Flirting with Soccer Perfection at Central and Derryfield, Plus a Gridiron Dark Horse Emerges

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It’s Oct. 2, 2017, here are this week’s highlights from Manchester’s high school athletic programs.


The boys’ soccer team is no longer perfect, following a 1-0 loss on the road to Concord. The Crimson Tide’s Taylor Silverstein slotting home a goal in the 23rd minute from just outside the box to record the game’s only goal.

After the loss, Central finds itself in a dogfight with Bedford and Salem for the best record in Division I, with Exeter potentially entering that conversation as well if they can beat Central in the Tuesday showdown between both teams.

The girls’ soccer team also finds itself near the top of Division I, neck and neck with Exeter for that honor.

They added wins against Bishop Guertin and Concord this week and will host Exeter for a critical contest on Wednesday.

On the gridiron, the Little Green further burnished their credentials as a dark horse contender, defeating Portsmouth 40-20 on Saturday.

Friday’s trip to Dover may seem like a trap game, as the Little Green follow this week’s contest against the Green Wave with three critical contests against Goffstown, defending state champion Bedford and the still undefeated Winnacunnet.

At 4-1, Central is now tied for the lead in the Division I North Conference after Goffstown fell to Winnacunnet by a field goal on Saturday and Bedford dropped a 24-21 decision to Exeter thanks to a last second field goal.


Once again, the Crusaders had a difficult week across the board.

The girls’ volleyball team recorded three straight set losses, the football team lost by a touchdown to the previously winless Concord and the field hockey team lost 4-3 to Bedford.

Both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams defeated Spaulding on Friday to avoid a winless week across all sports, although the soccer teams also each lost to Pinkerton earlier in the week.


The Blue Knights recorded their first victory, a 46-6 victory under the lights at home against Pembroke.

They’ll face a stiffer test on Friday against Souhegan, as Souhegan dispatched a Milford team that clobbered West earlier this month.


It was a bad week for the Pioneers, with the varsity soccer teams of both genders falling to Lebanon and the golf team losing several more contests.

The golf team will end their season this week looking to improve on their 0-27 record so far, currently the worst in Division II.


Derryfield’s varsity news has been dominated by the boys’ soccer team and boys’ golf team, each near the top of their respective divisions for the season so far.

The golf team couldn’t keep a perfect meet record however, coming six strokes short against Kearsarge last week.

Despite having the smallest enrollment of any Division III school, the Cougars are 23-1 in team play, two wins ahead of Kearsarge for the top spot in the division.

They have one last home meet against Fall Mountain, Sanborn and Plymouth before the post-season for team and individual play.

The boys’ soccer team remains undefeated, thrashing second place Hopkinton 4-0 last Tuesday, followed by 6-1 win against Bishop Brady on Friday.

They have four games left in the regular season, concluding with a home contest against Monadnock on Oct. 20.




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Andrew Sylvia

Assistant EditorManchester Ink Link

Born and raised in the Granite State, Andrew Sylvia has written approximately 10,000 pieces over his career for outlets across Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. On top of that, he's a licensed notary and licensed to sell property, casualty and life insurance, he's been a USSF trained youth soccer and futsal referee for the past six years and he can name over 60 national flags in under 60 seconds according to that flag game app he has on his phone, which makes sense because he also has a bachelor's degree in geography (like Michael Jordan). He can also type over 100 words a minute on a good day.