High School Soccer: WLC, Conant win playoff openers; Mascenic draws Trinity

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Hinsdale in the first round of the NHIAA Division IV playoffs on Monday night. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/27/2020 8:12:42 AM

There wasn’t much time in this shortened soccer season for the Warriors to find their stride, but Wilton-Lyndeborough’s boys connected over the past weeks, and they carried that momentum into the opening round of the Division IV playoffs Monday night. WLC struck twice early and clamped down on Hinsdale defensively to earn a 5-2 win and a trip to Sunapee on Wednesday. 

“We wish that we had a few more games under our belt before playoff season, but I think that these boys are ready for whatever comes at them,” said head coach Dan Nelson after the game.  “Win or lose, they’re going to go as hard as they can.”

The Warriors were on the board twice in the first five minutes of the game, with Sean Brennan scoring off an assist from twin brother Troy and then setting up midfielder Sam Townsend for a header off a corner kick.  It looked briefly like WLC might rout the Pacers yet again after beating them twice in the regular season by a combined 16-3 score. But Hinsdale wasn’t going down without a fight. The Pacers made it a 2-1 game with a goal off a cross at the nine-minute mark and kept it that close until the waning moments of the first half, when defender Ethan Smith sent a beautiful through ball from the Wilton end all the way down the middle for Sean Brennan, who raced ahead to track it down and score again for the Warriors. 

Austin Kimball set up Troy Brennan for a top-corner bender, and defender Dominic Hutchinson finished up the scoring for WLC by sending one along the goal line, where a Pacer tried to corral it out of the net but wound up putting it in himself.

Hinsdale added one more goal on a ball that WLC keeper Joe Krug initially stopped before it skittered away on the wet grass to a Pacer forward who put in the rebound. Coach Nelson credited Krug – who’s had an excellent season after working hard to improve – and the defense of Smith, Hutchinson, Nate Brown and Alex Nelson for keeping the score low. Matt Hadley and Kenny Begley helped keep the pressure on at the forward position, and Townsend – one of the division’s best midfielders – controlled possession and made the right passes all night long. 

The Wilton boys huddled up after the playoff win, and after a few moments, the Warriors’ chant rose – “Sunapee. Sunapee. Sunapee. Sunapee!” WLC heads to Sunapee – where so many Wilton seasons have gone to die – to play the Lakers Wednesday. If they keep the momentum rolling, these Warriors could be the team to return from Sunapee victorious. 

“You can see that these guys are pretty pumped to keep playing, and I think in our division we can do pretty well,” Nelson said. “One point, one game at a time, that’s what I tell the boys.”

 

Conant 3, Monadnock 0

The Orioles won their first playoff game in recent history by shutting out Monadnock on the road Monday afternoon in the first round of the Division III playoffs.  

 “This is a great win for the kids,” said first-year coach Tom Harvey. 

Monadnock’s defense kept Conant at bay for the first 20 minutes.

“We were knocking but we couldn’t get in,” Harvey said.

Finally, Noah Mertzic broke the ice for Conant’s first goal. Mason Devost scored on an assist from Alex Cummings just before the half. Conant controlled the game in the second half and added one more on a Thomas Harvey corner that resulted in a Jacob Sawyer shot and goal. 

The Orioles travel to Fall Mountain Wednesday at 4 p.m. for a prelim round playoff game.

Trinity, Mascenic set for playoff rematch

Trinity beat defending champions Campbell 3-0 in their first-round match Monday to set up a rematch of last year’s quarterfinals game against Mascenic. Last year, Mascenic fell behind Trinity early at home before making a comeback and earning their first-ever trip to the semifinals. The Vikings host the Pioneers in the prelim round Wednesday at 3 p.m. 

 

 




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