Local squads prep for playoffs
While the field hockey playoffs are upon us, volleyball, boys soccer and girls soccer are headed to the regular-season finish this week.
In volleyball, Milford High has rolled to a 13-2 mark with one match left in the regular campaign. The Spartans are staring at a first-round bye and potentially the No. 2 seed with a win in the finale.
Souhegan High, 7-8, could lock up a home playoff match with a win over Laconia on Thursday night.
In girls soccer, the Milford girls are in a battle to earn the fourth and final first-round playoff bye.
Win on Friday, then hope for some help from Bow against Pembroke. Either way, the Spartans are certainly considered a threat to make a deep tourney run.
Teams should also be wary of Souhegan, which is headed for a home playoff prelim thanks to winning six of the last seven. The Sabers have a big regular-season closer with Hollis Brookline on Thursday.
In boys soccer, Souhegan won’t make the postseason but 8-3-4 Milford has opened some eyes this week, playing unbeaten ConVal to a draw.
In Division IV, both the WLC boys and girls are heading to postseason play.
The Warriors close the regular season at 11-4 on the boys side and 10-5 in girls play.
Here’s a roundup of the teams’ recent results:
Wilton- Lyndeborough 1
Freshman Kenny Begley scored a goal to help celebrate his birthday, set up by a Jack Schwab pass, but that was it for the injury-riddled Warriors as they fell to 11-4. Sunapee ended its regular season as one of Division IV’s top teams at 14-2.
Troy Brennan, Dylan Pfeil and Ethan Smith played excellent defense along with Sam Townsend.
WLC wraps up the regular season at home vs. Newmarket on Thursday.
ConVal 1 (2OT)
The Spartans (8-3-4) had an excellent performance against undefeated ConVal ending in a tie. Paxton Ducharme scored on an assist by Ryon Constable. Nathan Pettingell, Alex Wheelock and Colin Gregg played well in the match. Milford visits Lebanon on Friday.
Bow 1, Souhegan 0
The Sabers fall short dropping their record to 2-11. Alec Reitter, Ian Doherty, Jake Kayser, Ben Lockitt, Luke Leighton, Michael Estabrook, Tristan Colby and Gavin Harrold were honored on senior night. Jake Morrisette had a great game in net making 16 saves. Souhegan hosts Plymouth on Friday.