Lakes Region United U-13 girls wins Capitol Cup

Columbus Day weekend, the Lakes Region United U-13 Dvision 1 girls soccer team won the 2013 Capitol Cup. The tournament was played Saturday, Sunday and Monday at NHTI in Concord. This LRU team is a combination of Belmont, Gilford and Canterbury residents.

On Sat LRU beat John Stark United 4-0 and tied the Hampton Attack 0-0. There were 2 brackets of 3 teams in the girls U-13 division, LRU was the 1 seed in their bracket after the Saturday games. They played Seacoast United in the semi-finals on Sunday and won 3-0.

That win put LRU in the finals on Monday at 9 a.m. where they faced The Loudon Freedom who were 3-0 on Saturday and Sunday. After a 0-0 tie through the first half, 12 minutes into the 2nd half Laurel Normandin scored the 1st goal of the game with a perfect shot to the top right corner of the goal from the 18 yard line. About 8 minutes later Elise Hall scored the 2nd goal for LRU to seal the 2-0 victory.

LRU played the tournament with just 12 regular players from their normal roster, two were unable to play Columbus Day weekend. They grabbed two 10 year-olds who play on the U-11 Lakes Region United team, Becca Fleming and Morgan Hall, to help give the older girls some very much needed rest throughout the tournament. LRU was led by their outstanding defense, sweeper Chloe Sottak, stopper Lizzie Fleming and outside backs Katie Galambos and Haley Treamer along with goalie Hannah Perkins. This unit did not give up a goal the entire tournament and the team is 7-0 in the Division 1 NH Soccer League where they have only given up 1 goal the entire regular season. Center Midfielders Kenzie Donovan and Laurel Normandin did an outstanding job controlling the middle of the field the entire weekend and center mid Kaitlynn Delisle and striker Katie Gagnon did a fantastic job distributing the ball. Striker Elise Hall led the team with 3 goals for the tournament and outside midfielders Zoe Zimmermann and JuJu Estremera were amazing all 4 games running up and down the field.

Head coach Brett Sottak would like to thank Seacoast Express United for putting on such a great tournament. He would like to thank his parents for their support and commitment to this team. He would like to thank coaches Christian Zimmermann, Chris Gagnon and Jason Record for all their help and dedication to the team. Most importantly, he would like to congratulate the girls on a phenomenal tournament, he has coached most of these girls for the past 4 to 5 years and is amazed at how well they have performed and is so proud of them.

Visiting Hebron Academy defeats Tilton School

Tilton School's varsity boys' soccer team suffered a 5-1 loss to Hebron Academy on Wednesday. Tilton's Dikran Arshagouni netted the only goal for the hosts. Keeper Griffin Sperry and senior defender Jeremy Choroszy also played well for the Rams.

U5 Chiefs get 4th straight win in final home game

Playing their last home game of the season, the U5 Laconia Chiefs hosted the Hudson Bears this past Sunday. The Chiefs are in the midst of the playoff hunt and needed a win to keep their hopes alive. They received the opening kickoff and started their march down the field. Utilizing both sides of the field, tailback Jackson Reulke let the crowd know what kind of day it was going to be. He followed his fullback Phil Nichols right up the gut for a 35 yard scamper. He also tacked on the extra point to give his team an early 7-0 lead. The defense came out just as fired up and shut down the Bears straight "T" offense. Linebackers Nolen Perrino and Nichols kept the Hudson run game to little or no gains with every carry. When the offense got the ball back, it was Reulke (19 carries for 127 yds and 3 TDs) finding a seam behind guard Cooper French and tackle Aaron Williams and racing 47 yards for his second touchdown on the day. The score gave the Chiefs a 13-0 halftime lead.
The second half opened up with more stifling defense by the youngsters from Laconia. D tackles Garrett Mango and Anthony Coote continuously smashed through the Bear's offensive line and stopped their backs in the backfield. The Chief's offense took over where they left off and pushed the ball down the field. QB Logan Dee made a great fake to his tailback and was able to boot it around the left end for a nice 18 yard touchdown run. Laconia recovered a muffed kick return attempt by Hudson and ate up over 8 minutes driving the ball down the field. Reulke finished off his day with a walk-in 5 yard touchdown and then threw the halfback toss to Perrino to put the nail in the Hudson coffin, 26-0. The Chiefs have one away game at Goffstown left and could finish as high as third with another victory.

Sant Bani Soccer drops to .500

The Sant Bani soccer team lost a heartbreaker at home on Wednesday to the Proctor JV1 team 6-4. Ahead 4-1 halfway through the second half, thanks to three goals by senior co-captain Harrison Evans, some great goalkeeping again by Ander Trevino Aizpurua and an unassisted goal by junior Mohamed Sapry, things suddenly fell apart for the now 4-4 Sant Bani squad. Five unanswered Proctor goals within a 20 minute span turned what appeared to be an upset win into disbelief.

Sant Bani coach Todd Schongalla said after the game, "For some reason, we fell apart defensively. Fatigue made it hard for us to get the ball out of our own end. We need to do a better job of clearing the ball and maintaining possession." The team hopes to return to a winning record on Saturday, as they travel to Bethlehem and visit the White Mountain School.