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Timber Wolf boys push past Knights

PROSPECT’S JESSE BROWN slides in to knock the ball away from Kingswood’s Jack Bowen during action in Alton on Sept. 3. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
September 06, 2010
ALTON — Being just 12 miles apart on Route 28, it should be only natural that Kingswood and Prospect Mountain have some sort of rivalry.

However, until Friday, Sept. 3, the two schools had never met in a regular-season game in any sport.

With the Kingswood soccer program moving to Division III this year, the Timber Wolves and Knights met up in Alton and the Timber Wolves controlled the day against their neighbors to the north, taking a 10-0 win.

For Kingswood, it was the second game of the season and the second game against a team that has traditionally been a Class M power. The Knights lost to Berlin on opening day.

The Timber Wolves opened the game with some good pressure on the Kingswood net, as Jake Troy and his teammates immediately tested Kingswood goalie Alden Garland, who was up to the test, turning away a couple shots. Casey Lush also chipped in with a strong defensive play.

The Knights were able to turn the ball around and move up the field, but Jeremy Souther's shot from outside sailed wide of the net.

Prospect slowly began to take control of the game, as Troy, Jason Houghton, Zack Drouin and Jake Rochette all had great scoring chances, with a couple going wide and a couple finding their way to Garland, who handled the pressure well.

However, just less than nine minutes into the game, the Timber Wolves got on the board, as Drouin drilled home a shot after a great Houghton cross and a tip by Rochette, giving the hosts a 1-0 lead.

Kingswood's second scoring chance also came off the foot of Souther, but it also sailed wide and Prospect took the ball back down the field and continued the pressure.

Jake Biscoe drilled a shot off the cross bar, then headed another shot wide on a corner kick. Matt McGinnis had a shot turned away by Garland and Lush made a solid defensive play on Anthony Frangione, keeping the Timber Wolves off the board.

With 22 minutes to play, Scott Kanash found James Barrett in front and he buried the shot for a 2-0 Prospect Mountain lead. The Timber Wolves kept pressuring, with Ben Couch, Kanash and Frangione all getting chances to put the ball in net, but Garland turned away their attempts.

Jack Bowen made a good defensive clear for the Knights and Souther took the ball down the field looking for a good scoring chance. However, the Prospect defense of Jesse Brown, Greg Tinkham and Nick Bachelder closed in and kept the ball away from the net. The defense did the same to Jason Beckwith, who also drove in looking for a good shot.

Frangione and Biscoe combined for a couple of great chances and Couch hit the cross bar as the Timber Wolves turned the ball back around. The pressure paid off with 11:10 to go, as Biscoe headed the ball off the cross bar and Kanash was in place to knock the rebound home and give the Timber Wolves a 3-0 lead.

Garland continued to shine in net and the defense, led by another solid play from Lush, kept Prospect from scoring right away, but the tenacious Timber Wolves netted another one with 5:49 to play in the half, as Couch finished off a couple of great passes from Drouin and Frangione for a 4-0 lead. The score remained until halftime.

The Timber Wolves found a lot of iron early in the second half, as Tinkham and Frangione both rang shots off the goal. Troy and Couch sent shots high and Drouin and Houghton had bids turned away by Garland.

With 35:27 to play, Rochette managed to beat Garland to a loose ball and tapped it across the goal line for a 5-0 lead.

Couch and Drouin both hit the cross bar for the Timber Wolves as the game continued, but with 32:45 to play, Frangione rifled a shot from the top of the box to the back of the net for a 6-0 lead.

That lead leaped to 7-0 just more than a minute later, as Drouin beat the Kingswood defense and burred the shot.

Kingswood's Mitch Tappan turned in a solid defensive play as the Timber Wolves continued to move the ball throughout the offensive zone and shots from Kanash, Mike Schultz and Biscoe didn't find their mark.

Sean Palumbo made a solid clear for the Kingswood defense and Jake Saucier turned it into a scoring opportunity, which Spencer Goossens turned away.

The Knights did turn in a couple of quick scoring chances and again Goossens was there to make the saves and keep the shutout in tact.

Rochette netted the eighth goal with 15:52 to play and Drouin followed with the ninth with 13:30 to go.

From there, the Timber Wolves went into their passing game, and the two teams moved the ball up and down the field without much scoring pressure on either end, as Zach Robertson replaced Goossens in net for the Timber Wolves.

The 10th goal came in the final seconds of play, as Austin Perrin drilled a shot home to close out the scoring.

"We're not doing the simple things," Kingswood coach Mike Best said. "It's basic stuff we've been working on and there's not really an excuse for it."

He noted that his team, with two games and no goals under its belt, needs to work on a number of things if they want to see improvement.

"We have to communicate better," he said. "People aren't talking to each other.

"And we're advancing the ball, but we're not moving as a unit," he continued. "We definitely need to keep the ball on the ground more. We're not good at 50-50 balls."

Prospect Mountain coach Bubba Noyes praised the Knights for going full tilt the entire game.

"They didn't give up," Noyes said. "But we played pretty well."

He was also quick to praise his team's work at spreading the ball around throughout the game.

"They are pretty unselfish about passing the ball to each other," he said.

More Knights

The game in Alton was Kingswood's lone game of the week. The boys will be back in action on Friday, Sept. 10, when they host Somersworth at 4 p.m.

More Timber Wolves

The Prospect boys took care of business on Tuesday, Aug. 31, knocking off Franklin by a 9-0 score.

Frangione and Biscoe each had two goals and Biscoe added an assist. Couch scored on an assist from Rochette. Rochette scored on an assist from Troy and Troy scored on an assist from Drouin. Josh Dudzik scored his first varsity goal on an assist from Kanash and Alex Rayno netted his first varsity goal on an assist from David Troy. Schultz also picked up an assist.

"We've got four tough games coming up," Noyes said looking at the schedule. Those games began with Somersworth after deadline Tuesday. The boys will head to Belmont today, Thursday, Sept. 9, for a 4 p.m. game, then host Berlin on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 4 p.m. The tough stretch continues with Gilford the following Friday.

Martin Lord Osman
Brewster Academy
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