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High Schools: Mascenic field hockey defends home turf against Conant, plus, all the local high school action

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic field hockey team hosted Conant for homecoming on Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic girls' volleyball team hosted Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Mascenic’s Molly Rines gets a bump during the Vikings game with Epping for homecoming on Friday. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Conant for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Conant for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Conant goalie Garrett Somero snatches a corner kick off the head of Mascenic’s Nate Wilkins during Saturday’s game. Somero was good but the Vikings scored twice and won 2-0. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Conant for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Conant for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Mascenic boys' soccer team hosted Conant for homecoming Saturday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Sunday, September 16, 2018 2:48PM

The Vikings left it all on the field during their annual homecoming game against Conant – including forward Emma Knisley’s tooth. With Mascenic up 4-3 late in the game and the Orioles fighting to even things back up, Knisley became entangled with Conant’s Elizabeth Gonyea in the Viking goal mouth. Knisley went to the ground just as Gonyea took a mighty hack at the ball, and her stick caught Knisley in the face, sending her out of the game and to the dentist.

“Emma’s a really tough player, she’s in every single play and she’ll sacrifice her body,” said Mascenic head coach Selena Shaw. “It’s just unfortunate – they’re going for the goal, she’s going for the ball, she’s super aggressive and really low as she usually is and she just took a  stick to the chin.”

The game itself was about as good as one could hope for, as Mascenic – who hasn’t lost a homecoming game to Conant in Shaw’s tenure as head coach – faced an Oriole team with more wins already this year than the previous three combined. Conant beat Kearsarge Thursday 2-1 and Franklin Friday 4-0 to embark on a rare two-game win streak.

Saturday’s game was a thrilling affair, as the two teams traded goals and whipped the Viking faithful and the visiting Oriole crowd into a fervor.

“This is what you want from homecoming,” Shaw said. “Both crowds into it, back and forth game, that’s just what you want, a day like today.”

Mascenic’s dynamic scorer Alannah Johnson got the Vikings on the board first with a tremendous diving play as she leapt with full extension, swung and drilled the ball past Conant keeper SJ Barney. Johnson rolled up onto one knee, reached back into her quiver and fired an arrow of celebration toward the cheering crowd.

“Hopefully many more arrows to come this season,” Johnson said after the game.

Gonyea would answer back for Conant as the speedy Oriole attack created a flurry of shots on goal, where the sophomore forward would punch in a rebound.

“They have strong middies and they were able to push it up the field faster than we expected,” Johnson said. “We knew we were in for a good battle.”

Conant freshman star Teagan Kirby slammed one home with eight minutes left in the half and the Orioles found themselves up 2-1, the Vikings now facing the reality that they could potentially lose their homecoming game to their rival.

“That thought was scary,” Johnson said, “but it worked out good for us because it made us bring up the intensity which helped us win the game.”

Knisley would assist Sydney Bane for the equalizer minutes later, and in the second half, Paige Lewis scored unassisted to put Mascenic up 3-2.

“Today we sustained our offensive circle a lot better than we have been,” Shaw said, “so that was a huge area of improvement. When we got it into our circle, we actually were pressing, where it’s kind of have been one-and-done in the past games.”

Kirby would once again find the net for Conant midway through the second half, and it was tied up at three. But Mascenic took back the lead minutes later with a goal from Bella Knisley assisted by Avery McLain, as Conant’s tough week of games started to take its toll on the Orioles’ stamina.

“We’re coming off of a two-game winning streak, which had us high, but we also played three games in a row, so we’re tired,” said Conant coach Jackie Brown. “It was an evenly matched game but we just let one more goal past than we should have.”

After Knisley’s injury and a brief stoppage in play, Conant was in desperation mode, and they continued to attack. With mere seconds left in the game, Gonyea played a ball through the crease and put everything she had into one last point-blank shot with an opening at the net, but it went just wide and the Vikings won it 4-3.

“It feels good that we stepped it up, especially for Emma,” Johnson said. “She controls everything up and down the field, she’s our strongest mid, she’s the one that will fight for the ball all around and she’s the one who makes every play possible.”

Mascenic improves to 2-3. The Vikings host Monadnock (0-5) Wednesday at 4 p.m. before traveling to play Conant at the Orioles’ homecoming Saturday at 11 a.m.

Conant, meanwhile, is now 3-3, with a game at Newport (3-3) Tuesday at 4 p.m. before their rematch with Mascenic. Coach Brown likes their chances in Round Two.

“I’m happy with how they played, they played well today, just some things weren’t in our favor,” Brown said. “It’ll be on our turf with more of our fans, which will help, we’ll have more rest, which will help and we have a few practices this week to rearrange things.”

 

GIRLS’ VOLLEYBALL

Epping 3, Mascenic 1

The Vikings were in control of things early at their homecoming game against Epping Friday night and starting to fill up the “Nasty Plays” column on their stat sheet. But after going up 20-14 in the first set and losing, Mascenic never quite got it back and ended up falling to the Blue Devils, three sets to one for their first loss of the year.

