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Strong second half leads Prospect past Kingswood

by Joshua Spaulding
Sports Editor - Granite State News, Carroll County Independent, Meredith News, Gilford Steamer, Winnisquam Echo, Plymouth Record-Enterprise and Baysider

PROSPECT’S JAKE TROY battles Kingswood’s Mitch Tappan during first half action in Wolfeboro on Aug. 31. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 03, 2012
WOLFEBORO — For the Kingswood boys' soccer team it was the first lead of the season.

For the Prospect Mountain boys' soccer team, it was the second game in a row in which a comeback was needed.

In the end, things slid the way of the Timber Wolves, as Prospect Mountain scored seven goals in the second half to pull away from the Knights on a gorgeous Aug. 31 morning in Wolfeboro.

"We came out a little flat," Prospect coach Gary Noyes Sr. stated. "We can't let that happen on Wednesday (vs. Belmont)."

It was the second game in a row that the Timber Wolves came out flat and fell behind, but for the second game in a row, the team's play improved after the halftime break.

"We played a real good second half," Noyes stated.

"That was the first lead we had all year," said Kingswood assistant coach Tony Giguere, who filled in for head coach Mike Best. "It was nice, we really battled strong through the first half."

The second half made the difference however, as the Timber Wolves were able to use a deep bench to help wear down the smaller Knights and took the 8-2 win.

Prospect had the best early chances, with Willis Hayes and Alex Rayno forcing Kingswood keeper Jeff Madden to make a number of great saves. Ken Gilbert, Carl Stohlberg and Kyle Roberts also joined in on the action and Hayes had a great cross to Alex Bennett that was headed wide as the visitors threatened early.

Brian Borelli replaced Jake Towle in the Prospect net midway through the first half and his teammates fought hard to get a lead, as Peter Benenate and Chris Whalen had good chances, only to see the Kingswood defense, led by Alden Garland, step up and boot the ball away from the net.

Kingswood took its first lead of the season on a long direct kick from Brian Palumbo, which sailed past Borelli and into the net for a 1-0 lead.

Prospect came back with some good pressure, as David and Jake Troy both had bids and Aleix De-Bofarull fired a nice cross to Marc Fernandez and Benenate shot a ball wide.

Finally, the Timber Wolves were able to get on the board late in the half, as Jake Troy slipped just ahead of Kingswood's Mitch Tappan and pushed the ball home for the tying score.

After a couple of solid Madden saves early in the second half, the Timber Wolves got on the board on a direct kick from Jake Troy, taking the 2-1 lead. Madden continued to pile up the saves as the Timber Wolves pressured, but Stohlberg put one home a few minutes later to up the lead to 3-1.

Towle, who returned to the Prospect net to start the second half, made a save on a Garrett Woodard shot and at the other end, Fernandez fired a shot off the post. Going for the rebound, Rayno was taken down and awarded a penalty kick. Rayno waved off the chance to take the kick and Gilbert was called on, promptly delivering a 4-1 lead.

Madden got a nice assist from Tappan, who was able to clear a shot from Bennett away from the net. Madden also had stops on Stohlberg and Gilbert. Tappan made another solid stop on a Prospect corner kick, as Rayno attempted to head the ball home.

Roberts got on the board with Prospect's next tally and less than a minute later, Jake Troy made it 6-1 and Garland replaced Madden in the net. Garland proceeded to make a number of nice saves on Fernandez and Clancy Mason chipped in with solid defense fro the Knights. Benenate sent a shot wide and Gilbert sent one high as Prospect continued to pressure. Garland also made a strong save on Whalen.

Stohlberg put home a rebound after another Garland save for a 7-1 lead and Whalen added the eighth goal of the game for the Timber Wolves

Woodard just went wide on a great scoring chance for Kingswood, but the Knights did get their second goal of the game, as Noah Palladino sent the ball in and Chris Bacon finished off the shot after the ball slipped past Borelli, cutting the lead to 8-2.

"The wheels just kind of fell off in the second half," Giguere said.

"We had some nice passing, but we have to finish our shots off better if we're going to be successful down the road," Noyes stated.

The Knights will be in action at The Nick at 3:15 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 7, against Farmington and then host Kennett at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11.

The Timber Wolves will be in action on Friday, Sept. 7, at Franklin at 3:30 p.m. and will be hosting Berlin at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, and Raymond at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 13.

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

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