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Ram’s keep Zack Reardon makes a save on Cougar Mike Vigeant’s (#11) near perfect header
by Marc Ayotte Head soccer coach Steve Levine still doesn’t think his team is where it needs to be or where it will end up being, however serving up a solid six game win streak in the interim isn’t a bad thing. The Cougars improved to 6-1 on the season after hanging on to beat Raymond 2-1 at home and then followed that up with an exciting 3-2 over time road victory against Monadnock on Saturday, September 17. Ian Hutchinson, who has stepped up his
offensive production of late, gave his team the early 1-0 lead when he beat Ram’s keep Zack Reardon at the 4:13 mark. Commenting on his increased intensity in the attack third of the field, the Cougar striker said, “I’ve been trying to create as much offense as possible. I’m trying to take control of the flow of the game.” Just over 10 minutes later, Cougar forward Matt Latsha got behind Reardon who came out to play the ball, and proceeded to bury his shot into a wide open net for a 2-0 lead. Despite trailing in the game, the visiting Rams were hustling and keeping pace with the Cougars. Late in the first half a redirect by Tucker McPherson off the foot of teammate and captain Tyler Peer forced CHS keep Jacob Morgan to make a nice save. Moments later, Mike Schillerift closed in on Morgan but his shot ‘at’ goal sailed wide left. However, with Raymond starting to steal the offensive momentum, they finally capitalized with under a minute to play in the half. A Cougar infraction gave Raymond a direct kick opportunity from just outside the Campbell box. The Ram’s original shot screamed by the Cougar defensive wall, forcing Morgan to dive to his right and make a solid save. But the loose rebound found the foot of Raymond captain Cam Westcoates, who drove Spalding by the fallen Campbell goalie, just inside the far post, cutting the lead in half, as the two teams headed into the half. As play resumed in the second half, coach Levine acknowledged that despite a 2-1 lead, he felt his team was being out hustled and out played. In the first eleven minutes of play, each team had good scoring chances, with Schillerift’s
header nearly getting by Morgan, which would have tied the score. The offensive pressure went AWOL for the host Cougars in the ensuing ten minutes and it wasn’t until a nice save by Raymond’s Reardon on Jacob Mercier that Campbell started to show some life. At the 29:00 mark, senior Michael Vigeant skied for a header while in the Ram’s crease, however, Reardon’s heads-up play denied the Cougar striker from adding to his team’s lead (see photo). With five minutes remaining in the game, Hutchinson, on a feed from Latsha, almost registered his second goal of the game, but his bid was cut down by the Ram keep that came sliding out of his cage. Battling to the end, Raymond’s Ben Stylvek directed one more header towards the Cougar net, but it sailed just wide with 15 seconds remaining, as Campbell escaped with the win. After the game, Raymond coach Jeff Monte admitted that this was his team’s best effort of the season. “I thought the first half was even, but we outplayed them in the second half,” noted Monte, adding, “they (Raymond) were working hard, we had no luck at the end.” Cougar Coach Steve Levine pretty much summed up the end result with an old sports adage; “good teams win bad games.” Levine admitted that even in the second half, he thought the Rams outplayed his team; “congrats to their coach; they were beating us to a lot of balls.” Levine especially mentioned the fine play of defenseman Justin Prindle saying that the junior back “played a great game” showing great leadership, especially at half time when the Cougars were trying to regroup. A Saturday afternoon trip to Monadnock saw the Cougars take on the Huskies in division III action. After 80 minutes of play could not decide a winner, Campbell’s Ian Hutchinson continued his fine play and took matters into his own hands. The junior forward made for an enjoyable ride back to Litchfield for himself and his mates, as his fifth goal of the season, 4:00 into overtime lifted Campbell to 3-2 victory. Nearly half way through the first half, Campbell took a 1-0 lead on Michael Vigeant’s goal with an assist going to Hutchinson. Eighteen minutes later, the Cougars doubled their lead as Ben Billings notched his fifth goal of the 2011 campaign on a beautiful corner kick from junior Jesse Pettis. As was the case in the Raymond game the opposition would register the third goal of the contest. Huskies’ Matt McLean pulled Monadnock to within a goal at 2-1, just inside the 17:00 mark, when he beat keep Jacob Morgan. Again, the Cougars