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Bow takes NH DII title 2-1 in OT over Pembroke

Bow Falcons – 2021 DII state champions
NH DII trophy raised by Bow Falcons

(Exeter NH) “You take your eyes off them for just a couple of seconds, and you get punished,” said Pembroke Academy coach Jess Kaufman-Desrochers afterwards.

The Spartans coach was referencing the LaPerle twins of Bow.

In the New Hampshire Division II girls’ soccer final this afternoon, Bella and Lyndsey were the difference-makers in the Bow Falcons, 2-1 win in overtime.

Bella scored in the closing seconds of regulation to get the game into overtime. At 2:20 of overtime, her sister Lyndsey drove home the game winner.

“The LaPerles are feisty, fast, and aggressive players,” added the Pembroke coach, “and we knew we needed to watch them.”

Cierra Hill scored the Pembroke goal

Pembroke (18-1) scored eleven minutes into the second half (Cierra Hill) to give the Spartans a, 1-0, lead.

The play throughout the game was back-and-forth, and grueling.  There were hardly any substitutions.  There was plenty for both fan sections to cheer about………and be concerned about.

The Bow goalie (Cailyn Benson) and the Pembroke goalie (Brooke Davison) were tested and tried on numerous occasions and drew ooh’s and aah’s from the crowd.

That one Pembroke goal got larger and larger as the time ran down. 

At the five-minute mark, the scoreboard clock in the stadium stopped ticking down. Thereafter, only the referee knew the exact time left.

“There was time added because one of their players was injured,” said Lyndsey LaPerle afterwards.  “That’s why the time left was so confusing.”

“Is there time to score?” and “How much longer will the defense have to hold?” were the questions that ran through my head as the five minutes left started to feel like twenty minutes.

“We never gave up,” said Bow coach Jay Vogt afterwards.  “We talked before the game about needing to believe all the time.”

In the closing minute of regulation, Bella LaPerle got the ball on the right. The BHS junior turned and shot through two Pembroke players and into the left side of the Spartans’ goal to tie the score.

Bella LaPerle (2) shoots through two Pembroke defenders
Bella LaPerle goal heads to left corner

There was a five-minute break before sudden-death overtime.  That rest may have benefitted the speedy Falcons.

At 2:20 of OT, Lyndsey LaPerle received a pass in front from Elena Jay and buried a shot just inside the near post to win the game.

Lyndsey LaPerle (white shirt) drives the game winner just inside the post

“I was probably at the eighteen,” explained Lyndsey post-game. “Elena Jay passed it to me.  I turned on my defender, saw an opening, and shot it.”

Falcons begin to celebrate

“Crazy,” was Coach Vogt’s initial description of the Lyndsey game-winner.

Then he added, “She turned and put her left foot on it.  She didn’t try to kill it.  She just tried to place it into the corner.  She’s been scoring all year for us.”

The loss was extremely tough for Pembroke to take.  Why?  They came within seconds of winning their first girls soccer title.

Bow (18-1) has now won girls’ soccer titles six times.  The most recent being in 2017.

I was quite certain going in that today’s matchup would be a good one.  Bow’s only loss was to undefeated Pembroke. 

Pembroke goalie Brooke Davison ready for a header

In that October 15th game, Pembroke’s Britney Hill scored in the last three seconds to give the Spartans a 3-2 victory.

“This will make up for our loss to them,” said Coach Vogt, “because we won a state championship.

The Pembroke goal in the second half was on a well-executed corner kick. Senior Adrienne Dorr’s CK went beyond the front of the Bow goal directly to senior Cierra Hill.  Cierra headed the ball back perfectly into the top shelf on the right.

Coach Kaufman-Desrochers: “It’s tough when just a couple of seconds decides it for you.  We tried to maintain possession.  The last eighty-three days have been really special.  It’s hard to end it like this.”

Coach Vogt: “Pembroke is a tremendous team.  We knew they’d put pressure on us.  We had to believe that we could figure it out.”

LaPerle twins: “It’s an incredible feeling to win this.  We’re exhausted…..but it was fun.”

Beautiful weather this afternoon.  Temperatures in the 50’s with non-stop sunshine.

Nice setup at Bill Ball Stadium at Exeter High School.  Great turf field and plenty of seating.

