Soccer: All-State rosters released; Coe-Brown’s Hils, Bow’s Smith named D-II Coach of the Year

Coe-Brown celebrates Abbey Franke’s (12) goal in the fifth minute of the Division II girls’ soccer championship game against Hollis-Brookline on Nov. 5. Coe-Brown led all area’s girls’ soccer programs with five All-State selections.

Coe-Brown celebrates Abbey Franke’s (12) goal in the fifth minute of the Division II girls’ soccer championship game against Hollis-Brookline on Nov. 5. Coe-Brown led all area’s girls’ soccer programs with five All-State selections. Chip Griffin / Photos By Chip

Bow head coach Josh Smith (far left) celebrates with the Bow boys’ soccer team after the Falcons won their first ever Division II title with a 2-1 victory over Lebanon on Nov. 3 at Stellos Stadium in Nashua. Smith was named the boys’ Division II Coach of the Year and the Falcons led all area soccer programs with six All-State selections.

Bow head coach Josh Smith (far left) celebrates with the Bow boys’ soccer team after the Falcons won their first ever Division II title with a 2-1 victory over Lebanon on Nov. 3 at Stellos Stadium in Nashua. Smith was named the boys’ Division II Coach of the Year and the Falcons led all area soccer programs with six All-State selections. Chip Griffin / Photos By Chip

Concord forward Whitney Vaillant battles a pair of Nashua North players during the first half of Concord’s preliminary round match at Memorial Field on Oct. 25. Vaillant was named to the Division I All-State First Team.

Concord forward Whitney Vaillant battles a pair of Nashua North players during the first half of Concord’s preliminary round match at Memorial Field on Oct. 25. Vaillant was named to the Division I All-State First Team. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

Hopkinton midfielder Keegan St. Cyr heads up the field as she battles Gilford defender Gracey LeBlanc during the Division III semifinal at Manchester Memorial on Nov. 1. St. Cyr was one of three Hopkinton players named to the Division III All-State First Team.

Hopkinton midfielder Keegan St. Cyr heads up the field as she battles Gilford defender Gracey LeBlanc during the Division III semifinal at Manchester Memorial on Nov. 1. St. Cyr was one of three Hopkinton players named to the Division III All-State First Team. Geoff Forester / Monitor staff 

Pembroke midfielder Colby Pepka controls the ball for the Spartans as Coe-Brown’s Bruce LaPierre comes in from behind during a match on Oct. 3. Pepka was named to the Division II All-State First Team.

Pembroke midfielder Colby Pepka controls the ball for the Spartans as Coe-Brown’s Bruce LaPierre comes in from behind during a match on Oct. 3. Pepka was named to the Division II All-State First Team. Chip Griffin / Photos By Chip

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy girls’ soccer coach Josh Hils gives his players some final words of wisdom before taking the field in the program's first championship game appearance on Nov. 5. Coe-Brown lost to Hollis-Brookline, 2-1. Hils was named the girls' Division II Coach of the Year.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy girls’ soccer coach Josh Hils gives his players some final words of wisdom before taking the field in the program's first championship game appearance on Nov. 5. Coe-Brown lost to Hollis-Brookline, 2-1. Hils was named the girls' Division II Coach of the Year. Chip Griffin / Photos By Chip

By DAN ATTORRI

Monitor staff

Published: 11-18-2023 8:24 AM

Area coaches swept the Division II Coach of the Year awards, 21 area players were named to their respective First Team rosters and dozens more dotted the All-State lists that were released by the New Hampshire Soccer Coaches Association on Wednesday.

Coe-Brown Northwood Academy girls’ head coach Josh Hils was named the D-II Coach of the Year after leading the Bears (14-4-1) to their first championship game appearance in program history in his 19th year as the team’s head coach. 

Bow’s Josh Smith led the Falcons (17-1-1) to their first D-II title in his first year as Bow’s head coach. Smith took over for longtime coach George Pinkham in the offseason, the first coaching change in Bow boys’ soccer history.

