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Sunapee gets late goal to upset undefeated Newmarket 1-0 for DIV title

Sunapee coach Ike Jacopino with his captains

Junior Mike Mullen tallied the game-winner

(Hooksett NH) “We won this one for Ike.”

I heard that and, as an older person, could only think of President Dwight David Eisenhower.

But the Sunapee players were referencing Lakers Coach Jack “Ike” Iacopino.

The Lakers scored in the last two minutes and defeated undefeated Newmarket 1-0 on a wet Saturday afternoon at Penmen Field on the campus of SNHU to win the DIV championship.

Sunapee goalie Justin Claus (52) up to clear a corner kick

“We told him after the game that this one was for him,” said captain Lane Smith.  “The amount of work he’s put into this program.  No one deserves it more than him.” This was Sunapee’s first title.

Sunapee was an improbable DIV winner.  Why?  They had never won a title before.  Also, they had lost to the Mules twice during the regular season.

“Our defense won the game for us,” said a proud Coach Iacopino afterwards.

The Lakers (17-3) changed their approach during the second half of the season.  “We wanted to play good defense first and then see if we could create a few opportunities with Michael’s speed,” explained Coach Iacopino.  “Our defense has been excellent the last eight games (all wins).  I think we only gave up a couple of goals during that stretch.”

Coach Nate Dowst of Newmarket was on the wrong end of a second-half goal, that was called off, and later watched a miscommunication result in the late-game winner for Sunapee.

“Soccer can be cruel sometimes,” he said.  “I thought we had the go-ahead goal (29:29).  To me it looked onside, but they said it wasn’t.  But you’ve got to keep playing. They put us under pressure at the end and our mistake led to the goal.”

Junior Mike Mullen got that goal by going full speed and being in the right place at the right time.  “Fred (Holmes) tried to head the ball back to his goalie (Colby Foster) but it got past him,” explained Mike.  “It was just an open goal for me.”

Mike’s role for much of the game was to wait.  “My job was to play their mistakes on defense.  I only had a couple of opportunities since they had the ball at least 80% of the time.”

I reminded Mike that Sunapee had lost to Newmarket twice.  “I’ve been relating that to the Super Bowl in which the undefeated Patriots lost to the Giants,” he said.  Talk about a painful memory!

Fred Holmes (17) in position on a CK

I saw Newmarket defeat Epping 3-0 in October.  In that game I saw a team that really applies pressure.  I saw Lucas Russell turn throw-in’s into scoring chances.  I saw the Mules put shots on net and end up with numerous corner kicks.  Today was more of the same without any of the happy endings.

“We had plenty of set pieces but couldn’t quite get to a foot or a head,” recalled Coach Dowst.  “The difference wasn’t the quantity (Newmarket had 23 shots) but the quality of our shots.”

Brendan Kelleher (9) and Keenan Mills (6)

Credit that Sunapee defense.  “They were very good in the box,” said Coach Dowst.

“We went to every ball hard,” said Coach Iacopino.

“Our priority one was not to let them score,” said Lane Smith.  “We didn’t dominate this game at all, but we didn’t let in any goals.  In fact, we didn’t allow a goal in the playoffs.”

It did look, however, as if Sunapee had allowed a goal at 29:29 of the second half.  Mules junior Nick Berthiaume caught up to a ball on the left side, defended by Matt Nangeroni.  Nick got off a shot and it beat Sunapee GK Justin Claus.

“That was horrifying for us,” said Justin afterwards.  “It was a big moment for us when it was called offsides.”

As my picture shows, even the scoreboard person at the stadium thought it was a goal, but that quickly changed and Newmarket never could get a “1” on that scoreboard.

I was again impressed with Newmarket’s Fred Holmes.  Yes, I know he was part of the mix-up that led to the Sunapee goal, but beyond that Fred was all over the field defending and creating opportunities for the Mules.  On all the set pieces Fred left his normal defensive post and was in close to the goal.  During one memorable segment, in the first half, Fred was in the middle of the action on a Simon Cote free kick and then hustled all the way to the other end to clear the ball out of bounds with a sliding tackle.  The kid can play!

Brendan Kelleher (9), Parker Reed (11), and Jackson Cooney (3) face a free kick.

Mike Mullen’s goals was his 36th of the season. He also had nine assists.  Lane Smith had twelve goals and ten assists.

Although the loss would take a while to get over, Coach Dowst was optimistic about next season.  “We lose six seniors, but we return thirteen varsity players.  Hopefully we can work hard enough to get back here next year.”

The stadium was awesome.  Plenty of seats and also some places where you could watch in the rain…….and there was plenty of that going on.  The SNHU staff provided all the stats I needed in a very nice press box area.

I try, when I remember, to ask senior players what they will be doing next year.

Justin Claus: “I am interested in bio-medical engineering.  I’ve applied to UNH, UMaine, and UConn.”

Lane Smith: “I’m going to get to West Virginia to study business.”

