by Arlene Allin
COLEBROOK - In their Homecoming weekend, the Colebrook boys came from two goals down to the win, 3-2, in double overtime with Groveton on Saturday. Andy White scored twice in the final 15 minutes of regulation and the Mohawks redeemed themselves from a frustrating week on a sudden death goal from Craig Brungot.
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quot;We played a whole game for a change. We played with some emotion for the first time,quot; said Colebrook coach Buddy Trask with a smile. quot;We had outworked them and I was just hoping we'd find a way to score. Makes the week worth it.quot;
With Homecoming king Jason Haynes and queen Leslie Lawton crowned at the dance the night before and with a stinging speech from their coach, Colebrook came out inspired. They knew they had to be at their best to stay with the Eagles.
Just as he did last year, D.J. Boivin (back on the job from injury) stymied the tribe in an outstanding effort in the Eagles goal. Boivin made at least a dozen saves on the day and kept Colebrook scoreless for three quarters of the game. He had a lot of help from Nick Blodgett and Jean Beland.
Groveton, which has been on a roll lately, took the lead at 21:33 of the first half. Keith Young drilled it from the left side before Nick Weber could get there. Weber handled about eight saves in the big win.
The real test for the nothern tribe came at 17:48 when Groveton scored again. Both Adam Duke and John Gooch in quick succession pulled balls from inside the area. Duke took away a lot of the Eagles fire. Within seconds, a long throw-in from Nick Blodgett was headed from the goal line by Craig Brungot, but it went to Matt Hawes on the opposite post and he headed it back inside.
quot;We kept our heads up all the way and we haven't always done that when things would go wrong,quot; said Trask. quot;We played hard all game. Adam Duke was solid and Andy White was all over the place. He really came through for us. This is the third time we've come from behind.quot;
White guided the Mohawks back with a pair of goals just over 10 minutes apart. At 25:57, Brungot crossed the ball and Pat Payer back passed to White for the tap inside. At 37:04, Gooch played the ball through and White got a foot on it in heavy traffic to tie the score at two each. Colebrook followers sent out a loud cheer.
quot;We talked about whether we wanted to play for a tie or go for the win in overtime and we were going for the win. We moved some people up,quot; said Trask. quot;This is a big win for us.quot;
Colebrook survived a potent charge by the Eagles in the last five minutes of the first overtime and once they had the sun out of the keeper's eyes, the Mohawks attacked. Three minutes into the second sudden death overtime, Brungot toed in the game-winner that bounced off Payer in the mad scramble at the goal mouth.
Colebrook, now at 6-3-1, will be at Alexander Gait on Tuesday. Groveton, now at 5.4, will be at Profile on Monday.
Gorham 2, WMR 1
GORHAM, N.H. - Gorham nudged White Mountains Regional out with a goal in overtime on Saturday.
The Spartans scored first as Ryan Brewster netted one at the 37:07 mark off an assist by Adam Seppala.
Gorham retaliated 6:11 into the second half when Chris Young scored with the assist going to Todd Davis.
The Huskies picked up the game winner at 3:54 into the first 10-minute sudden death period. The goal was scored by Shawn Williams, assisted by Young.
WMR goalie Tom Ohelli had eight saves. The Huskies had 21 shots on goal, while the Spartans shot 21.
quot;It was a pretty even game. We dominated the first half and they dominated the second half and the first part of the overtime. We just ran out of gas,quot; said WMR coach Doug Kilby. quot;We have way too many injuries right now. We have four starters out, and some of our starters are playing with injuries.quot;
The Spartans will host Littleton next Thursdays at 4 p.m.
Colebrook 2, Groveton 1
COLEBROOK - With the score tied at one each and the clock down to a minute and a half, Laura Chapman curled her foot around the ball and lifted Colebrook to the win, 2-1, on Saturday afternoon. The Homecoming victory gave the Mohawks a 5-3 record and dropped Groveton to a 1-7-1 mark this season.
quot;Basically the best player on the field made a great play and a great shot. She salted the win for them and she did it to us the last two minutes of the last game with them too,quot; pointed out Groveton coach Tim Haskins. quot;Our girls did come back to tie it. The last few minutes, we didn't go as hard as they did. We can't afford to keep losing games like this, but we look ahead to two big games next week.quot;
Groveton fired off a couple of rounds early, then Colebrook swept down field and scored. Sara Gooch made it happen as she worked the ball down the sideline and crossed it. Megan Provo touched it over to Gina Jeffers and the ninth-grader knocked it in at 22:12.
Colebrook held a 20-13 advantage in shots and Kate Daley corralled 13 shots to keep the game even, while Jayne Tarkelson collected 10 saves.
Groveton fired a couple more rounds early in the second half and the two locked at midfield for long stretches. Chapman broke out with a beauty of a cross that went begging and Groveton in answer came right down for a goal. On a Daley punt, Frett collected the ball, touched it to herself and broke free to even the score at one each. The Eagles kept the pressure on by winning the ball.
quot;Jenn Paquette hustled the whole time. She was keeping the ball in for our people up front,quot; said Haskins. Groveton couldn't convert and time was running out when Chapman took command.
quot;Laura has outstanding skills and we told her at halftime whe she had the opportunity, she would have to take the shots. She took the shot when we needed it,quot; said Mohawk mentor Mary Trask. quot;Amber Martel was outstanding on defense and Corinne Gilbert played hard. Racy Beloin was on top of the ball all the time. I'm glad we won this one. All our wins are close games. We want to maintain that streak of winning the ones we can and each one is a battle for us.quot;
Colebrook will be across the border in Canada at Alexander Galton Tuesday, a team they've lost to once, while Groveton will be at Lin-Wood on Monday, a team they tied earlier.
WMR 1, Gorham 0
GORHAM, N.H. - White Mountain Regional's Jessalynn Haley scored the only goal of the game to boost them over Gorham, 1-0, Saturday.
Haley scored on a breakaway off a pass by Kris Odell at 15:25 in the first half, beginning and ending the game scoring.
Spartan goalies Meghan Decorcey and Carrrie Brady combined for one save, and Gorham keeper Mel Wolf had 10 saves.
quot;Ellen Brady played beautiful at the center midfield position,quot; said WMR coach Jeanne Labounty. quot;We played a good passing game, but we just couldn't finish.quot;
The Spartans (5-1-2) play their next game at Lisbon on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.