The Laconia High School boys' soccer team improved to 2-1 after a 4-2 win over White Mountains on Friday night.
Brayden Harriman started the scoring for Laconia and was followed by Thomas Turpin to give the Sachems an early 2-0 lead. Tim Wright then posted consecutive goals to bring White Mountains even. However, a Drew Sykes goal at the end of the first half put Laconia ahead 3-2. The lone goal in the second half was scored by Laconia's Matt Westcott.
Laconia goalkeepers Griffin Nyhan (6) and Panthavy Pradachith (2) combined for 8 saves. White Mountain's Spencer Nast stopped 5 shots.
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LEBANON — Laconia dropped the season opener by a yard, 22-21 to the Raiders. The Sachems' final scoring drive covered 80 yards and two fourth down conversions and was capped with a Matt Swormstedt touchdown with 22 seconds remaining. While an extra point attempt could have forced overtime, the Sachems chose to give the ball to fullback Cody Yale for the two point attempt up the middle who managed a yard before a Raider linebacker stood Yale up short of the victory. "When we started the final drive I had planned to go for the win," said head coach Craig Kozens. "I asked the guys up in the tower if they had a two-point play in mind."
Swormstedt had two touchdowns and completed two passes for 25 yards. Both completions were to running back Kyle Chiasson who carried the ball 38 times for 193 yards and a TD. "Kyle had a monster game. He has tons of talent and tons of heart," continued Kozens. "He did more than anyone can ask. We sat him defensively and it worked in our favor because he carried the load so much."
The Sachems erased a 14-0 deficit, scoring 15 unanswered points in the final 2:18 of the second quarter to head into halftime with the lead. The third quarter was a battle of field possession before the Raiders scored on a drive in the fourth that was highlighted by a 43 yard scamper by running back Ryan Milliken. Milliken scored the eventual game winner three plays later. Lebanon completed a two point conversion to give the Raiders a seven point lead.
"It was a heartbreaker loss," added Kozens. "These kids have worked so hard all offseason and preseason, they deserved a better outcome. Too many early season mistakes with missed tackles and turnovers. We need to finish drives and get better tackling."
The Sachems have a week off to prepare for the home opener on September 19. Manchester West will be coming in for the first time in Kozens's tenure as head coach. "They have tons of size and athletes on both sides of the ball. It is going to be a challenge, but I know that we are up for the challenge. Should be a great game," said Kozens.
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The Sachem boys' soccer team began the season with an offensive explosion. In the first game of the season, Laconia (1-1) netted ten goals on their way to a shutout victory over the Franklin Tornadoes. Junior midfielder James Salta led the Sachems attack with a three goal game. The boys could have used some of that offense in the second game at Belmont in a 3-1 loss. Laconia will host White Mountains today and Inter-Lakes on Tuesday.
Belmont (1-1) fell to Prospect Mountain last Friday 3-1. The Red Raiders rebounded, beating Laconia by the same score. The team has a pair of road games this week, beginning today at Mascoma Valley and Somersworth on Tuesday.
Inter-Lakes (2-0) bested Newfound 2-1 on the road to begin the season. The Lakers continued to win on the road, beating Mascoma Valley 6-1. Gilford comes to town for the Lakers first home game today before heading back out to visit Laconia on Tuesday.
Gilford (1-1) split the opening week, losing the first game to Somersworth 1-0. The offense came to life in the second game trouncing Winnisquam 9-0. Kaleb Orton had a pair of goals in the victory. The Golden Eagles will visit The Lakers today and host Prospect Mountain on Wednesday.
Prospect Mountain (2-0) piled on the offense in the first week of play. The Timberwolves beat Belmont 3-1 and and handled Newfound 10-2. The team will visit Winnisquam today and head to Gilford on Wednesday.
The Winnisquam Bears (0-2) have yet to score this season, dropping the first game 2-0 to Kearsarge and 9-0 against Gilford. The Bears will host a strong Prospect Mountain team today and head to winless Newfound on Tuesday.
Inter-Lakes (2-0) opened the first week of the season without giving up a goal. The Lakers beat Prospect Mountain 2-0 and Gilford 1-0 to begin the year. They will be tested today when they travel to Hillsboro-Deering (2-0). Hillsboro beat their first two opponents 3-1 and 7-1. Tuesday the Lakers will host White Mountains.
Belmont (2-0) is also undefeated to begin the season, topping Kingswood 9-1 and Stevens 5-2. The Red Raiders visit White Mountains today and host Bishop Brady on Tuesday.
Gilford (1-1) has scored one goal in the first two games. The one goal was good enough to beat Laconia 1-0 in the season opener. The Golden Eagles suffered their first loss of the season 1-0 to Inter-Lakes. Gilford travels to Somersworth (0-2) today and host Bow on Tuesday.
Laconia (1-1) dropped a 1-0 match to Gilford to open the season. The Sachems topped Somersworth 2-1 in overtime to notch their first win of the season. Laconia hosts Kingswood (0-2) today and travels to Kearsarge (0-2) on Wednesday.
Prospect Mountain (0-2) has struggled early , losing 2-0 to Inter-Lakes and 5-0 to Raymond. The Timberwolves will look for their first win of the season at home today when Hillsboro-Deering (2-0) visits. Somersworth comes to town on Wednesday.
Winnisquam opened the season with a 2-0 victory over Gilford. The Bears host Littleton today and head to Kearsarge on Tuesday.
The Golden Eagles look to rebound from the Winnisquam loss today when White Mountains comes to town. Gilford will host Berlin on Wednesday.
Laconia fell to Division II foe Plymouth 8-0 to start the season. The Sachems begin their division III schedule today when they host Newfound.
Laconia's volleyball season begins on Monday when the Sachems host Prospect Mountain. The Sachems travel to Gilford on Wednesday.
The Golden Eagles begin the year at Kingswood on Monday before hosting Laconia on Wednesday.
Prospect Mountain's season starts tonight at Coe-Brown before heading to Laconia in Monday. The Timberwolves open the home schedule Wednesday against Somersworth.
Winnisquam opens their season tonight at Hillsboro-Deering. They host Moultonborough on Monday and travel to Inter-Lakes on Wednesday.
Belmont hosts Farmington tonight, Franklin on Monday and travels to Stevens on Wednesday.
Inter-Lakes travels to Newfound on Monday and hosts Winnisquam on Wednesday.
Laconia opens the football season tonight in Lebanon. The Sachems beat Lebanon 20-17 at home last season.
Gilford, Inter-Lakes, Winnisquam, and the rest of the division III football begin play on Saturday September 13th.
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