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Field Hockey Holds Opponents Scoreless

by Chris White

Salem field hockey rolled past Manchester Memorial at home last Friday, shutting out the Crusaders 6-0.  The win was the second shutout of the week for the Blue Devils as they held on to a 2-0 victory at Concord a couple days earlier.  Salem had to make some adjustments against Memorial to accommodate the absence of senior forward Danielle Ferraro, who did not play because of illness.  Despite the loss of one of its regulars, the Blue Devils still played their game as they brought the ball up the side and pushed the ball up field.

“We like to dictate play to people,” Head Coach John Gatsas said.  “We don’t like to be dictated to.”

Salem wasted no time putting points on the board.  Meghan Bench started the scoring about four minutes into the game as she was assisted by sophomore forward Megan Martineau.  Sophomore Christie Cannone and senior Sarah Frahm also scored in the first half.  Frahm assisted Cannone and Chelsie Muldowney assisted Frahm on her goal.  Muldowney added a goal near the end of the half to extend Salem’s lead to 4-0.  In the second half, Martineau fired home a goal in which Frahm provided the assist once again.  Martineau then assisted Bench on her second goal of the game, which was also Salem’s final score.  Salem kept the ball going toward its goal and away from Memorial for most of the game, which helped the Devils hold the Crusaders scoreless.  Junior midfielder Melissa Higgins and sophomore Amanda Smigliani stepped up to help Salem pull out the shutout victory.  Goalie Allison Breton had three saves.

The Blue Devils brought their hit-and-run style of play to Goffstown on Monday.  It was the fourth straight game in which Salem did not allow a goal.  The Blue Devils edged the Grizzlies 1-0, thanks to a goal by Frahm.  The win pushed the team’s record to a commanding 4-1 in Class L.

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Salem Girls Soccer Defeats Alvirne

by Chris White

The Blue Devils scored four first half goals against Alvirne Friday, which proved to be enough to earn a 4-1 home victory.  Salem extended its Class L record to 4-0 with the win.

Salem’s offense took charge in the first half.  Junior midfielder Gina Righini and senior forward Ellie Morin scored the first two goals of the game.  Righini scored one more time as she beat an Alvirne defender with the dribble and kicked home Salem’s third goal with a little less than three minutes left in the half.

With about a minute and a half to go, midfielder Amanda Vaudreuil dribbled in from the side of the field and fired the ball past the Alvirne goalkeeper giving Salem a 4-0 advantage going into halftime.

The four goal lead provided enough insurance in the second half to take the win.  The lone Bronco goal came with about 33 minutes left in the second half, which cut the Salem lead to three goals.  Overall, it was a great all-around team victory for Salem.

“We moved the ball well, played good team defense, and took advantage of our opportunities,” Coach Kendrick Whittle said.  

Sarah Raye, Cassie Chase, and Righini each provided an assist in the win.  Goalkeeper Sarah Snyder had six saves, keeping the Alvirne attack in check. 

Despite a solid win versus Alvirne, the girls suffered their first loss of the season to the defending Class L champion Manchester Central Little Green on Tuesday night at Gill Stadium.  It was a close battle between the two teams as the final score was 2-1. 

Salem drew first blood on a goal by Chase, who was assisted by Righini.  Central answered with two goals, however, and held off the Salem effort on its home turf.  Salem’s record is now 4-1 and plays its next game at home on Friday against Manchester West at 4 p.m.

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Girls Volleyball Wins Three Straight to Open Season

by Chris White

The Salem Girls Varsity Volleyball team opened its 2009 season with three straight victories over Manchester Memorial, Dover, and Manchester West.  The Blue Devils made quick work of its opponents, defeating each one 3-0.

Salem took control early in the first game at Memorial and never looked back, winning three games 25-10, 25-8, and 25-20.  Courtney Wright and Nicole Boucher led Salem with 7 kills each.  Wright also had 3 service points while Boucher had 9.  Sarah Scott contributed 18 assists and 14 service points for the team lead in each category.  Amy Wheeler added 7 service points and Kerry White spiked 4 kills in the victory against the Crusaders.

The Blue Devils picked up their second win of the season as they welcomed the Green Wave of Dover into Davis Gymnasium for the home opener last Friday.  Salem won each game convincingly (25-6, 25-15, 25-15).  Head Coach Dan Young was able to give all of his players ample playing time in the comfortable victory.

Nicole Boucher played well again with 8 kills and 19 service points, 9 of which were aces.  Jen Bujnowski led the team with 3 blocks and Erica Tilton contributed 5 digs.  Alyssa Burnham had a career-high 9 assists in the winning effort.

“Alyssa set real well,” Young said.  “She goes in to change the pace of the game.”

Scott added 15 assists and 6 service points as she set up her teammates for kills.  Boucher led in service points with 16 while Wright and Wheeler provided 8 and 6 service points respectively.  Wright also ended the contest with 7 kills and Begin finished with 5.

Against West, Salem won 25-12, 25-17, 25-18.  Boucher had 13 kills while also collecting 14 service points to lead Salem.  Begin finished the game with 10 kills and Wright spiked 7.  White and Oulett each contributed 5 kills.  Scott had 29 assists and 24 service points in the win.

The team has worked hard on improving its serving, Young said.  He also said his players are working on becoming more consistent.

“We’re good hitting, passing, serving, and blocking, but then it could turn around and be opposite,” Young said.  “To become great, we need to become consistent.”