The Bow boys led all area soccer programs with six All-State selections, while Coe-Brown led girls’ teams with five picks.

Merrimack Valley’s Zach Stephenson won the D-II Boys’ JV Coach of the Year.

The NHSCA also released Team New Hampshire rosters for the annual Twin State Lions Cup games in the spring, matches featuring the top seniors from N.H. and Vermont.

Smith was named as one of six coaches for the boys’ team and will be joined by two of his players, midfielder Colby Smith and goalkeeper Aaron Barrieau. Hopkinton goalie Colby Boissy was also selected.

Hils was picked to be one of the four N.H. girls’ coaches. Concord’s Whitney Vaillant, Bow’s Sidney Roberge, Coe-Brown’s Somer Loto and John Stark’s Melody Couturier (all midfielders) were the area players selected.

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All award winners and All-State rosters were voted on by NHSCA member coaches. A complete list of area All-State players (with their position in parentheses) is below.

BOYS

Division I

Honorable Mention: Concord’s Nicholas Reynolds (D).

Division II

First Team: Bow’s Luke Hartshorn (F) and Brodie O’Neil (D), MV’s Owen Piper (D), Pembroke’s Colby Pepka (M).

Second Team: Bow’s Colby Smith (M) and Wes Michaelis (D), Pembroke’s Abdalla Faiad (D).

Honorable Mention: Bow’s Eli Berrigan (M) and Aaron Barrieau (G), Coe-Brown’s James McKane (D), John Stark’s Ethan Sinclair (M), MV’s Trevor Simonds (G).

Division III

First Team: Hopkinton’s Owen Wuellenweber (M), Mike Pantano (D) and Colby Boissy (G); Kearsarge’s Davin Selby (M).

Second Team: Belmont’s Owen Waldron (M) and Brody Ennis (D), Hopkinton’s Avery Condon (F), Kearsarge’s Elliot Asbury (D), Winnisquam’s Keegan Adams (D).

Honorable Mention: Belmont’s Jaxson Embree (G), Bishop Brady’s Seamus McIntyre (D), Hillsboro-Deering’s Logan Miller (D), Kearsarge’s Graham West (D).

Division IV

First Team: Concord Christian’s Roland Sanderson (M) and Zach Syvertson (M).

Second Team: Concord Christian’s Jaden Young (G).

Honorable Mention: Pittsfield’s Brayden Pelletier (M).

GIRLS

Division I

First Team: Concord’s Whitney Vaillant (M).

Honorable Mention: Concord’s Willa Marino (D) and Kate Dickson (M).

Division II

First Team: Bow’s Sidney Roberge (M), Coe-Brown’s Alyviah Blad (D), John Stark’s Lexi Boudreau (G), MV’s Juliana Palhof (M) and Calli Gray (D), and Pembroke’s Bailey Gatchell (F).

Second Team: Bow’s Cara Van Dyke (F), Lexi Insana (M) and Abby Foote (D); Coe-Brown’s Somer Loto (M); Pembroke’s Lindsey Jones (M), Mackenzie Hawkins (D) and Laila Al Shawafi (G).

Honorable Mention: Coe-Brown’s Bella Lapierre (F), Maggie Esabi (M) and Abbey Franke (M);  John Stark’s Reaghan Lamothe (F), Melody Couturier (M) and Makayla Pellerin (D); and MV’s Sierra Mercer (F) and Hannah Verville (G)

Division III

First Team: Hopkinton’s Keegan St. Cyr (F), Lizz Holmes (M) and Ally Duval (D).

Second Team: Hopkinton’s Katie Brown (F) and Kearsarge’s Carly Grant (M).

Honorable Mention: Belmont’s Helena Papadopoulos (M), Bishop Brady’s Lydia Trembly (F) and Kearsarge’s Reese Lacombe (D).

Division IV

First Team: Concord Christian’s Makayla Baglio (M).

Second Team: Concord Christian’s Ella Baker (F) and Lilli Carlile (M).

Honorable Mention: Pittsfield’s Mabel Johnson (M) and Addie Clark (D).