This past week at MHS: Girls soccer team posts key win

Here’s a look at the Merrimack High School varsity action over the last week.


Merrimack 3, Manchester Central 0

The Tomahawks were able to end their long losing streak with scores of 25-10, 25-17, 25-9. Joanne Bonner( six kills, 13 digs, seven aces), Alli Marino (16 assists, six aces), and Emily Johnson (16 digs) had strong performances in the match to Merrimack. The Tomahawks play Dover on Friday.

Bedford 3, Merrimack 0

The tough season for the 1-11 Tomahawks continues as they dropped their 10th straight, with set scores of 17-25, 15-25, 17-25. Playing well for Merrimack were Joanne Bonner (three aces, 34 digs, five kills, two assists), Alli Marino (one ace, four digs, 11 assists), Anna Niezrecki (two aces,18 digs, 12 assists) and Erin Smethurst (one block, three kills, 14 assists).


Manchester Central 5, Merrimack 0

The Tomahawks competed well in an injury riddled game. Playing well for Merrimack were Jenna Chambers, Siobhan McMakin, and Emma Zanni. Merrimack plays Dover on Friday.

Timberlane 2, Merrimack 1

Sam Page scored the lone goal for the Tomahawks (3-8), assisted by Abby Morgan. Also playing well for Merrimack were Callie Beard, Emma Zanni and Jenna Chambers. Merrimack is at Bedford on Friday.


Londonderry 21, Merrimack 0

The Tomahawks’ defense limited the high-powered Londonderry offense to only three touchdowns, but Merrimack couldn’t get anything going on the other side of the ball as it fell 21-0.

While the Tomahawks’ quarterback carousel continued (both Ben Eichman and Ryan Devanna had at least eight pass attempts), the defense looked much improved. Having allowed nearly 25 points per game entering the contest (as well as a 32.6-points-against mark over the past three games), Merrimack limited Londonderry to only 21 points in the loss. That’s no small feat, as Londonderry entered the contest having averaged nearly 32 points per contest.

“I’m happy with the way we competed,” coach Kip Jackson said. “If we had done that earlier in the year, we would have been on the end of a couple more wins.”

The Merrimack defense especially kept the Lancers offense in check in the first half, as Londonderry ultimately punted on their first three possessions. Unfortunately, the Merrimack offense also had issues moving the ball.

The Tomahawks had a costly fumble late in the first quarter, and the Lancers subsequently marched down the field and scored on an 11-yard pass from Michael McAlister to Tyler Kayo. Merrimack’s next possession ended in an interception, but Jake Holland ended up preventing another Londonderry touchdown with an interception to end the half.