Late rally gives Prospect boys opening win
|ZACK DROUIN chases down a ball during opening action against Newfound on Friday, Aug. 26. Kathy Sutherland. (click for larger version)|
August 29, 2011ALTON — The Prospect Mountain soccer team came out of the gate a little rusty, but rebounded well in the final minutes of the season's first game, coming away with a 5-2 win over Newfound on Friday, Aug. 26.
Newfound led 2-1 late in the first half when Zack Drouin headed home a corner kick from Jake Biscoe to tie the game at two heading to the second half.
Prospect and Newfound battled for 35 minutes without either team getting the go-ahead goal, but the Timber Wolves scored three times in the final five minutes to walk off with the win.
"Once we got the third, the fourth and fifth came pretty quick," coach Bubba Noyes stated. "We played really good in the second half."
Drouin led the Timber Wolf offense with two goals, including the game-winning goal late in the second half. He also added an assist. Jake Troy had a goal and an assist. Nathan Farnham and Alex Bennett each recorded their first varsity goal and Farnham also had an assist. Dave Troy chipped in with an assist as well.
"We were a little slow out of the gate, but we really played pretty well in the second half," Noyes said. "We basically wore them down."
Noyes praised the work of Austin Perrin, Cody Symonds and David Troy in the backfield, as well as the strong midfield work from Jake Troy, Jason Houghton and Biscoe. Drouin also had a couple of great one-on-one scoring chances in the first half that he just missed on.
One thing that the Timber Wolves will not be lacking this year is numbers, as Noyes has 20 players on the varsity roster. While that is a large amount, the veteran coach didn't want to bump younger kids from the JV program by moving some of his extra players down.
"Obviously we're trying to get people as much playing time as we can," Noyes said. "Some games will have more playing time than others."
The ideal situation would be to have a third team, a freshman squad. However, finding out about the big numbers at such a late date made it impossible to get a coach and a schedule together for a third team. So, the varsity roster will be especially large this season.
Leading the way for the varsity squad will be the team's three senior captains, Drouin, Biscoe and Houghton. All three bring plenty of experience to the field and will be counted on to chip in all over the field.
Jake Troy is back for another year and will be key in the midfield, while Austin Perrin and Matt McGinnis return for their junior seasons on the defensive side of the ball.
David Troy saw limited action with the varsity squad last year, but will be seeing more this season in the backfield.
Alex Rayno started the season with the varsity squad last year and is back as a sophomore. Fellow sophomores Chris Whalen, Carl Stohlberg and Logan LaRoche will also be looking to make an impact during the season.
Freshman Farnham, Symonds, Barrett and Ken Gilbert will also be seeing significant time on the varsity squad, as they all demonstrated solid ability to play at the higher level.
Juniors Peter Benenate, Cody Yelle, Sean Shea and David Chateauneuf will also be vying for playing time as the season rolls along.
With the graduation of Spencer Goossens, the Timber Wolves will be looking to fill the keeper position if they hope to make another trip to the Division III semifinals. Zach Robertson and Brian Borelli will be splitting time between the pipes. In the first game, Robertson made three saves and Borelli made two.
Despite having such a large group, Noyes has been pleased with what he's seen in practice, noting that the players are improving every day.
The Timber Wolves will be at Kingswood for a 4 p.m. game on Friday, Sept. 2, before heading to Somersworth for a 6 p.m. contest on Tuesday, Sept. 6.
Joshua Spaulding can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 569-3126