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High Schools: ConVal football stifled at home, plus all the local sports action

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • ConVal’s Liam Denehy leaps toward the loose ball after the Cougars forced a fumble on Souhegan quarterback John Lohnes. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The ConVal football team hosted Souhegan for the home opener on Friday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Elizabeth Jacob boots one during the girls' soccer game against Colebrook on Friday. Jacob was able to score once in the game as the Warriors won 4-2. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Wilton-Lyndeborough’s Paul Van Blarigan splits two defenders during the Warriors’ boys' soccer game against Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Colebrook on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Monday, September 10, 2018 3:22PM

ConVal’s defense looked good on Friday night in the home opener against rival Souhegan, but the offense was nowhere to be found, and the Sabers left with a 13-0 win.

“We have a lot of work to do,” said head coach Ray Puglisi.

Souhegan found success pressuring the ConVal offensive line, getting to quarterback Keenan Wilson early with a variety of blitzes and limiting the Cougar passing attack. Eventually, Puglisi pulled the senior captain in favor of sophomore Tristan Hutchinson, who was able to connect on a few passes. But ConVal was never able to break through.

Defensively, ConVal was strong, save for one 41-yard TD run by speedster Trey Johnson, who ran through ConVal arm tackles on his way to paydirt.

Strong safety Isaiah Michaels continued his strong campaign, picking off a tipped ball on the first drive and scooping a fumble later in the second half. Michaels added five tackles.

Peter Wetherell also made an interception in the game and Austin Davis blocked a punt that was recovered by Sean Sean Strasbaugh.

Senior captain Andrew Stockwell returend to the offensive line after playing running back last week and also led the Cougars on defense.

“He plays both sides of the ball like a madman,” Puglisi said,

Souhegan QB John Lohnes snuck one in in the second half to put ConVal away.

“The kids didn’t give up,” Puglisi said. “They played all four quarters and that’s really what we’ve preached all season long, is play all four quarters and whatever the result is is what happens.”

The Cougars (1-1) travel to Hollis-Brookline (1-1) Saturday at 2 p.m.

BOYS’ SOCCER

ConVal 1, Plymouth 0

The Cougars won their back-and-forth battle with Plymouth on Wednesday, getting a little revenge for last year’s playoff ouster by beating the Bobcats 1-0. 

Ben Kriebel scored off an assist from August Marshall in the 72nd minute to give ConVal the lead.

“Back and forth for most of the game,” said head coach Josh Smith. “Started to wear them down more in the second half and created more chances.”

Mather Kipka made five saves in the shutout.

 ConVal 2, Milford 0

Another game, another shutout for ConVal, as the Cougars have yet to surrender a goal through five games after Friday’s win over Milford.

Del Bonsu-Anane put in a rebound after a Colby Knight shot for the first ConVal goal, and Max Richard scored off a pass from Sam Sebert for the insurance. Mather Kipka made four saves.

ConVal (5-0) is at Souhegan (0-4) Friday at 4 p.m.

WLC 5, Hinsdale 0

Jack Schwab had another hat trick as the Warriors shut out Hinsdale 5-0 on Wednesday. Jacob Boette and Cody Swett each scored one goal.

“Sam Townsend had an epic game defensively along with Dylan Pfeil in midfield,” said head coach Kristin Schwab.

Sam Bailey made four saves.

Colebrook 3, WLC 1

Jacob Boette scored on a header assisted by Dylan Pfeil, but WLC lost their first game of the season to Colebrook on Friday. The Warriors also lost Trevor Swett to a collarbone injury after losing Cody Swett to an ankle in the previous game. The Warriors (3-1) will look to regroup Tuesday night when they host Epping (5-1) at 6:30 p.m.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Conant 4, Fall Mountain 1

The Orioles picked up their first win of the season as Jillian Patria scored twice to pro pel Conant past Fall Mountain, 4-1, on Wednesday. Heather Gonyea and Kayla Whitcomb both scored as well. 

Milford 2, ConVal 1

The Cougars lost their first game of the year on Milford’s supersized field Friday.

“We looked threatening for some good stretches of the game but lacked the composure or quality to get the ball into the back of the net,” said head coach Curt Martens.

Brooke Ellis launched a 30-yarder that dipped under the Spartan crossbar for ConVal’s only goal of the game.

