High School Highlights
Protest robs Milford of win, playoffs
The Milford High School boys soccer team knew it was playing out Friday night’s game under protest. That didn’t stop the Spartans from going for the win against powerhouse Lebanon. When the final whistle sounded, Milford was ahead 2-1.
Unfortunately for the Spartans, the lack of a whistle on their first goal just two minutes into the game eventually caused the result to be nullified. Lebanon’s coaching staff declared it was playing the game under protest from that moment, and despite the official getting the OK from the Raiders goalie and the Spartans player taking a penalty kick, the NHIAA upheld Lebanon’s protest. Milford added to its 1-0 lead before the half, while Lebanon scored its goal on a second-half PK.
The game was replayed Sunday and Lebanon came away with a 2-1 win.
Finishing at 4-11-1, Milford needed a win in this regular-season finale to secure a Division II tournament berth, while Lebanon is already a postseason lock and Sunday’s win gave them the No. 1 seed.
Milford 3, Pelham 1
Mike Federico had a goal and an assist while Russ Lippitt and Mason Mallows also scored to improve the Spartans to 4-10-1. Andrew McNeil added an assist while Derek Curtis had six saves.
According to Spartans coach Dan Ayotte, the triumph gave Milford back-to-back wins for the first time in seven seasons.
Pembroke 1, Souhegan 0
The contest’s only goal came in the 73rd minute on Friday, after mud forced a Sabers error near the middle of the field. That goal was scored by Damon Smith, with an assist by Max Putnam.
Still, the Sabers had a few good chances. Ali Ewiess served a low ball in nearly finding Erik Richardson at the near post in the 66th minute. Then in the 75th, Eweiss was on the end of a wonderful service that was inches off target.
Souhegan 2, Lebanon 0
Maggie Dix and Grace Angulas each had a goal as the Sabers improved to 7-6-2 on Oct. 18.
Emma Estabrook, who was honored before the game along with fellow senior Casey Johnson, added an assist.
Souhegan wraps up the regular season Thursday at Pembroke.
Milford 1, Lebanon 0
Erin Mcguire scored Milford’s lone goal off a Breanna Degroot pass just 1 minute, 48 seconds into the game. The Spartans then held on for the win.
Katie Lorden and Jade Gregg combined for 10 saves for the Spartans (8-5-3), who now await the Division II tournament.
Milford 3, ConVal 0
Ellie Chapel (six aces, three digs, one kill), Maddy Wheeler (four aces, eight digs, two kills), Liv Blanchet (seven digs) and Emily Flaherty (two aces, four digs, two kills and 12 assists) stood out in Milford’s 25-19, 25-14, 25-21 victory over ConVal on Oct. 19.
Souhegan 3, Manchester West 0
Abi MacLatchy (three aces, 10 service points) and Lila Morgan (one ace, 11 service points, 14 assists) were strong at the service line in Souhegan’s 25-14, 25-15, 25-16 win over Manchester West on Friday.
Katie O’Brien (eight kills) and Molly Driscoll (four kills) provided good offense for the Sabers.