Ian Clark's Corner Kicks: Derryfield, Sunapee show skills
Derryfield's Griffin Phaneuf, drives a ball past Sunapee goaltender James Fitzgerald to score in the first half at Derryfield on Wednesday in Manchester. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Derryfield hosted the boys’ and girls’ teams from Sunapee Wednesday. When the dust had cleared, Sunapee had handed the Derryfield girls their first loss, 2-1, and the boys’ teams played to a 2-2 draw when 100 minutes of play was unable to sort it out.
“I’ve been coaching 16 years and I think every other game with them goes to overtime,” said Sunapee head coach Ike Iacopino.Ethan Weinstein gave the Lakers a 1-0 lead, but a penalty kick goal from Jared Shoneberger and Griffin Phaneuf tally a few minutes later gave Derryfield a 2-1 lead at halftime. Nick Skarin sank a penalty kick try for Sunapee in the 47th minute that tied the game at 2-2.
“That’s been our issue this year is finishing,” said Derryfield coach Jeff Cousineau. “We had plenty of chances to put it away. Their goalkeeper made some great saves.”
LAKERS ON THE RISE: Another Lakers team, the one from Inter-Lakes of Meredith, has turned things around thanks to sophomore Caitlin Rotonnelli.
After years of futility, Inter-Lakes is 8-3-0 and poised to make some noise in the Division III girls’ ranks.
TOP FIVE GIRLS’ TEAMS: No. 1 Exeter (11-0-0 and rolling along). 2. Portsmouth (10-0-0 and leading DII). 3. Windham (10-0-1 and breathing down Portsmouth’s neck. It’s a shame these two don’t meet in the regular season). 4. Pinkerton (9-2-0, loss to Nashua North drops the Astros in the rankings). 5. Bow (11-0-0 and owning DIII).
TOP FIVE BOYS’ TEAMS: No. 1. Hanover (11-0-0, still the team to beat). 2. Manchester Central (9-2-0). 3. Alvirne (9-2-0, big win over Concord). 4. Windham (10-1-0, leading DII). 5. Hopkinton (10-0-1, tops in DII).
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