Kennett 2, Derryfield 1
We said earlier in the season, if Derryfield cannot start capitalizing on their scoring opportunities, it will come back to bite them, and it did. Derryfield, as expected, dominated the possession game having 17 corners to Kennett's five, including 11 in the second half.
The game went scoreless in the first half. Although Derryfield did have a goal called back, as Lindsey Stagg put it away, the officials said the ball was too high, and the Derryfield fans were not pleased about the call, it was a 50/50 call. If it would have counted, you better believe Kennett would have said it was too high.
In the second half, Kennett scored seven minutes in, as Chrissy Coffield tipped the ball to Alexa Gutowski, who was waiting at the far post. With just 17 minutes to play Paige Hill connected with Coffield to take a 2-0 lead. Kennett had a chance to go up 3-0, but a Derryfield defender was there to clear the ball off the line. With 30 seconds to go, Stagg finally got Derryfield on the board, but it was too little too late, as the game ended 2-1.
That has been the story of Derryfield's life; they have so many opportunities but just can't finish. Stagg was her usual self, and Tori Sipes impressed for Derryfield, showing her pace bursting into open space, but the player of the game had to be Eva Drummond. Drummond was incredible on defense, stopping almost all of Derryfield's corners. The sophomore is quickly joining the ranks of the state's top defenders and is great to watch not only because she is a great defender, but she has a Josie Varney like attitude, which we always love to see.
Drummond and Kennett will play Windham and the state's top scorer, Kate Blaisdell, on Tuesday evening, for their Final Four matchup.
Souhegan 3, Portsmouth 1
Abby Cranney scored her 21st and 22nd goals of the season, putting her into second in the state, leading Souhegan to a Final Four berth. McKenzie Robinson scored the third goal. Portsmouth's Ellie Hunkins scored their only goal.
Souhegan will move onto to play Hanover, Tuesday night in Exeter.
Hanover 3, Kingswood 0
Tessa Cahoon, Natalie Smith, and Miranda Galbraith, all scored to send Hanover to the Final Four. Diana Schwarz and Izzy Sangha each grabbed an assist. Hanover goalie, Ella Edmonds, only had to make one save.
Hanover plays #1 seeded Souhegan, Tuesday night, in Exeter.
Windham 2, Plymouth 0
Livi Manchester and Kate Blaisdell split goals, getting Windham the win over Plymouth. Mary Johnson picked up one assist.
Windham will play Kennett Tuesday evening in Exeter.
St. Paul's cruises, 6-1.
St. Paul's made the 90 minutes ride south, into Massachusetts, to play Cushing Academy Friday night.
St. Paul's started fast as Charlotte Clark connected with Brett Stoddard, to go ahead 1-0. 58 seconds later, Eliza Farriss assisted Isabelle Yonce for the second goal of the game. Two minutes after that, Yonce helped Gillis Frechette, to go up 3-0. Off a corner, Stoddard inserted to Josie Varney who ripped a shot to make it four, three minutes later. Cushing would score one before halftime, with just over 60 seconds to play.
In the second half, St. Paul's came out slow and didn't score again until five minutes to go, when Clark scored her second of the game, to make it 5-1. With just under two minutes to play, Varney found Farriss, to wrap up the scoring and seal a 6-1 victory. St. Paul's finished the game with 17 corners and 19 shots on goal.
One big concern for St. Paul's, was with 20 minutes to play, Gillis Frechette went down hard after she rolled her ankle, when she went down you could hear her screaming in pain. The game had to be stopped for awhile, as the athletic trainer had come onto the field and check Frechette. She had to go out of the game and never came back in. Depending on how severe the injury is, if Frechette is out for awhile that will be a massive blow to St. Paul's frontline, as she is currently not only their top scorer but also leads all NH prep schools in goals scored.
Seana Perkins had six saves for Kimball Union, but it was not enough, as New Hampton slips by, 1-0.
D1 Quarterfinal Predictions
- Salem v. Pinkerton - Prediction: Pinkerton. If Salem beats Pinkerton, it will be the biggest upset of the tournament so far, except D3 Bishop Brady, beating Hopkinton. Pinkerton has the best defense in the state, led by, at the moment, the state's best defender, Sarah Collins.
- Londonderry v. Bishop Guertin - Prediction: Bishop Guertin. This is probably the one D1 game that is 50/50. Londonderry has gotten better as their season has progressed, including winning five of their last six. However, Guertin did beat them in the first game of the regular season 4-1. With Guertin playing at home on turf, we give them the advantage.
- Dover v. Winnacunnet - Prediction: Winnacunnet. Dover did lose only 1-0 to Winnacunnet at the beginning of the season and are the only team to hand Pinkerton a loss. However, you cannot bet against Winnacunnet Head Coach Heidi Hand, who's never missed a Final Four, and has only missed one final since she has taken over the program, in 2010. Not to mention their senior class is arguably the best in the state, and the depth Winnacunnet has should eventually overpower Dover.
- Exeter v. Timberlane - Prediction: Timberlane. When the two first met, at the beginning of the season, Timberlane ran through Exeter 5-0. Since then Exeter's youth has improved and impressed, including Sophomore's Audrey Farrar and Maddie Davis, who have become essential parts to Exeter winning games. The most significant thing for Exeter, will the midfield battle between Bri Petruccelli and Tori Rothwell, we hope Petruccelli will be playing in the middle because the first time they met, she was on defense. The most prominent advantage Timberlane will have is their scoring power, Kylie Fitzpatrick, and Sarah Padellaro have combined for 32 goals this season. One fun factor is that Timberlane Head Coach Mim Ryan will be playing for her 300th victory, if Exeter does upset Timberlane, it will be a long offseason for Coach Mim Ryan, waiting to get that 300 next Fall.