Game Stats

(You definitely need to click on my pictures to get the full-size view.  The sequence on the Mike Mullen goal really requires an enlarged look that only a click will give you.)

Sunapee celebrates

Simon Chan in heavy rain

Pre-game light moment

Victory won

Trio after the ball

Nick Berthiaume shoots as Nick Nangeroni slides to defend

Mules celebrate apparent goal

Scoreboard has the Newmarket goal

Chin music – Jake Austin (6) and Josh Mastin (4)

Finalist – Newmarket

Josh Mastin (4) shot at GK Justin Claus

Keenan Mills (6) heads

 

 

 

 

 

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Newmarket stays undefeated with 4-0 win over Epping in DIV quarterfinals

Newmarket is on to the D4 semifinals after win over Epping

The Mules celebrated four goals including this one by Nick Berthiaume in the second half

(Newmarket NH) You’ve got to like their chances to win a title.

The #1 seed Newmarket Mules continued their magical season of undefeated soccer defeating Epping, 4-0, in the Division IV boys soccer quarterfinals on Friday night.

That’s eighteen straight for NHS and they continue to make it look easy.

This was their third win this season over #9 seed Epping (10-8).

“They’re tremendously athletic,” said Epping coach Jeff McDermott describing Newmarket.  “They’re tall, fast and very aggressive.  They don’t do a lot of backing up.”

The Mules are certainly all those things, but in this game, they were also the masters of set pieces.  The first goal was off a direct kick.  The second off a corner kick and the fourth goal off a throw in.

Lucas Russell (3) assisted on a goal

“Our successes in our set pieces was a key to this win,” explained Newmarket coach Nate Dowst.

Who could argue.

Every throw-in by senior Lucas Russell was potential trouble for the Blue Devils.  Into the box they would go with plenty of Mules in the area.

“Lucas’ throw-ins have been a big asset all season,” said Coach Dowst.  “It’s almost the same as a corner.”

The Mules had two goals in each half and kept Peyton Rivers (Epping goalie) busy most of the night.

Junior Felix Hoehner tallied the first Newmarket score ten minutes into the first half.

Senior Simon Cote lined up a direct kick after freshman Tyler Witmer was called for a handball.  GK Peyton Rivers had the near side covered but Simon’s kick went toward the far side. Peyton deflected it but right to uncovered Felix Hoehner.

“There was a little bobble,” recalled Felix, “and I was there to clean it up, just like hockey.”

Felix Hoehner scores

The Mules netted a second goal with 3:34 left in the half.  This one was off a corner kick.  Felix Hoehner took the kick and put it into the middle where senior Fred Holmes was.

“It was a beautiful ball,” recalled Fred.  “There was some loose markage by Epping.  I got a head on it and in it went.”

Fred Holmes (17) lines up a header

Fred Holmes heads toward the net

Junior Simon Chan was part of both second-half Newmarket goals.

On the first one (at 25:08), Simon broke in and got off a hard shot. Peyton Rivers deflected it onto the doorstep where teammate Nick Berthiaume had an easy tap-in.

Nick Berthiaume finds an open net

On the second one (at 7:24) Simon, in heavy traffic, headed in a Lucas Russell throw-in.

Simon Chan (9) ready to head the ball

Simon Chan (9) heads the ball toward the net

Hunter Bullock

The Mules (18-0) now move to the semi-finals to face Concord Christian on Monday night in Laconia.  CC has three losses and didn’t face Newmarket during the regular season.

Jeff McDermott: “They’re a rival of ours but I wish them luck.  We were much better this time against them. (The Blue Devils lost to NHS 7-0, and 7-1 during the regular season.)  We changed things defensively this time playing a 5-4-1.  Our goalie had a busy day.  You can only hold off so many opportunities before one goes in.”

Nate Dowst: “It’s hard when you see a team for the third time.  We came out with intensity from the beginning.  We controlled the game and took advantage of our chances.”

Fred Holmes: “We played great and once we got one and two we started rolling.  We really had fun with it.  Our chemistry was great out there.”

Senior Hunter Bullock finished a terrific career with Epping.  “Their back four are solid and made it tough when I got the ball.  It was difficult to make good cuts on this field.”  Future plans?  “I might join the air force and then later go to UNH to pick up an engineering degree.”

Fred Holmes

Epping was 3-13 last year after winning the DIV title the year before.

Newmarket was 8-9 in 2017.

I saw Pride defeat Littleton in the title game last year.  I wouldn’t be surprised to see Littleton in that game again but this time versus Newmarket.  The Mules defeated Littleton 5-1 in the season opener this year.

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

Jacob Loving (15) and Josh Mastin (4)

Keenan Mills (6) sets up in front

Nick Berthiaume (16) and Mickey Toth (13)

Luke Barker (12) and Felix Hoehner

GK Peyton Rivers over Keenan Mills

GK Peyton Rivers above the crowd

Action in front of the Newmarket goal

Action in front of the Epping goal

Simon Cote

 

 

 

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