Souhegan girls leading pack
We are at or near the midway point of the fall high school season, and it’s clear in many cases, where the local combatants are.
Start with girls field hockey where, with a 4-0 win over Milford High, Souhegan made it seven straight victories.
The Sabers are one of three teams without a loss to date, the others being Derryfield and Hanover, each of whom they face in October.
Souhegan has outscored the opposition, 18-0, so far, as Kelli Braley’s crew looks to hunt the top seed in the playoffs.
Milford is now 2-6 with victories over Hollis Brookline and Pembroke.
In girls soccer, it is Milford off to the brilliant start at 6-1, the only blemish coming to Bow by a 6-1 score. The Spartans rebounded nicely, though, with Tuesday’s 5-0 win over Pelham.
Souhegan holds a tenuous spot, 10th in the stands at 3-4-1. Remember, 13 teams qualify for the postseason.
At 4-2-2, the Milford boys sit in the upper half of the Division II standings, even with a rugged, 2-1, loss on Tuesday to Hollis Brookline. Souhegan continues to fight but will need a major turnaround after the Sabers’ 0-6 start to battle for playoff contention.
In Division IV, Wilton-Lyndeborough is certainly carrying its weight nicely. The boys are 5-1 and the girls, 6-2, each jockeying for solid playoff position.
Here’s a look at the recent local action.
Hollis Brookline 2,
Liam Troddyn scored a goal in the 63rd minute to put the game away for the Cavs (4-3-1). Max Burns (one assist) scored on a JJ Kennedy assist. Ryan Coutu made 12 stops in goal. Milford’s (4-2-2) only goal was scored by Logan Harwood and was assisted by Colby Clark. Hollis Brookline will host Oyster River on Friday and Milford hosts Manchester West.
A tough day in Peterborough moves the Sabers to 0-6 on the season. Netminder Ryan Lockitt collected six saves and Jake Morrisette made five saves in the second half. Souhegan hosts John Stark on Thursday.
Milford 5, Pelham 0
After losing their first game, the Spartans (6-1) came back with a shutout win. Rachel Gizzonio led the offensive unit with two goals. Aspen Tlapa scored a goal and picked up an assist, while Syd Thibault and Brooke Gizzonio each collectd a goal. Milford is at Oyster River on Friday.
Bow 6, Milford 1
For the first time this season the Spartans recorded a loss. Brooke Gizzonio scored on her first game back from injury and Renee Wilson had a great effort.
Elizabeth Jacob led the way with four goals as the Warriors (6-2) snapped a two-game losing streak.
Sophia Sistachs added three goals and Bri Fish had a single tally.
Assists were by Sam Yurcak (two), Eva Hussey, Jacob, Sistachs, Sam Boette, Fish, and Avery Krug.
Rama Koudsi had 17 saves for the Warriors, who visit Sunapee on Thursday.
Pembroke 3, Souhegan 0
The Sabers fall to a 3-3-1 record after being shutout Friday night.
Milford 3, Hollis Brookline 1
Sydney Kolasinski (two goals) and Kassandra Sickler found the back of the net in the Spartans (2-5) win. Milford’s Caroline Boudreau, Abby Forrence, Erin Jasper, Hallie Gagnon and Allison Bugler locked down the defense. Hollis Brookline (0-6) loses its sixth straight game.
Oyster River 110, Souhegan 90, Milford 84
The Sabers finished second and the Spartans placed third Tuesday afternoon. Quade Bell was the leading scorer for Souhegan with 24 points. Ryan Cockerill had 20 points and Lydia Tesconi put up 18 points. Ryan Cavanaugh led Milford with 22 points, Jacob Dube had 21 points and Zach Greer collected 17 points.
Milford 3, ConVal 0
The 6-1 Spartans sweep ConVal 25-6, 25-8, 25-9. Kaydee Mann stocked the stat sheet with five kills, two blocks, five aces and four digs. Emma Tronkowski helped the offense with 10 assists and three kills. Ava Chappell (five digs, one ace) and Brianna Arnoldy (three kills, two blocks, one ace) played well. Milford hosts Coe-Brown on Friday.
Milford 3,Somersworth 0
The Spartans had a 25-19, 25-12, 25-16 sweep
Gabby Monico (five kills, three aces, three digs), KayDee Mann (five kills seven assists) and Kailyn Chamberlain (10 assists, three kills, four aces) led the way.
Coe-Brown 3, Souhegan 0
The Sabers fell to 2-4 despite the efforts of Callie McCallister (12 digs, one ace), Katerina Stuopis (11 kills, three aces, two blocks, four digs), and Allie McCall (eight kills, two aces, three digs).
Souhegan, BG girls strong
There were big smiles and hugs all around for the members of the Bishop Guertin girls’ cross-country squad at the 45th Annual Manchester Cross-Country Invitational on Saturday.
The Cardinals proved unbeatable among both the individual runners and the teams in the girls’ large school varsity race, with senior stars Caroline Fischer and Caroline Towle finishing first and second among the lady harriers in leading their squads to a final score of 111 and the race title on the hot September afternoon.
Another local who made significant news in her Manchester Invitational race was Souhegan senior Georgia Jones, who won the girls’ junior varsity “B” race in a time of 21:05. There were 213 finishers in that race, and the Saber girls placed a strong seventh out of 24 teams in the overall title chase.
Souhegan girls also made waves in the girls’ small varsity race, with sophomore Chloe Trudel finishing second overall (19:16) and her senior teammate Mackenzie Hayden also going top-10 by crossing the finish line sixth overall (20:00). The Sabers placed third overall in the team chase in a race in which there were some 37 competing teams.