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Mountaineer girls start off with a pair of wins



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Jill Hallee battles for the ball in action against Newfound last week. (Photo Courtesy of Andy Rancloes) (click for larger version)
September 16, 2021
BERLIN — The Berlin High School Varsity girls' soccer team started the 2021 campaign with two victories and a loss recently. Coach Al Woodward and his players defeated Newfound by a score of 3-2 in the season opener before then defeating Mascoma by a score of 7-0. Unfortunately, the Mountaineers would run into a strong Gilford team this past week and drop their first game of the season by a score of 7-0.

In the first victory against Newfound, Berlin took a total of 26 shots while Newfound had 14. The Mountaineers came out solid but allowed an early goal to put the home team down 1-0 at the half. Makenna Peare scored the first goal of the year one minute into the second half. Peare followed up a Jill Hallee blast by putting the rebound past the keeper. Berlin would take the 2-1 lead off of Hallee's corner kick that Ava Bartoli was able to head in for her first of the season. Newfound would score their second goal of the game a few minutes later. With 20 minutes left in the game Bartoli would put the eventual game winner in the net off of another strong shot from Hallee. Chloe Dagesse finished the match with 12 saves. The defense was able to hold off the Newfound team's late rally.

In the 7-0 blowout against Mascoma, the Mountaineers were led by goals off the feet of Bartoli (two) and Peare in the first half to gain a 3-0 lead. In the second half, Bartoli would score her third goal of the game when she dribbled around a slew of Mascoma defenders before putting the ball in the back of the cage. Hallee and Peare would score later in the half to send the Mountaineers home with a solid road victory. In the process, newcomer Gianna Bouchard would score her first career varsity goal as well.

Woodward had the following to say, "The girls came out and battled through our first three games. I am proud of the progress we have made, but we can also see areas where we need to improve. The next few games will be good measuring sticks for us, as we look to continue to press for a playoff spot."

The Mountaineers will host Kennett this week, before traveling to White Mountains Regional High School on Saturday to play the Spartans in their annual homecoming game.

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