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10 - November 4, 2011 | Hudson - Litchfield News

by Marc Ayotte The Campbell Lady Cougars took one step closer in their quest to repeat as division III soccer state champions with a convincing 5-2 victory over seventh seeded Somersworth. The two teams arrived at the quarterfinals matchup in completely different ways. The visiting Hilltoppers, who finished the regular season with a 10-5-1 record, had to hold off a tough Hillsboro-Deering team, 1-0, to earn the right to play the defending champs on their home turf. The Cougars had a much easier road as they earned a first round bye, compliments of their 14-2 regular season mark which placed them in second place in the division.

While the Cougar football team was finishing up their regular season with a road game against Windham, the girls soccer team took center stage on the field the two teams have shared all season long. With a steady, biting wind adding to the sub-forty degree temperatures, the two teams eagerly prepared to do battle before the impending snow storm blanketed the field. As head coach Bob Gannon recalled “The Cougars played very well right from the start, even after having not played a game in the last eight days.”

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Cougar Girls Beat the Snow and Somersworth

Te Lady Cougars braved the chilling temps and turned on the heat by scoring times in the quarterfinal win over Somersworth at Campbell High School

However, it wasn’t until 15:36 was left on the first half clock that the Cougars got on the board, when Hannah Neild scored on an assist from Sydney Crema. Four minutes later, Olivia Planty doubled the Cougar lead at 2-0 with an assist from Casey Mellen. Planty then turned helper as she assisted on Briana Silck’s goal with just 2:14 remaining in the half. The three goal cushion didn’t last for long as Somersworth’s Rachel Hill narrowed the deficit to 3-1 on a penalty kick, just 90 seconds before the two teams paused for half time. With the Cougar offense playing well all afternoon, creating

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postponed the Lady Raiders and Weare game was played, despite the pouring rain the girls played hard and came out on top. Sending them once again to Hooksett to play the undefeated Cawley girls team for the third year in a row. The girls played a hard game and never gave up but came up short with a 2-0 loss. The girls played hard till the very end playing a very mature Cawley team. The girls had a great season. The team was made up of fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth

graders. They had a total of 37 players with the hopes of being able to have two teams next year. The team will lose five eighth graders who will move up to the high school so they are hoping to get another chance at a title next year. It was a great season and the girls really improved and most of all never gave up. These girls have heart and determination. Thanks for a very enjoyable season girls! All the parents are very proud of you all!

several scoring opportunities, they again cashed in on a goal from sophomore midfielder Holly Lesperance, with the assist going to Liz Pettis. The Hilltoppers battled back though as Rachel Hill recorded her second goal of the game, beating Cougar keep Shannon Lavigne, to make the score 4-2 in favor of Campbell. That was as close as Somersworth would get as the Cougar defense held the Toppers in check for the remainder of the contest. In the 77th minute of the game, Casey Mellen picked up her second assist on the afternoon

Olivia Planty #9 dribbles the ball up field for the Cougars. Planty was one of five different goal scorers on the day in Campbell’s win over Somersworth

when Sydney Crema became the fifth different Cougar to score a goal, leading to the 5-2 final. “The entire Cougar team played one of their best games of the season, with everyone contributing” noted Gannon as he immediately started preparing his team for a semi-final matchup against number 14 seeded Raymond, who moved past the quarterfinals thanks to their stunning 3-2 victory over the number three team in the tournament, Fall Mountain.

Lady Raiders Come up Short in Championship Game

submitted by Jean Picard The Litchfield Girls Soccer team had a great season with a regular season record of 8-2 securing them a number 2 spot for the playoffs. The girls faced Weare in the first round and played in the pouring rain beating Weare in OT 4-3. When all other games were

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