Joe Duball’s High School Soccer: Souhegan girls, Salem boys riding the wave

New Hampshire Union Leader

September 18. 2017 8:29PM

–Campbell’s Emma Rousseau heads the ball away from Raymond’s Anna Harmon during Monday’s game in Raymond. (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)

I MADE it a point to explain just how open the Division II girls’ soccer ranks are while previewing the 2017 season last month. Looking at the league prior to any games being played, there was a feeling that plenty of schools beyond the perennial contenders would factor into the title conversation.

I’ll admit that I didn’t have the Souhegan High of Amherst girls’ soccer team as one of those threatening clubs. The Sabers are making me regret my oversight now as they sit atop the D-II standings at 6-0.

The potential to return all but two players from last year’s club was a positive for the Sabers heading into this season. However, improving on a 7-6-3 record posted by many of the same faces and doing so under new Souhegan coach Dan Wyborney was not a certainty.

The Sabers have erased their question marks. They are a win away from matching last season’s total while outscoring opponents 12-0. The first four wins of the season included three 1-0 triumphs; the Sabers have scored seven goals in their last two contests.

“I’m not really sure of what this group has done in the past, but there’s a lot of potential here that we are just starting to scratch the surface on,” said Wyborney, who after six years coaching the Nashua South girls. “We’re got kind of a 50/50 mix here where we are sophomore- and senior-heavy.

“For me, it wasn’t about coming in and rebuilding or trying to set up a two- or three-year plan. Knowing that there was a decent amount of talent here, I thought we could go at it right away.”

This installment of the Sabers appears to be built from their own goal and out based on its ability to keep opponents off the board. Senior center fullbacks Maddie Morrissette and Natalie Larson have dictated play in…

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