We said earlier in the season, if Derryfield does not start capitalizing on their scoring opportunities, it would eventually come back to hurt them, and it did.
Throughout the game, Derryfield almost tripled Hanover's corners, 14-5, but Hanover outshot them, 9-8. Bottom line, Hanover was clinical with their scoring opportunities, Derryfield was not.
Hanover's pace took over quickly as they would score on a counter attack, five minutes into the game, with a goal from Tessa Cahoon. With 14 minutes left in the half, Izzy Sangha found Jasmine Lou, to go up 2-0. Five minutes later Sangha would grab a goal of her own, to take it to halftime, 3-0.
26 seconds into the second half, Cahoon would grab her second goal. Five minutes after that, Derryfield finally got on the board, with a goal from Charlotte Rohlfs, but by then it was too little too late. After the goal, Hanover head coach, Jean Essex, called a timeout to make sure her players stayed focused and didn't turn off with their three-goal lead. They came out of the timeout staying composed and focused, seeing out the game. With just under 15 minutes to go, Natalie Smith would wrap up the scoring, getting an assist from Maddie Wallace, giving Hanover a 5-1 win.
Even though the Hanover players played a great game, a big piece of credit has to go to Head Coach Jean Essex. She had a game plan, and her players executed it to near perfection. They abused their strengths, which was letting Diana Schwarz run through the gaps to burn Derryfield's defense, and allowing the passing of Hannah Curtis to continuously find her. The Curtis sisters, Hannah & Macy, along with Diana Schwarz, played near perfect defense limiting Lindsey Stagg's movement with the ball, staying in front of her and not over-committing to tackles. To be fair, Stagg was not at 100% due to her being ill. In the first half, the game actually had to be stopped, because her coughing got so bad. However, even if she was at 100%, Hanover's pace was just too much for Derryfield's defense, again, huge credit to Coach Essex, and her players' execution.
As the regular season winds down over the next week and a half, if Hanover ends up playing Souhegan or Windham in the tournament, it will be interesting to see how they cope with Hanover's pace. Windham and Souhegan have much more balanced teams and have more depth, but they have nowhere near Hanover's speed or counter-attacking ability.
Dudley scores twice, leading Central past Merrimack, 2-0.
The game started off slow, as Central and Merrimack combined for three corners and one shot on goal, in the first half. However, one shot is all it would take, as Central would score on a breakaway. With ten minutes to play, a through ball was put into Emma Dudley, Merrimack's goalie, Heather Rohr, tried to clear the through ball, but Dudley stopped the ball from being cleared, and put the ball in the bottom right corner, giving Central a 1-0 lead.
In the second half, Central started to control the game more and more. Dudley would score again with 14:23 left, killing off the game, and giving Central, an eventual, 2-0 victory. Central earned six corners to Merrimack's zero and allowed Merrimack to take their only shot of the game with 11 minutes left, which was Central's goalie, Heather Richardson's only piece of work for the night.
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Photo Cred: Bill Frittenberg
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