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Lady Cougars Soccer in an Unfamiliar Place

Cougar’s Lilia Vinskus #18 arrives to the ball simultaneously with Raymond keep Kendra Shaw in Campbell’s 4-2 home loss.

by Marc Ayotte

On October 5, the Campbell girls soccer team rebounded nicely from their first loss spanning a two-season time frame, by beating up on Derryfield by a score of 6-1. However, exactly seven days after the Campbell girls soccer team fell from the undefeated ranks of D-3 soccer, they experienced their second loss of the season. In a home game on October 7, the lady Cougars were rocked by Raymond, falling 4-2 to the visiting Rams. Two days later, Campbell continued the weeklong roller coaster ride with a 3-1 road win against Hillsboro-Deering. Since the last day of September, the Cougars have found themselves in foreign territory; that which involves the psychology of having to deal with being on the short end of the scoreboard when the final whistle is blown.

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Raymond’s Amelya VanDeWalle scores one of her two goals against a Cougar defense that had its difficulties against a talented, young Ram team

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Hudson-Litchfield Bears Week 5

submitted by Jim Wilcox The Hudson Litchfield Bears were traveling this past weekend. Here are the week 5 results: Derry Demons (Black) L, Bears W Nor-Rock Vikings 0, Bears 33 Keene Knights 0, Bears 13

Nor-Rock Vikings 18, Bears 0 Nor-Rock Vikings 6, Bears,36 Nor-Rock Vikings 14, Bears 42 The Grade 7 Bears traveled to the Nor-Rock Vikings for a week 5 match up on Sunday, October 9. The Bears outplayed their opponents from the opening kickoff to the final whistle, defeating the Vikings 36 to 6. On the offensive side of the ball, the offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage, opening huge holes for the running back. The Bears scored five touchdowns on the day, including a touchdown on their first play from the line scrimmage. Defensively, the Bears dominated the Vikings’ offense, holding their opponents to only one touchdown. The Bears’ stifling defense provided the offense with great field position throughout the game, leading to several scores. The Grade 7 Bears next game is a rematch against the Derry Demons at home. Come out and support the Bears for their week 6 home stand! Varsity and Junior Varsity games start at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, October 15, and grades 3-6 games are Sunday starting at 8 a.m. All games are at Hudson Memorial Field. Join us for some great football this weekend!

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touchdown with a new comer this season. They continued their lead to 13-0. It was a real nail biter of a game in the last five minutes as the Knights were trying to stage a comeback but the Bears defense came to the rescue and countered the Knights offense. A solid game was played by players on both sides of the ball! Go Bears!

According to coach Bob Gannon, the Cougars used “a solid effort from the entire team” to get back on track in their win against Derryfield. Campbell implemented effective passing and runs up the field as the offense dominated the flow of the game. Olivia Planty and freshman Briana Silck registered two goals apiece in leading the Cougar attack. Casey Mellen continued her fine play by chipping in with Campbell’s fifth goal. According to Gannon; “the goal scoring was finished off in the second half with a beautiful run and finish by senior Liz Pettis”, resulting in the five goal victory. “The Cougars struggled for the second time in three games to get themselves playing on the same page, something they are going to have to work out before the post season starts”. That’s how coach Gannon’s written assessment of his team’s 4-2 loss to the Rams read. The Cougars’ two goals in defeat were scored by Olivia Planty, both coming in the second half at 60 minutes and 78 minutes, respectively.

The upset performance by Raymond was led by junior forward Amelya VanDeWalle’s two-goal effort. Winning coach Tim Brusso acknowledged the similarities between his team and the host Cougars. Brusso noted that both teams had good touch and were a “numbers forward team” indicating their adroitness at pushing the ball up the field. While basking in the euphoria of something his team was able to do that no other D-3 team has done in two seasons (defeat CHS at home), Brusso also had praise for his opponents; “they are extremely well coached”, adding “winning on their field was a big feat. That’s (Campbell) the team to beat.” To close out the week, the Cougars used the strong play of goalie Shannon Lavigne who recorded 10 saves in the 3-1 toppling of the Hillcats of Hillsboro-Deering. The game was not as close as the score would indicate, as the home team goal did not come until the 76th minute of the game. Campbell jumped out to a 2-0 lead before the 20-minute mark on goals from Briana Silck and Sydney Crema, as they coasted to their

Captain Ashley Gannon, #16, has played solidly on defense for the Cougars all season long

12th victory of the season. The win-loss-win scenario of this past week exposes Campbell’s vulnerability to those teams who are hungry to knock off the defending state champs any chance they get. Where the Cougars were once invincible, using their talent as well as the will to win, they now are susceptible to defensive lapses and periods of complacency that are keeping the opponents hanging around just long enough to possibly steal some wins. It’s a team attitude and approach that head coach Bob Gannon hopes to address and correct prior to the beginning of the playoffs. Despite their fall to a mere mortal status in the universe of NH girls’ D-3 soccer, the Cougars (12-2) still hold the top spot in the standings, albeit by one tenth of a percentage point, in the ratings category, over 10-1-1 Bow. The lady Cougars close out their regular season with consecutive home games. Conant makes the trip into Litchfield on Monday October 17. Mascenic Regional will visit Campbell on October 19.

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