High School Soccer Roundup: ConVal wins in double OT; plus, all the local results

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Tyler St. Martin of Lebanon, tied up with ConVal’s Casey Jordan, leaps over Cougar keeper Mather Kipka after shooting in the first overtime period. This ball nearly gave Lebanon the win, but it rolled into the right post and was cleared away. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Taylor Burgess fires the game-winning shot in double overtime against Lebanon Friday afternoon. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal boys' soccer team hosted Lebanon on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/7/2019 3:36:47 PM

After two blowout wins to open the season, ConVal made a real statement Friday afternoon in their come-from-behind, double-overtime thriller over Lebanon. 

“Lebanon was a really good team, so knowing that we can come out on top in a close, physical game like this, it shows what kind of team we are,” said senior forward Taylor Burgess after the 2-1 victory. “It’s helping us prove that last year wasn’t a fluke. We earned what we did last year and we’re going to earn what we do this year.”

Burgess was the hero on Friday, putting home the gamewinner with 2:34 left in the second overtime. Senior middie August Marshall directed the ball to Burgess at the top of the box, where he got his right foot on it and drilled it into the right corner.

“I saw the ball coming to me, I’d missed a bunch of opportunities today, so I just tried to put it on goal,” Burgess said. “I got lucky enough to find the bottom corner – I wasn’t really aiming anywhere, I was just kicking it to kick it.”

After a scoreless first half, a rare miscue from All-State senior goalkeeper Mather Kipka put the Raiders on top three minutes into the second, as Ben Tichner took a shot from about 30 yards out that Kipka initially saved, two-handed, before it slipped through his fingers and into the goal.

“I heard a lot of people, myself included, telling him to keep his head up, mistakes happen,” Burgess said. “We couldn’t let that one mistake haunt us.”

Far from dwelling on it, the Cougars dug in, with the same spirit that led them to the program’s first title last season. 

“I think it’s just the experience of every time we got down last year, gave up goals, we started to play better, and I think you saw that today,” said ConVal head coach Josh Smith. “We gave up a goal, it was a little bit of a fluky goal, but it was still a goal, it happens, and the important thing is no one is yelling at Mather. After that I think we played some of the best soccer we’ve played in a while, maybe all year.”

Tireless play from Marshall and Colby Knight in the midfield, staunch defense from Zach Kriebel, Connor Close and Trevor Faber, and a little of everything from Finn Wegmueller allowed the Cougars to limit Lebanon’s chances and put the pressure on. ConVal battled for the equalizer for about 30 minutes before Ben Kriebel launched for a header in the box and was taken down for a penalty. It was up to senior captain Zach Kriebel to tie things up with the penalty kick. Face to face with Lebanon keeper Ryan Tanski for what seemed like an eternity, Kriebel fired to his right, Tanski guessed wrong, and the score was tied.

“We have Zach step up, senior leader, captain, center back taking the penalties, and he steps up and puts it away cleanly and calmly,” Smith said. 

After regulation ended in a tie, the Raiders came inches away from winning it in the first overtime, when Tyler St. Martin made a move into the box, got tied up with Casey Jordan and got a shot past the sprawling Kipka before going horizontal. The ball rolled goalward, looking like a sure game-winner, but it found the right post and Max Shumway cleared it out. 

Smith credited his battle-tested team, which returned 16 players from last year’s championship squad, for their resilience. 

“They’ve been through those moments so they know where those pitfalls are, how to avoid the roadblocks, they can fight through them,” Smith said. “It’s pretty special to watch, it’s a lot of fun to be a part of it, because they never get scared, they never get worried, they just dig deep and find a way through.” ConVal (3-0) is at Plymouth (2-0-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Newfound 1, Conant 0

Conant lost their season-opener against Newfound on Friday afternoon, 1-0.  The Bears scored their one goal on a deflected throwin that found a Newfound foot in the box for the poke-in. Conant head coach Dan Bemis said that the Orioles possessed the ball for the majority of the game and had several solid scoring opportunities, but couldn’t cash in.

“We did everything right except score,” Bemis said, “so it was a frustrating loss to say the least.”

Conant (0-1) is at Hillsboro-Deering (0-2) Tuesday at 4 p.m

WLC 8, Hinsdale 0

Jack Schwab scored a hat-trick against the Pacers on Wednesday as the Warriors’ tremendous team play led to an 8-0 shutout win. Jacob Boette and Troy Brennan had two goals apiece and Matt Hadley added another. WLC’s defense did its part, and Joe Krug ended up with four saves in net. 

“Our strong defense kept them pretty much out of the box most of the game,” said head coach Kristin Schwab. 

WLC 6, Farmington 0

Jacob Boette scored four goals against Farmington Friday and added an assist as the Warriors bottled up the Tigers for a 6-0 victory. 

Troy Brennan took the ball from the defensive end and went coast-to-coast for another WLC goal and Matt Hadley added the final score of the game. Jack Schwab, Kenny Begley and Nathan Browne also made one assist each. 

Sam Townsend, Dominic Hutchinson, Ethan Smith, Troy Brennan and Dylan Pfeil played excellent defensive games, said head coach Kristin Schwab. Joe Krug made five saves in goal.

WLC (3-0) has yet to allow a goal this season. The Warriors play at Epping (0-3) on Monday. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

ConVal 3, Kearsarge 1

Nikki Bell had a goal and an assist as the ConVal girls’ soccer team improved to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory at Kearsarge Friday.

Kara Keiper and Maddy Faber each scored, and Cami Hendrixson and Lorien Tyne each had an assist.

Mairin Burgess made eight saves in goal. 

ConVal is at John Stark (1-0) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Campbell 7, Conant 1

Jillian Patria scored Conant’s only goal in a tough 7-1 loss against Campbell on Friday. It was 5-1 at the half before the Orioles adjusted and improved in the second half. Bailey Brewer and Gabby Peck both put forward strong efforts, head coach Adam Patria said.

Conant (1-2) is at Fall Mountain (0-2) Tuesday at 7 p.m.

WLC 9, Hinsdale 1

Elisabeth Jacob’s torrid scoring pace continued on Wednesday as she scored five goals once again in the Warriors’ 9-1 win over Hinsdale.

Sophia Sistachs, Brooke Lane, Sam Yurcak and Abby Dowling also scored; Lane had three assists, Yurcak had two and Tiffany Cuddihy and Sam Boette had one each.

Avery Krug, Ella Kelley, Bri Fish, Mairead Markey and Kaitlin Loverme were solid as the Warrior defense, head coach Dan Ayotte said.

WLC 11, Farmington 1

The Warrior girls improved to 3-0 with another blowout win Friday, this time against Farmington. Elisabeth Jacob scored four goals in the win; the sophomore has scored 14 goals over three games thus far. Sam Yurcak had a hat-trick as well, and Brooke Lane, Sophia Sistachs, Mairead Markey and Abby Dowling all scored. Jacob and Lane had three assists each and Yurcak had another.

Rama Koudsi started in goal and did not allow a Farmington tally; Tiffany Cuddihee replaced her and faced four shots, allowing one goal.

Wilton-Lyndeborough is at defending champion Epping (1-2) on Monday.


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