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Littleton defense pitches fifth-straight shutout in win over Profile

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Profile keeper Killian McKim punches the ball away as Littleton attacker Landon Bromley and Profile defender Adam Bell go up for the ball. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
October 15, 2020
LITTLETON — A battle between neighbors proved to be a lot of fun to watch as the Profile Patriots and Littleton Crusaders went head-to-head on the field at Remich Park in Littleton last Thursday.

In the end, a first-half goal by Parker Paradice proved to be the only tally of the day and Littleton took the 1-0 win over the Patriots.

"In the first part, we had the pressure on them and their goalie (Killian McKim) came up big to keep it scoreless," said Littleton coach Luke Driscoll. "In the second half, give them (Profile) credit, they stepped up a lot."

"It was an exciting game all around," said Profile coach Brent Detamore. "We worked to the last minute."

The two teams exchanged chances early on but it was Littleton who seemed to control the play a little more in their offensive zone. The Crusaders had a corner that was cleared away from a scrum in front of McKim. Paradice sent a shot wide of the net and then Stephen Lucas got his head on the ball on a corner kick but the defense was able to clear it away. Alex Leslie made a run up the field for the Patriots but Kyle Huynh was able to step up on the defense. Jack Price had a nice block on a Littleton corner and McKim made a save on a shot from Paradice. Landon Bromley and Huynh both turned in strong defense for the Crusaders as well.

Littleton had a corner kick but the ball went through the crease without going in the net. Austin Marquis made a nice run in for the Crusaders and then Joelevy Perez got in the zone and fired off a shot that McKim made a nice grab on.Adam Bell had a shot for Profile that Littleton keeper Josh Finkle held on to.

The hosts got on the board with just more than 14 minutes to go in the first half, as Paradice slipped through the defense and fired the ball past McKim for the 1-0 lead.

Profile's Max Ritter sent an indirect kick in just ahead of Gabe Jacobs and then Huynh made a nice defensive stop on Riley Plante. Huynh had a nice shot that seemed ticketed for the top shelf but McKim made a leaping save. Leslie turned the ball the other way for Profile but Issac Piette was able to turn him away. Patriot Quinton Paradise turned away a Matt Kelly bid and then Bell had a shot on net that Finkle grabbed. Marquis came back with a bid at the other end and McKim made a leaping save again and the game went to the half with Littleton up 1-0.

Jacobs had a long shot on net early in the second half but Finkle was able to grab it. Paradice answered at the other end but McKim came up with the save. Jacobs then sent a shot over the net and Littleton came back with a corner that McKim was able to snag. Paradice then ripped a shot off the crossbar for the Crusaders and Marquis had a shot stopped by McKim.

Ritter had a shot go over the top of the net and then got a corner kick, but it was cleared out by the Littleton defense. Ritter had a direct kick blocked and then Jacobs had a direct kick cleared by Piette. Ritter also had a shot go wide of the net.

Littleton had a corner kick that McKim was able to punch out of the air and then Finkle came out to make a grab when the Patriots made a run in the zone. Marquis made a nice cross to Grady Hadlock but the Crusaders couldn't capitalize. Paradice had a shot over the crossbar. Profile had a couple of late bids from Ritter, Leslie and Bell but the clock ran out on the 1-0 Littleton win.

"Our defense stood tall," said Driscoll, noting the win was the fifth-straight shutout for the Crusaders. "I thought our marking was a lot better."

He noted that Piette, Lucas and Bromley did a nice job leading the squad from the back line and Evan Piette did a nice job marking Ritter.

"He took on the task of marking Max and he did a good job of that," Driscoll said.

"We had our chances," said Detamore. "We just have to put one or two in and it could've been a different outcome.

"I'm proud of the boys, they worked hard for 80 minutes," he continued. "There's a couple of things we can learn from this game. We can improve."

He also pointed out that he had a number of freshmen who stepped up and played well.

Littleton also honored its seniors prior to the game, with Bromley, Finkle, Lucas, Issac Piette, Huynh, Evan Piette, Marquis, Paradice, Kelly, Jean Flores, Cole Hadlock and Riley Johnson honored for their careers.

Profile will be hosting Groveton on Friday, Oct. 16, at 3:30 p.m. and Lisbon on Monday, Oct. 19, at 4:30 p.m.

Littleton will be hosting White Mountains at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, and will be hosting Woodsville at 4 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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