A combination of rainy, wet conditions, a fired-up opponent, and a sluggish and uninspired start proved to be more than the Campbell High boys soccer team could overcome Tuesday. On paper it appeared that the Cougars were set up to have a memorable senior day as they had defeated Mascenic 6 - 2 on September 9 in New Ipswich. It was not to be however as the visiting Vikings outhustled and outplayed Campbell in the 3 - 1 victory.
Mascenic took control of the game early when Jordan Wardwell converted a goal only seven minutes into the contest. The goal came off a beautiful assist from Craig Brand who headed his pass to Wardwell. Leading 1 - 0 the Vikings would strike again only minutes later. Speedy striker Robert Guichard beat Cougar keeper Corey Gannon on a breakaway. Guichard would prove to be a thorn in the side of Campbell’s defense all afternoon as he consistently made runs at the net. Mascenic’s Calden Somero added a third score shortly after to give the visitors a three-goal advantage barely 13 minutes into the game. The Cougars could have found themselves in a deeper hole if not for a tremendous hustle play by a trio of Campbell defenders. With just seven minutes to go in the half Guichard broke free behind the Cougar defense for an apparent breakaway. Campbell back Pat Queenan ran down the Mascenic attacker from behind forcing him to change direction. As Guichard turned and fired a shot Gannon came out of the net, dove, and deflected it. As the ball rolled agonizingly slowly toward the open net, it appeared that the Vikings were headed to a 4 - 0 lead. Matt Tremblay sprinted back and cleared the shot off the goal line saving a sure score. The two teams went in to halftime with Mascenic in control 3 - 0.
In the second half, Campbell played with a sense of urgency, pressing the attack and controlling the midfield. The pressure would pay off when Captain Nick Schibly fired a rocket past Mascenic keeper Alan Rand to cut the deficit to 3 - 1. Continuing to press the attack, the Cougars would produce several scoring opportunities, most notably at the 21-minute mark when Ryan Donaghey’s shot struck the crossbar followed by Schibly pushing a shot wide right just two minutes later. Campbell’s apparent last gasp appeared to come at the eight-minute mark when Schibly fired a shot from 10 yards out that a sprawling Rand deflected wide.
The loss drops Campbell to 10 - 3 - 2 on the season, setting up a key matchup at Epping on Friday. The Blue Devils will be looking to avenge an earlier 4 - 2 defeat at the hands of the Cougars on October 6. Results of tonight’s game will go a long way to determining tournament seeding. The Class M tournament will begin next week with all first-round games at the home of the higher seed.
Last Friday night the Lady Broncos took on the Keene Blackbirds in one of the more exciting soccer games of the year. The match was one of the more physical matches of the year and one might trace this to the summer soccer camp at Keene where this rivalry started. Alvirne got the first and only goal of the game in the 15th minute of the first half. Amanda Roberts got the scored with an assist from Shayla “Bergie” Bergeron, who made an amazing pass as she took the ball from a Blackbird forward just in front of the Bronco goal box. Bergeron moved the ball through the midfield and then launched a pass over the defense and Roberts was off to the races as she turned on the afterburners and left the Blackbird defenders in her wake. There was no need for a move just a powerful kick and the Broncos had the only goal they would need.
Things got a little scary in the second half as two Lady Broncos went down on one play. Caitlin Teague and Morgan Ratte went up for a ball and Ratte landed on Teague’s foot turning her ankle. As there was some confusion the Blackbirds took advantage and moved toward the goal. The Keene forwards took a shot and on the rebound Bronco goalie Kaela Craven went for the ball along with a Blackbird forward. Craven was injured on the play. She was lost for the remainder of the game and will be out for the next two games. In came Amanda Eaton to replace Craven. The Broncos where a little shaken and the Blackbirds tried to take advantage as they mounted a furious attack. Eaton made the best save of the game as she moved to her left and took the ball out of the air to save the game. This save inspired the Broncos and they controlled the rest of the game. Craven had six saves and Eaton two in net. Each team had 10 shots on goal. Teague and Kayla Belanger had great games on defense and Jessica Heroux tool control in the middle of the field.
