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Timber Wolves exact revenge on Gilford

KIRBY BERANGER leaps to beat a Gilford defender to the ball during action Oct. 9 in Alton. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 13, 2009
ALTON — After losing a game to a team they should've beaten, the Prospect Mountain soccer girls got back on track by exacting a little revenge.

The Timber Wolves knocked off Gilford by a 2-0 tally on Oct. 6, turning the tables on the Golden Eagles after an early season loss, then traveled to Epping and dominated for a 6-0 win.

At Epping, the Timber Wolves got two goals in the first half to take a 2-0 lead at the break, then continued the onslaught in the second half, pumping in four goals for the 6-0 win.

Kirby Beranger got the scoring started in the first half and Cheyanne Harris added the second tally as the Timber Wolves jumped out to an early lead.

"We really controlled play pretty well," said coach Matt Locke. "But we really got it going in the second half."

Josie Couch netted two goals and two assists in the second half and Beranger added her second goal of the game. Erica Clemons also notched a goal as the Timber Wolves stretched out the lead and took the 6-0 win.

Keeper Danielle Tidd had a relatively easy time in net, making three or four saves, including one exceptional one near the end of the contest.

The Timber Wolves were dominating on offense, as they sent close to 30 shots on the Epping net.

Locke also noted that his team particularly enjoyed playing on the turf Seacoast United fields.

"That field was a lot of fun to play on," he noted.

The Timber Wolves were looking for a bit of revenge on Tuesday, Oct. 6, and they got what they were looking for with a solid effort against Gilford.

The Timber Wolves wasted no time bringing the ball down the field, with Kelly Jones, Clemons and Couch moving the ball into the offensive zone. Britney Therrien also had a shot sail wide as the Timber Wolves moved the ball well.

Gilford came back with a couple of scoring chances, sending one high, while another cross found nobody home in front of the net and Tidd was able to settle the ball down for a solid save.

Kim Sykes and Couch just missed connections on one scoring bid and Couch, Sarah Carpenter and Sarah Clifford all had shots on net that were turned away or sailed wide.

Couch, Sykes, Jones and Therrien continued to attack the offensive end, while at the other end, Tidd turned away Gilford's scoring attempt.

Couch had a couple of great scoring chances that were stoned by the Gilford goalie and Clemons fired a shot that was blocked by the defense.

However, with 6:45 to play, Beranger sent a soft shot on net that the Gilford keeper mishandled and it bounced across the goal line for a 1-0 Prospect lead.

The Timber Wolves had two corners in a row in the final few minutes of the half and couldn't convert and Beranger was on the doorstep for one chance and just missed and the game went to the break with the Timber Wolves clinging to a 1-0 lead.

The hosts wasted little time in doubling that lead in the second half, as Harris sent a nice pass in to Couch and she drilled it to the back of the net for a 2-0 lead just 30 seconds into the frame.

The Timber Wolves kept pressuring on offense, as Carpenter, Clemons and Jones turned on the offense, while at the other end, Sahara Brown and Kelsey Meyerhoff turned in solid defensive stands.

Therrien fed Couch for a great scoring chance that rocketed off the crossbar and Therrien had a shot tipped just wide of the net.

Clifford's crossing pass just missed connections with Couch and Brown sent in a long pass just ahead of Jones. Therrien also just missed connections with Jones for a scoring chance. Clifford, Jones and Therrien all sent shots just wide of the net as well.

Tidd made a couple of strong saves, including one on a corner. The Golden Eagles also had a great attempt on a corner sail high over the net.

Jones and Couch had scoring chances denied and Brown helped Tidd close the book with a couple of strong defensive plays and the Timber Wolves had the 2-0 win.

"They're a decent team, much better than their record," Locke noted. "But it wears down teams if you pass the ball well because they have to chase. We passed the ball very well today and that created chances. The more chances you have, the more games you win."

Locke noted that it was important for his team to come back after a tough loss to Somersworth and put it in the past. He also noted that it's always good to beat Gilford.

"I told the seniors, this was their last chance to beat tem in a regular season game and all the seniors played up," he said.

He praised Carpenter for locking up the Eagles' top playmaker and keeping her away from spots where she could take good shots.

The Timber Wolves will be in action today, Oct. 15, at home at 4:30 p.m. against Sanborn. On Monday, Oct. 19, the girls play host to Epping at 4 p.m. in the season's penultimate game.

Matin Lord Osman
Salmon Press
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