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The Berlin Gladiators Football board members recognize Berlin Mayor Paul Grenier and the city of Berlin for his and its support of the program at a recent game. From left: Grenier, Gladiators Secretary Lynn Johnson, President Dennis Wade and Vice President George McDonough. (COURTESY PHOTO)

On Tuesday, I mentioned Berlin High School’s girls’ soccer team winning a big game against Trinity by a 3-2 score. Here is a summary of that particular game.

Berlin’s Jill Hallee scored the first Berlin goal (and the first of the game) early in the first half when Makenna Peare sent a nice pass to her that she promptly deposited into the back of the net. That lead lasted only a short time as Trinity tied it up when a direct kick bounced around in the box before the rebound was kicked in.

Nearly 5 minutes later the Peare girls worked together to score and put the Mountaineers ahead. Kaylee controlled the ball in the middle of the field, sent a perfect pass onto the foot of sister Makenna, who scored.

Coach Woodward said, “It felt good to go into the halftime break with a lead and a confidence within the team to get back out on the field and finish strong.”

And that they did, even though early on in that second half Trinity was able to capitalize on a penalty kick, to tie things up at two points each.

Then seven minutes later Halle notched her second goal of the game, which was unassisted.

Berlin held on, thanks to as Woodward said, “the hard work of the midfielders, who were able to win many of the 50-50 balls, and turn them into chances, and the fact that the defense dug deep to support goalie Chloe Dagesse preventing any further scoring.”

Woodward went on to say, “We have had a rough stretch of injuries that certainly hurt us in past games, so it was good today to have most of them back, and it showed in the final score.”

Dagesse faced 13 shots, both teams had three corners. Their next game will be tonight (weather permitting) at Bishop Brady.

Berlin High School boys’ soccer

Coach Tony Valliere’s Berlin boys’ soccer team lost two games, the first against Prospect Mountain, 2-0.

As Valliere said: “Prospect Mountain was a very talented team who controlled the ball very well all over the field and we were never able to get into a flow. We had a few opportunities early without anything to show for it, and that kind of set the tone for the rest of the game.”

Mountaineer goalie Shaun Goyette had eight saves while the Timberwolf goalie had none.

In the Laconia game, a 2-1 loss, things looked good initially as Tyler Rousseau scored at 12:26, on a nice pass from Brayden Riendeau.

“Tyler was able to get a good stick on the volley and score” Valliere said, to give Berlin the early and only lead of the game.

Laconia scored the next two goals and that was it for the game.

Valliere said: “This loss was a tough one as both teams were close in the standings. In the first half we played great team defense and produced some breakthroughs but couldn’t get into the scoring area, except on Tyler’s goal. The second half we got stuck chasing way too much and combined with Laconia possessing the ball well, we never could regain our pace from the second half.”

Both Berlin’s Goyette and the Laconia keeper had three saves apiece.

Berlin was at Kennett on Wednesday and will host Winnisquam on Friday.

Field hockey

Berlin’s field hockey team’s 1-0 won over Littleton, with their next game scheduled for tonight (rain could change that).

Gorham High School soccer

The Gorham High School girls’ soccer team lost to Lin-Wood, 2-1, on Tuesday.

The Gorham boys’ team also lost to Lin-Wood, 3-0.

Boys’ Coach Tina Binette said, “Unfortunately, the Gorham boys have lost the last two games. Our week long hiatus from games did not help, especially since we were on a positive streak.”

The boys played Colebrook on Friday, Oct. 11, and lost with a score of 3-1.

The Gorham boys were flat and that allowed Colebrook to score at 21:35 (Riff), 29:44 (Thibodeau) and 51:19 (Rancourt). Two of their goals were off of corner kicks.

“We played better and with more intensity during the second half,” Binette said, when Nolan York scored off of a rebound at 64:24.

The team was hampered in the Lin-Wood game Tuesday, as they lost Cullen Anderson to an injury.

“We definitely missed his speed in the backfield,” Binette said. “Although we played with more intensity, we weren’t gelling as a team. We gave too much space to No. 3 (Ted Willy). He was speedy and scored all three goals (4:30, 53:30 and 72:30). Two were breakaway goals.”

Gorham had seven shots on goal and Lin-Wood had eight shots on goal in the game.

“This demonstrates that we also need to work on finishing,” Binette said. “Both teams had six corners. At the end of the day, these were two balanced teams and the score should’ve been tighter.”

Both Gorham soccer teams were scheduled to play today against Woodsville (with a possible postponement if there is rain). For senior day on Friday, they host Hinsdale.

“The Gorham Huskies certainly have proven that they have the ability and heart to play with the toughest of competitors,” Binette said. “I’m hoping they will be that team tomorrow and Friday.”

Cross-Country

On Tuesday, I had highlighted a couple of comments from Gorham High School’s cross-country Coach Rob Hamel on his team’s performances at the recently held Pittsburg-Canaan Cross Country Invitational.

They will compete next this Friday back up in Pittsburg for the Granite State Race.

Berlin High School cross-country Coach Bob Lord, was quite pleased with his teams’ performances (both boys and girls).

He said: “As you know it is a beautiful place to host a cross-country meet, and this year was no exception. The foliage was great, and there were large crowds of runners and spectators alike. We will be working hard this week, then tapering off next week in preparation for the Division III race on Oct. 26.”

Pittsburg-Canaan Cross Country Invitational Results:

Boys: First place: Berlin, Joe Young, 18:33; second, Gorham, Noah Fortin. Other Berlin runners: Brayden Landry, fourth, 19:44; Brody Day, fifth, 20:01; Jace Arsenault, seventh, 20:32; Zach Griffin, eigth, 21:02; Elijah Gilcrist, ninth, 21:11; Cole Ruediger, 12th, 22:23; David Young, 13th, 22:35; and Matt Landry, 14th, 22:56.

Girls: Second place: Zoe Grondin, Gorham, 23:45; sixth, Grace Clorite, Berlin, 26:40; Cora Treiss, Berlin, 27:21; and Alyssa Delafontaine, Berlin, 27:25; Anna Roberge, Gorham, 30:53. I am waiting to hear on their places.

Hall of Fame

Remember that this coming Sunday, Oct. 20, Berlin’s own Rod Ross, Denis “Ducky” Martin and Downing Potter “DP” Brown will be inducted into the New Hampshire Hockey Hall of Fame at a special ceremony in southern New Hampshire.

Stay tuned for more specific profiling of these three local guys who contributed to hockey as a media specialist, a player and a founder/builder of hockey in Berlin respectively.

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