The Londonderry High girls’ soccer squad bounced into this week with a .500 record of 3-3 which had reached that level due to a one-goal loss to Exeter followed by a one-goal win over Alvirne of Hudson last week.
In their home match against the undefeated Exeter High Lady Blue Hawks on Tuesday Sept. 12, the host Lancers carried a 3-2 lead to halftime but then saw their guests score two unanswered goals in the second half en route to a 4-3 success.
Londonderry grabbed a 1-0 lead in minute six of the match when Lauren Misiaszek was set up by Olivia Stowell. But Exeter knotted the game count at 1-1 just four minutes later.
However, the hosts then scored on shots in the 11th and 24th minutes to snag a 3-1 advantage.
The first of those markers was netted by Alyssa Anderson on an assist from Stowell, and the second was popped home by Abby Ellis following a set-up from Anderson.
But the Lady Hawks trimmed their deficit back to one goal at 3-2 by scoring in the 28th minute.
And the visiting side knotted the score on a goal in minute 57, and then bagged what would prove to be the winning goal twelve minutes later.
The 2-3 Lancer crew finished with a 10-9 advantage in shots on net, but the picture wasn’t quite as pretty on the scoreboard (4-3). Jazmine Richard made four saves in the Londonderry net against the 4-0 Exeter side.
The Lady Lancers were right back on their home pitch on Friday Sept. 15, playing host to the Alvirne High Lady Broncos of Hudson.
All of the scoring in the 2-1 contest came in the first half, during periodic downpours in a wind-driven rain.
The host Lady Lancers bagged a 1-0 lead 14 minutes in when Misiaszek set up Anderson who maneuvered by the Alvirne goalie in the downpouring rain.
Alvirne answered 11 minutes later, but the Lancers scored what would prove to be the game-winning tally in minute 39 when Stowell scored unassisted.
Once again the locals finished with an advantage in shots on goal (9-5), with keeper Richard contributing four stops to the victory over the now 4-3 Lady Broncos.
This week’s slate had the LHS crew playing an away match at Merrimack on Tuesday, Sept. 19, after Londonderry Times press time, followed by a trip to Nashua South the next day before heading over to Derry for a Mack Plaque match with Pinkerton on Saturday.