Soccer: WLC, ConVal suffer playoff knockouts

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Pittsfield to open the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/28/2021 5:13:41 PM

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys gave it their all Wednesday night on the big stage, but after four rounds of penalty kicks, it was Pittsfield heading back home from Franklin Pierce University with a playoff win. 

The No. 5 Warriors (10-4-1) and No. 12 Panthers (8-8) played their postponed Division IV playoff opener on FPU’s turf field, about 35 minutes from the WLC campus, and so the two teams did battle under the bright lights. With Wilton coach Dan Nelson still in COVID exposure protocol, assistant Tom Crowley took over and rallied the Warrior boys out onto the college field. 

WLC scored early when Austin Kimball sent a skimming cross towards Kenny Begley that deflected off the back foot of a passing Pittsfield defender and slipped into the net out of the reach of Panther keeper Decota Maura-Giddis. 

The lead held up through halftime and into the 51st minute, when Pittsfield scored the equalizer on a low left-corner ball just past the hands of diving Warrior goalie Ben Jacob. Pittsfield went ahead 13 minutes later, and it briefly appeared that momentum had shifted.

Then, as he had so many times this season, senior Troy Brennan stepped up. Brennan split three Panther defenders and blasted the ball into the net to tie the ball game, screaming over to leap in celebration with twin brother Sean. 

Neither team connected in either overtime period, and the game went to a shootout. The Panthers had been their before, as they’d won their quarterfinal with Epping the year before on PKs, and Maura-Giddis was confident in the pipes. Pittsfield connected on four straight kicks; Brennan hit the first shot for the Warriors, but his was the only successful PK, and the Panthers mobbed their keeper after the 3-2 win. 

BOYS’ SOCCER

Conant 1, St. Thomas Aquinas 0

Senior forward Ethan Vitello broke through in the 70th minute Wednesday to break up the scoreless tie and send the No. 4 Orioles (13-2-2) on to the quarterfinal round of the NHIAA Division III tournament with a 1-0 win over No. 13 St. Thomas Aquinas. 

Keeper Garrett Somero had the clean sheet for Conant, with nine saves.

“Garrett came up big tonight,” said head coach Tom Harvey. 

The Orioles host No. 5 Trinity (12-3-1) Friday at 3 p.m.

Stevens 2, ConVal 0

The ConVal boys soccer team met its end Tuesday night with a 2-0 NHIAA Division II playoff loss at Stevens.

Coach Josh Smith said it was an exciting, back-and-forth game where both teams created a lot of chances.

“Despite dominating possession for much of the second half we couldn’t find that final touch to get a goal,” Smith said.

Wyatt Beaulieu made a number of key saves to give No. 9 ConVal a chance, Smith said, but in the end, No. 8 Stevens got the right bounce a couple more times than the Cougars did. 

“Coming into this season with only two players who started a varsity game, we knew that this year would be about growth and gaining experience,” Smith said. “While it didn’t end the way that we had hoped, I think we can look back on this season and recognize how much we grew together and be optimistic about the amount of key players returning in 2022.”

ConVal finished the year at 8-7-2.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Stevens 2, ConVal 1 (2OT-shootout)

Zoe Lazzaro scored for the No. 11 Cougars at No. 6 Stevens Wednesday evening, but after two overtime periods, the host Cardinals won on penalty kicks. 

ConVal finishes the year at 6-9-2 and graduates eight seniors.

 


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