High School Sports Weekly Wrapup: Intra-City Showdowns in Football, Soccer

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The Fall 2017 NHIAA season is quickly coming into focus after the second full week of competition. It’s Sept. 11, 2017, here are some highlights from Manchester’s high school athletic programs.

Central

In the fall, football is king, and the Little Green made a claim for the Queen City’s crown with their 47-40 victory over Memorial on Saturday in a clash of Manchester’s two Division I squads.

However, the boys’ soccer team also continues to impress at Central, staying undefeated after impressive wins against Keene and Hanover.

They’re now 5-0, a record also currently by Timberlane and Exeter.

It was a good week overall in contests against Keene, in addition to the boys’ soccer win, the field hockey team notched a 2-1 victory at home against the Blackbirds while the girls’ soccer team travelled to Keene and returned with a 12-0 victory.

Memorial

In contrast to Central, the Crusaders’ varsity teams struggled over the past week. The girls’ volleyball team lost straight set decisions against Bedford and perennial contender Hollis-Brookine, the field hockey team lost against Winnacunnet, and the girls’ soccer team lost a nailbiter to Bedford.

West

Saturday’s football game wasn’t the only intra-city showdown over the past week, with the Blue Knights defeating Trinity 5-0 on Friday night.

West is now 3-1-1 in boys’ soccer, with their only loss against powerhouse Windham.

The Blue Knights couldn’t sweep Trinity in the soccer field however, falling 3-1 in girls’ soccer.

In other action, West lost to ConVal in Peterborough, 49-22, and the girls’ volleyball team lost contests against Somersworth and Plymouth.

Trinity

Outside of the Pioneers’ victory in girls’ soccer against West, the only other varsity victory came in a girls’ volleyball victory against Raymond.

The boys’ golf team recorded 271 and 275 strokes respectively in their two outings over the week, not enough to defeat Milford, Goffstown or Souhegan in their first showing or Hanover, St. Thomas Aquinas or Goffstown a second time at home at Derryfield Country Club.

Derryfield

In contrast to Trinity, the Derryfield topped Lebanon, Plymouth and Stevens in their contest on Monday. The field hockey team posted an impressive 6-0 victory to kick off their season.

The boys’ soccer team also continued to shine, with a 4-0 win against Stevens and a 3-2 come from behind victory against Belmont.

With those two wins, they’re now 4-0, joining Raymond (5-0), Gilford (4-0), Hopkinton (3-0) and Mascoma Valley (4-0-1) among the list of the remaining undefeated teams in Division III.

Over the next week, Derryfield will face Mascoma Valley and Raymond with a trip to Fall Mountain as well.