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Playoff update: Defending champions sneak by T-Wolves in semis



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Kelly Jones netted three goals to lead Prospect Mountain past Raymond 4-1 in the Class M quarterfinals Friday in Alton. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)

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Berlin goalie Curtis Arsenault picks the ball out of the air as Prospect's Zack Drouin tries to head the ball away during Class M quarterfinal action Sunday in Alton. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 29, 2009
PENACOOK — When senior Kim Sykes drilled a shot from 35 yards out off of the Fall Mountain goalie's fingers and into the net to tie the game with 27:23 to play in Tuesday night's Class M girls' soccer semifinal, Prospect Mountain coach Matt Locke really thought his team was going to earn a trip to the finals.

After all, the Timber Wolves had been controlling play much of the second half and appeared to have the momentum.

However, the defending Class M champion Wildcats had other ideas and with 6:17 to play in regulation, the top-seeded Fall Mountain girls tapped in their second goal of the game and held on despite a furious last-minute Prospect Mountain rally, taking the 2-1 win and ending the Timber Wolves' fantastic season in the semifinals.

The Wildcats scored the game's first goal with 17:38 to play in the first half and controlled play for much of the first half, but the Timber Wolves turned the tables on the champs in the second half and made the Wildcats work for the win.

Fall Mountain will face Campbell, 1-0 double overtime winners over Belmont, in Friday's championship game in Manchester.

Look for a complete game wrap-up and pictures from this contest in the Nov. 12 print edition of The Baysider.

Quarters

The Prospect Mountain girls' soccer team will meet up with top-ranked Fall Mountain in the Class M semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook.

The Wildcats finished with a 14-2 record on the regular season and earned the top seed in the playoffs, while the Timber Wolves are the fourth seed with a 12-3-1 regular season record.

Game time is set for 6 p.m. under the lights at Merrimack Valley. It is the second game of the afternoon, with sixth-ranked Belmont and second-seeded Campbell meeting up in the other semifinal game at 4 p.m.

The Class M finals are set for 5 p.m. at Southern New Hampshire University on Friday, Nov. 6.

Boys' soccer

Brian Jones netted the game's only goal just more than five minutes into the Class M quarterfinal matchup between Berlin and Prospect Mountain on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Alton.

From that point on, the game was a defensive battle, as goalies Curtis Arsenault for Berlin and Scott Kanash for Prospect exchanged goose eggs and the defenses turned away a myriad of scoring chances before the ball ever made it to the goal.

The Mountaineers and Timber Wolves both put everything they had on the field, as the game was a physical battle from the opening kick to the final whistle, with neither team giving an inch as a spot in the Class M Final Four hung in the balance.

The 10th-seeded Mountaineers had a number of quality chances, none better than late in the second half, when Arsenault, stepping up from his goalie position, booted a shot that appeared destined to sneak under the cross bar, only to have Kanash time his leap perfectly and pull the ball down.

Prospect also had some great scoring chances, as Jiri Dahlgren headed a ball off the cross bar and Erik Aldrich, Zack Drouin, Anthony Frangione, Tony Ungarelli, Jake Troy and Jake Rochette all had chances denied by either Arsenault or the Berlin defense.

The Timber Wolves will move on to play the third-seeded Hopkinton Hawks, who crushed sixth-seeded White Mountains Regional 5-0 in quarterfinal action. The two teams will take to the field at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook on Thursday, Nov. 5, at 4 p.m.

Look for a complete wrap-up of the game in this week's print edition.

Volleyball quarters

The Prospect Mountain volleyball team had a scary task on its hands on Halloween, as the Timber Wolves had to face off with the top-ranked Farmington Tigers in the quarterfinals of the Division III volleyball tournament.

The Timber Wolves, who had beaten Belmont in the first round, didn't lay over and surrender to the tough Tiger squad, but they were never able to build much momentum that the Tigers didn't sweep away.

Farmington won the first game 25-13, took the second 25-15 and put together a 15-3 run after the Timber Wolves tied the third game at 10, and won 25-13 to seal the win in front of their home crowd.

Look for more on this game and the first round contest in this week's print edition of The Baysider.

Girls' soccer

Kelly Jones scored three of the Prospect Mountain girls' soccer team's four second-half goals to lead the Timber Wolves to a come-from-behind win over Raymond in the Class M quarterfinals on Friday, Oct. 30, in Alton.

The Timber Wolves looked off their game in the first half and the Rams were able to take a 1-0 lead off a defensive turnover midway through the first half.

That score stayed until only 17 minutes remained in the game. Jones took a great feed from Josie Couch and made a beautiful move to fake out the Ram goalie and walked the ball in to tie the game.

The freshman struck again with 10 minutes to go, as she beat the defender one-on-one and put a left-footed shot into the net for a 2-1 lead. She took a nice feed from Britney Therrien six minutes later and drove it home for a bit of insurance.

Kirby Beranger added a long goal from near the sideline with just more than two minutes to play to make it a 4-1 final.

The Timber Wolves will return to action for the Class M semifinals on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. at Merrimack Valley High School in Penacook, against either Somersworth or Fall Mountain.

Boys' soccer

The Prospect Mountain boys' soccer team took a while to get started during Thursday's opening round Class M tournament game against Stevens, but they had no problem finishing, taking a 4-0 win and earning a trip to the next round of the playoffs.

Spencer Goossens got the start in net for the Timber Wolves and turned away all scoring bids, with a bit of help from the goal post in the second half.

Jake Rochette got the scoring going with 11 minutes to play in the first half, finishing a great pass from Zack Drouin for a 1-0 lead. Jake Biscoe doubled that lead with just under four minutes to play when he headed home a beautiful pass from Brian Jones, giving the hosts a 2-0 lead at the break.

Anthony Frangione converted a penalty kick with just more than 20 minutes to play in the second half for a 3-0 lead and Jesse Brown tapped home the final goal with four minutes to go in the game, giving the Timber Wolves a victory and the chance to host a second tournament game.

The Timber Wolves will host Berlin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 1, in Alton.

Volleyball

The Prospect Mountain volleyball team opened the playoffs with a 3-0 win over Belmont on the road on Thursday, Oct. 29. The Timber Wolves, seeded ninth, bested the eighth-seeded Red Raiders and earned the right to take on top-ranked Farmington in the second round of the Division III tournament. That game will take place on Saturday, Oct. 31, at 6 p.m. in Farmington.

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