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Timber Wolves rally past Tigers, fall to Berlin

BRIAN BORELLI leaps to try and haul in a shot during action against Farmington on Oct. 5. Joshua Spaulding. (click for larger version)
October 10, 2011
ALTON — After losing four games in a row earlier in the season, the Prospect Mountain boys' soccer team had regrouped and won four in a row before welcoming the Berlin boys to Alton on Friday, Oct. 7.

Unfortunately, the northern squad came prepared and fought through a 1-0 win to end the Timber Wolves' win streak at four.

The lone Berlin goal came on a penalty kick late in the first half.

"We played pretty well in the second half and we had it in their end most of the time," coach Bubba Noyes said.

Zack Drouin hit Alex Bennett with a nice cross in the first half for Prospect's best scoring chance and both Drouin and Chris Whalen had great looks in the second half, but nothing could get past Berlin goalie Curtis Arsenault.

"He's tough," Noyes said of the Berlin goalie.

The Timber Wolf coach praised the play of Austin Perrin and David Troy in the defensive backfield and Biscoe in the midfield, as well as Drouin and Bennett up front.

"Both teams played pretty well," Noyes said. "It's a tough one to lose, but obviously, Berlin's a good team."

The Prospect boys did open the week with their fourth win in a row, though it wasn't as easy as the team would've liked.

Farmington visited Alton on Wednesday, Oct. 5, and netted the first goal of the game just 2:18 into the contest.

Prospect didn't give in, however, as the Timber Wolves came right back with some good pressure, as Jason Houghton just missed a pass in to Drouin.

However, just more than seven minutes in, Biscoe hit Bennett with a nice pass and Bennett then tapped it to Cody Symonds, who beat the Farmington keeper, his American Legion baseball teammate Ryan Gibbs, to tie the game at one.

Prospect continued to pressure, with Biscoe, Houghton, Ken Gilbert, Symonds and Bennett all had scoring bids, but couldn't get anything past Gibbs.

Farmington took advantage of the chances and came down the field and slipped a shot past Prospect keeper Zach Robertson to take a 2-1 lead.

The Timber Wolves again answered quickly, as Drouin found Bennett just four minutes later to get the Timber Wolves back to even at two.

Prospect kept pressuring, with Gilbert, Drouin and Biscoe all getting good chances in the offensive end. Symonds also drove a shot off the post and Jake Troy made a nice feed to Biscoe that was stopped by Gibbs.

Farmington also had a chance, but sent the shot high.

Prospect took its first lead of the game with 5:45 to go in the half, as Bennett got the goalie down and tipped the ball to Symonds, who poked the ball into the net for the 3-2 lead.

Biscoe, Logan LaRoche, and Symonds continued the offensive attack for the Timber Wolves and Austin Perrin sent in a nice ball that was cleared out of the zone and the game went to halftime with the Timber Wolves up by a 3-2 score.

Prospect came out of the gate in the second half with some solid scoring bids, as Biscoe, Houghton and Drouin had chances. Drouin's went off the goal post after he beat two defenders in the zone.

The Tigers were able to knot the score again at 3-3 with 24:30 to play in the game, as they sent in a long shot that slipped off of goalie Brian Borelli's fingers.

Prospect kept pressuring the zone, as Biscoe, Houghton, Bennett, Drouin and Jake Troy all had good chances, while Alex Rayno did a nice job in the defensive backfield to keep Farmington from getting to close.

With 7:55 to go, Drouin sent a light shot in off the post and into the net to give the Timber Wolves a 4-3 lead.

Prospect got some more chances, as Rayno, Houghton, Drouin and Symonds all made bids, but it was Houghton who got the insurance, as he made a gorgeous strike to the top of the net for a 5-3 lead in the final two minutes and Prospect had the win.

"We fought back and fought back," Noyes said. "And the young guys played well too," he added, pointing to Rayno and Bennett as strong contributors as well as Symonds.

"It's a W and that's the most important thing," Noyes said. "At times we looked good and at times we didn't."

The Timber Wolves hadn't played in more than a week and also had missed some practice due to weather, and the Prospect coach thought that might have played a part in the early going.

"Farmington took advantage of that at the beginning," Noyes said.

Next up for the Timber Wolves is a home game with Inter-Lakes on Friday, Oct. 14, at 4 p.m. The boys head to Winnisquam for a 3:30 p.m. game on Monday, Oct. 17, and will finish the regular season at home against Somersworth on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 4 p.m.

"This week looms bigger now that we're in 11th," Noyes said. "It's going to be a telling week for us."

Joshua Spaulding can be reached at sportsgsn@salmonpress.com or 569-3126

Martin Lord Osman
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