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Lakes Region Soccer Club boys and girls win state titles

THE U18 Lakers United team won the state championship on Sunday in Pembroke. Front row (l to r), Sahara Brown, Keerstyn Allen, Nicole Dwyer, Brandi Lapierre, Cheyanne Harris and Megen Pollini. Back row (l to r), Kate Silvia, Kelly Jones, Courtney Phelps, Marcela Dorfsman-Hopkins, Kelsey Hannafin, Rhianna Llewellyn, Heather Richardson and Samantha Hillis. Not pictured are players Allyson Daniels, Paulina Karabelas, Angela Tidd, Britney Therrien and Mackenzie Graupner and coaches Pete Clifford and Mike Hillis and manager John Dwyer. Courtesy Photo. (click for larger version)
June 13, 2011
PEMBROKE — Over the weekend in Pembroke at the NHSA Fields, both Lakers United boys' and girls' teams won their semifinal and final Granite State league playoff games.

On Saturday, June 11, the Lakers U18 girls shut out Bedford Classics 3-0. Striker Sahara Brown hit a long crossing shot for Lakers' first goal, nicely set up by Sam Hillis. Ten minutes into the second half, Kelly Jones quickly finished a combination pass from Brown and Nicole Dwyer. Brown blasted her second goal from 25 yards, assisted by Kate Silvia and Cheyanne Harris.

Keeper Courtney Phelps had a fantastic day for the Lakers, stopping 15 shots. Defenders Megen Pollini, Heather Richardson, Angela Tidd and Dwyer slowed down the Classics' attack.

Sunday, June 12, the Lakers kicked off against Timberwolves SC U19 girls. The whole game was exciting action on both sides of the pitch. Brown hit the cross bar and two Lakers missed the rebound and five minutes later midfielder Kelsey Hannafin hit the post. Lakers keeper Brandi Lapierre made some outstanding saves on great T-Wolves shots. The T-wolves got on the board late in the first half with crossing pass that hit the back of a Lakers defender. In the second half, the Lakers put a lot of pressure on the T-wolves' defense causing them to foul Dwyer just past center circle. From 45 yards, Pollini tied the game with a rocket shot that sailed just under the crossbar. After 90 minutes the game finished tied and went to PKs. Brown, Pollini, Hillis and Lapierre all scored for the Lakers, while after four penalty kicks the T-wolves scored two, giving the Lakers a 5-3 win. The Lakers were coached by Pete Clifford and Mike Hillis and team manager John Dwyer. Special thanks to team parent Kelly Pollini.

Saturday, June 11, Lakers United U19 boys beat the Timberwolves 4-1. The game had lots of back and forth action. Spencer Goossens made some great saves for the Lakers. The Lakers outhustled and outplayed the T-wolves to move on to the finals.

Sunday, June 12, the boys completed an undefeated season, with a 4-2 win over a scrappy Rochester Club in the finals of the Granite State Youth Soccer League Spring Tournament. Keeper Goossens was chosen player of the game by his teammates. Twelve of the team's 16 players were playing in their last club team game and truly ended their careers in style.

Playing for the Lakers this season were Ethan Smith, Jason Houghton, Tony Delgado, Louie Houle, Anthony Frangione, Jesse Brown, Sebastian Manteau, Scott Chrysafidis, Connor Fountain, Kevin Ashley, Brian Jones, Jake Biscoe, Spencer Goossens, Ben Couch, Nick Bachelder, Jake Rochette and Casey Lush. The Lakers were coached by Tom Frangione, Paul Delgado and Louie Houle III.

Coaches, parents and players from both teams would like to give special thanks to President Terry Stamp for starting club soccer in the Lakes Region.

AJ Coleman
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