MANCHESTER — Londonderry’s girls have a lot to be proud of for the beautiful brand of soccer they’ve played over the past two years.
Unfortunately, for the second year in a row, the Lancers weren’t able to solidify their exceptional play with a state championship.
It was more heartbreak for Londonderry, as top-seeded and undefeated Exeter got the better of the Lancers, 2-0, in Sunday’s Division 1 title game. It was a scoreless bout at halftime, but junior forward Ella Fraser finally broke through with a pair of goals in the second half for the Blue Hawks — which ended their season a perfect 19-0.
The championship was Exeter’s eighth in the last 14 years. And with eight of Sunday’s starters expected back next year, the Blue Hawks — who allowed just a remarkable 3 goals all season — will certainly be looking for a repeat.
Fraser scored near the beginning of the second half, but Londonderry (19-2) nearly tied the game with 23 minutes left when Alyssa Anderson sent a rocket that just went wide of the left post. Anderson is one of 12 talented seniors who’ll be leaving quite a void on next year’s roster.
But, even though it didn’t end the way they wanted, seniors like Anderson, Olivia Stowell, Darby Dupuis and goalie Jasmine Richards (4 saves) can all hold their heads high after finishing great high school careers.