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No upset against Hanover
The varsity Astros hosted Hanover Oct. 3 and couldn’t upset the Number 1 ranked team, losing, 3-1.
Andrew Dorci scored his first varsity career goal. Also playing well in the loss were Zach Bell, Tim Wood, Kyle Hicks and Tommy Martin.
Astros topple Blackbirds
The varsity Astros beat host Keene Saturday, 3-0.
Senior Zach Bell scored 2 goals and junior Matt O’Brien added a goal. Seniors Tim Wood, Tommy Martin, Arlo Wetherbee and Cody Anshewtiz played well for Pinkerton. Goalies Eric Werner and Jimmy Mansour combined for the sixth shutout of the season.
Astros lose a tough one
The JV Astros made a game of it, but fell to Hanover last week, 3-1.
After the first half it was still scoreless. Ten minutes into the second, Andrew Brochu passed to Noah Davis to give the Astros the lead. But a strong Hanover squad pulled ahead and won.
Back on track
The JV Astros handed Keene an 8-1 loss Saturday.
Goals were scored by Scott Sherman(2), Julian Noj, Connor Rathburn, Ryan Firkey, Andrew Brochu, Jason Flood, Stuart Graves. Connor Rathburn and Cody Gadsby both played outstanding in the win.
Astros beat Lancers in OT
The freshmen Astros beat Londonderry in overtime, 3–2.
Londonderry led at halftime, 2-1. Pinkerton tied it up in regulation, then won in overtime.
Pinkerton goals were scored by Eric Reardon, Cobi Moore (penalty kick), and in the overtime Bennett Meagher scored off a Cobi Moore assist.
Londonderry shuts out Astros
On Oct. 4, Pinkerton hosted Londonderry and fell, 3-0.
The Astros could not capitalize on ample scoring opportunities. Eric Reardon stood out for his consistent solid play on the right side.
Pinkerton falls to Exeter
In a battle of the unbeatens, the Lady Astros fell to Exeter. 3-1, on Oct. 3.
Katyann Grochmal scored Pinkerton’s lone goal off a feed from Aeriela Thornton right after halftime to tie the game at 1-1. The Lady Astros had a few golden opportunities to take the lead in the 10 minutes that followed, but failed to cash in. Exeter scored the go-ahead goal with 20 minutes left.
Keene blanked by Astros
On Oct. 5, the Lady Astros beat Keene, 2-0. Pinkerton applied a lot of offensive pressure to Keene right from the start, generating many scoring opportunities.
Andrea Galvin scored just seven minutes in on a cross from Keara Doolan. Just before halftime, Reanna Romano scored from 25 yards out unassisted. Pinkerton didn’t score on several other opportunities in the first half, as a result Keene knew they were still in the game.
In the second half, Keene generated several dangerous scoring chances, but the Astro defense and goalkeeper Molly Gingras came up big to preserve the shutout.
The JV Lady Astros hosted Exeter Oct. 3 and played a brilliant game to bump to 9-0 on the season. The two teams ended the first half at 0-0.
Emilie Laliberte, Sydney Hill and Ali Davis put in a strong effort in the midfield to keep the Astros in possession. At 22 minutes into the second half, Christina Ridenour played a perfect through ball to Jo Jo Morse, who buried the ball into the back of the net. A few minutes later, Kyra Stariknok added an insurance goal. Astros’ defense and goalies played hard to preserve the shut out.
Astros shut out Keene
On Oct. 5, the JV Astros beat Keene, 4-0.
Sarah Burgess scored her first goal of the season on an indirect kick by Allison Salema. Marissa Clarke and Sydney Hill also added goals in the first half. Rachel Godwin scored on an Emily Hallee pass in the second half. The JV Astros are now 10-0.
Lancers shut out Astros
The freshman Lady Lancers blanked the Lady Astros, 2-0, on Sept. 30.
Aggressive play by Nicole Gonya, goalie Julia Bousquet, and forward Madi Smith kept Pinkerton in the game.