The Cougars (2-1-1) host Pembroke (4-0) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

WLC 6, Hinsdale 0

Elizabeth Jacob put in three goals for the Warriors as they beat up on Hinsdale 6-0 on Wednesday. Sam Yurcak added two goals and Sophia Sistachs scored another.

Janel Bachand recorded the shutout with nine saves.

“Excellent defensive performances from Lexi Balam, Kaitlin Loverme, Ella Kelley, and Maireid Markey, and Avery Krug,” said head coach Dan Ayotte.

WLC 4, Colebrook 2

The Warriors passed their biggest test of the season on Friday as they allowed two goals to Colebrook but still came out on top.

WLC showed off their front line versatility, as Elizabeth Jacob, Sam Yurcak and Sophia Sistachs (2) all scored.

“That whole front five can put the ball in the net,” said head coach Dan Ayotte, praising those scorers and forwards Brooke Lane and Sam Boette, who had chances but came up just short.

Janel Bachand gave up her first two goals of the season, making ten saves, and Colebrook had it to one goal in the second half.

“I think I was more rattled than they were when it was 3-2,” Ayotte said. “But they kept their composure, and they tried to play smart.”

Sistachs’ second goal of the game sealed it for WLC.

The Warriors (3-0) host Epping (3-2) Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

VOLLEYBALL

Mascenic 3, Fall Mountain 0

The Vikings opened their season with a road sweep at Fall Mountain on Wednesday. Mascenic only returns one full-time varsity player, Elizabeth Spaulding, from last season. Spaulding made 16 service points with two aces. The Vikings were bolstered by the return of middle hitter Shannon Agonis, who missed all of last year with a knee injury. Agonis had nine kills, two blocks and four digs. Jaden Horrocks had 11 service points and two aces. Molly Rines thrived in her expanded role, with 13 service points and an ace, and newcomer Annika Martel looked good at the net.

Mascenic 3, Newfound 0

The Vikings swept again in game two of the season against Newfound Friday night.

After a close opening set (27-25), Mascenic adjusted to Newfound’s big hitters at the net and played well the rest of the way.

Shannon Agonis led once again with 11 kills, two blocks and eight digs.

Mascenic (2-0) is at Hillsboro-Deering on Wednesday and hosts Epping for homecoming Friday at 6 p.m.

Kingswood 3, ConVal 0

The Cougars hosted the Knights of Kingswood Thursday night in their home opener. ConVal came out strong, taking the early lead in the first set, but lost momentum and in turn lost the set 25-14. The Cougars fought hard but lost the next two sets 25-11 and 25-13 respectively.

Leading ConVal defensively were Haley Davis with 10 successful serve receives and Lillian James with 8 successful serve receives as well as 4 digs. Molly Cole, Isis Battaglia, Anna Chisholm, and Hannah Lecomte (3) each had assists on the night. James had 3 kills, while Elizabeth Guptill, Paris MacKeigan, and Davis each had one kill. Cole also had a block.

ConVal (0-3) played John Stark Monday night after press time and travels to No. 1 St. Thomas Aquinas Wednesday at 6:15 p.m.

GOLF

Conant tops Laconia, Kearsarge

Hayden Ketola was the medalist with 20 points as the Conant golf team (45 points) beat Laconia (35) and Kearsarge (24) at home Wednesday. Preston Kirby was third overall with 10 points.

The Orioles didn’t fare so well on Thursday, as they came in third behind Derryfield and Fall Mountain.

Conant’s top three were Hayden Ketola (17), Jerome Olin (7) and Preston Kirby (6).

ConVal improves, falls at Laconia

Perennial powerhouse Bow prevailed Thursday against ConVal, Plymouth and host Laconia. Bow racked up a whopping 83 points in the win, to ConVal’s 31.

Five Cougars improved their marks over last week. ConVal’s top four scorers were Ben Garfinkle (11), Nick Tower (10), Brady Proctor (6) and Maxwell Davie (4).

Mascenic wins at Inter-Lakes

The Vikings returned to Waukewan Country Club – home of the DIII championships – and dominated the competition Thursday, putting together 92 points to top Inter-Lakes (70), Littleton (63) and Farmington (38).

Anthony Andronaco, George Lisio and Joseph Lisio were the co-medalists for Mascenic, with 24 points each.