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Laker girls battle hard against D2 Plymouth

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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers

Plymouth's Megan Metivier and Anna Carpentiere of Inter-Lakes battle for the ball in action last week. (Photo by Joshua Spaulding) (click for larger version)
October 15, 2020
PLYMOUTH — In every life, a little rain must fall. The Plymouth and Inter-Lakes soccer girls dealt with some rain and wind on Wednesday, Oct. 14, but the two teams battled through and found some time in the sun before the Bobcats claimed a 6-0 win.

"In the second half, we got them to play possession and they did better at it," said Plymouth coach Kyle Reed. "Our goal is to get to a possession style game."

"We have injuries left and right," said Inter-Lakes coach Chelsea Crockett, who noted the Lakers had just two juniors and the rest were freshmen and sophomores. "I'm proud of them, they worked hard."

The Bobcats got some early chances, with Sam Meier firing a shot over the net. Erin Furnee and Sara Harris came up with good defensive plays on Meier and Riley Ferrante had a long direct kick for the Lakers.

Plymouth had a corner kick with Nina Vermeersch sending the ball in to Meier, but Harris was able to clear the ball out of the zone. Megan Metivier had a shot go wide and then also sent a nice crossing pass through the zone. The Bobcats had another corner, but Meier's shot went wide of the net. She also sent a shot off the post.

With just more than 10 minutes gone in the game, the Bobcats got on the board, as Meier fired a shot on net and Inter-Lakes keeper Joscelyn Boucher couldn't quite get a handle on it and Plymouth had a 1-0 lead.

Vermeersch had a shot stopped by Boucher and then Metivier sent a nice crossing pass that Harris was able to clear away. Harris also had a nice defensive stop on Vermeersch. Plymouth had a corner kick with Metivier sending a shot on net that was deflected and Jordan Levesque sent a shot wide of the net.

Meier had a cross that missed connections in front, then Levesque had a shot go wide and Meier and Levesque teamed up on another chance, with Ruby Preisendorfer getting a defensive clear for the Lakers. Boucher made a save on a by Levesque as well.

With just less than 20 minutes to go in the half, Plymouth upped the lead to 2-0, as Meier scored her second goal of the game, this one on a corner.

Metiver had a shot go high, Cierra More just missed connecting in the middle and then Anna Carpentiere came up with a nice defensive stop on Moore. Metiver had another shot saved by Boucher, who also stopped a shot by Vermeersch. Peyton Hoyt had a nice clear for the Lakers before the Bobcats got another corner, with Vermeersch sending a shot just wide of the net.

Tara Smoker had a bid in close and then Carpentiere and Harris turned in good defense for the Lakers. Kelly Daugherty had a shot stopped by Boucher and Smoker also had a run into the zone.

The Bobcats upped the lead to 3-0 with 6:55 to go, as Meier took a direct kick into the box and Vermeersch put it home for the hosts. Meier had a cross miss connections in front and then sent a shot wide as the Bobcats continued to battle.

In the final few minutes of the half, Plymouth made it a 4-0 game. Meier sent a shot on net that Boucher punched out but Levesque got the rebound and put it home, giving Plymouth the 4-0 lead at the halftime break.

The Lakers had an early corner kick in the second half but Sumaj Billin was able to clear the ball out of the zone. Meier had a direct kick that Lily Richardson was able to clear and then Metivier sent a nice ball in to Vermeersch but Boucher made the save. Ali McCarthy made a run into the zone for the Lakers but Billin was able to clear the ball.

With almost 10 minutes gone in the second half, Levesque had a shot that Boucher got to but Metiver found the rebound and poked it home for the 5-0 lead. Ferrante had a nice defensive stop on Emma Smith and Smoker sent a shot wide of the net. Plymouth had a couple of corner kicks with Olivia Kimball clearing one for the Lakers and then Daugherty sending the ball wide of the net.

Ashley DeRuvo had a shot denied by Boucher and then Billin sent a shot off the post. Kimball also had a good defensive clear for the Lakers and Billin had a few more shots stopped by Boucher.

The final goal was scored by Daugherty in the final five minutes, giving the Bobcats the 6-0 lead. DeTolla had a late shot for the Lakers and Plymouth took the 6-0 win.

"We have a tough stretch, today, tomorrow, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday next week, with a holiday weekend in between," Reed said. "That's five games in a row with no practices.

"But the girls have responded well," he continued. "This is a nice group of girls."

"This year is about experience, trying to build a program, build a team," said Crockett. "They all kept a good attitude.

"We said before the game that this is a Division II team you probably will never play in the regular season again, so we wanted to try some new things," she added. "It's good for everyone to play against a good team."

She praised the work of Carpentiere, who moved back to defense to help fill in for an injured teammate and also Ferrante for her defensive work.

Plymouth kicked off the week with a 2-0 win over Laconia under the lights at Bank of New Hampshire Stadium. Metivier got the first goal on an assist from Meier and Meier added the second goal. Aaralyn Scroggins got the shutout in net for the Bobcats, while Sutherland, Meier, Billin, Sophie Markey, DeRuvo and Metivier earned Reed's praise for their play. The rematch on Thursday was cancelled.

Plymouth will be at Moultonborough today, Oct. 15, at 4 p.m., will be at Gilford at 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 19, and will host Gilford at 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 22.

The Lakers will be in action on Saturday, Oct. 17, at 12:30 p.m. at Moultonborough, will be at Kennett on Monday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m. and will host Kennett on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 4 p.m.

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

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