"Good teams win bad games," and "Big players step up, in big moments.", was exactly how Gilford's day went yesterday.
The scoreline may have suggested a nip & tuck game, but it was far from it.
Hopkinton got on the board first, as Chloe Wood found Anna Hoffman, to take an early 1-0 lead, four minutes into the game. Gilford would go on to earn 11 corners to Hopkinton's two, but they could not convert, as the half ended, 1-0.
As the second half started, Gilford continued to dominate the possession game, earning nine corners to Hopkinton's two. Then finally, with nine minutes left to play, Nicole Berube made a cross to Julie Auld, on a breakaway, as Auld quickly put it away, to breakthrough, and tie the game at one. Moments later Gilford scored again, but the goal was called back, according to the official it hit a Gilford player's foot. Gilford had one more chance with less than 20 seconds to play, but they could not get the ball into the circle, as Hopkinton's defense was able to clear the ball.
Into overtime, for the ten minutes that were played, Hopkinton never saw Gilford's net. Gilford had multiple opportunities to score, including a few breakaways, but the ball would go wide or Hopkinton's goalie, Maddie McCluskey, would make a save. With just over five minutes to play, Auld was through one on one, but a Hopkinton defender reached from behind, hacking her stick, giving Gilford a corner. The first attempt was thwarted, but Gilford earned another corner in the process. Berube inserted, to who else, Kellie Ryan, as she beat the flyer, and put a shot near post, getting it by McCluskey, hitting the woodwork as Gilford earned a hard-fought, 2-1 victory.
Gilford outshot Hopkinton 13-4 and out-cornered them 23-4.
One player that stood out at the game was Julie Auld. As a freshman, Auld was supposed to be one of the best freshman coming into the state, as she scored 40+ goals as an eighth-grader helping Gilford's middle school program to a perfect season. However, an injury sidelined her for a majority of her freshman year, but now she is back and seems to be at full fitness, and is fitting in nice and snug with Gilford's frontline. Auld is not at the level of her teammate Kellie Ryan, nor does she have the scoring power of Bri Salanitro, but she has pace, and she is a good dribbler. She still has a ways to go to be on the same level with her star teammates, but if she is willing to work hard and learn every day, she will get there, and could exceed them, but that is up to her.
Norcross & Haberl connect twice, as New Hampton gets a well-earned win over Tilton, 4-1.
On a hot 90 degrees day, which probably exceeded 100 on the turf, New Hampton came out on top against their rivals, Tilton.
New Hampton would get on the board first, as Maddy Young would assist Savannah Norcross, to make it 1-0. Four minutes later Tia Raspante would tie the game at one, as she made a great 30-40 yard run. Another, four minutes later, Norcross would find Mckenzie Haberl, to take back the lead, and take into halftime, 2-1.
Norcross found Haberl again, eight minutes into the second half. Young would kill off the game, with 17 minutes to play, as New Hampton walked away with a 4-1 victory.
The heat played a factor for both teams, but New Hampton's depth was able to outlast Tilton's scoring power, as they eventually wore them down. One big missing piece for Tilton was Eveline Auger. Auger was the key incoming freshman for Tilton but is currently sidelined due to injury. Her midfield presence was noticeably missed, as Tilton has nobody that can fill that role. If they do not find somebody fast, Tilton's season could take a downhill spiral rather quickly.
The extent of Auger's injury is unknown.
MacKinnon nets a goal & two assists as Timberlane runs past Nashua North, 6-1.
Dellsanta nets a hat trick, as ConVal blanks Conant, 6-0.
Newfound put 42 shots on goal, as they rout Kearsarge, 12-0.
Melina Jackson made eight saves, but it wasn't enough against Stevens, 1-0.
Young & Dorci split goals, as Pinkerton took their vengeance out on Guertin, killing their dream of a perfect season, 2-0.
Maeve McPhail scored the lone goal, as Londonderry slips by Central, 1-0.
Morse scored twice, as Dover gets by Exeter, 2-1.
Alkire scores in OT, as Winnacunnet sneaks by Merrimack, 1-0.
Sicard scores the game's only goal, as Salem beats South, 1-0.
Brooke Perry scored, for Franklin, as they edge Littleton, 1-0.
Nutter, Hamlin, & Slaton all score, as Pelham escapes Brady, 3-2.
Baer stops ten shots, but Bow falls to Berlin, 1-0.
Kimtis scores one, but Proctor falls, 2-1.
Lexi Bartlett scored the only goal for Kimball Union, but they couldn't hold onto the lead, 2-1.
- Hollis-Brookline edges St. Thomas, 2-1.
- Milford coasts by Oyster River, 7-0.
- Portsmouth blanks Merrimack Valley, 2-0.
- Hanover & Derryfield end scoreless, 0-0.
- Kingswood beats Plymouth, 4-1.
- White Mountains sneaks by Laconia, 1-0.
- Winnisquam grabs a win against Mascenic, 3-1.
- St. Paul's makes a comeback, as they win 4-3.
- Brewster loses their first game, 2-1.
- Phillips Exeter game postponed.