It just takes one
The freshman Lady Astros went to Keene Oct. 2 and came home with a shutout, 2-0.
Twenty minutes into the first half, midfielder Rachel Wood scored on a pass from Michaela Forand to put the Astros up 1-0, which would prove to be all they needed.
In the second half, the Astros received another goal from Nicole Gonya off an assist from Madi Smith. Goalie Julia Bousquet registered another shutout, thanks to strong defensive work by Emily Sharretts and Emily Hanna.
Make that 2 for the Lancers
On Oct. 4, the freshman Astros hosted the Lancers and showed they were a different team from Monday. The score was tied 0-0 going into the half, despite some strong chances by the Astros.
Late into the second half, Londonderry collected a rebound and managed to put it in the net to go up, 1-0. The Lancers held off a strong Astro counterattack in the remaining minutes to hold on to win, 1-0.
Astros Emily Sharretts, Taylor Frost and goalie Julia Bousquet played strong defense. Pinkerton’s Michaela Forrand, Nikki Longval, and Sarah McLaughlin worked hard in the middle of the field.
Three in a row
The varsity Lady Astros won their third consecutive game Oct. 2 when they beat Winnacunnet, 3-1.
The 6-3 Astros were led by Elizabeth Hicks with 15 service points, Taylor Ferdinando with 5 aces and 19 assists, Olivia Mathieu with 21 kills, Courtney Collins with 5 blocks, and Lexi Verreault with 32 digs. Kelsey Cummings contributed 20 digs, 10 kills and 11 service points.
And make that four
The varsity Astros made it four straight wins when they defeated a good Hollis/Brookline team, 3-0.
Setter Taylor Ferdinando had 14 service points, 5 aces and 11 assists. Kelsey Cummings and Olivia Mathieu had 9 kills apiece and Courtney Collins contributed 7 kills. Lexie Verrault had 12 service points and Kelsey Cummings added 10 service points and 3 aces.
Nicole Langlais, Denise White and Faolin Harrington had good defensive games and contributed key kills late in the games. The Astros now stand 7-3 on the season.
Cavaliers topple Astros
The JV Astros faced their toughest opponent in the Hollis Brookline Cavaliers. The Astros fought hard, but came up just short in the match. The scores were 22-25 and 22-25.
It was the best match the Astros have played all season against their strongest competitor.
The JV Astros played the Winnacunnet Warriors on Oct. 2. It was a tough match for the Astros. The Warriors came out on top, handing the Astros their fourth loss of the season.
The game scores were 17-25, 17-25 and 15-3.
Victoria Walder and Carly McDonough led the Astros in kills; Walder had 5 kills, while McDonough had 4. Sarah Hicks had 9 assists on the day, while Whitney Leyland had 3 assists.
Young Astros fall
The freshman Lady Astros fell to Hollis/Brookline Oct. 1, 15-25 and 9-25.
Caitlyn Leonard stepped up to make some nice passes on serve receive.
Tough loss for Astros
Although Lexi Ledger served great from the line for the Astros, the freshman team lost to Winnacunnet.
Sydney Sandell continues to show excellent leadership for the team. Game scores were 25-11, 23-25 and 10-15.
Freshman fall short
Pinkerton hosted Hollis/Brookline on Friday, 18-25 and 12-25.
Alivia Connors played well at the net with a few tips, blocks and hits.
It’s an Astro shutout
The varsity Lady Astros blanked Central, 4-0, last week.
Goals came from Kaylie DeCosmo (2), Julie Saltamartini and Sam Day. Jessica McCully, Sam Day and Laura Moran all had assists.
Abbey Doherty had 10 saves in net.
Blankety, blank, blank
The varsity Astros shut out Merrimack Oct. 2, 3-0.
Goals came from Haley Harrington and Gabby Guerard (2). Assists were from Jessica Cote (2) and Kaylie DeCosmo.
