Girls Seniors Tournament Team with First Place Trophies, front row: Danielle Cleasby, Valerie Bauer, Mackenzie Magee, Meaghan Kelly, Meghan Gosselin. Back row: Kelsey Chase, Kristina Terrio, Stephanie Chapman, Lauren Rogers, Ashley Adamson, Heather Tornquist. Coaches: John Bauer, Bob Chapman, Brad Chase.
After the preliminary round of the 2009 Salem Slugfest on Saturday, things didn’t look too good for the Windham U16 girls. They were defeated by Salem in their first game, 8-6. That was followed by a closely played 4-1 loss to a Farmington team that exhibited superior defensive skills. And while Windham triumphed over Lamprey River 7-1 in the last game of the day, they were scheduled to play the tough Farmington team again in their first game on Sunday.
The elimination round opened under gray skies with sprinkles of rain that were threatening to become more serious. But the thunder came from the Windham bats as they thumped out five runs in the first inning to launch a 14-9 defeat of Farmington.
The championship game featured brightening skies and a rematch of the first game—Windham vs. Salem. Many of the girls on each team play together as part of the Salem High softball squad, so both sides knew it was going to be a tough game.
Windham once again got things going early with three runs in the first inning, followed by another run in the third, and two more in the fourth. But Salem came back with a run in the second and a big four runs in the bottom of the fifth. Hanging on to a slim one run lead, the Windham girls scratched out two more in each of the last two innings while Salem was only able to answer with one more, giving a final score of 10-6 and first place for Windham.
Pelham U12 Girls Travel Soccer Fall Short in Memorial Day Tournament: The Pelham U12 Girls travel soccer team competed in the Nashua World Cup Memorial Day Weekend Tournament and were disappointed to fall short of a wildcard birth into the tournament playoffs.
Pelham’s first game was a 1-1 tie against Warren Youth Soccer of Warren, RI. Playing in an 8 vs. 8 format and a shortened field, Pelham struggled to respond to their game plan and the quickness of the tight quarters. Scoring the lone goal for the Bulldogs was Jessica Coakley off a pass from Taylor Patterson. Pelham’s next match was against host Nashua World Cup whom they succumbed to 2-1. Nashua’s game winner and Pelham’s lone goal by Brook Paradise were “highlight reel” type goals just outside the 18 yard box and both “roofing it” just inside the crossbar. The Bulldogs managed to find their rhythm in the final game on Sunday against a physical WSA Soccer Club from Warwick, RI, beating them 1-0. Madison Medina scored the impressive lone goal by knocking down a goal kick and lacing it past the Warwick keeper.
The Lady Bulldogs went 1-1-1 and were ousted when head to head game results determined which team moved on.
Lady Bulldogs Dominate Souhegan Valley United: In a home and home dual against the Souhegan Valley United Soccer Club, Pelham’s Lady Bulldogs dominated their opponent outscoring them 15 – 0. Pelham was relentless on the road in Saturday’s match posting a 7-0 win. The entire team was firing on all cylinders but the defense played especially well and did not allow a single shot to find its way to the Bulldog’s keeper. Much of the same offensive tenacity was on display again on Sunday at Muldoon Park with Pelham forging ahead 8-0. Nine separate Bulldogs posted goals over the weekend. Leading the goal scoring was Shannon Walsh who notched two goals in each of the contests. Taylor Patterson and Colleen Mitchell were instrumental in leading the offense to the lopsided victories. Patterson had four assists and a goal in Saturday’s game while Mitchell assisted on three in Sunday’s game. Scoring their first goals of the season were Jessica Coakley, Baylee Duarte, Colleen Frey and Brianna Patterson. Additional goals were scored by Morgan Pinkston, Jayme Sloan, Lauren Anderson and Madison Medina
The Bulldogs competed at the Nashua World Cup Soccer Tournament over the Memorial Day weekend at Mines Falls in Nashua.
For more information on the Pelham Soccer Club visit www.pelhamtravelsoccer.com.
The Southern New Hampshire Hawks captured their first-ever Title recently at the New Hampshire State Tournament. The Hawks won their 12U Division II Title by beating the Fast Break Spartans 55-51 in an exciting game at the University of New Hampshire on Saturday evening, May 9. The Hawks’ players are all from Pelham, Windham, and Hudson. Their AAU season continues next during Ruckus at the RAC in Plaistow on May 30 and 31. They will close out their first inaugural season at the Summer Showdown at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell on June 5, 6 and 7.
Front row: Andrew Wetmore, PJ Frasca, Kellin Bail, Dylan Silvestri, Joey “Cheese” Frake.
Second row: Brendan McInnis, Derek Hudson, Nolan Duffy, Ryan Rondeau, Ryan Cloutier.
Third row: Bob Cloutier (head coach), Don Rondeau, John Duffy, Kyle McInnis (assistant coaches)
Tuesday the Pelham girls had to visit 13-0 undefeated Hollis and the Cavaliers ran out to a 9-2 first half lead, before the Pythons slowed down the champs a bit in the second half. Jen Peet would be back in the net and healthy for this game and she was outstanding in stopping 17 Cavalier shots. Junior Kally Riddinger and sophomore Alex Catalano would do all the scoring for Pelham, as they’d collect two goals apiece. The Pythons don’t have a shot at getting a playoff spot this spring, but you can bet that they’ll be treating their last regular season game this week, like a playoff game as the Pythons will host Division I neighboring opponent, Salem.
