By Tris Wykes

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LEBANON – The Lebanon High field hockey team created precious few scoring opportunities Friday against Goffstown. Fortunately for the Raiders, junior Mikayla Thornton put away one of those chances with 9.6 seconds remaining in the first quarter to give the hosts an eventual 1-0 victory.

Lebanon’s Mikayla Thornton, left, dribbles away from Goffstown’s Avery Breseil. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.

“That was a goal accomplished, if you will, because we want to score every time we get a corner,” said Lebanon coach Amanda Valliere, whose team improved to 2-0. 

“I would love if we could make some more chances but I shifted some people around in positions and it took a little while for us to settle in and figure out our rhythm.”

Lebanon played the first quarter without starters Molly Smith and Clara Smyrski, both of whom joined the fray for the second stanza. Valliere declined to discuss what led to the seniors’ discipline but was happy with how the rest of the roster responded.

Lebanon’s Claire Thibodeau, center, plays the ball in midair while flanked by foes Bethany Debrewl, left, and Grace Murphy. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.

“I think we’re evenly matched teams,” the coach said. “Goffstown is smart about how they play the ball and I credit our defense for keeping its sticks low and getting the ball out.”

Goaltender Ashlee Blashock didn’t have to make many saves but was a factor with aggressive play, several times charging off her line to toe-kick balls out of danger. 

Lebanon, which received a Lindsey Stark assist on its goal, visits Milford on Friday.

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Lebanon goaltender Ashlee Blashock boots the ball away. Copyright Octopus Athletics. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to ctwykes@aol.com.