Neither Dover High nor the Keene High teams proved to be much of a match for the Londonderry High girls’ soccer squad last week.
The LHS squad was intent upon raising their season record above the .500 mark from 6-6 going into those games, and that’s what they did with the two successes.
In the Tuesday, Oct. 10 match on the seacoast, the Lancers got a 3-1 victory after trailing by a goal in the early going.
The Dover crew scored the game’s first goal just three minutes in, but the Lancers answered four minutes later when Darby Dupuis was set up by Izzy Bourque. And Gillian Vilela netted what proved to be the game-winning goal in the 22nd minute of play following a set-up by Alyssa Anderson. And 2-1 was where the score stood at the halftime break.
Londonderry got an insurance goal 10 minutes into the second half when Olivia Stowell set up Gwen Barnes for success.
The locals pelted 16 shots on the Dover net, while LHS goalie Jasmine Richards turned aside three of the four shots she faced in the match.
Three days later the Londonderry squad faced Keene, on their home turf, sporting a 4-8-1 record.
Londonderry had a rough start to the contest, but before it was over the locals would snag a 7-1 win to celebrate on the ride home.
There was only one goal scored in the first period, and it did belong to the locals thanks to Gwen Barnes’ unassisted tally. But the Lady Lancers were able to add onto that lead – and then some – in outscoring their opponent by the huge tally of 6-1 once they were all loosened up and in the flow in the second half.
Lauren Misiaszek and Olivia Stowell each scored twice in the second stanza, and Sammy LeClair and Dupuis each potted one shot as the Lady Lancers bagged the lopsided success.
Laurel Goding dished out no less than three assists in that half, and Stowell, Vilela and Abbie Ellis each set up one goal. Keeper Richards contributed three saves to the success, and her teammates powered a total of 20 shots on the Keene cage.
The Lancer squad then rolled into this week looking at two final regular season games. The first was this Tuesday the 17th – after Londonderry Times press time – at 4-9-1 Manchester Memorial, followed by a Thursday battle at 4-10 Nashua North.