as the Orioles missed the midfield presence of Jacob Tremblay.

Conant (3-9) was set to host Hinsdale Wednesday and Stevens (5-7) Monday.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

ConVal 1, Lebanon 1

Lebanon’s Ella Longacre scored on a free kick in the 27th minute against ConVal, but Maddy Faber tied the game up two minutes before the half, and the Cougars battled the Raiders through two overtimes before finishing with a 1-1 tie up north on Tuesday.

The Cougars (6-6-1) are winless in their past four games, sitting at tenth in Division II, which will have a 13-team playoff. ConVal hosts Kingswood (1-11) on Thursday.


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