20 - September 30, 2011
by Marc Ayotte The Campbell girls’ soccer team held on to defeat Hopkinton by a score of 2-1; the identical score from when they met just 11 days ago. The Cougars improved to 10-0 on the season on September 27, and opened up their lead over second place Bow to three games in the win column in the Division III standings. Thirteen minutes into the game Liz Pettis hooked up with forward Hannah Neild on a perfectly executed corner kick and header. Pettis’ kick was delivered with pinpoint accuracy to the freshman forward whose header beat diving Hawk goalie Kelley Scammon, just inside the near post for a 1-0 lead. The Cougars however, seemed to quickly become content with the lead as their lackluster
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play compelled Coach Bob Gannon to vocalize his observation; “you’re all flat footed, get on your toes”. With 16 minutes left on the first half clock, Neild centered a pass to Kaitlyn Gannon who was perfectly positioned in the center of the Hopkinton box. Gannon’s shot forced keep Scammon to make a nice save, keeping the Hawks within a goal. About four minutes later, Cougar Ashley Gannon, while playing the ball, was leveled by a Hawk defender. The infraction gave the Cougars a free kick and only a tremendous leaping save by the Hopkinton keep, off the foot of Pettis, kept the score at 1-0. Hopkinton’s first and only scoring opportunity of the half came with two minutes remaining, when P. Cook slid a nice pass to Courtney Benson, whose bid went just wide of the short side, left post, keeping Campbell up by a slim goal heading into half time. Hopkinton came out aggressively to start the second half when Courtney Benson’s second golden scoring opportunity of the game forced Cougar keep Lavigne to make a nice save, just thirty seconds in. The Cougars returned the favor thirty seconds later when Olivia Planty with consecutive shots on Scammon forced the Hawk goalie to make back-to- back, up close and personal saves. The next eight minutes belonged to Hopkinton as their offensive spurt was highlighted by a near goal off the foot of center middie Leah Baron whose in-tight shot sailed over the crossbar. Seconds later, Baron again was in on Lavinge.
This time her shot was on goal, forcing the
Cougar striker Olivia Planty, #8, dribbles the ball as she attempts to get by Hopkinton defender Meg Hemmerlein
Campbell goalie to make a nice save. With 23:00 minutes left in the game, Hopkinton’s Courtney Benson finally converted on a beautiful shot from Lavigne’s left that sailed over her outstretched arms into the far side of the net, tying the score at one. The Cougars responded quickly when another entry from corner kick specialist Liz Pettis found teammate Casey Mellen camped in front of the Hawk net. Mellen’s excellently timed header was directed on goal, forcing Scammon to make a save. The Hawk keep did not handle the ball cleanly as it ended up breaking the plane of the goal line, giving the Cougars a 2-1 lead. Campbell proceeded to tighten up their defense, eliminating any Hopkinton scoring chances the rest of the way, as they held on for the one goal victory. Despite the win, which kept his team undefeated on the season, Coach Gannon
Hannah Nield (far right - #20 in white) watches as her header gets past a diving Hawk goal keep in Campbell’s 2-1 victory
acknowledged his team played too much of a kick and run style which caused his forwards to do a lot of unnecessary sprinting without control of the ball-something he hopes to improve upon before their next game. Five days earlier, the Lady Cougars received goals from four different players, as they improved their record to 9-0 on the season with a 4-0 blanking of host Prospect Mountain on September 22. The Cougars used first half goals from Hannah Neild (three minutes in) and Sydney Crema to hold a 2-0 lead at the intermission. Casey Mellen and Olivia Planty got their names on the scoring sheet, each scoring once to round out the Cougar’s scoring. Senior keep Shannon Lavigne played solidly in net, turning back all 11 Timberwolves’ shots on goal, in recording the sixth team shutout of the season. In addition to registering goals, Neild and Mellen also picked up assists as did senior Jessica Belzil.
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Cougars’ Rushing Attack Kills Green Giants
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by Marc Ayotte In Campbell’s last minute thrilling win over Stevens two Saturdays ago, the Cougars’ winning drive came in the form of a clock eating, 16 play drive. On Friday night, September 23, in the state capitol, the Cougar’s first 16 plays of the game resulted in not one, but five touch downs, as an impressive and pounding ground game led CHS to a 42-14 dismantling of host Bishop Brady. Highlighted by the punishing running performances of John Houston and Dylan Andrews, the Cougars amassed 339 yards rushing, as they ran roughshod over the Giants’ defensive line. Campbell also used the sprinter- like speed of sophomore Jesiah Wade in running away with the game and running their season record to 3-1.
A quick glance at the Cougar offensive statistics might lead one to believe that Bishop Brady was not represented, at all, on the defensive side of the ball. The second play of the game saw Houston rumble in from 40 yards out and after Latsha’s extra point (six on the day) the Cougars were well on their way. After Dylan Andrews ran for a 40- yard pickup, his number was again called on the next play, which resulted in a 3-yard touchdown run. On the next CHS possession, Houston entered the end zone for his second TD, giving the Cougars a 21-0 lead. In a man vs. boys visual, Houston this time raced in from 62 yards out for the rushing TD trifecta. In an attempt to give the BB defense a breather from being manhandled and run over at the line of scrimmage, Jesiah Wade took the next Cougar offensive snap and raced untouched to pay dirt on a 78 yard sweep, to complete the 16 play/five TD assault. Even the Cougar defense got in on the scoring act as Garrett Sahlin recovered a Bishop Brady fumble in the end zone just prior to Wade’s uncontested dash down the field. With the score 42-0 at the intermission, the Cougar starters gave way to their JV teammates for the final 24 minutes on the clock. In only a half game of playing time, Houston was very efficient, carrying the ball only five times in scoring three TDs to go with his 120 yards rushing. Jesiah Wade barely broke a sweat as he handled the ball only twice for 115 yards rushing with the one touchdown.
Campbell’s #25, Jesiah Wade has given the Cougars speed in their running game to go along with the punishing rushing of Houston and Andrews
Dylan Andrews had another solid game at the running back position. In addition to his six point run, Andrews picked up 71 yards on just three carries. Defensively, Houston’s four tackles led a well- balanced smothering of the Green Giant’s offense which saw 18 different Cougar defenders record tackles. Coach Marc Prindiville’s Cougars who are on a three game winning streak after a season opening loss, was thrilled about the opportunity presented to his JV players during the second half against Brady, “they did great. Bishop Brady had most of their starters in during the second half. I was really proud of them.” Prindiville also proudly indicated that the 42-14 drubbing of the Green Giants marked the first victory in the history of Campbell’s football program over the Concord Catholic School.
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