Hudson~Litchfield Sports

Soccer Teams Struggle

by Sue LaRoche

Boys Soccer

The Alvirne Broncos have not had an easy go of it this season as they have played 7 of the top 8 teams in Class L so far this season.  Recently, they tackled the 4-2-1 Bishop Guertin Cardinals and played them to a tough 1-0 loss.  The Broncos have played well but can not find the offensive power to notch the victory.  “We’ve played against some of the top teams in the division which means we’ve played some of the top defenses in the league,” explained Coach Bill Eaton.  “We are becoming a better soccer team,” said Eaton, “and I think one of the reasons is that we have more players stepping up.”

The Broncos did not manage many shots on goal during the game but goalie Jimmy Tomaswick could not say the same for the Cardinals.  Tomaswick had a phenomenal game turning away 13 shots including two diving gems. 

Tuesday September 29, the Broncos traveled to Timberlane only to suffer a 4-1 loss.  Corey Landry scored the lone Broncos goal.  Alvirne will host Concord on Friday October 2.

Girls Soccer

The Lady Broncos did not have success against the Cardinals either despite two early scores in the game.  They marched down the field and scored two goals within the first 15 minutes of the game and held a 2-0 lead at the half.  The Cardinals re-grouped however and ran off 5 unanswered goals in the second half.  Taylor Troy and Caitlin Teague had the goals for Alvirne.  “We got passive and lost the team defense concept,” explained Coach Lance McAdam.  The Lady Broncos’ record is now 2-6. 

On Tuesday, September 29 the Lady Broncos hosted Timberlane on a warm early fall night and took a tough 2-1 loss in the waning minutes of the game.  “It was the tale of two halves,” said McAdam.  “We came out flat in the first half but had a great second half.”  The Broncos fell behind 1-0 in the first stanza but came back and tied the score on a goal from Nicole Godschall with the assist going to Kaelyn Babin.  Goalie Katelyn Fortier turned away 9 shots on goal for the Broncos.  Unfortunately for the Broncos, Timberlane was able to score a goal in the last two minutes of the game giving them the 2-1 victory.  Alvirne’s record now stands at 2-6 on the season.

The junior varsity squad scored a 2-1 victory on Tuesday against Timberlane.  Katie Gillum scored the goal to tie the score at 1-1 and Mikayla Powlowsky scored the winning goal to give the squad the victory.

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CHS Sports Roundup

September 22

In Girls Varsity Soccer, the team improved to 7-1 with a 9-1 win over Pelham.  The team played well and was able to get its younger players into the game.  Scoring their first goals were Sarah Vance, Kelsey Latsha, and Jamie Sheppard.

September 23

The JV Volleyball team dominated sets 1, 2, and 3, giving them the win of the night.  It started with Alex Bonneau serving 6 points on serve with one ace, following Laura Whittick serving 6 points (2 aces) on serve during the 2nd set, and Lexie Scafidi with 4 points (1 ace) on serve the last set.  The girls are working together and their effort is showing!  Go Cougars!

In Varsity Volleyball, Campbell won 3-0 against Raymond.  Julie Anne Fernandez had 23 service points with 8 aces; Brianna Saunders – 10 kills; Haley Bowen – 3 Blocks, 3 kills; Julia Nolan – 22 assists.

The Golf team clinched a state final berth by defeating Hopkinton at the Country Club of NH.  Jake Lang and John Aniskovich both shot 1 out of 46.  Andrew Lepine and Josh Sigman rounded out the scoring.  Erick Ruutilla achieved a par, Vinny Pace shot well.

September 26

The Girls’ Cross Country team all ran well at Derryfield Park.  First for the team was Marissa Framarini, second was Ali Framarini, third – Kara Reid, fourth – Beck Weiss, and fifth – Laura Jacobson.

The Boys’ Cross Country team ran a great race.  First – Travis Manning, second – Chris Francis, third – Jackson Musco, fourth – Jake Jollymore, and fifth – Nick Sturzo.

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AHS Girls Second in Battle of the Border

by Sue LaRoche

The AHS girls cross country team ran in the Battle of the Border race held in Tewksbury, MA this past weekend and placed second as a team.  Laura Goudreau led the Lady Broncos finishing in 19:30, which was good enough for second place overall.  Lauren Lacraw finished 7th overall, Erica Prince 15th overall, Emily LaPlant 16th overall, Jessica Underwood 24th overall and Katy Pease 32nd overall.  In the Junior Varsity race, Steph Perry finished 3rd overall and Erica Notini won the freshman race.  

On Tuesday September 29, the Broncos traveled to Keene and finished third behind Keene and Bishop Guertin.  Keene and BG are currently ranked second and third in the state.  Again Laura Goudreau finished first for the Broncos in 19:25.  Lauren Lacraw finished 17th in 20:38, Erica Prince finished 32nd in 21:33, Emily LaPlant finished 33rd in 21:35, and Jess Underwood finished 34th in 21:42.  Coach Jen Cahill was “impressed with how far we have come as a team so far this season, and how good we raced on not rested legs.”

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