The 2016 Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars

Below are the official 2016 Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Hannah Reiter, Mansfield

Hockomock League All Stars

Jordyn Forte, Attleboro
Riley Duserick, Canton
Kristen Bortolotti, Foxboro
Lily Sykes, Foxboro
Nadia Havens, Franklin
Catherine Robbins, Franklin
Abigail Gipson, Franklin
Emma Corcoran, King Philip
Avery Snead, King Philip
Chloe Layne, King Philip
Hannah Reiter, Mansfield
Melissa Reef, Mansfield
Bryn Anderson, Mansfield
Stephanie Kemp, Mansfield
Kristen Franzini, Milford
Haley Guertin, North Attleboro
Rachel LaBonte, North Attleboro
Emily Chiasson, North Attleboro
Kiana Lozzi, Oliver Ames
Zoe Chazan, Oliver Ames
Emily Freeman, Oliver Ames
Lauren Wright, Oliver Ames
Alex Rabb, Sharon
Ally Filipowski, Sharon
Sarah Widrow, Stoughton
Samantha Tichelaar, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Rebekah Entwistle, Attleboro
Kathryn Doody, Canton
Jamie Gorham, Foxboro
Miranda Smith, Franklin
Rachel Hogan, King Philip
Emily Vigeant, Mansfield
Nicole Dahlgren, Milford
Aine Mendonca, North Attleboro
Regan Benton, Oliver Ames
Ally Steinberg, Sharon
Emma Harrington, Stoughton
Kayla Felix, Taunton

Franklin Finishes Regular Season With Scoreless Draw

Franklin girls soccer
Junior keeper Cat Robbins stopped a pair of breakaways in the second half to preserve a clean sheet and a point for Franklin against NDA. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin faced perennial Div. 2 power Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon and it started well for the Panthers, who hit the bar and forced four saves from the NDA keeper in the opening 40 minutes, but the offense stalled after the break.

Click here for a photo gallery from this game.

In the second half, the Cougars had an opportunity to hand Franklin just its third loss of the season but standing in the way was Catherine Robbins. The junior keeper stopped a pair of breakaways 15 minutes into the second half that preserved another clean sheet and grabbed Franklin a point in a 0-0 draw at Pisini Field.

“She’s been solid the whole year long,” said Franklin coach Tom Geysen of Robbins, who took over in net after the graudation of four-year starter Dani Lonati. “She’s done everything we’ve asked her to do. There isn’t anything more that she could have done than she’s already done.”

The Panthers were struggling to get anything going offensively in the second half, losing the ball in midfield and allowing the Cougars to push forward in the attack. In the 54th minute a bad bounce off the turf skipped over the head of Abigail Gipson and allowed Emma Tucker to get in alone on Robbins but the keeper stood tall and got two hands to the shot.

Franklin failed to clear the rebound and it was intercepted by Shannon LeVangie who also had a one-on-one with Robbins. The striker opened up her foot and tried to slide it past the keeper to the far post, but Robbins managed to drag her foot and get a toe on the shot to direct it around the post.

That would be the only chance of note for either team until the final eight minutes of the game. When asked about the struggles in the second half, Geysen replied, “The same thing happened the other day against KP when we were on that end of the field. I don’t know.”

He continued, “I don’t know if psychologically…I really don’t know. When we start watching every ball bounce then there’s something wrong. No matter what I said, they just weren’t reacting.”

Franklin tried to snag the full points with a flourish at the end of the game. Playing Molly Duncan up top as a focal point and with Halle Atkinson and Emily Mastaj running the wings, the Panthers went direct with balls over the top and in behind the NDA back line. It worked to create a few chances.

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“In the last seven or eight years we were pretty to watch because we could move the ball,” explained Geysen. “We’re ugly as sin now. We can’t really move the ball very well, so we have to put the ball over the top.”

Mastaj had the best chance to steal the win when she got free on the edge of the six-yard-box to get a left-foot to Atkinson’s cutback from the byline, but the shot was straight at the NDA keeper.

Two minutes later, Franklin had another opportunity after good combination play between Jamie Dragsbaek and Grace Gallo freed up Sabrina Masters but her shot smacked off the football goalposts above the net.

“We played three games last week that were all physical games, but that’s just an excuse,” said Geysen about the Panthers inability to get going in the second half.

The first half was a very different game, as Franklin had several chances to take the lead and its physical play in the midfield took control of the matchup.

Dragsbaek had the first chance off a feed from Duncan but her lofted shot came back off the crossbar inside the opening 10 minutes. In the 13th minute, right back Nadia Havens put a 30-yard free kick on target and forced a diving save from the NDA keeper. Havens would also have a chance off a corner at the half-hour mark but her header flashed inches wide of the post.

Duncan was the primary outlet for the Panthers and she had a snap shot on the turn that was again saved by a diving NDA keeper and the rebound fell to Mastaj but she was unable to turn it in. Mastaj would get another chance when she outmuscled the NDA defender to get to Meghan Doherty’s through ball but the shot was saved.