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

Pembroke coach Jess Kaufman-Desrochers, Britney Hill, Cierra Hill with trophy
Katelyn Armstrong (10) and Kelly Harris (14)
Grace Simmons (Pembroke) and Lyndsey LaPerle (Bow)
Cailyn Benson (Bow) saves on the ground
Near score by Elena Jay (5)
Cierra Hill (2) header off Adrienne Dorr’s corner kick
Cierra Hill’s header goes into the Bow net
Loose ball in the Pembroke end
Lexana Farr (17) moves in for a shot
Pembroke free kick sails to Bow GK Cailyn Benson
Bailey Gatchell (6) sails over Bow GK Cailyn Benson
Sydney Roberge (16) and Hannah Picott (5)
Adrienne Dorr pre-game
Cierra Hill and Adrienne Dorr celebrate Pembroke goal

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Caden Leader goal in 2nd OT gives Oyster River 1-0 D2 state title win

Oyster Rivers wins NH Division 2 state title

Celebrating Caden Leader’s game-winner begins

Zach Anderson in a crowd of Bobcats

(Durham NH) Sometimes a small strategy change can make a big difference.

It certainly did for Oyster River this afternoon.

The tweak in approach starting the 2nd overtime resulted in the only goal and a Division 2 title for the Bobcats over the Bow Falcons, 1-0, on Saturday.

“That winning goal was planned out,” explained OR head coach Akan Ekanem afterwards.  “Both teams sat back in the first OT, so we said, ‘Let’s go at them, they’re tired.’”

Enter Caden Leader.

The talented senior turned teammate Noah O’Hern’s long free kick into a header on net that ended things just twenty-seven seconds into the second OT.

“I wanted to settle Noah’s long kick, but I misjudged it,” recalled Caden.  “I turned and saw the goalie coming and decided to try and head it over him.  Luckily, it went in.”

Caden’s second OT header on it’s way to the Bow goal. ( Caden is to the left with Bow GK Kyle Martin)

“Caden has been our goal guy all year,” said OR goalkeeper John Kell.  “He’s amazing.”

Brayden Wesler and Corum Nichols

Tough loss for Bow.

“It’s one play,” lamented Bow coach George Pinkham post-game.

“I’ve been in too many of these,” he added.  “I’ve won some and lost some. Fourteen-fifteen years ago, we beat them the same way.”

“We knew that we couldn’t let (Caden) Leader get going,” said Coach Pinkham.  “He such a great athletic player.

The victory gave Oyster River (10-3-1) their thirteenth state title.

It was the first for 3rd year coach Akan Ekanem.  “We got the trophy, finally,” he said. “It took a while.”

OR’s last championship was in 2015.

Runnerup Bow

The Falcons finish 7-1-3.  They won consecutive titles in 2011-12 while in Division 3.

Henry Zent about to shoot as Colby Smith defends

The Bobcats had a 13-3 advantage in shots.

“One of the reasons we changed our strategy going into the second overtime was that we didn’t want to go to penalties,” said Coach Ekanem.  “As you saw, their goalie (Kyle Martin) was amazing.”

Sophomore Hunter Perry had excellent scoring chances for Oyster River in the second half and in the first overtime.

The win was payback for Oyster River.  “Two years ago, we thought we were going all the way,” recalled Caden Leader, “but they knocked us out in the tournament.  We got revenge back on them today.”

The weather (for November 7th) was truly amazing.  Seventies with a pleasant breeze!  Nice change for me.  I covered a Monday night game that “featured” temperatures in the mid-30’s with a strong wind.  Who can figure out New England weather??

The spectators were kept outside the fence that surrounded the field.  Everyone except the teams wore masks.

Unlike Massachusetts, there were no rules’ alterations just regular soccer.

Oyster River GK John Kell

John Kell: “We didn’t find out if we were playing until August.  We had no control over what would happen.  It could have gone anywhere from playing a full season to playing intramural games.  We were really fortunate to have a season.”

Caden Leader: “It’s a wonderful feeling to win at home.  I had only one other shot before the goal.  It was nice that it was the one that counted the most.”

Caden told me that he hopes to play soccer in college.  He hasn’t committed anywhere but is interested in Roger Williams, St. Anselm’s, Bentley, and Babson.

This story, with pictures, will appear on my McClelland Miscellanea blog.  The link to the coverage will be included on my Twitter account (@McClellandPeter).  Later I will post pictures on Instagram (McClellandMiscellanea).

All the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.

Oyster River captains John Kell, Caden Leader, and Aidan Kelley

Aidan Kelley defended by Noah Leuchtenberger

Noah Leuchtenberger eyes a header chased by Hunter Perry

Caden Leader in the open

Bow builds a wall

Battle for control

Ethan Wilson heads

Hunter Perry (19) in close

Kyle Martin leaps for incoming shot

Zach Anderson defended by Andres Alcocer

Corum Nichols and Brayden Wesler

Alden Swiez over GK Kyle Martin

Ty Dorow out front

Caleb Leader and Corum Nichols celebrate winning goal

Coach Akan Ekanem with three captains

Connor Wachsmuth

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