Belmont's Julianna Estremara kicks the ball past White Mountain's goalie, scoring during the first half of Wednesday's match at Laconia High School. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)
LACONIA — The fifth-ranked Belmont High School girl's soccer team (11-3-3) blanked 12th-ranked White Mountains (7-9-1) 3-0 Wednesday in a game moved to Laconia High School due to a wet field.
Key players for Belmont were Julianna Estremera (goal, 2 assists), Gabrielle Day (goal), Rebecca Fleming (goal), Makenzie Donovan (3 assists), Emma Cochran (3 saves), Madison Lima (midfield), Morgan Hall (midfield).
The Raiders took a 1-0 lead into halftime and improved down the stretch – cementing the victory with Fleming’s goal off a corner kick – to earn a spot in the quarterfinals against 4th-ranked Hopkinton (13-3-1), which beat Derryfield 3-0. Belmont and Hopkinton played to a 1-1 tie in the opening game of the season in late August. They will play Saturday at 2 p.m. in Hopkinton.
“It was good to get some experience on the turf. We struggled with the speed of the play early, but got in a groove in the second half. White Mountains has really improved,” said Belmont’s Mark Dawalga. The Laconia High School turf field will be the site of the Division III semifinals on Tuesday, Oct. 31, and the championship game on Sunday, Nov. 5, at 2:15 p.m.
In a Division II playoff game, sixth-ranked Campbell topped 11th-ranked Gilford by the score of 5-2.
Key players for Gilford were Maddi Rector (goal), Lauren Dean (goal), Julianna Coulstring (assist), Hannah Perkins (15 saves).
Despite striking the first blow in this first-round matchup, the Golden Eagles couldn’t contain Campbell. Gilford managed to tie the game up at two-all before halftime, but Campbell used three second-half goals to stay alive in the tournament.
“We played them hard but just didn’t get a few bounces to go our way. I’m very proud of the 15 seniors on this team and their dedication, hard work, leadership and growth they showed this season and over their four years playing for the program,” said Gilford’s Tom Raymond.
Gilford finished with a 9-8 record, Campbell 13-4-1.
Oyster River 3, Laconia 1
The season came to an end for the Sachems (9-6) as they lost a tough opening round matchup to Oyster River (10-7) on their home court.
Plymouth 3 Coe-Brown 1
The Bobcats advanced with a 3-1 win over Coe-Brown and will play at second-ranked Milford Saturday.
Belmont's Katie Gagnon blocks a kick during Wednesday's match against White Mountain at Laconia High School. (Alan MacRae/for The Laconia Daily Sun)