Last Friday night the New Hampshire Senior Team, went up against the Vermont Senior Team, but it wasn't what was expected. With a team loaded with talent and probably one of the deepest midfields we could have, they suffered a 4-1 defeat.
NH started off right, as Timberlane's Taryn MacKinnon scored less than two minutes into the game, with an assist from Souhegan's McKenzie Robinson. But that's as good as it would get.
Vermont would tie it halfway through the half, then go on to score three unanswered goals, two within three minutes of each other, in the second half, winning 4-1.
Some seniors weren't on the roster that we were shocked that they didn't make it. This could have been because they were unavailable or the coaches didn't select them. Including the state's top two skilled goalies, Portsmouth's Kayleigh Vogel & Merrimack Valley's Kylee Warren. D1's top goal scorer, Timberlane's Kylie Fitzpatrick, as well as one of D1's top individual forwards, Nashua North's Danielle Upton, and one of D1's top mids, Dover's Lizzy Morse. Souhegan's Abby Cranney wasn't on the roster, as she was one of the state's top senior forwards last season, and neither was the state's best defender in Windham's Anna Desjardin. Some of D3's top talent was also not included, including their top two senior forwards, Gilford's Kellie Ryan, and Newfound's Julianne Marchand. Also, D3's top two mids were left out, Steven's Elyse Scott and Monadnock's Hannah LaBarre.
For all of these players that were left out, the roster was very strangely put together. Out of the 20 field players selected, only five forwards were named, and only three defenders. Then the other 12 were designated as midfielders. Doesn't make much sense naming 12 mids to one team. Maybe that's why the game went the way it did. The selections were based on what the coaches saw at one tryout and a skills session, instead of trying to balance the team and give it as much fluidity as possible.
The game marks NH's first loss in six years and is the worst loss NH has ever suffered in the Twin State Game's 35-year history.