GORHAM — Rains Monday and Tuesday turned Libby’s Field in Gorham into a mud pit Tuesday, but the rain and the slop didn’t slow down the Gorham boys soccer team who dismantled Holy Family Academy 10-1 in the teams’ New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association Division IV playoff game Tuesday.
With the wet field it took some time for both teams to get into the attacking swing of the game but the Huskies scored first 18 minutes into the contest as Teagan Leclerc netted a goal on an assist from Brendan Saladino to put Gorham up 1-0.
In the 27th minute, SeungNam Montanaro hit pay dirt with an assist from Nolan York as the Huskies took a 2-0 lead. York would later add a goal of his own in the 30th minute for a 3-0 lead that the Huskies took into halftime.
In the second half the flood gates opened (of the goal scoring variety). As the field got more filled with water players were at times slipping and sliding and on more than one occasion the wet field actually played to the Huskies advantage as balls fell perfectly for Gorham players to slide past the goal keeper.
In the 46th minute Jack Saladino scored to make it 4-0. Seconds later in the 47th minute Brendan Saladino scored the first of two goals he would score on the day to make it 5-0. Saladino added his second of the contest in the 53rd minute to put the Huskies up with a commanding 6-0 lead.
Holy Family would get one back in the 55th minute to make it 6-1, but it was all Huskies from then on out.
Issac Langlois scored in the 64th minute to make it 7-1 on an assist by Abe Backler. Jack Saladino would then find his second of the game in the 68th minute for an 8-1 cushion. Backler would also find the net in the 70th minute as would LeClerc for his second of the game in the 75th minute, which resulted in the final 10-1 win.
The Huskies now await the winner of Newmarket vs. Pittsburg-Canaan matchup, which was set for 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after press time. The Huskies next game will be at home Friday at 3 p.m.