“They literally beat themselves tonight,” said head coach Missy Salo. Her team had too many missed serves and was unable to feed senior star Shannon Agonis in the middle efficiently enough to get the job done. Add that to a switch from a six-up defense to a six-back, and the learning curve was steep.

“This is brand new,” said Salo of her young team. “This is the big leagues for a lot of them tonight.”

Agonis, back after a year missed due to knee surgery, flashed Player of the Year potential with 12 kills, three digs and three blocks, and didn’t miss a serve. She’s got team-carrying talent and countless floor burns and bruises to show for her effort as team leader.

“It’s a big job for her and she does it gracefully,” Salo said. “She’s not cocky, she’s humble and she picks everybody up. She’s just incredible to have back this year.”

Playing sick, Jaden Horrocks still managed five digs; Lauren Sikkila had six and Molly Rines and Kyra Salo four each. Elizabeth “Bug” Spaulding had six kills. Freshman Annika Martel had two blocks.

Mascenic (3-1) played Raymond (1-2) Monday night after press time and hosts PCA Dover (0-3) Friday at 6:15 p.m.

St. Thomas 3, ConVal 0

The Cougars fought hard at St. Thomas Tuesday night but lost 3-0.

Leading the Cougars offense was Isis Battaglia with 4 kills, Lilly James with 3 kills, and Hannah LeComte with 2 tip kills. Hannah also had 3 service aces and Haley Davis and Molly Cole each recorded one.

Molly Cole also had 3 assists on the night.

Defensively Haley Davis and Lilly James each had ten successful serve receives and each player that entered the game tonight added at least one successful dig with a team total of 18.

Gilford 3, ConVal 0

ConVal dropped to 0-6 on the year after losing to Gilford 3-0 on Friday. The Cougars have only won one set this season.

Molly Cole recorded 2 kills  and Nadia Kazlauskas had 2 serving aces. Lillian James and Haley Davis had 19 combined successful serve receives and 13 combined digs to lead the team defensively.

ConVal hosts Milford (4-1) Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.

GOLF

Conant comes in third at Belmont

Fall Mountain (60) and Belmont (41) bested Conant (36) at Canterbury Woods on Tuesday. Conant’s  scorers were Connor Hart (13), Hayden Ketola (11), Jerome Olin (8) and Jake DiPasquale (4).

Orioles second place at John Stark

Hayden Ketola took third overall with a 15 as Conant (39) was runner-up to John Stark (57) at Angus Lea on Thursday. Jerome Olin scored 12 and Connor Hart 11.

Andronaco paces Mascenic

Anthony Andronaco was the top scorer once again for the Vikings as Mascenic dismantled Hillsboro-Deering and Sunapee at the Shattuck Thursday. Andronaco put up 24 points as the Vikings scored a 75 overall, good enough to beat both opposing teams combined.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

WLC 6, PCA Dover 3

After a tough defeat to Epping in Tuesday. The Wilton-Lyndeborough girls’  soccer team had a great performance against Portsmouth Christian Academy winning 6-3. Elisabeth Jacob had another hat-trick; Sophia Sistachs scored twice and Brooke Lane once. 

“Excellent midfield work by Sam Yurcak ,who dominated  play and created numerous chances,” said head coach Dan Ayotte. 

Janel Bachand had 8 saves. 

There was more impressive work from the back line of Lexi Balam, Kaitlin LoVerme, Emma Skelly , Avery Krug and Ella Kelley, Ayotte said.

The Warriors (4-1) will face a tough opponent playing Newmarket (4-1)Wednesday at home at 6 p.m.

Fall Mountain 3, Conant 2

Conant played well at Fall Mountain but a late defensive mistake allowed the Wildcats to break the tie and win 3-2.

Jillian Patria and Jennah Harvey each scored for the Orioles.

“We carried play but made some mistakes Fall Mountain was able to capitalize on,” said head coach Adam Patria, adding that Jasmine Marshall had a good defensive game.

Conant (2-4) is at St. Thomas Aquinas (3-1-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m. 

BOYS’ SOCCER

Mascenic 2, Conant 0

Nathan Wilkins and Noah Caballero each scored for the Vikings as they won a scrappy homecoming battle against Conant on Saturday, 2-0.

Wilkins put in a loose ball that was ping-ponging around the Oriole goal mouth, and Caballero dribbled through the defense and beat Conant keeper Garret Somero back post.

Mascenic (2-3) is at Fall Mountain (0-5-1) Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Conant (1-4) played at WLC Monday after press time and is at Derryfield (3-3) Wednesday at 4:30 p.m.

ConVal 6, Souhegan 0

After blowing out Souhegan on the road Friday, the Cougars are now 6-0 and still haven’t allowed a goal to date this year.

Ben Kriebel scored twice and Finn Wegmueller, Max Shumway, Casey Jordan and Max Richard each scored once. Evan Merwede and Jamison Coty each had an assist, and Mather Kipka made three saves.

ConVal is the only team remaining undefeated in 2018; they will face perhaps their toughest test of the season on Wednesday when they host 6-1 Oyster River at 4:30 p.m.

The Bobcats are the No. 2 team in the Division II standings at press time, with just two goals allowed in seven games.