High School Soccer Roundup: Mascenic’s hard work pays off; WLC keeps on winning

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Hillsboro-Deering on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/6/2019 11:50:39 AM

Strong defense, crisp passing and a couple of deadly strikers have the Mascenic soccer team poised for a breakout season, and it all clicked in Thursday’s 4-1 win over Hillsboro-Deering.

“I was a goalkeeper back in the day, so I always want to build a team from the back to the front,” said Mascenic head coach Andy Helliesen. That back line of Shea Zina, Zack Barthel, Jasmine Williams and Jackson Cocozella played an outstanding game against the Hillcats. H-D’s lone goal was a late-game fluke, as Evan Winters pounded a free kick from midfield that took a looping bounce over Mascenic keeper Chris Wilkins’ head, landed in a scrum and was put home by Jack Ferguson. Aside from that, Wilkins was perfect, and the Viking defense led to a ferocious counterattack.

Mascenic’s ten seniors – nearly half the team – have been playing together for a decade, and it shows when they starting swinging the ball around the midfield.

 “That’s why our passing is getting so well-connected,” Helliesen said. “I notice that players are picking their heads up, passing it to a man. We used to say ‘To who?’ all the time. I didn’t have the opportunity to say that because they just kept passing it.”

Jon Kushner, Matt Wilkins and Sam Stauffeneker were finding feet, and the aggressive Viking forwards cashed in. Noah Caballero, with the ball on a string, cut through the Hillcats with ease and opened the scoring early on. Dylan Barthel challenged Hillsboro keeper Logan Clough on a 50/50 ball and poked it free, setting up Nate Wilkins for another easy score. Then, Caballero sent a beautiful through ball to Dylan Vaillancourt; the feisty forward made a run, got the ball in the box, and took a penalty, which Caballero punched home on the PK. It was 3-0 Mascenic at the half. 

“That’s the organization we’ve been working on all preseason, and now we’re executing,” Helliesen said. “It’s nice to be able to do that kind of thing.”

The Vikings had a slew of second-half chances, as Vaillancourt, Williams and Matt Wilkins all got shots off, but they only connected once more, on a Stauffeneker through ball from midfield that skimmed the grass and cut left in front of the Hillcat defender, where Nate Wilkins corralled it on the run and scored again.

Mascenic’s put themselves on the Division III radar with their play over the past couple years, as coaches around the state pointed the Vikings out as a team to watch this season. Without a weak link in the lineup, the Vikings can go as far as they push themselves, and right now, they’re pushing. 

“Everyone’s willing to put in the work,” Helliesen said. “They ask me to practice on weekends, they asked me to practice on Labor Day – I had to tell them I couldn’t practice. Usually as a coach, you’re mad at your players for not wanting to practice. I was thinking of giving them tomorrow off and they said no.”

Mascenic (1-1) hosts Fall Mountain (1-2) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

 

BOYS’ SOCCER

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. 

GIRLS’ SOCCER

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.


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