Can Fall Mountain Girls Soccer defend their title?
BY BILL MURPHY, The Vermont Journal & The Shopper
LANGDON, N.H. – Fall Mountain continues to succeed in putting themselves in position near the top of New Hampshire Division III Girls Soccer. As today’s paper goes to press, the Lady Wildcats stand 7-1 and hope to be in the hunt to defend their state title. The FM team, presently sitting in the second position, will be at home this Wednesday evening at 6 p.m. hosting a 7-3 Hillsboro team in contention for a early post season play-off seed at home. Bruce Ferland’s team will then travel to Newport on Saturday, Sept. 30 for a 4 p.m. road encounter before returning home next Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Monadnock and Friday at 4 p.m. versus Laconia.
Ferland always looks to Hillsboro to be a challenge. He remembers back to 2015 when his championship team came of age in the post season against them. The Wildcats had lost both regular season contests, but then in their tournament game they took the top seeded undefeated Hillsboro team into overtime before bowing. Ferland recalls, “We even dominated them a little bit. We proved we could play with them.” The Cats not only swept Hillsboro last fall, but they went on to win the state title.
“I think every team comes in as a threat,” Ferland acknowledged about FM’s 2017 schedule, as every team is looking to compete with the state champions. FM defeated Hillsboro the first time around this fall 5-0, but that doesn’t make Ferland feel comfortable about match-up number two. “They are getting better and better every game. They will be a challenge,” Ferland said, referring to the return game in Langdon on Wednesday.
When asked about his team’s chances of defending their New Hampshire Division III champion title, Ferland replied, “I think we can, if we have faith. They have to believe in themselves and in me and the system and then I think we can be in good shape.”