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Stevens girls defeat Newport, 7-0

Stevens forward, Dana Courtemanche, kicks up grass, looks downfield and sends the ball towards the other end of the field as teammate Emily Tibals guards a Kearsarge opponent. Stevens won the game 1-0 Tuesday, Sept. 8 Eric Carr. (click for larger version)
September 10, 2009
NEWPORT The Stevens girls soccer team looks like one of the teams to beat in Class M after rolling over Newport 7-0 Sept. 1 at Sichol Field. The Cardinals have torched opposing defenses for 20 goals, while their stingy defense hasn't been broken in a pair of wins. Stevens opened with a home win over Mascenic 13-0 Aug. 28 at Monadnock Park.

"I'm very pleased," Stevens girls soccer coach Don Hart said. "I loved the passing today. They are really starting to understand the way we want them to play."

Arielle Whipple scored a hat trick and Danielle Tenney scored a goal, added an assist and played a scoreless second half in goal to help push the Cardinals to a 2-0 start. Senior sweeper and all-stater Mo Guimond moved up to play stopper against the Tigers and it paid quick dividends as the Cardinals scored six first-half goals all coming in the final 23 minutes of the first half.

"It's early in the season, but it is a good start," Guimond said. "We had a really good summer season and a really good preseason. We have a couple of tough games coming up with Kearsarge and Gilford."

The Cardinals will play Class I Kearsarge and Class M semifinalist Gilford at Monadnock Park next week. Stevens will play Kearsarge Sept. 8 at 6 p.m. and Gilford Sept. 10 at 6:30 p.m.

"The way we're playing really bodes well for us the rest of the season," Hart said. "These two games will really gauge how well we are playing right now."

Whipple put the Cardinals on the board first as she hit a high ball that Newport goalie Lindsay Nickerson could only get a small piece of before going into the net with about 23 minutes left in the half.

After Stevens broke the ice, the Cardinals scored five more times in rapid succession.

Erica Gessner redirected a Mo LaFreiniere cross for a goal to make it 2-0. Whipple scored on a feed from Tenney to make it 3-0. Whipple completed her trio unassisted to make the score 4-0. Tess Bergeron scored unassisted to make it 5-0 and Tenney scored on a feed from Dana Courtemanche to send Stevens into the break with a 6-0 lead.

"We broke down a little bit late in the first half," Newport girls soccer coach Guenter Hubert said. "We got a little complacent and Stevens took advantage of it."

Emily Tibbles scored the only goal of the second half early for the Cardinals.

"We're very young with mainly freshmen and sophomores," Hubert said. "Stevens puts a quality proven player at every position on the field, while we put a young inexperienced player at most positions on the field."

Hubert was still happy with the effort his Tigers gave against the Cardinals.

"This is the most energetic team Newport has ever had," Hubert said. "We played pretty well most of the day except for the stretch in the first half where they scored all of their goals. I thought we played a pretty good second half."

Stevens held the statistical edge in shots 16-4 and in corner kicks 6-0.

Jordan Davis started in goal for the Cardinals and made one save, while Tenney stopped three shots in the second half. Nickerson made five saves in the first half and Taylor Chadwick four in the second for the Tigers.

Newport is 1-1 with the loss and will welcome Campbell to Sichol Field Sept. 4 for a 4:30 p.m. start.

Martin Lord Osman
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