Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – High School Roundup: ConVal boys bounce back with big win


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Maybe it was Coach Scott Daniels’ stern talk at halftime, maybe it was the training adjustment, or maybe it was the honey energy gel shake that the Cougars consumed at the break. Either way, the ConVal boys’ soccer team turned Tuesday’s flat first half into a second-quarter scoring spree and a 3-0 shutout win over Souhegan.

“I think our energy level was low in the first half,” coach Daniels said. “We weren’t playing a possession game and letting the ball go wide. At half-time we changed the formation a bit, sent an extra guy into midfield, and that helped keep our guys out and changed the game.

The Cougars went from their 4-4-2 formation to a 4-5-1, where center midfielder Sean Cattigan came on strong to break up Souhegan’s attack.

“He didn’t have a ton of minutes,” coach Daniels said, “but he came on in the second half and played in the middle of the center and really took control and was winning balls. It really turned around steam, I thought.

The offense started to flow from there. Striker Jake Daniels had a half himself, performing a solo move and kicking one from 20 yards out in the 46th minute, scoring from a penalty in the 63rd, then closing the game by timing a perfect cross from Ryan Close to complete the hat trick.

“It’s great,” young Daniels said. “It’s been a very good start to the season, we’ve just added a few more goals for our team. We have a target of 30 goals and we’re almost halfway there already and we’re five games away.

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They got the hat trick, but a goal was all the Cougars needed, as their stingy defense led by Bryson Boice doesn’t allow for many offensive chances and goaltender Wyatt Beaulieu is a brick wall.

“I think he’s one of the best goalies in the state,” Coach Daniels said, “and when he’s on his game and leading, we’re never out of a game – “He’s going to make some big saves. He’s starting from the back and he’s moving forward. He’s captain for a reason. The boys respect him and he’s earned it.”

Daniels is in his second stint with ConVal after coaching in 2013 and 2014, and the opportunity to come back and coach his son Jake and the rest of his longtime football teammates was an opportunity he couldn’t. not pass up.

“I’ve been coaching this group of boys since they were eight or nine years old at club level,” coach Daniels said. “I never really thought the opportunity would arise, and when it did, a lot of them asked me to apply and it worked out…I’m glad I got the opportunity to close the chapter with this group.”

It has been rewarding so far; the Cougars look good at 3-2, with both close losses to last year’s Division II finalists Lebanon and Oyster River. ConVal’s next test is against John Stark on Friday at home.

BOYS SOCCER

Conant closes WLC

Junior forward Josh Dipasquale maintained his scorching season-opening pace on Tuesday as the Orioles went undefeated with a 3-0 shutout win over Wilton-Lyndeborough. Dipasquale has scored all three goals and now has nine leads this season. Junior Thomas Harvey got two assists against WLC and rookie Connor Eagan got the other.

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Conant’s coach Tom Harvey said excellent play by junior midfielders Manny Hodgson and Sean Farmer prevented the game from reaching Conant’s defensive third.

“Our passing game is starting to kick in and be a factor,” Coach Harvey said.

Conant is now 5-0 and travels to Mascenic on Saturday for the Vikings’ return game at 3:30 p.m.

GOLF

ConVal continues to shine

The ConVal golf team had a good day at Coe-Brown on Monday, posting many career-high scores, coach Mike Young said. Wyatt Burbank kept his foot on the gas with another medal-winning performance, shooting a 38 for 24 points. Burbank also hit an eagle on the final hole by sinking a long putt, between 25 and 50 yards “depending on who you listen to,” Young said.

Caden Robbins scored 15 and made his first career birdie, and Daniel McCall (13) and Owen Conway (13) had career-best scores to give the CV 65 points overall. Noah Stewart also had the best score of his short career with 11 points.

ConVal came second, beating Kearsarge and Plymouth and finishing behind Coe-Brown.

The Cougars travel to Stevens next Wednesday.

FIELD HOCKEY

Derryfield 2, ConVal 0

Derryfield scored early against ConVal on Tuesday, but the local Cougars hung on and played a solid game, settling in and putting the pressure on, coach Kelly Shirk said. Senior Abbey Shumway and junior Emily Vanderpool both made defensive saves on the goal line; Senior goaltender Lydia Cleveland made seven saves that day. Offensively, seniors Laramie Wilson, Makennah McPherson, Allie Hodgen and Hayden Kaltsas all shot on goal, but none could find the back of the net. Derryfield added a late goal to create the final 2-0.

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ConVal (1-5) hosts John Stark on Friday.

VOLLEYBALL GIRL

ConVal dominates Fall Mountain

The Cougars picked up a big road win at Fall Mountain on Monday, coming out early and attacking Fall Mountain with serves and kills, coach Amanda Hinton said.

The team combined 28 aces in the three sets and defeated their opponent 75-36, winning in straight sets, 25-12, 25-11 and 25-13.

“All of the Cougars contributed to the win with incredible encouragement and support from the bench,” Hinton said.

Samantha Henderson made her setter debut instead of her usual libero and had four aces, seven successful service receptions, four assists and one kill. Emma Rodenhiser had two aces, six kills and a block while Kendall Sullivan had four aces, seven assists and a kill. Ashlynn Willimas added four aces and three outside kills, and Ivy Armstrong-McEvoy had two aces, three kills and a block. Senior middle hitter Brianna Decker made her college debut with three kills.

ConVal (2-1) hosts John Stark Thursday for the Cougars’ comeback game.