appeared to be content with sitting on the lead, but McLean had other thoughts. After receiving the ball in the middle of the field, McLean got past the Campbell defenders. In a mirror image of his first goal, McLean then beat Morgan again to tie the game with only 2:00 left to play. The Cougars quickly regrouped and as a result of a Huskie take down four minutes into the overtime session, Campbell was awarded a free kick. Hutchinson proceeded to come through with a clutch kick, as he drilled a shot past the Monadnock goalie from about 25 yards out. On the heels of another nail biting, one goal victory, Coach Levine admired the perseverance of the Huskies; “Monadnock did a good job of coming back. I give them credit.” Despite continuing a disturbing trend of not getting many shots ‘on’ as opposed to ‘at’ the goal, the Cougars made their six shots count. Jacob Morgan continues
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Cougar Boys Soccer Runs Streak to Six
to improve at the goalie position as he recorded eight saves in the win. Since giving up eight goals in his keep debut, Morgan has been solid with a .833 goals against average over his last six games. Cougar Streak Runs out of Gas Campbell wrapped up a busy three game- week when they hosted Division IV Derryfield on September 20. The Cougars from the Manchester area came into Litchfield sporting a respectable 4-2 record and returned to the Queen City with an even more respectable 5-2 mark. For the past two games, Campbell had been playing with fire, coming up with victories despite being outplayed by their opposition. Against Derryfield, the hometown Cougars finally got burned, as a second half flurry of excellent scoring opportunities went unanswered, resulting in a 2-1 defeat.
Campbell never led in the game as they fell behind 7:44 into the first half on a goal by Derryfield forward Griffin Phaneuf. With the score still 1-0 four minutes into the second half, #6 Ben Billings drove home his sixth goal of the year to tie the score. After a centering pass from the corner handcuffed Derryfield keep Lucas McCabe, the ball ended up sitting on the goal line, as Billings opportunistically and literally escorted the ball into the wide open net (see photo). Two and a half minutes later however,
Ben Billings drives home Campbell’s only goal in their 2-1 home loss to Derryfield on September 20
Derryfield regained the lead for good, on Phaneuf’s second goal of the contest. The Cougars behind a frantic, last 20 minute assault could not convert on numerous excellent scoring chances, including four free kicks in a six minute stretch. With the loss, the Cougars fall to 6-2, putting them in seventh place in the D-3 standings, one game behind Hopkinton and Belmont in the loss column. Campbell plays back-to-back road games before returning home on September 30, when they take on Mascenic Regional.
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Broncos X-C Competes at Nashua South Invite
submitted by Aaron Bellomo The Alvirne Boys Cross Country team graced the luscious trails of Mines Fall Park for the Nashua South Invitational on September 17. For the first time of the season a flat course was in store for the squad. The team was coming off of a bout on the mountainous Derryfield course. Alvirne’s top performances came in the first race of day, where they flexed their young guns in the freshman race; proving the possession of one the best freshman groups in New Hampshire. Phil Demers won the 4K race in dominant fashion (14:14). Ryan Doyle finished (fifth in 14:48), followed by Frank Cunniff (13th, 15:29) and Austin Bernard (34th, 18:15). The JV 5K race featured a quartet of broncos led by sophomore Gurbir Kalsi (43rd, 21:33) followed by Carlos Bunag (55th, 22:50), Alex Tucci (60th, 23:03), and Jack Roberts (68th, 24:09). The varsity 5K race was led out at rapid pace,
with the majority of the pack sub 5:25, with the chase pack sub 5:40 after the first mile. The pace would die down and Alvirne used it to their advantage working their way up the ranks. The Broncos received their top times from junior Aaron Bellomo (11th, 17:07) and sophomore Cody Ross (27th, 17:56) who strategically shared the wind and worked off of each other the first mile and a half of the race. Rounding out the Varsity top seven were Connor Sakati (42nd, 18:46) Cam Murphy (47th, 19:14), Brandon Dumais (50th, 19:30), Matt Gagnon (54th, 19:46) and Anthony Cestrone (56th, 19:59). The team can take a lot of positives from this meet as there are a lot of personal records across the board. The Broncos will be in action next on September 23 at the Nike Invitational in Manchester at Derryfield Park.
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