High School Soccer Roundup: ConVal girls fall at Souhegan, boys tie; Mascenic blows out Derryfield

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal girls' soccer team traveled to Souhegan on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Milford keeper failed to stop the ball and Evan Shippee was there to take it in for the only ConVal goal Tuesday. Photo by mikemunhallphotos.com

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/23/2019 11:55:02 AM

If the ConVal girls’ soccer team wants to make a playoff run, the time is now – but it will have to start from within.

“We can beat any team if we show and we have a little bit of quality,” said head coach Curt Martens after Tuesday’s shutout loss at Souhegan. “That’s all it’s going to take in any game. We’ve been on some streaks and so it would be lovely to get into a streak right now, but it’s gonna be tough. I’m trying to pull it out of them, because they’ve really got to want it, and if they want it they can do a better game than this.”

The Cougars were solid at every level on Tuesday, with Nikki Bell and Cami Hendrixson pressuring up top, Kara Keiper and Meara McClusky patrolling the midfield and Delaney Thompson and Kendall Larson booting the ball out of the defensive end. But, ConVal couldn’t find a way to break through on offense, while Souhegan seniors Savannah Bean, Emma Richards and Georgia Jones worked with fleet freshman Greta Caultron to create two goals for Bean, and Souhegan put it away late with a corner kick header by Megan Tupaj to make it 3-0.

“When it came down to it, they had three opportunities and they scored three goals,” Martens said. “We had four opportunities and I don’t think we put one on net.”

ConVal’s greatest chance came midway through the first half, when Keiper sent a lead pass up the middle for Grace Shippee, who possessed and attacked Souhegan keeper Hunter Stonebraker. Stonebraker threw herself to the ground, knocking down Shippee and deflecting the ball to Hendrixson. Hendrixson fired, but a Souhegan defender got a foot on it at the goal line and sent it away.

“You can be evenly matched everywhere but if they can finish an opportunity and you can’t, that’s going to be the difference,” Martens said. “The game comes down to a couple feet and a couple seconds for the whole thing to be settled. It’s not 90 minutes of playing, it’s a couple seconds of quality and finishing, and to get there, you’ve just got to be sharp.”

ConVal was sharper Monday, when they shut out visiting Kingswood 4-0 behind goals from Keiper, Bell, Ayla Laro and Wubalem Harrison, and they’ll need more games like that if they hope to extend their season. The Cougars (7-7-1) are currently 11th in Division II, which fields a 13-team tournament this year. ConVal has a chance to improve that standing Thursday at 6 p.m., when they host Kearsarge (8-6-1) for senior night and the last game of the regular season.

BOYS’ SOCCER

ConVal 1, Milford 1

The Cougars’ 26-game unbeaten streak remains, but the visiting Spartans forced a tie on Tuesday night, 1-1.

Evan Shippee scored for ConVal in the first half before Milford tied it up in the second. 

ConVal (12-0-2) was still No. 1 in Division II heading into Wednesday’s game at No. 2 Lebanon (13-1). ConVal hosts Bow (9-3-3) on Friday.

Mascenic 7, Derryfield 1

The Vikings blew out the Cougars on Tuesday afternoon, with Dylan Vaillancourt, Noah Caballero and Nate Wilkins all scoring twice and Jon Kushner adding another.

“Our offense was nice and varied,” said head coach Andy Helliesen, “some plays coming from through balls, other plays from crosses, and we have a lot of skilled players that can dribble through the defense. We don’t have to rely on a single method to score, which is what we’ve been working on all season.”

Mascenic (13-2) is now third in Division III behind Campbell (12-0-2) and Gilford (12-1-1). The Vikings finish the year at Monadnock (1-14) Friday at 7 p.m.

Stevens 3, Conant 2

Stevens got as many yellow cards as they got goals against Conant Monday, but it was enough to knock off the Orioles 3-2. Scott LaBrecque and Ethan Vitello scored for Conant.

Conant (4-11) hosts Fall Mountain (5-10) Thursday at 4 p.m. to finish the season.

Sunapee 3, WLC 1

Kenny Begley celebrated his birthday with a goal, but it was all the Warriors could muster Monday against Sunapee, as Wilton-Lyndeborough fell 3-1.

The defense of Troy Brennan, Sam Townsend, Ethan Smith and Dylan Pfeil was key to holding Sunapee to just three goals on a day where the Warriors were depleted by injuries.

WLC (11-4) has a big season finale at home against No. 1 Newmarket (14-1) Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Trinity 1, Conant 0

With several players out due to illness, Conant took the fight to Trinity on Monday but ended up losing 1-0.

“The girls stepped up and played a solid game,” said head coach Adam Patria. “Carried the play for large portions of the game but unable to put the equalizer home.”

Conant (2-11-1) was set to play their senior day home game against Derryfield (4-9-1) Wednesday after press time and travel to Prospect Mountain (5-10) Friday to conclude the season.


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