Sad to see the Suaza Soccer Era end at South
Here’s a few tids and bits as we continue along the tourney trail and rejoice in a Nashua North-Merrimack football rematch:
Sad to see it end.
The Nashua High School girls soccer program, its fans, and casual observers will realize a year from now what they’re going to be missing after Panther midfielder Angie Suaza called it a career on Sunday – and not of her own choosing after a 4-0 South loss in the Division I quarters to Londonderry.
She is a fantastic player, with great soccer instincts, which is why she’s headed to Providence next fall.
“You can tell, she’s upset,” Panthers coach Tom Bellen said right after the game. “It’s the bad part of sports, right? It’s a life lesson, it’s hard to watch them lose, but they helped build this program, all my seniors. Angie’s obviously a special player, they’re all special kids, special players.
“She’s meant a lot to the program, getting a lot of kids interested in playing and making them better. She’s going to be local, sort of, so we’ll be going to see her play at Providence.”
— Do you like Stanley Cup overtime playoff hockey? Then, if you weren’t there, you would’ve loved the Nashua South-Dover girls volleyball Division I quarterfinal on Saturday night. Incredible athleticism on both teams, but the tension with each and every point as the teams got into the elimination portion of the match, sets four and five.
You could cut the tension with a knife. The Belanger Gym was loud, but really have to think it could have been even louder. But still, it was exhilerating and exhausting the same time. Even Nashua South coach Wayne Siejkowski looked drained. “Whoa,” he said. “Whoa.”
Pretty much describes it.
— You’ve got to love Alvirne High School football coach Tarek Rothe. His team had a ton of momentum in rallying from a 35-14 deficit the other night and scored the potential game tying touchdown on a Kyle Gora QB sneak with 12 ticks left on the clock in Hudson.
What to do, go for one or go for two? The Broncos likely were already in the playoffs, but doubt that entered into his mind. Coaches are consumed with the moment. So he went for the two point conversion, and the Broncos got it for the win. Remember, in high school football, no offense to those who boot the ball, but extra points certainly aren’t automatic. Some teams don’t even kick them. Bet he would’ve kicked himself (no pun intended) more had he opted for the kick and it had not been successful or there had been a penalty. Love it. Of course, in the NFL , PATs, though not as automatic as they used to be, have a much better success rate. That’s why Tennessee coach Mike Vrabel had to face the heat when his team went for two a couple of weeks ago to win a game and failed.
— Great on-line post by those who keep the annals of Daniel Webster College athletics. Ten years ago this past Saturday the Eagles men’s cross country team got the school’s first New England Collegiate Conference championship, and was the first team in a dozen years to win a NCAA-affiliated conference title, and a first to qualify for an NCAA post season.
Hudson’s own Josh Drazen was one of the top four runners on that NECC title winning team, which also was paced by Chris LaPlante (Medfield, Mass.), Kevin Horton (Kingston, Mass.) and Brad Olson (Beverly, Mass.).
The Eagles were coached by Mike Rocco, who was named NECC Coach of the Year.
Just one of the many memories from an athletic program that had a lot more success than you thought.
Tom King can be reached at 594-1251,firstname.lastname@example.org, or@Telegraph _TomK.