By Tris Wykes
CLAREMONT – Lebanon High pinned a 5-1 defeat on Stevens in boys JV soccer Monday at Monadnock Park.
Andrew Dannehy scored twice and Alexander Case, Nick Galev and Jacob Morrell also tallied for the visitors. Simon Desmans struck for the Cardinals.
Lebanon led, 4-0, at halftime. The Raiders dominated the early going with precision passing before coach Bill McFee enacted wholesale substitutions. Stevens, with only 23 players in its program as a whole, played with three substitutes.
“Our start was incredible,” McFee said. “We were passing to feet and spreading the field out. Our through balls and shots were great, but outside the 18, we’re almost too unselfish. I never thought I’d have to say that to freshmen and sophomores in high school.”
Lebanon, which suffered a 2-1 loss at Hanover on Saturday in its opener, received several outstanding saves from freshman goalkeeper Zach Aldrich. Central defender and co-captain Francis Calandrella, a sophomore, anchored the defense.
“Francis and Duncan Green are the ones I communicate with, whether we’re man marking or holding a line, whatever,” McFee said. “I rely and respect those boys in the back.”
Lebanon gets a rematch with visiting Stevens on Wednesday.
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