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Salem Soccer on a Winning Track

submitted by Diane Wright

The varsity men’s soccer team at Salem High School has improved their record to 4-0 on the season.  Teamwork and a strong defense have them on track for a great season.

Game one was against Spaulding on home field.  Spaulding proved an effective first test for the Blue Devils as they came in with some very aggressive and physical play.  Salem scored first with a goal from senior captain Brett Miller.  Salem junior midfielder Brian Smart added to Salem’s lead ten minutes later on a Joey Morgan corner kick.  Spaulding fired back on a set piece at the back post before half time.  With the score 2-1, junior Peter Ventola, on a nice attack down the left side, was able to draw a penalty.  Senior defender and captain Joe Broulliette scored on the penalty kick.  With the score 3-1, Spaulding continued to pressure the Blue Devils and cut the lead to 3-2, but time was on Salem’s side and the scored remained 3-2.

Merrimack was a worthy opponent on their home turf for the second game.  It was a battle from start to finish and it took overtime for Salem to put the game away 2-1.  Joao Vitor put Salem ahead in the 25th minute before Merrimack tied it early in the second half.  In overtime, Brian Smart connected on a low cross from Cody Eller to win the game for the Blue Devils.  Captains Joe Broulliette and Brett Miller both worked hard to secure this big win for the Salem team.  Salem Coach Tony Karibian said, “Both young men display a lot of courage on the field and determination off the field.  It will be these two who set the stage for the team in terms of attitude and focus as we move forward into the difficult middle part of our schedule.”

Back at home, Salem trounced Trinity 7-0 in game three.  Brett Miller and Joao Vito scored two goals, Tyler Rutledge scored one goal and had one assist, Max Gordon and Peter Ventola each scored goals, and Joey Morgan had two assists.  Salem started scoring in the fifth minute of the game on Brett Miller’s first goal and never looked back.  After fifteen minutes of play, Salem was up 3-0 and scored all seven goals within the first 40 minutes of play.  Salem scored a goal every six minutes in the first half.  In the second half, Salem displayed a talent for the ability to possess the ball, stringing together several passes on each possession.  The game ended in a decisive victory for Salem.

Game four was a night game on the road against Alvirne High School.  Salem went ahead early as Tyler Rutledge scored from a Peter Ventola cross.  Alvirne had a couple of chances 25 minutes into the game, but goalie Taylor Morin kept a clean sheet with a goal-saving tackle from Salem sophomore right back Matt “Zizu” Zani.  Salem junior left back Zach Wright also stymied any Alvirne attack down his flank to keep Salem’s clean sheet throughout the first half.  Just before halftime, Brett Miller pushed a ball up field through the Alvirne defense for Joao Vitor.  Vitor carried the ball 30 yards and sent a nifty chip over the Alvirne goalie’s head for the second score of the game.  Salem controlled most of the second half with good possession and ball movement.  Joao Vitor scored the third Salem goal with some great footwork, digging the ball out of a scramble from a Tyler Rutledge corner kick, and from close range blasted his second goal of the game.  One last Alvirne attack had Taylor Morin charging from the box to force a long shot from an oncoming Alvirne attacker.  The shot was on net; however, some heroics by senior Captain Joe Broulliette prevented the goal as he raced back to the net and headed the ball away to preserve the shut out.  Salem wins their fourth game of the season 3 -0 and improves their record to 4-0.

Two Week Schedule:

9/15 vs Central - 4 p.m.

9/18 @ West - 4 p.m.

9/22 @ Nashua North - 4 p.m.

9/26 vs Pinkerton -10 a.m. (homecoming weekend)

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Salem Football Trounces Londonderry

by Chris White

Salem’s defense forced a fumble on Londonderry’s opening drive, which allowed sophomore Jerickson Fedrick to pick up the loose ball and return it for a touchdown.  Salem never looked back as it kept the offensive pressure on the Lancers while holding them scoreless in a 35-0 victory last Friday night at Salem High School.

The Blue Devil running back triad of Max Jacques, Alex Sobrado, and Fedrick provided a balanced running attack throughout the night as each back rushed for nearly 100 yards.  Jacques (12 carries, 98 yards) scored two touchdowns.  One was on a six-yard run to the right side of the field that capped Salem’s second drive.  The other was a 38-yard touchdown run to deliver the last score of the game in the fourth quarter.  Sobrado (11 carries, 98 yards) found a gap in the Londonderry defense early in the second quarter and he was gone to the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown run.  Fedrick (12 carries, 97 yards) ran home the two point conversion, giving Salem a 20-0 lead.  The Blue Devil offensive line played an important role in freeing up the three backs.  The linemen opened up holes for Jacques, Sobrado, and Fedrick all game.

“The offensive line did a great job,” Head Coach Jack Gati said.  “We were changing the blocking scheme on the go.”

On defense, Salem forced the Lancers to punt the ball seven times.  Linebacker Joe DiPalma came up with a sack as he was assisted by defensive end Kyle Henrick.  The Blue Devils changed it up on a drive late in the second quarter as they went to halfback Jake Matthews for a one-yard touchdown run.  Quarterback Matt Cannone (4 of 12, 72 yards) threw a pass to Matthews to complete the two-point conversion that gave Salem a 28-0 lead before halftime.  With a four-touchdown lead, the Blue Devils looked to Cannone to throw the ball downfield in the second half.  Seniors Darren Brown, Henrick, and Matthews all caught passes from Cannone for 72 receiving yards combined.

The Blue Devils will be on the road for their next game against Memorial.  They will return to Grant Field in Salem for homecoming on September 26 to host Pinkerton at 2 p.m.

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