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The Gladiators Football Team celebrated Senior Day at their Maine Independent Football League home game against the Valley Mustangs on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Gladiators beat the Mustangs, 52-0. Pictured (from left) with their families are senior Gladiators: Jared Johnson (No. 74), Bailey Saladino (No. 93), Greg Brown (No. 22), Maria Young (No. 7), Owen Willey (No. 57) and Ryan Saucier (No. 15). (COURTESY PHOTO)

How about the foliage this fall? It seems it has been longer, and certainly more colorful than in years past and the longer and more colorful it goes and gets, the better we like it. I suppose we should enjoy it as snow will be on the way at some point in time, you can bet.

As the colors disappear, it means the fall sports’ season is quickly coming to an end, too. Most teams have two, three or four more games to go before tournament time arrives, and all teams are definitely starting to watch the standings in hopes of moving up in the seeding process.

Berlin High School field hockey

Nicole Arguin’s Berlin High School field hockey team lost a tough one at Gilford last Saturday by a 1-0 score but then rebounded and squeaked by a very strong and high-seeded Newfound team, 3-2, before shutting out Winnisquam on Friday, 2-0.  

The Gilford game was definitely one with great defense and very little offense by both teams, as evidenced by Berlin’s goalie Olivia Boucher making five saves in the first half and two in the second, while the Gilford goalie registered twi saves, both in the second half.  

The Mountaineers had one corner, compared to eight for the Golden Eagles. The hosts did score the winning goal at 22:09 of the second half.

The Newfound game, on the other hand, had lots of offensive, particularly on the five goals scored, and the fact that Newfound had 12 shots on goal in the first half alone.  

What was more noteworthy was that Berlin Goalie Olivia Boucher saved all but one of  them, definitely keeping the Mountaineers in the game.     

Berlin did open up the scoring when Kaelyn Blais blasted a shot past the Bears goalie, at 8:19 of the first half. Cienna Langlais and Kelly McCormick assisted.  

Newfound tied it up, 1-1, with a goal on a scramble in front of the net at 22:20, and both teams took their halftime break with that 1-1 score.  At 29:05 of the second half, Kenna Baldarrama, with an assist from Blais, took a shot that was blocked, but she got the rebound and scored on a hard, push shot into the net to give the visitors a 2-1 advantage.  

They added to that, when at 8:37, Becca Pouliot got a pass from Emily Roy, made a couple of nifty moves and alluded two defenders and deposited the ball in the net to add to the lead at 3-1.  

Newfound scored at 6:51 to tighten things up a bit, but the Mountaineer defense hung in there and came away with a 3-2 win over a team with a 10-2 record.

Boucher ended up with 14 saves to four saves for the Bears goalie; corners were at 4-2 in favor of the host team.

This past Friday, Berlin headed back out on the road to play Winnisquam and won that game by a 2-0 score to up their record to 6-5.  

They certainly have a busy week with three games in a row beginning tonight (all at home) against Littleton (3:30 p.m.), Kennett on Wednesday (a make-up game) and  Laconia on Thursday.

Berlin High School boys’ soccer

The Berlin High School boys’ soccer team had a rough week with a 2-0 loss to Prospect Mountain and then traveled to Laconia, where they lost 2-1.

Their next game is at Kennett tomorrow night beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Berlin High School girls’ soccer

Excitement filled the air as the Berlin High School girls’ soccer team hosted Trinity High School on Friday and came away with a satisfying 3-2 win. No details were available on that game.

Gorham High School soccer

The Gorham High School boys’ soccer team was in Colebrook last Friday and lost, 3-1, to a team on a roll, having won seven of their last nine games, while the girls’ soccer team also lost to Colebrook, 2-1.

In the girls’ game, Colebrook scored in the 38th minute of the first half, when in the midst of a huge scramble in front of the net, the ball bounced off the crossbar a few times before settling in the back of the net.

At 17 minutes Colebrook scored again on a direct kick.

Gorham made a comeback in the second half, when Ella Watson scored with an assist from Jessica Burton at 39 minutes. But that would be it as the Huskies had to make the long trip back home after losing by that 2-1 score.  

There were 23 shots on net, 13 by Colebrook and 10 by Gorham.

Karly Cordwell had 10 saves and as Coach Chris Partenope said, “Some of those saves were very big ones that kept us in the game.”

She also said, “This game wasn’t one of our better ones in terms of performance. We were very sporadic in our play and when we did come together and create some opportunities, they were few and far between. At least the team did not give up as they certainly could have.”

Both Gorham teams will be back in action tonight at Lin-Wood.    

    

Cross-country

Both Berlin and Gorha high school cross-country teams were at the annual Pittsburg-Canaan Invitational Cross Country Meet in Pittsburg last Friday, a race I have probably been to 30 times, from when I started coaching cross-country at Berlin High in 1983, until now.    

After I stopped coaching I still attended to watch my Godson, cousins and friends who had kids running, or just to go up to hang out with Coach Bob Lord, enjoy the race and the beautiful scenery on the way up and at the site of the race, the Moore Dam.

This is the first year I missed it in a long while.

No immediate results were available at press time but Gorham’s coach, Rob Hamel, did let me know that his lone male runner, Noah Fortin continues his improvement and had an exceptional race up there.  

Berlin’s Joe Young and Noah were close to Pittsburg’s Joe Flanagan throughout the race, pacing themselves properly, before they both passed him and finished first and second respectively, with Noah only 5 seconds behind Joe.  

Zoe Grondin had another very solid race, having a very strong finish, good for second place, and Anna Roberge ran well, paced herself and had a solid finish.  

More specific details of this race, both for the Berlin and Gorham runners will be available on Thursday.

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