High School Soccer: Playoff seedings set for WLC, ConVal, Mascenic

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • WLC’s Sean Brennan boots a ball that the Newmarket defender likely wishes he hadn’t blocked during Thursday’s game. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • The WIlton-Lyndeborough boys' soccer team hosted Newmarket on Thursday. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/25/2019 1:32:33 PM

The Wilton-Lyndeborough boys’ soccer team enters the playoffs this week on a three-game losing streak, but the top-tier opponents they lost to may have primed them for a postseason run. 

In a week’s time, WLC (11-5) lost to No. 4 Littleton, No. 2 Sunapee and in Thursday’s senior night game, No. 1 Newmarket. The Mules got two goals from Keenan Mills in the first five minutes of the game to take a lead they’d never surrender and show why they’ve only lost one game this season. 

“I thought they played positioning well,” said Warrior senior Dylan Pfeil. “I thought they covered the midfield and limited our options in the center of the park, I also thought they pressed us really hard and made us make our own errors. The game overall came down to us making mistakes.”

Dylan Vongsa added a third Newmarket goal before the half and WLC was on the ropes. The Warriors finally struck on a Sean Brennan free kick at the 28:30 mark of the second half, but Tyler Napoletano answered less than a minute later to maintain the three-goal lead.

Senior Jack Schwab scored his 25th goal of the season on a header with 15 minutes to go to cut the score to 4-2, but that was all for the Warriors.

“It was very emotional, seeing as how this could possibly be one of my last times playing on this field,” Pfeil said. “I’m going to miss the memories, playing four years here. All four years have been great, but this year has been especially great. I have a really good team around me, I just hope this year will be something special.”

Pfeil and the Warriors will be back on that home field one more time, as they had already locked down the fifth seed in Division IV regardless of Thursday’s outcome. No. 12 Lin-Wood (7-7-2) will make the trip to Wilton Wednesday. WLC’s offense will be bolstered by the return of senior Jacob Boette, the Warriors’ second-leading scorer with 13 goals; the defense of Sam Townsend, Ethan Smith and Troy Brennan will be crucial in keeping shots away from freshman keeper Joe Krug.

“I think we’ll be good for the playoffs,” Pfeil said. “I hope we’re going to make a deep run. I feel like this team is capable of making a deep run...I think everybody really wants it. It just comes down to if we can dig deep into ourselves and find some way to pull this out.”

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Newmarket 8, WLC 1

Wilton-Lyndeborough sophomore Elisabeth Jacob scored her 36th goal of the season just 15 seconds into the Warriors’ senior night game against No. 2 Newmarket, but that was the extent of WLC’s offense as they surrendered eight goals – and a chance at a home playoff game, as the loss dropped them from eighth in Division IV (10-6) to tenth.

Despite the score disparity, WLC coach Daniel Ayotte liked what he saw in terms of effort and execution from his out-gunned girls. 

“We worked on possession all week long and we were moving the ball back and forth across the field,” Ayotte said. 

Worse than the loss on the scoreboard was the loss of Sam Boette, the do-it-all speedster who sets the tone for WLC in terms of effort. With the score 6-1 in the final 15 minutes, Boette got tangled up with a Newmarket forward, twisted her knee and was helped off the field in great pain with what appeared to be a season-ending injury. 

“Devastating loss,” Ayotte said. That affects everybody on the team. We’re going rally around her, and we’re going to find some players to step up into that spot.”

No. 10 WLC will travel to Concord Christian (10-5) on Thursday.

As it always does in the postseason, it will come down to defense, and Ayotte likes what he has on the back line in front of senior keeper Rama Koudsi, who’s blossomed into one of the division’s better goaltenders in just one year in net. 

“The pairing of Avery Krug and Bre Fish back there has been phenomenal,” Ayotte said. 

Jacob’s goal total, 36, puts her 13th in the single-season goals-scored record book kept by the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches’ Association. For perspective, professional soccer player Morgan Andrews scored 31 goals in her senior season at Milford. 

ConVal 2, Kearsarge 1

Cami Hendrixson scored the golden goal for ConVal with just 14 second left in double overtime against Kearsarge Thursday night to give the Cougars a 2-1 win in the regular season finale. 

“Great games from everyone,” said head coach Curt Martens, “especially Nikki Bell, who was looking like a dangerous threat all night, ready to score at any moment.”

Bell scored ConVal’s first goal in the first half and assisted on Hendrixson’s game-winner. 

Martens said Ayla Laro was a force defensively as well. 

“She was constant energy and hard tackles to keep the other team from putting one in,” Martens said. 

ConVal improved their record to 8-7-1, good enough for the ninth seed in Division II. The Cougars have a road playoff game Thursday at No. 8 John Stark (9-5-1).

 

Derryfield 5, Conant 2

The Orioles gave up four goals in the first half on senior night Wednesday, but bounced back in the second to tally twice for a 5-2 final against Derryfield.

Senior Jillian Patria and Megan Graff scored for Conant.

Prospect Mountain 6, Conant 1

Jillian Patria scored the last goal of her Conant career on Friday at Prospect Mountain, but the Orioles lost on the road in the season finale. Conant (2-13-1) finishes out of the Division III playoffs.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Lebanon 2, ConVal 0

Ryan Oliveira and Logan Falzarano scored for Lebanon Wednesday as the Raiders handed ConVal their first defeat of the season in a physical road game. With a 1-0 lead, Lebanon switched to a defensive formation in the second half, sacrificing a striker to neutralize the ConVal midfield and get revenge on the Cougars, who gave the Raiders their first loss earlier in the season.

ConVal 3, Bow 0

ConVal bounced back in their season finale Friday, shutting out Bow to finish at 13-1-2.

“Good solid win where we were able to try out different things and get a lot of players quality minutes,” said head coach Josh Smith.

Del Bonsu-Anane scored off a Ben Kriebel corner flicked over by Taylor Burgess; Oscar Bernier assisted Finn Wegmueller for the second goal, and Wegmueller assisted Evan Shippee for the third.

Mather Kipka had three saves for ConVal.

The Cougars benefited from Milford’s win over Lebanon (14-2) to lock up the top seed in Division II for the second straight year. ConVal has a bye during Wednesday’s opening round and will play the winner of No. 8 Coe-Brown vs. No. 9 Manchester West at home on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Mascenic 10,
Monadnock 0

Hopefully the Vikings saved some goals for the playoffs, as they tuned up their opponents 17-1 over their final two games, concluding the regular season with a 10-0 win at Monadnock Friday.

Seniors Noah Caballero and Nate Wilkins had a pair of hat-tricks; Jon Kushner scored twice and Dylan Vaillancourt and Matt Swanson scored one each.

Wilkins, Jasmine Williams and Jack Cocozella had assists for the Vikings.

Mascenic (14-2) has the No. 3 seed in Division II and will host No. 14 Laconia (7-8-1) Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Conant 3,
Fall Mountain 0

The Orioles finished their season with a win over Fall Mountain Thursday, but missed the playoffs by two points with a 5-11 record. 

Anthony Gauthier scored on a penalty kick, Garrett Somero scored on a header off a corner kick, and Ethan Vitello scored as well for Conant. 

“It was nice to send our seniors off with a win,” said head coach Dan Bemis.

UNIFIED SOCCER

ConVal is sixth seed, plays on Monday

The ConVal co-ed unified soccer team finished the season at 3-2-1, giving them the sixth seed in the Division I playoffs. The Cougars travel to No. 3 Londonderry (5-1) on Monday, Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Londonderry beat ConVal 2-1 in their regular-season matchup.


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