I asked coach Brittany Caron if she wondered why every game her Python girls lacrosse team gets ready to play, is always an undefeated Division III team, or one of the top teams, or it may be Division I schools like Nashua North or Salem. Coach Caron just laughed and said, “you know, nobody can ever say that we play a weak schedule here!” And especially to end the regular season this week, as the Pythons had to go north to take on the 10-2 Kearsarge Cougars to start the week. Pelham has been using freshman goalie, Jen Peet, almost exclusively after senior goalie, Brittany Fadden was injured, but last week against Kearsarge, coach Caron gave Cassie Costello her first ever start between the pipes, and Costello did a pretty good job. The Pelham girls only trailed 7-4 at halftime as they got some big scores from sophomore Alex Catalano and senior Devon Lamoureux, and had Costello come up with several outstanding saves. Kearsarge was able to get on track in the second half as they started warming up on offense and were able to outscore the Pythons 12-3 in the second half. Alex Catalano led the Pythons with four goals, and Devon Lamoureux had Pelham’s other three scores. Cassie Costello brushed 10 shots aside for saves in this 19-7 Python loss.
Despite a sluggish performance against Windham on Saturday, Pelham’s U-12 boys travel soccer team remained undefeated, settling for a 1-1 tie. After a few missed attempts to clear a ball in the defensive end, a Windham forward put a hard shot off the hands of goalie Brian Gettings and into the net for an early 1-0 lead. Pelham regrouped a bit after the half, and when Eric Guinasso was taken down in the box, Pelham was awarded a penalty kick. Midfielder Aidan Walsh put a high, hard shot just under the crossbar to bring Pelham even at 1-1. Despite several more chances, including a takedown from behind on a breakaway by Eric Guinasso with no call made, Pelham was unable to put the ball into the back of the net. Playing well defensively for Pelham were sweeper Kyle Bettencourt and stopper Jimmy Russo. Pelham’s record now sits at 4-0-1 for the season.
Sean Paridis and Josh Fisette celebrate a goal by Josh against Monanadnock
Last Friday night the Pythons had to get ready to host 13-0 number one Monadnock who stood alone at the top of the Division III standings, and this game would be a barnburner from start to finish. Monadnock drew first blood a couple of minutes into the game, but Pelham senior Justin Mansfield tied it up a minute later, and junior Tom O’Brien would give Pelham a 2-1 lead with 6:37 in the first period. Pelham goalie Andrew Keegan would make several key stops between the pipes near the end of the quarter, but the Huskies would tie it up at 2-2 two minutes into the second period. Monadnock went ahead 3-2 with six minutes left in the half, and it could have been by three of four goals if Keegan hadn’t come with some more miraculous saves. Senior C. J. Zoigas let go a bullet-like shot with 2:25 left in the half to knot it all up at 3-3. It looked like both teams would be tied at halftime, but with .03 seconds left on the clock, Python Josh Fisette let go a frozen-rope that beat the Huskie goalie just before halftime. The two officials got together to talk about whether the goal was good or not, and the Monadnock coach obviously didn’t agree, but the goal stood and the pythons led 4-3 at halftime. The Huskies came out hungry in the third period and were showing everyone why they were undefeated as they scored two quick goals in the first 40 seconds of play. They had it 7-4 with 9:25 left in the third, and then had an 8-4 cushion with 5:53 left, and coach Regan was forced to call a time out. “Regan’s Renegades” responded to their coach almost immediately as C. J. Ziogas scored another goal, to cut the lead to 8-5 and Tom O’Brien took a nice pass from Mike Woonton, and made it an 8-6 game going into the fourth quarter. Just 45 seconds into the final frame, Josh Fisette wristed home his second goal of the game to make it an 8-7 game but the Huskies scored the last three goals to go home west with a hard fought 10-7 win over the Pythons.
The Pelham Python boys lacrosse team played what coach Matt Regan called, “The best half of ball we ever played” last Wednesday night up in Laconia. The Pythons got four goals from C. J. Ziogas, and two apiece from Mike Woonton and freshman Alec Paradis, as they’d take a quick 3-1 first period lead over the Sachems and raised that lead to 8-3 by halftime. Coach Matt Regan said, “We were doing everything right off the chalk board, and Keegan made some super saves, but we were all moving and talking with each other and it was as close to perfect ball as I’ve ever seen at Pelham High.” Well the Laconia kids weren’t 9-2 coming into this game by mistake, and the momentum started to swing in the third period as Laconia scored another three goals to the Python’s one, and closed the gap to 9-6 going into the final 12 minutes. Laconia tied it up late in regulation and Keegan had to make a couple of dandy saves to force overtime, and with just 2:30 left in the extra session, Alec Paradis took a wicked shot on net that the Sachem goalie got a piece of, but it trickled over the line behind him for the game winner. Sean Paradis and Tom O’Brien would also score goals for Pelham, and Andrew Keegan would be listed with 14 saves (even though I had it more like 24 saves), and the Pelham bus was a happy one coming home south on Route 93.
11-0 Pythons Win State Title over Gilford - 2007 State Division V Football Champions
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