On Tuesday the Ladies were on the road and again it was a long road trip as they traveled to Winnacunnet. The final score was Winnacunnet 2, Broncos 1. Roberts had the lone goal for the Broncos with an assist from Heroux. The winning goal by Winnacunnet came as the Broncos tried to clear the ball only to have it ricochet off a Winnacunnet player and find the back of the net. Eaton was in goal and had 10 saves and the Broncos had 11 shots on goal. Players of note were again Teague on defense and Belanger at midfield. Bergeron played well at multiple positions. The ladies are heading to the playoffs on Wednesday with a yet to be determined opponent.
The highly successful Campbell girls soccer team wraps up their regular season today (October 24) when they host the Orioles of Conant. Conant comes into the contest with a 3 - 11 record. Cougar seniors Ally Ayotte, Jennifer Evans, Ali Lajoie, Kayla Ostergard, and Beth Thayer will be recognized before the game, as part of Senior Day.
Going into Tuesday night’s contest at Raymond (results were not available at press time), Campbell was in second place in Class M with an impressive 13 - 1 record. Only undefeated Gilford (15 - 0) are seeded above the Cougars. Leading into Friday’s contest, the girls are peaking at the right time. After dropping a heartbreaking 3 - 2 double overtime contest at Sanborn (September 30), the girls have hit their stride. Notable road wins over White Mountains and Hopkinton, and a thrilling 2 - 1 overtime victory over Prospect Mountain, have been part of the recent five-game winning streak.
Offensively, the Cougars have been led by strikers Ayotte and sophomore Shawna Trunca who continue to impress Campbell Coach Rod Hanson. “Those two know each other so well,” he said, “They’ve got our offense clicking on all cylinders.” Evans, who Hanson calls his best defender, patrols the midfield with help from sophomore Shannon Savard, while Lajoie serves as Campbell’s last line of defense in front of sophomore keeper Hayden Leith.
The pairings for the Class M state tournament will be released next week. The Cougars, who have secured home field for the first two rounds, will be looking to advance deep into the tournament.
The JV girls soccer team won its second game in two days with a 4 - 0 victory over Farmington. The Cougar defense was exceptional and goals by Taylor Schafer, Jamie Shepard, Rachel Torgerson and Amy Deschene paced the team to its 11th victory of the season.
Campbell played Farmington in a game originally scheduled early in the season, and won 4 - 0. The goals were scored by senior midfield Gordon Wade, Junior Ryan Donaghey and senior Captain Nick Schibly who scored two goals. Again Pat Queenan was brilliant.
Farmington High School took command of the first two games in girls varsity volleyball and later went on to defeat the Cougars 3 - 0. Courtney Starrett had five aces and Brianna Saunders had four.
The JV volleyball team played two close games but lost the match 2 - 1 as Farmington defeated the Cougars. Alicia Fitzpatrick had four digs, Ashley Szekley had two kills, and one ace and Alex Bonneau had three digs and five service points.
The JV girls soccer team avenged an earlier season loss to Prospect Mountain 3 - 0. CHS’ three goals were scored by Katie Schultz, Taylor Schafer and Rachel Torgerson. The defense also played well.
Ally Ayotte’s goal 57 seconds into overtime lifted the varsity girls soccer team to victory over Prospect Mountain. In a game with all the earmarks of a playoff match, the Cougars turned a 1 - 0 second half deficit into a victory with the final score 2 - 1.
Campbell continued the winning streak at Conant by winning 4 - 0 from goals by Andrew Cialek, Ryan Donaghey, Alex Puchalski and Taylor Hall.
The girls varsity volleyball team posted its eighth win of the season, defeating Wilton-Lyndeborough three games to zero. Sam Radcliffe hit four for seven, Julia Nolan had 18 assists, and Kristen Hrubowchak had six kills.
