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NHIAA Soccer: Hanover keeps calm, carries on to beat South

Special to the Union Leader

September 20. 2017 3:20AM

NASHUA — A dull first half gave way to a madcap final 40 minutes, and when the dust settled, the Hanover boys’ soccer team came away from Nashua South with a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Panthers.

After surrendering a goal early in the second half, the Marauders answered back with two in a 15-minute span to take the lead. South threatened mightily down the stretch, but Hanover was able to hold on.

“It’s a mature team,” Hanover coach Rob Grabill said. “They don’t panic. They’ve been here before. We are battle tested. We’ve learned a lot of lessons for a very young team. Every game is an adventure and learning experience. I wasn’t surprised to see them absorb that goal and (still) focus on what they had to get done.”

The Hanover comeback hinged on the spry young feet of Charlie Adams. A sophomore, Adams led the team in scoring last season and set up both of Hanover’s goals. The first was finished by Nicolas Mayo-Pushee to tie the game early in the second half.

“He was our leading scorer as a freshman, and he’s picking up right where he left off,” Grabill said of Adams. “Last year I think he was the only freshman who was an all-state player. You saw how he orchestrated two beautiful goals.”

Adams’ second assist was a perfect cross through the six-yard box that was easily put in the goal by junior Christo Dragnev.

“Charlie’s a really good player and he just got the ball to me,” Dragnev said. “I thought I made a pretty good run, and it was a great way to convert a goal.”

The first half was as gray and unassuming as the misty midday sky. After the break, business picked up as the Panthers attacked early and converted. Alvaro Ramirez fed Logan McIntosh, who buried it to put South ahead just four minutes into the half.

The Panthers (4-3) kept the pace up even after both of Hanover’s goals but couldn’t find another way to solve Hanover junior keeper Hans Williams. Williams made eight saves and turned aside what looked to be multiple sure goals in the final 20 minutes.

“I thought we had a lot of good chances,” South coach Joey Morgan said. “Their goalie kept saving everything we threw at him. I thought it was a well-contested game, and they just came out on top. I’m really happy with how my team played today. It just didn’t go our way.”

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