Astros eliminated in preliminary round
The Astro boys soccer team opened the 2012 playoffs by hosting Merrimack.
The Astros outshot Merrimack, 21-4, but were unable to find the back of the net as they lost, 1-0, to the Tomahawks.
The Astros were eliminated in the preliminary round of the NHIAA tournament for the first time since 2004.
John Hamilton, Matt Dunn, Brian Kling and Chris Horan all played very well for Pinkerton.
Lady Astros end their run
The varsity Lady Astros opened their playoff run by hosting Nashua North.
Haley Hicks and Keara Doolan both scored (with assists from Caleigh Goode and Haley Hicks) in the first half to give Pinkerton a 2-0 lead.
North scored on a penalty kick to make it 2-1 at the half. Maura Kane and Maggie Cahoon both scored in the second half (assists from Maggie Cahoon and Maura Kane) for the 4-1 final score.
Erin Coutts played well on defense for the Astros.
Then the Lady Astros traveled to Gill Stadium to take on Central. Two early goals gave Central a 2-0 lead that they carried to the half. An early third goal gave the Little Green a 3-0 lead.
Pinkerton did not stop fighting and scored to make it 3-1. Maggie Cohoon assisted by Rebecca McGrath. Central scored again, but the Lady Astros answered to make it 4-2. Haley Hicks was assisted by Samantha Breslin.
The Lady Astros could not add another goal and lost, 4-2.
Pinkerton finishes seventh
The Pinkerton girls cross-country team competed in the Meet of Champions at Nashua South High School and took seventh place out of 19 teams, just missing qualifying for New Englands by 17 points.
The seven finishers for Pinkerton were: Ariel Vaillancourt, 24th, 19:23; Morgan Sansing, 27th, 19:28; Danika Ashness, 63rd, 20:12; Kaila Cote, 67th, 20:15; Haley McMullen, 68th, 20:23; Siobhan McLaughlin, 72nd, 20:30; Taylor Lacey, 80th, 20:42 .