The Woodsville soccer girls pose with the Division IV runner-up plaque after Sunday's title game. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
November 10, 2014LACONIA — There will be a new banner for the Woodsville soccer girls to hang, but it was not the one they were hoping for.
As was the case last year, the Engineers came up short in the finals, this year falling to Derryfield by a 5-1 final on Sunday, Nov. 9, in Laconia.
"We knew we were in for a tough game, they're a really good passing team," Woodsville coach Ann Loud said. "We've got to do a better job marking up and finding a way to shut her (Derryfield's Gabi Brummett) down."
Brummett scored four of the Manchester private school's goals in the game, the total of which was more than twice as many goals than the Engineers allowed the entire season up to that point.
"We've had an excellent run," Loud said. "I'm not happy that we lost, but I'm not unhappy with our season."
The Engineers saw Derryfield control the pace of the game for the first chunk of the first half, as the Cougars were able to move the ball easily on the turf, a surface that they have on their Manchester campus. Strong defense from Lauren Kiessling helped keeper Tori Clough in the opening minutes. Kayleigh Clough had to leave the game after getting drilled in the face with a kick right near the start, but she returned to the pitch a few minutes later after going through the paces with the trainer. The Cougars continued to pressure with shots going wide and shots going high. Tori Clough also turned in a couple of solid saves for the Engineers and Laura Rutherford had a good clear for the Woodsville girls.
Suzie Bazzell had Woodsville's first run into the offensive zone, but she was shut down by the defense and Derryfield came right back with a couple of corner kicks. Tori Clough made the save on the first one and Maggie Kinder had a nice clear on the second. Kinder just missed connecting with Paige Martin, who returned to action after injuring her arm in the final seconds of the semifinal game just three days earlier. Molly Clough had a shot denied by the Derryfield keeper.
Derryfield got on the board with 16:30 to go in the first half, as they converted on a nice cross through the crease, going up 1-0, the first goal Woodsville had given up in the playoffs.
It didn't take the southern girls long to double that lead, as just 3:20 later, they converted on a corner kick, as Tori Clough got her hand on the ball, but the rebound was put in and the score stood at 2-0.
The rowdy Engineer crowd, which repeatedly drowned out the Cougar faithful, woke up just a few minutes later, as Dee Martin took a direct kick, firing it into the box. The Derryfield keeper made the stop, but Paige Martin didn't slow down and charged in and put home the rebound, cutting the lead to 2-1 with just 12 minutes to play in the half.
The Engineers tried to harness the momentum from the play, with Dee Martin just missing connecting with Bazzell moments later. However, it was the Cougars that got the momentum, as they were awarded a penalty kick with 3:30 to go in the half. Tori Clough made a diving save to her right, punching the ball away, but the rebound was secured and tucked into the goal, giving the Cougars a 3-1 lead with 3:02 to go and that lead held to the half.
The Cougars wasted little time getting on the board in the second half, as just more than five minutes in, they converted on a shot to the top corner that no goalie could've stopped for the 4-1 lead. Just more than eight minutes later, they made it 5-1 and Woodsville couldn't rebound. Molly Clough and Dee Martin missed connecting on a couple of scoring bids and Bazzell just missed Kinder on a cross following a corner kick. Paige Martin also had a bid denied as time ticked off the clock and Derryfield took the NHIAA championship plaque back to Manchester, leaving Woodsville with the runner-up plaque for the second year in a row.
Loud noted that she had to adjust her lineup a bit to try and shut down Brummett, moving Lily Kinder to the shutdown role and the veteran coach thought she handled the job well.
But once Derryfield scored, she noted her team started to slip a little.
"And then that PK, that deflated them," she said. "And you can't take away from the fact that they (Derryfield) played a really good game."
The Engineer mentor noted that the Cougars probably had a slight advantage on the turf, but noted they played a great game in many aspects.
She also praised the work of Paige Martin, who fought through the injury despite obviously not being at 100 percent.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 569-3126 or email@example.com