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Boys' Soccer: Goffstown controls play but loses game

GOFFSTOWN — ConVal of Peterborough broke a scoreless tie with 8:10 remaining in the game to stun Goffstown, 1-0, in the opening game of the NHIAA Division II boys’ soccer.

Freshman midfielder Jordan Cooper took a feed from Nile Hertzler along the sideline and connected on a shot to the far corner that eluded Grizzlies’ goalkeeper Maxx Chambers.

“That’s the game. You can play better than your opponent but you don’t always win,” said Goffstown coach Randy Lovering. “It’s frustrating.”

Goffstown dominated play for much of the game, especially in the first half.

The Grizzlies played most of the first half in the ConVal end, getting numerous shots that either missed the net or were stopped by keeper Noah Bell.

“We talked about it at halftime, that we played 35-40 minutes of defense,” said ConVal coach Scott Daniels. “But it only would take one (score) and fortunately it did.”

Daniels credited his goalkeeper for keeping the Cougars in the game. “If it weren’t for him, we’d have been down two or three,” said Daniels. “He was huge.”

Bell said he just kept his mind on his job. “I just tried to keep focused, follow the ball and try not to make any mistakes.”

“Very happy to start the season this way. It was a huge win,” said Daniels. “We’re a young team. We’ve only had a few practices and we’re still trying to figure things out.”

Lovering said Goffstown has more work to do. “We’ve got to take care of our chances. We’re not ready to play together yet,” said Lovering. “I think there were some positives today but we’re clearly not all on the same page.

“You’ve got to take advantage of your chances, and we didn’t do that today for sure.”

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