Gorham Boys Soccer against Colebrook

Gorham High School boys’ soccer team players (from left) Aiden Ettiene, Teagan Leclerc and Aidan Fox keep the ball away from the Colebrook Mohawks in last Friday’s game. (COURTESY PHOTO)

First and foremost: Congratulations go out to former Berlin High School student/athletes (and son) Luke Enman and Lacee Forurnier for tying the marriage knot this past Saturday up in Colebrook. A great and joyous celebration was had by all in attendance. Best wishes for much good health and happiness to two very special people and now a very special married couple!

 At the wedding, we were conversing with another one of sons Dan and Luke’s baseball teammates at St. Joseph College, Dustin Spiller and his wife Mary, and one major topic was motocross racing, in which both Dustin and Mary and their children are heavily involved in Maine. They have similar interests and connections with the Gagne Racing family in Dummer, which we didn’t know about until that day — another example of sports bringing people together. Brittney Gagne will be presenting a racing training session for the Spiller children coming up.

Gorham soccer

Both Gorham High School soccer teams entertained Colebrook Mohawks last Friday and both games ended in 2-2 ties. You don’t see that happening too often.

Gorham girls’ soccer coach Chris Partenope said the girls’ game was certainly a team effort.

He said there was “a ton of good play from everyone involved, whether they started the game or came off the bench. I felt everyone contributed at some point.”

Colebrook scored with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the first half.

“We responded in the second half with a goal from Ella Watson and the assist from Bryanna Poirier at the 8-foot mark. Colebrook scored again at the 23-foot mark. We were able to tie it up at the 38-foot on a goal by Maddie Rivard, assisted by Ella,” Partenope said. “We had lots of opportunities. We out shot Colebrook, 21-16. Karly Cordwell had 11 saves on the day with a huge stop in overtime.”

For the boys’ game, Coach Tina Binette said the boys “showed just how much grit and determination they do possess.”

The Huskies scored first in the 37th minute when a Colebrook foul gave the Huskies a direct kick at half field.

Aidan Fox lofted a strong pass to the goal mouth where Aiden Etienne put in the back of the net for his first goal of the season.

The second half saw the Mohawks come out hungry and Maliki McKinnon scored in the 48th minute off a fast break.

Both teams attacked hard with Carson Rancourt capitalizing on Gorham’s messy attempt to clear the ball. He shot a screamer into the far upper corner of the net.

Gorham retaliated at the 60th minute when Logan Durand drove the ball down the left sideline and along the touch line before poking it in the net.

The end of regulation time saw a 2-2 score.

Overtime saw continued tough play on both sides.

Goalkeeper Ben Harmon came up with huge plays to protect his team.

The Huskies thought they secured the win when Fox volleyed a hard ball toward the Mohawks net where SeungNam Montenaro continued the volley into the net.

This goal was not allowed due to an offsides call and the game ended with a 2-2 tie.

The Huskies improved to a 1-4-1 record.

Berlin falls at White Mountain Regional Homecoming

The fall Berlin High School Teams had a rough go of it at White Mountain Regional High School’s homecoming on Sept. 21, with all games being decided by 1 goal.

The boy’s soccer team lost, 2-1; the girl’s soccer team lost, 1-0; and field hockey lost, 3-2. I am still waiting on the results of the cross-country races also held in Whitefield, with both Berlin and Gorham attending.

Berlin field hockey

In field hockey last week, Berlin High School overwhelmed Franklin at Gaydo Field by a 9-0 score.

In the first half alone, Kenna Balderrama and Cienna Langlais scored two goals apiece, Kaelyn Blais had one goal and an amazing five assists, while Emily Roy and Natalie Williams scored to go along with two assists from Madi Letarte and one from Kelly McCormick.

Second half action saw Blais score another goal along with Madi Cordwell and assists from Balderrama and Langlais.

Goalie Olivia Boucher faced no shots on net, while the Franklin goalie had 18 saves.

In a 2-0 loss to Kennett last week, Natalie Shaw scored the two goals. Boucher had 15 saves, while Kennett’s goalie was forced to make six stops.

And then in Berlin’s 4-0 win against Stevens High School of Claremont, Langlais and Blais scored a goal apiece in the first half and then duplicated the exact same thing in the second half.

Assists came off the sticks of Mia Letourneau, Madi Letarte and Balderrama. Langlais also assisted on one of Blais’ goals. Boucher was perfect in the net on the six shots she faced, while the Stevens’ goalie was forced to make 13 saves.  

Upcoming games

Here is the schedule for the week of Sept. 23 (first day of Autumn!) All games begin at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Tuesday, Sept. 24: Berlin Boys Soccer at home vs. Mascoma Valley, Berlin Girls Soccer at Laconia, Gorham boys and girls soccer at Pittsburg-Canaan.

Wednesday, Sept. 25: Berlin field hockey at home vs. Newfound.

Thursday, Sept. 26: Gorham boys and girls soccer at Profile.

Berlin High School is gearing up for its annual homecoming activities with a parade on Friday night, and three games and one meet all scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 28. More details in Thursday’s edition.

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