Souhegan field hockey gives Clippers first loss
Portsmouth’s Kayleigh Vogel wasn’t going to make things easy for Souhegan. The junior goalie stopped 28 shots in hopes of keeping her Clippers undefeated.
Fortunately for the Sabers, all of their offensive pressure finally paid off early in the second half as Kate Lindsey found the back of the net off a Timber Devine pass for what would be the game-winning goal for a 1-0 victory in a matchup of Division II powers in Amherst on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
"They recognized the challenge they had before them, and they answered the call," Souhegan coach Kelli Braley said of her squad.
On the Sabers’ end, halfback Erin McCool and fullback Emily Grudzien stood tall in front of goalie Maddie Maurais, who made 12 saves to secure the shutout and help Souhegan improve to 5-1. Portsmouth dropped to 4-1.
"A lot of Maddie’s saves were with traffic in front of net," Braley said. "She made a lot of weak-side diving saves. She was tested and was strong."
Souhegan 10, Oyster River 0
The 6-1 Sabers have now won five in a row and were paced by Abby Cranney and Sarah Eastland, each with three goals on Monday. Erica Cheries added two while single scores went to Mckenzie Robinson (also an assist) and Erin McCool. Kate Lindey had two assists while goalies Maddie Maurais and Izzy Anton combined for two saves.
John Stark 3, Milford 1
Milford’s Gabby Monico (five aces, seven kills), Maddy Wheeler (three aces, six kills) and Emily Flaherty (17 assists) all played well in a 25-18, 14-25, 25-22, 25-19 loss to John Stark on Wednesday, Sept. 14. The Spartans dropped to 3-1.
John Stark 1, Souhegan 0
A 30-minute lightning delay seemed to spark John Stark’s offense, as the Generals (5-1) scored the game’s lone goal in the 33rd minute for a shutout win over Souhegan (4-2) on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
The Sabers’ offense pressed relentlessly, building attack after attack only to be denied by Generals keeper Chase Patterson, who used all of his body to save a couple close range shots, and bravely dove at the feet of Souhegan attackers to finish with seven saves. Sabers keeper Will Facquez recorded three saves in the loss.
Souhegan 2, Trinity 2 (2OT)
Trinity netted a crucial penalty kick late in regulation to force overtime, as the Sabers settled for a tie on Friday.
Thomas Hornor and Ali Ewiess each scored for Souhegan, with Lucas Bellapanni and Keelan MacKenzie providing assists. Will Facques finished with nine saves for the Sabers (4-2-1).
Souhegan 5, Trinity 2
The Sabers earned their third win of the season on Friday, squeezing by Trinity.
Emma Estabrook led Souhegan with a pair of goals. Also scoring for the Sabers were Natalie Larson, Marlena Cylver and Grace Angulas.
Lily Batchelder stopped three saves in net for Souhegan (3-2-1).
Wilton-Lyndeborough 5, Hinsdale 1
Naomi Wight had three goals while Olivia Skelly added a pair as the Warriors improved to 3-4 on Monday. Assists went to Jill Waterman, Lexi Balam, Mackenzie Parker-Chrystou, Val Vander- Heyden, Mackenzie Hayden. Abby LeBlanc had three saves.
Milford sneaks past St. Thomas
Windham’s James McKee shot a 3-over-par 39 for medalist honors as the Jaguars swept a tri-match with Milford and St. Thomas at Windham Country Club on Wednesday, Sept. 14.
Milford finished with a score of 231, led by the 45s of Weston Pare and Ben Lopez. Rounding out the Spartans low five were Nick Cauley (46), Hunter Hoffman (46) and Nick Gutterson (49).
Windham finished at 202, while St. Thomas tallied a 232.
Milford competes at North-South
Nashua North junior David Vorbach outran the field by eight seconds and won the sixth annual Nashua North-South Cross Country Invitational on Saturday morning at Nashua South. Vorbach completed the 5-kilometer course in 15 minutes and 58 seconds, topping Londonderry’s Chris Zaino’s second-place time of 16:06.
Concord edged North, 45-46, for top honors. Pinkerton (74) finished third, followed by Londonderry (100), Nashua South (150), Alvirne (156), Hollis Brookline (218), Salem (226), Merrimack (229), Milford (230) and Innovation Academy (273).
Milford’s Blake Audibert (28th, 17:43.8) was the first finisher for the Spartans.
In the girls meet, Shaylyn Saunders, Katie Bellomo and Jessica Fontaine all finished in the top eight to propel the Broncos to first place.
Pinkerton was second with 63, followed closely by Merrimack (68) in third. Manchester Central (117), Concord (127), Nashua South (143), Nashua North (185), Milford (211), Londonderry (234), Hollis Brookline (247), Salem (254) and Innovation Academy (383) also participated.
Milford’s Rebecca Durham (15th, 20:02.9), along with North’s Jessica Kaplafka (18th, 20:11.9) and Arianna Braccio (20th, 20:20.3) were in the top 20 of the 84-girl field.
Sabers run at Bobcat Invitational
Madeleine Hunt finished second overall with a time of 19:11.3 to lead the Sabers to a runaway first-place finish at the Bobcat Cross Country Invitational at Freestyle Farm in Amherst. Arielle Zlotnick (fifth, 19:34.9) and Jane Leighton (sixth, 19:51.9) were in the top 10 for the Sabers, while Shannon Earley (12th, 21:05.6), Elise Lambert (16th, 21:38.9), Emily Ehrenstein (22nd, 22:20.5) and Marissa Romano (32nd, 22:55) also ran well for Souhegan, which beat Oyster River 39-76 for first place.
For the boys, Patrick McGrath crossed the finish line in 10th place at 17:42.9 to help the Sabers take fourth with 121 points. He was followed by teammates Billy Seguin (19th, 18:03.0), Garrett Earley (20th, 18:03.3), Jake Upton (35th, 19:00.6), Nathan Stine (37th, 19:02.7) and Bill Drake (38th, 19:05.5).
Oyster River senior Patrick O’Brien beat the second-place finisher by over a minute, completing the 3.1-mile course at 15:54.5. James Elmour, of Monadnock, was second at 17:05.8.
Monadnock was tops in the team standings with 62 points.