Boys varsity soccer defeated Raymond 4 - 1. Andrew Schibly scored the first goal, followed by Andrew Cialek. Nick Schibly scored the third goal on a kick 25 yards out. Ryan Donaghey scored the fourth and final goal in the second half.
Boys JV soccer – Kevin Huston scored two goals and Tyler Germain had five saves as the team defeated Raymond 2 - 0. The Cougars are now 8 – 1 - 1 on the season. Travis Soucy did a great job as sweeper and midfielders Tim Heaton and Jacob Mercier controlled the flow of the game.
Top ranked and undefeated Nute High School downed the Cougars Volleyball in three straight games to win the match.
Varsity Football lost their first divisional game to Franklin, 22 - 7. Campbell’s lone touchdown was scored on a pass plan from Kiel Canada to Zach Laganiere. Point after touchdown was scored by John Coughlin. The Cougars head to Gilford on Saturday, October 18, for their next game.
Varsity Volleyball defeated Pittsfield with three wins. Brianna Saunders had nine aces, Karena Lozeau had 12 digs, Sam Radcliffe had one kill, and Erin McLaughlin had two kills. The score was 25 - 16 for the 1st game, 25 - 13 for the second, and 25 - 9 for the third. Great job, girls!
Boys Varsity Soccer won against Sanborn, 4 - 1. Senior Captain Nick Schibly led the way with yet another hat-trick of many in his career. The team played exceptionally well.
The Cougars won against Fall Mountain, 28 - 6. The offense was led by Jon Houston with two rushing touchdowns. Brandon Groves and Keithen Craig each had one. Defense had a great day, allowing zero points. The team was led by strong play from Jon Houston, Zach Miller, and Mike Philips.
The Alvirne Girls Cross Country Team had a strong showing at the Lou Korcoulis Memorial Invitational Meet at the Hollis-Brookline School on Friday, October 10, as they ran to a strong second place finish with 72 points, just 12 points behind the winner, Bow. The meet included teams from Bow, St. Thomas Aquinas, Trinity, Merrimack, Bedford, Hollis/Brookline, Salem and Milford.
Finishing first for the Lady Broncos was Laura Goudreau, who finished ninth overall in 21:37. She was closely followed by Erica Prince in 12th (22:01), Courtney Carter in 14th (22:14), Lauren Lacraw in 17th (22:23), Shawna Johnson in 20th (22:27), Lauren Prince in 26th (22:56) and Emily LaPlant placed 28th with a time of 23:07.
On Tuesday, October 14, the girls team took another second place in the Blue Devil Cross Country meet, losing to Londonderry High School. Once again, Laura Goudreau finished first for Alvirne in 19:58.8. Courtney Carter finished eighth overall in 20:36.7. Shawna Johnson (21:18.4), Emily LaPlant (21:41.9) and Lauren Prince (21:43.2) finished 14th, 15th and 16th overall. Coach Jen Cahill hopes that her team is peaking at the right time as the Class L meet is coming up on October 25 at Derryfield Park.
The Alvirne Volleyball team has won three in a row and seven of the last nine games including the last two on the road, to bring their record to an even 7 - 7 on the season. After a slow start, the Lady Broncos seem to have pulled it together and are thick in the hunt for a playoff spot.
On Wednesday, October 8, they pulled out a tough victory, needing to play four games to defeat Nashua South 3 – 1, with game scores of 25 - 18, 18 - 25, 25 - 23, and 25 - 19. Kate Brouillette had 10 service points and 11 assists, Jess Marshall had 7 service points, nine kills and three blocks, while Ashley Metivier added 10 service points and 25 digs for the Lady Broncos. The Junior Varsity squad also hung tough as they lost the first game, overcame a 10-point deficit in the second game to win that, and handily won the third 15 - 6.
