Lady Lancers’ Soccer Squad Climbs Back Over the .500 Mark

Lady Lancers’ soccer goalie Jazmine Richard puts all of her strong leg into a goal kick during a recent match. Photo by Chris Paul

Consecutive convincing victories over Salem and Timberlane last week pushed the Londonderry High girls’ soccer squad from the .500 mark at 4-4 back over it to 6-4. And coach Derek Dane’s talented squad will now take aim at turning a brief winning streak into a longer one.

The Lancers collected their third win in their last four matches and bagged their third shutout of the campaign with a 7-0 walloping of the visiting Salem High Blue Devils last Tuesday, Sept. 26.

The hosts led 2-0 at halftime thanks to goals from Darby Dupuis in the first minute (from Laurel Goding) and Olivia Stowell in the fifth (from Gwen Barnes).

They then exploded for five more unanswered markers in the second half thanks to the shooting accuracy of Stowell twice, Dupuis, Gillian Vilela, and Halle Hamilton. Abby Follansbee was good for two assists, and Isabella Bourque, Stowell, and Barnes each dished out one helper.

The winning team enjoyed an 11-2 advantage in shots on net, with LHS goalie Jazmine Richard contributing two stops to the blanking of the 3-7 Salem side.

The Lancers then took on another sub-.500 contingent in the Timberlane Regional Owls from Plaistow at LHS on Friday the 29th and drubbed that opponent by a 5-0 tally.

The hosts potted three shots to carry a strong 3-0 advantage to halftime, and they then put the game away by netting two more markers in the second half.

Stowell notched three points in the resounding success, scoring what proved to be the game-winning goal 12 minutes into the match – with an assist from Gwen Barnes – to make it a 1-0 match.

Barnes, who like Stowell finished the productive day with a goal and two assists for three points, set up Laurel Goding’s goal in minute 30 which made it a 2-0 contest.

And five minutes later, Barnes made it a 3-0 game herself by scoring off of a feed from Goding.

It became a 4-0 match 25 minutes into the second half when Gillian Vilela was set up by Stowell, and that same duo connected for another tally 11 minutes after that with Stowell again setting up Vilela.

The Lancers pelted some 16 shots on the Timberlane net while the Lady Owls only managed to get two on Jazmine Richard in the impressive shutout. Timberlane slid to 3-5-1 with the defeat.

Londonderry then bounded into this week looking to add to its winning streak with a short road trip to Bedford on Tuesday, Oct. 3 – after Londonderry Times press time – followed by a home match against the Manchester Central Little Green on Friday.

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