As the prep schools got underway last week, yesterday evening, St. Paul's v. New Hampton, was the first in-state battle, between two New Hampshire prep schools. You could not have asked for a better match-up, as NH's top Class A school (St. Paul's) took on last season's Class C Runners-Up (New Hampton). Not to mention our #1 ranked midfielder Josie Varney of St. Paul's, against our #2 ranked forward Mckenzie Haberl of New Hampton. As a neutral, the game was a dream game to watch. It was fast-paced, physical, there were five cards throughout the match (four green & one yellow, three to St. Paul's players, one to a New Hampton player, & one to New Hampton's Head Coach, Mary Alice Cornog), seven goals scored, a stroke, a comeback, and an overtime.
With 16 minutes to go in the first half, New Hampton drew first blood, as Maddy Young scored off a corner. Nine minutes later, New Hampton was awarded another corner, but the New Hampton players argued it should have been a stroke. The officials stopped the game, got together, and talked amongst themselves. After about 45-90 seconds of conversation, they decided the original call was incorrect and awarded New Hampton a stroke. Caelin Flaherty stepped-up, and put in the back of the net, wedging it between the back right post, and the netting, it was literally the perfect stroke. To be fair to St. Paul's goalie, Willa King, she had no chance to save it, no goalie could have.
After that second goal, it seemed to take some air out of St. Paul's, and with what we said was their biggest weakness going into the season, their mental awareness going into games, it did seem like New Hampton may run away with the match. However, St. Paul's seems to have rectified that problem. With three minutes to go in the half Gillis Frechette scored off a corner, then with 52 seconds left, Frechette found Varney, to take it into halftime, 2-2.
Six minutes into the second half, Taylor Healey assisted Haberl, to take the lead back, 3-2. As the clock continued to wind down, with five minutes to go, Ellie Neel connected with Eliza Farriss to tie the game at three. When Farriss scored, she seemed to go into shock, as she just stood there for a moment, until her teammates hugged her, and brought her back to the 50. St. Paul's would get one more chance with just over 20 seconds to play, from a 25-yard long hit, but New Hampton's defense was able to clear the ball down the wing, to take it to overtime.
For the first 2-3 minutes of overtime, New Hampton came out strong and earned a corner, but St. Paul's was able to clear the ball. Haberl was also about 3-4 yards away from being one on one with the goalie, but a St. Paul's defender intercepted the New Hampton through ball. From there New Hampton started to run on fumes, St. Paul's begun to take control, and it showed. Frechette was through one on one with the New Hampton goalie, Melissa Marcialis, but she shot the ball right at her, as Marcialis cleared it. Moments later, Charlotte Clark put Frechette through one on one again, she shot it, Marcialis saved it again, but Frechette was able to get her rebound and put it by a charging Marcialis. There was a New Hampton defender who was able to get back on the line, and for a moment you thought she was going to save it off the line, but she whiffed on the clear, and the ball went right under her stick and into the net. If the defender had just stopped it, instead of trying to one time it out of the circle, they would have stayed tied, and who knows what would've happened after that.
Our #2 ranked forward, Haberl, was always a threat, New Hampton's Flaherty had a great game in the midfield, and St. Paul's Brett Stoddard was terrific all game. Our #1 ranked midfielder, Varney, wasn't the best player on the field, it was Flaherty, but Varney is incredible, she's so enjoyable to watch, not just because she's so individually skilled, but Varney truly wears her heart on her sleeve when she plays. There are players who love winning and are passionate about the game, then there's Varney, who's just a level above everyone else. Her attitude while playing is without question, the most entertaining thing about her, she wants to win more than anything, and she's never afraid to challenge officials, which we find very funny. Some people think that's probably very unsportsmanlike, but the pink people are not always right. Varney is that one player in the state if you have an opportunity to catch a St. Paul's game, take it because you will not be disappointed.
Salanitro hat tricks, as Gilford shows White Mountains, their first game's scoreline was a fluke, 8-0.
Just a week prior, Gilford had traveled north to face White Mountains. Gilford won the match, 5-2, but White Mountains kept within one goal all game and had chances to tie it up, including 9 nine shots on goal & five first-half corners until Gilford killed off the game with seven minutes to go.
However, this time around Gilford wanted to show that scoreline was a fluke, and they did just that. They did not allow any first-half corners, and gave up three in the second, and ended up outshooting White Mountains, 21-1.
Gilford scored nine minutes into the game, as Laurel Gingrich assisted Bri Salanitro. With 16 minutes to go in the first half, Salanitro scored again, and two minutes later Gingrich would make it 3-0. With four minutes to go in the half, Salanitro completed her hat trick, taking it into halftime, 4-0.
Sixty seconds into the second half, Sydni Lehr tallied a goal, as Nicole Berube picked up the assist. Five minutes later, Lehr would score again, assisted by Kellie Ryan. With 16 minutes left, Cloe Boucher found Ryan, to make it 7-0. With 90 seconds remaining Allison Carr picked her first varsity goal, to finish off the scoring, 8-0.
Davis scored twice, as Pinkerton blanks Keene, 5-0.
Beana scores the lone goal, as Hopkinton beats Stevens, 1-0.
Nusbaum puts away two, helping Kennett past Merrimack Valley, 5-2.
Stagg picks up two goals and an assist, as Derryfield grabs a win against Kingswood, 3-0.
Ingham scores the game-winner, as Winnacunnet slip by Concord, 1-0.
Priest scores the only goal, as Timberlane sneak by Dover, 1-0.
Eastman nets hat trick, leading Plymouth past St. Thomas, 4-0.
Murphy picks up another 15 saves, but Londonderry was too much for South's defense, as they lose, 9-2.
#1 Ranked Freshman, Blaisdell, nets her fourth consecutive hat trick, as Windham rolls past Hollis-Brookline, 8-0.
Gosselin scores one & assists one, as Guertin stay perfect, beating Merrimack, 2-0.
Boucher & Lacey split goals, as Salem gets by Exeter, 2-1.
Lang scores in OT, as Sanborn beats Goffstown, 1-0.
Diana Schwarz scores game-winner in OT, as Hanover takes down Lebanon, 2-1.
Upton scores twice, getting North their first win of the season, over Memorial, 4-1.
- Souhegan runs past Oyster River, 8-0.