The Broncos handled Manchester West on Friday, October 10, with a three game victory, 25 - 15, 25 - 17, and 25 - 20. Once again, Kate Brouillette had a good game with 15 service points, 12 assists and four digs. Jess Marshall added eight kills, two blocks, five service points and 12 digs. Kayla Duval had 14 service points, five aces, and 11 assists while Devon Masse added eight service points, three aces and seven kills. Cassie Larocque chipped in with eight kills and six digs.
The Lady Broncos have four games remaining, two at home and two on the road, as they battle for a playoff berth. They will finish their home season with Winnacunnet on October 20 and host Bishop Guertin on October 24 for their final home match of the season.
It was a 3 - 1 loss for the Broncos boys soccer team to a second ranked 11 - 2 Exeter team, in a well-played and energized game. The Broncos held this high-powered offensive team to a 1 - 0 lead at the half. Exeter eventually went up 3 - 0 at the 20:34 mark of the second half, but the Broncos answered back at the 18-minute mark when Mike Carpentier took a direct kick in low on the goalie, and Cody Lambert finished it off to make it a 3 - 1 final. Aaron Fellows made 10 saves on the night and Jimmy Tomaswick had seven saves. The Broncos will play their final home game of the season on Tuesday, October 21 against Winnacunnet.
Both the girls and boys cross country teams won at the October 14 meet in Sanborn.
Scoring for the girls: first place, Marissa Framarini; second place, Becca Arnone; third place, Ally Framarini; fourth place, Nicki Coordingley; and fifth place, Becky Weiss.
Scoring for the boys: first place, Alex Prolman; second place, Geoffrey Pomerleau; third place, Mike Rochford; fourth place, Erick Runtila; and fifth place, Travis Maning.
Nice teamwork by both teams! Good luck as you prepare for the Class Meet.
On Friday, October 17, the Hudson Memorial School (HMS) Lady Colts advanced to the Class L Semi-Finals with a 1 - 0 win over fourth ranked Elm Street of Nashua. The Lady Colts came out strong in the game and outshot Elm Street 12 - 5 in the first half, however, neither team could find the back of the net and the score was tied at 0 - 0.
In the second half, both teams had their chances but they were held scoreless by the superb goaltending of both goalies. It was not until the final three minutes of the game when eighth grader Mikayla Powlowski scored the game-winning goal for HMS. Powlowski had a header off a beautiful cross from Jamie Sherburne.
With the win, the Lady Colts faced top-seeded and undefeated Bedford Middle School in the semi-finals. The defense of Livi Gosselin, Sandi Purcell, Brittney Lambert, Emily Cuthbertson and Alicia Gillis did a tremendous job shutting down a tough and dangerous Elm Street offense. Jenna Gianelli had another strong game in net, earning the shutout with 12 saves. Also playing well for the Colts were Tori LaRoche, Kaleigh Comer, Daeghan Stone, Kendall Brigham, Sarah Rossetti, Erin Craven, Kelly Robinson, Katie Gillum and Heather Barkley.
The Mitey Mite White played in a frigid game Sunday against the Londonderry Wild Cats. Sunday proved to be the toughest game for the Bears who lost against the Wild Cats. Falling behind early the Bears dug deep and played hard the entire game. The cold weather took its toll on the Bears offense and defense, but they showed perseverance and played hard the entire game. To the entire Mitey Mite White Bears, thank you for a very rewarding year.
The Hudson-Litchfield Mitey Mite Blue Bears played their final game of the season against the Laconia Chiefs. It was a very cold morning, but the Bears gave us a very exciting game to watch. The Bears never gave up, but the Chiefs came out with the win. I’m very proud of this Bears football team. They had a very successful season, no matter what the record shows. Saturday they will play in the Mitey Mite Super Bowl at Nashua North. Go Bears!
Junior Pee Wee White beat Laconia 8 - 7.
Junior Pee Wee Blue lost to Londonderry JPW2 0 - 26.
Pee Wee defeated Laconia 34 - 6.
Junior Midgets defeated the Nashua Elks 34 - 6.