PROSPECT'S Daniel Krivitsky and Kingswood's Luke O'Brien chase down the ball in action in Wolfeboro on Oct. 16. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 21, 2013WOLFEBORO — When the Kingswood and Prospect Mountain boys' soccer teams met up in Alton in the first week of the season, the Knights were able to stymie the Timber Wolves, holding their high-powered offense to just one goal in the first half and five overall.
When the Timber Wolves made the trip north on Route 28 to Wolfeboro on Wednesday, Oct. 16, there was no such power outage.
Prospect scored six goals in the first half and rolled to a 9-0 win over Kingswood, moving their unbeaten streak to 12 games. The Timber Wolves have just one loss this season, the first game of the season against Gilford.
"That's the tendency of this team," Prospect coach Gary Noyes said of the early strikes. "If we come out ready to play."
"Everything that could've gone wrong today, went wrong," Kingswood coach Mike Best said. "Defensively, we missed a lot of simple technical things we should be in the habit of doing."
Prospect Mountain wasted little time pressuring Knight keeper Trent Taylor. Alex Rayno had a nice cross to Tyler Sinclair, who fed Ken Gilbert for a shot. Taylor made the save and Chris Whalen fired the rebound on net, which Taylor also stopped. Jeff Madden and Brendan Donahue also had solid defensive stops.
Whalen got the Timber Wolves on the board just about four minutes in when he fired a shot past Taylor.
Kingswood responded by coming back up the field with an offensive look from Luke O'Brien and Mark Chrysafidis, but Prospect keeper Jake Towle held his own in the net.
Whalen had a shot go wide, Rayno had one stopped by Taylor and Whalen and Doug Krivitsky teamed up on a scoring bid, but Jake Woodard and Clancy Mason turned in strong defensive plays for the Knights.
Nine minutes in, the Timber Wolves were able to up the lead to 2-0, with Whalen coming into the box on the left and firing the ball to the far post for a 2-0 lead.
Just two minutes later, after Brian Palumbo had a shot go wide for the Knights, Gilbert had a shot bounce off a defender, off the cross bar and into the net for a 3-0 lead for the Timber Wolves.
Just two minutes after that, Rayno beat the defense and fired a shot low past Taylor for a 4-0 lead and just a couple minutes later, Daniel Krivitsky got through the defense and put another one in the net for a 5-0 lead for the Timber Wolves.
Mitch Tappan and O'Brien had offensive chances for Kingswood, while Bill Pelligrino and Madden had solid defensive plays for the Knights. Palumbo had a direct kick for the Knights and Towle made the save. O'Brien also had a shot on net and Towle made another save.
The Timber Wolves were able to extend the lead to 6-0 on a penalty kick by Matt Kelley with about six minutes to go in the game.
Kingswood had a couple more chances, with O'Brien and Nick Holt getting in the zone, while Rayno had a direct kick go wide as the half finished up.
Ryan Willette took over in net for the Kingswood boys in the second half and Prospect's Michael McMahon tested him right away, forcing him to make a nice leaping save.
Kingswood's Garrett Woodard put a nice shot on net from outside the box, but it struck off the crossbar and out. O'Brien and Holt also had good crossing passes for the Knights. Whalen, Doug Krivitsky and Joey Perry had chances for the Timber Wolves, while Taylor had a chance go high for the Knights. Alex Bennett went in for the Timber Wolves, with Madden and Zach Ivey turning in solid defensive efforts.
Tyler Brown had a shot go high, while Nate Farnham and Willis Hayes had good bids as well. Tappan and Chrysafidis turned in strong plays in the offensive zone for the Knights. Farnham, Hayes and Whalen continued the offensive attack for Prospect, while Mason and Lachlan Place turned in good defensive plays for the Knights.
With six minutes to go, Sinclair went top shelf on Willette for a 7-0 lead and just a few minutes later, Doug Krivitsky's shot got through Willette's fingertips for an 8-0 lead. Gilbert closed out the scoring with a minute to go for the 9-0 final.
Noyes noted his team did a nice job keeping play moving after the early lead.
"It's a different game," Noyes said. "But it gets you running and practicing your passing."
The Timber Wolf coach noted that his team continues to get help from other squads, with Newfound beating White Mountains last week and Kearsarge helped them out as well, beating Stevens.
"You're not going to bypass Bow and Hopkinton, but we're moving up," Noyes said.
Best praised the Timber Wolves for their play.
"With players like Gilbert and Krivitsky, Ken controls the middle of the field and Krivitsky's speed up front, I think we would've had a hard time with them," Best said.
The Knight coach noted he did get good minutes from Garrett Woodard, Ivey and Willette off the bench.
On Friday, the Prospect boys picked up a 2-0 win over Belmont in their regular season home finale, while Kingswood lost 6-0 on the road at Gilford.
The Kingswood boys will finish up their regular season action today, Oct. 24, at 4 p.m. at Inter-Lakes and Prospect will finish up the regular season on Friday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. at Somersworth.
The Division III playoffs begin on Tuesday, Oct. 29, at 3 p.m. and continue Thursday, Oct. 31, at 3 p.m., with both rounds at the home of the higher seed.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or firstname.lastname@example.org.