High School Roundup: Mascenic soccer drops tight opener with Inter-Lakes

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Sean Agonis gets a header during the soccer game against Inter-Lakes on Tuesday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic soccer team hosted Inter-Lakes on Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 9/8/2021 10:52:37 AM

The Mascenic soccer team is reloaded and looks primed to return to its winning ways under head coach Andy Helliesen, who is back at the helm after taking a year off following the Vikings’ title-game run that earned Division III Coach of the Year honors.

Mascenic didn’t get in any preseason scrimmages and came into Tuesday’s season opener against Inter-Lakes looking to work out the bugs and find their strengths and weaknesses against a Laker team that had already played two divisional contests.

“We do have a lot of strengths,” Helliesen said after the 1-0 Laker victory. “We were putting the ball into the dangerous areas...We’ve just got to make sure that we can finish.”

Last year’s Vikings had graduated all but one starter, but this season is the polar opposite, as only one starter, Shea Zina, graduated, so Mascenic looks like a dangerous team that could gel quickly. The Vikings have captains at every level; three-year starter Jack Cocozella holds down the back line, Blaine Krook runs the middle and Sean Agonis is a lethal attacker.

Mascenic kept the pressure on early, but couldn’t convert any of their chances, as Laker keeper Alex Potter kept the clean sheet and the Vikings failed to crash the box for rebounds and loose balls, despite several potential opportunities.

“We need to work on some shooting,” Helliesen said. “We got the ball into position and we didn’t finish. So that’s something that we can certainly iron out with practice, iron out throughout the season. I always tell them every game, every goal, every minute, it’s always about growth, so that we’re playing our best soccer when we get into the playoffs. So that is hopefully something that resonates with them.”

A defensive breakdown midway through the second half hung keeper Jarred Sullivan out to dry and left him facedown in the box as Connor Dubois poked home the only goal of the game, the eventual gamewinner.

Mascenic (0-1) hosts Monadnock Thursday.

Field hockey

Conant 3, Stevens 1

The Orioles grabbed their first win of the season Tuesday, beating Stevens 3-1. Rylee Herr and Chelsea Dupuis scored unassisted and Meg Newton scored off an assist from Bella Hayes.

Hayes played a great offensive game, coach Jackie Brown said; Dupuis held strong in the midfield and Emily Muilenberg had a good game on defense. Tessa Spingola and Abby Quill split time in net and both played well; Stevens’ lone goal was on a penalty stroke.

The win was Conant’s first over Stevens in Brown’s coaching tenure.

Conant (1-2) hosts St. Thomas Aquinas Friday at 4 p.m.

Girls’ soccer

Conant 6, Newfound 2

Heather Gonyea had a hat-trick as Conant got their first win of the season by beating Newfound Tuesday.

Jenna Harvey scored at the 20-minute mark to open the floodgates; the Orioles were up 4-0 before dropping their intensity and allowing two goals, coach Adam Patria said. But, Irelynd Aucoin scored late in the second half and freshman Rianna Aho scored her first varsity goal for the 6-2 Conant final.

The Orioles (1-3) are at St. Thomas Aquinas Friday.

Souhegan 2, ConVal 1

Maddy Faber scored for the Cougars Tuesday, but despite upping their shots on goal output, ConVal couldn’t break through further.

“We had a lot more shots on net and are doing a better job of moving the ball up the field,” coach Amanda Carey said.

ConVal (0-3-1) hosts Hollis-Brookline Friday at 4 p.m.

Boys’ soccer

Conant 5, Mascoma Valley 4

The Royals jumped out to a 2-0 halftime lead over the Orioles Friday, but after some adjustments, Conant came out firing on all cylinders, coach Tom Harvey said.

Midfielder Tom Harvey dribbled his way into Mascoma’s backfield and drew a foul, allowing senior Noah Mertzic to score on a PK. Then, senior Ethan Vitello scored two straight in two minutes to put Conant up. Mertzic added another goal in the 65th minute, but Mascoma tied the game before Vitello scored the gamewinner and completed the hat trick off a Derrick Dewees assist.

“This was a great win for the boys, who never gave up in this game,” Coach Harvey said.

Conant 3, Derryfield 0

A wounded Oriole team missing three seniors brought up two JV players but still shut out Derryfield on the road Tuesday.

“This game pitted two teams that like to have high possession of play,” coach Harvey said.

Conant’s Jacob Sawyer got the scoring going in the 20th minute and Noah Mertzic scored his fifth goal of the season to put the Orioles up 2-0 at the half.

Derryfield increased the pressure on Conant’s defenders in the second half, but the Orioles responded, as Mertzic set up Tom Harvey for his first goal of the year.

Conant (3-1) is at Raymond Thursday.

 

ConVal 1, Souhegan 0

Nate Pimental scored the only goal of the game to help snap the Cougars’ two-game skid, pounding a rebound off a Fletcher Maggs shot to put ConVal up in the first half.

ConVal has only scored two goals in their four games so far this season.

The Cougars (2-2) are at Hollis-Brookline Friday.

 

WLC 9, Hinsdale 0

The Warriors improved to 3-0 Tuesday and are currently atop the Division IV standings after shutting out Hinsdale at home.

“We played well,” coach Dan Nelson said. “I’m excited to see what our team can bring.”

WLC is at Newmarket Friday.

Cross-country

Conant, Mascenic race at Monadnock

Mascenic’s Connor Traffie won the boys’ race in 16:54.8 as the Vikings and Orioles raced the Huskies in Swanzey Tuesday.

Drew Traffie was third in 17:10.5 to help Mascenic land in second behind the host Monadnock in the boys’ competition.

Conant’s top finishers were John Mormando (eighth, 18:26.1) and John Oakes (13th, 19:10.5).

In the girls’ race, Conant’s Kylie Aho took off for a second-place finish in 20:41.5, just behind Monadnock’s Alyssa Hall (20:40.8).

Conant’s Neve Mormando (fifth, 23:01.9), Amber Gnoza (sixth, 23:14) and Bella Nero (ninth, 23:34.6) finished in the top 10 and the girls took second overall.

Mascenic’s top finisher was Skye Lambert (fourth, 22:34.2); also in the top 10 were Emma Schaumloffel (seventh, 23:30.3), Amelia Smith (eighth, 23:31.8) and Victoria Smith (10th, 23:41.2).

Conant hosts their homecoming meet at the high school on Wednesday, while Mascenic travels to Belmont Tuesday.

GOLF

Hakala, Mascenic win at Hillsboro

Josiah Hakala won his first-ever high school golf competition, medaling with a -2 29-point round as the Vikings beat Sunapee, Hillsboro-Deering and Newport Tuesday.

The Vikings were scheduled to play at Farmington Wednesday after press time.

 

Conant hangs with contenders

Draven Seppala was Conant’s best at their home meet Tuesday, shooting a 16 to lead the Orioles, who came in third behind Derryfield and Stevens and ahead of Campbell.

Marcus Somero and Montana Niemela each shot a 14.

Conant is at Bow Thursday.

 

ConVal returns to links

The Cougars played their first match as a team in two years Tuesday, finishing third behind Bow and John Stark and ahead of Gilford.

Corey Guzman was the only ConVal player who’d ever played a varsity match before; the Cougars fielded three rookies in Elias Niemela, Dan McCall and Kermit Pope. McCall led ConVal, shooting an 8.

ConVal hosts a home match at Crotched Mountain Thursday.


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