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Lakers Hang Tough, Fall Short to Unbeaten Derryfield in Semifinals

LACONIA – The Sunapee girls soccer team has had quite the history with Derryfield, with Cougars eliminating them from the Division IV tournament in each of the past three years. Thursday night, the 4th-ranked Lakers got a shot at avenging those losses with a semifinal matchup against the top-seeded Cougars at Laconia High School.

And though Sunapee headed into last night’s matchup with memories of two regular-seasons losses to the unbeaten Cougars, it was the underdog Lakers who struck first when Katie Frederick found the back of the net less than 10 minutes into the game.

It didn’t take long for Derryfield to respond, however, as Duke University commit Gabi Brummett knotted things up at 1-1 on this corner kick some five minutes later. Brummett netted her second goal of the game later in the first half, when she broke free from the Sunapee defense and slipped this shot into the back of the net to give her team the 2-1 edge.

The Lakers never stopped fighting, though, and tied things up once again when Katie Frederick fired this free kick just under the cross bar to spark new life in her team. But the Cougars answered with two more scores off the foot of Brummett, making Frederick third and final goal in the game’s final five minutes all but irrelevant.

Sunapee played much of the game without senior Lexi Hamilton, who injured her knee on this play while marking Derryfield’s leading scorer in Brummett. The Lakers round out the season with an impressive 14-4-1 overall record that earned the team a 6th straight ticket to the Division IV semifinals.

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