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North vs. BG Soccer, Part I: Titan boys win sixth straight

By Tom King - Staff Writer | Sep 28, 2022

Nashua North's Preston Thompson tries to fight through Bishop Guertin defenders Liam Ireland, left, and Matthew Warren duirng the Titans' 5-0 win Tuesday at Stellos Stadium. (Telegraph photo by TOM KING)

NASHUA – No South hangover here.

No, the Nashua High School North boys soccer team took care of business from the get-go on Tuesday, handing another city rival, Bishop Guertin a 5-0 loss at Stellos Stadium.

There were no residual effects from the emotional win over Nashua South five days earlier, this being their next game. Instead it had to be one of North’s better games of the year, as the Titans led 2-0 at halftime but were even more dominant than that.

“We still have some work to do but it’s all about consistency and coming out and doing the same thing over and over again,” said North coach Jeremy Zelanes after his team won its sixth straight to stand at 8-2. The Titans have not lost since Sept. 6 at Concord.

“I think the South game set a good tone for us,” Zelanes said. “But I think the South game really set a good tone for us and just coming out today and playing consistent soccer is what we need to focus on.”

Senior striker Preston Thompson set the tone, as he buried two breakaway goals in the first half, the first coming 2:32 into the contest as Matthews Ferreira went in on Guertin keeper Beau Boughter, who came out, and he spotted Thompson on wing for the easy empty netter. Thompson went in on his own breakaway at 15:32 to make it 2-0.

Guertin put some pressure during the first 10 minutes of the second half on

North keeper Ty Byrne with Rayaan Hameed leading the push, but it went all for naught. Goals by Arthur Santos, Sammy Paintsil (penalty kick for a takedown in the box), and Ferreira all within a seven-minute span midway through the half sealed the deal.

For the Cards, it was a tough afternoon, as they have gone winless in their last three (0-2-1) since winning four in a row and are now 5-3-1.

“Tough game, tough opponent,” Cards coach Tyler VanDeventer said. “That’s about it.”

Why were the Cardinals so tentative? In any event BG has usually responded well from these losses.

“I’m not sure,” VanDeventer said. “I have no answers for that. It is what it is. We’ll try to respond on Thursday (at Salem).

Let’s hope that (good response) continues.”

North hopes their streak – the longest current winning streak in Division I – continues as well Thursday at Stellos vs. Londonderry.

“At this point in the year,” Zelanes said, “This is what we need to do every time.”


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