Jordan Dudley had 9 saves in goal. Haley Harrington and Jessica Cote played a fantastic, high pressure game for Pinkerton. Gabby Guerard played great in the circle.
Pinkerton rolls over Central
The JV Lady Astros got a big shutout against Central, 6-0.
Pinkerton scored twice in the first half and added four more in the second half. Maddie Lolicata had 2 goals. Amanda Szostak, Kailee Robinson, Delany Conway, and Abby Amato each had one.
Maddy Humel and Amanda Thomas each had 2 assists while the game ball went to Cassie Woodes.
Shut the door, Astros
The JV Lady Astros held Merrimack scoreless Oct. 2, 2-0.
Goals were scored by Delaney Conway and Kristen Crowell; an assist came from Maddie Humel. They team had great transition defense as midfielders Amanda Szostak, Cassie Woodes and Emily Mosner are stepping up. The game ball went to Amanda Thomas.
Young Astros come up short
The freshman Lady Astros played at N. Andover Sept. 29 and lost, 3-1.
Emma Bennet scored Pinkerton’s only goal. She and Sarah Nowick did great getting the ball up the field throughout the game. Bridgett Geary stepped up as a midfield, along with Sam Torres.
Tough loss for Pinkerton
The freshman Lady Asktros hosted Souhegan Oct. 1 and fell, 3-1.
It was all tied up at the half, 1-1. Emma Bennett scored the Astros’ goal.
Call that a win
The freshman Lady Astros defeated Nashua North Oct. 3, 3-1.
Eleni Dionis scored first to get it started. Joining her with goals were Sarah Nowick and Rachel Spellman. They played aggressively and showed their improvements on the field.
Astros crush Memorial
The varsity Astros traveled to Manchester Memorial and returned with a win, 61-21.
After the first quarter, the score was tied, 7-7.
The Astros held Memorial scoreless in the second quarter and led 34-7 at the half.
The defense was able to hold the Crusaders to only one touchdown in each of the remaining two quarters, taking the game with a final score of 61-21. Manny Latimore played well with 267 rushing yards and 4 rushing touchdowns.
The Astros are set to take on Concord on Friday, under the lights on Pinkerton’s home field.
It’s a cross-town win
The JV Astros took on the Lancers Sept. 29 and won, 28-12.
Despite several turnovers and penalties, Pinkerton dominated the Lancers. Big plays by Lloyd Williams and Brett Datillo in second half helped seal the victory.
The JV Astros’ overall record is 3-1 for the season.
Young Astros are at 4-1
The freshman Astros improved their record to 4-1 by defeating Manchester Memorial Oct. 3 at home, 32-8.
Scoring for PA wereNick Jean, Mike Faragi, Kyle Fortier, Nick Coombs and Jesse Groce.
Season ends at 19-11
The varsity Astros traveled to Exeter Country Club Oct. 2 and wrapped up the regular season winning two of three and finishing 19- 11 for the regular season.
Pinkerton was led by senior Matt Galvin who shot 5 over par-40.
Pinkerton will rest for the next week before taking on the other nine teams who qualified for the state tournament on Thursday, Oct. 10, at Canterbury Country Club.
Girls make their mark
Three girls from Pinkerton competed Oct. 5 in the individual State Championships.
The tournament was played at the Scottish Highlands Golf Course in Salem. Kaitlyn Lutinski placed second in the Championship Flight with an 81. Caitlin Menzie placed fifth in the Medal Flight with a 51. Micaela Griffin was forced to withdraw due to an injury after playing 9 holes.
Astros triumph in Keene
The JV Astro golf team traveled to Keene Oct. 1 to play a match against Keene and Nashua North. The Astros shot a season best 227 to come in first.
Josh Barton led the way with a season/career best score of 40. Jason Bing 44, Matt Hall 46, Caitlin Menzie 48 and David Currier 49 all contributed to the win.
The team finished the regular season with an 8-5 record.