Franklin finishes the regular season at 10-2-5 and will not wait the seedings for the Div. 1 South tournament that will come out next week.

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Franklin Pulls Away in Second Half to Hold Off Taunton

By Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

FRANKLIN, Mass. – On Thursday afternoon at Pisini Field, the Franklin Panthers utilized a three-goal second half to pull away for a 4-0 win over Taunton.

The first half was tough for both teams as they both struggled to find their footing. Franklin had the first good look of the half when an Emily Mastaj shot off of a Franklin corner in the 12th minute was stopped on a kick save by Taunton goalie Grace Pimenta. Another Pimenta save on a Miranda Smith shot in the 16th minute kept the game scoreless.

Franklin finally broke through in the 27th minute when senior Kathryn Noon found Smith, who converted a header in traffic, to give Franklin the first score and a 1-0 lead.

Taunton came fighting back In the 34th minute with their first scoring chance when junior Samantha Tichelaar’sshot off of a corner was saved by Franklin goalie Cat Robbins. In the 39th minute, Taunton again tested Franklin when Tichelaar found herself all alone on a breakaway, but a phenomenal diving save by Robbins preserved the Franklin lead.

The remainder of the first half and the beginning of the second half was a possession battle at midfield, as neither team could generate any scoring chances. In the 56th minute, a feed from Calen Frongillo led to a Halle Atkinson breakaway goal, which put Franklin up 2-0.

With the momentum now in its favor, Franklin capitalized just one minute later and it was Atkinson leading the way again, as her cross was finished off by Jess Kroushl, putting Franklin up 3-0.

In the second half, Franklin’s change in play was largely thanks to their improved passing.

“In the first half, we spent as much time passing to them as we did to each other. In the second half, when the kids started to take space before trying to give up the ball, making the defender commit to them, they had opportunities to pass to each other, and it opened up the field,” Franklin coach Tom Geysen said.

One of the keys for Franklin was a strong defensive effort, as they limited Taunton’s opportunities, especially in the second half. Seniors Abigail Gipson and Noon were especially important for Franklin, as they prevented Taunton from getting deep in Franklin territory by forcing turnovers.

The Tigers’ best chance to score in the second half came in the 62nd minute, when a shot of a corner was deflected away and back into Franklin territory.

Franklin’s final tally came in the 72nd minute, when Mastaj found an open Ellie Teixeira, whose shot found the top corner of the net, giving Franklin a 4-0 lead

“The second half was certainly a much superior half for us,” Geysen added

Franklin (3-1-1) will look to continue its four-game unbeaten streak on Monday at home when it takes on undefeated Mansfield. Taunton (0-5-2) returns home on Monday, where the Tigers look to pick up their first win against King Philip.

Franklin Starts Fast, Finishes Strong Against Milford

By Joe Clark, HockomockSports.com Student Reporter

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin girls soccer kicked off their home opener today at 3:30 against Milford. By 3:31, the Panthers were already up 1-0.

Junior forward Miranda Smith stole the ball from a Milford defender and then netted a goal just seven seconds into the game. Franklin went on to score three more goals in a 4-0 win over the Scarlet Hawks.

After the goal, the teams battled back and forth., Franklin threatened again in the 11th minute, but Milford goalkeeper Olivia Marshall made a save on Smith to keep the score at 1-0. Franklin maintained a slight possession advantage for the rest of the half but Milford continued to battle to keep the game close.

Despite jumping ahead to an early lead, Franklin coach Tom Geysen didn’t believe his team responded the way it should have after the early strike.

“I’ve been doing this a long time, and a lot of times when you score that early, you kind of get a little complacent,” Geysen said.

In the second half, Franklin was anything but complacent, scoring two goals within the first 10 minutes. The first goal was registered when junior Ellie Teixeira found senior Nadia Havens, who deposited in a header in the 45th minute to double Franklin’s lead.

Franklin kept the pressure on from that point and just five minutes later senior defender Abigail Gipson found Halle Atkinson streaking towards the net, where the sophomore then put the ball past the Milford goalie. The final tally of the half and the game came in the 74th minute when junior forward Emily Mastaj connected with Smith, who put in her second goal of the game and sealed the victory for the Panthers.

The Panthers received strong defensive showings from junior goalie Cat Robbins who pitched a shutout as well as stout play from senior Kathryn Noon and junior Molly O’Reilly.

“We were certainly a lot better than we were last Friday against North Attleboro, but we still have a lot of work to do,” Geysen added about his defense. “Some of the kids in the back have experience; we have a lot with limited experience and some with none so it may take a while to get it to gel.”

Franklin girls soccer (1-1, 1-1) will look to make it two straight on Thursday when they travel to Foxboro to take on the Warriors (0-3, 0-3). For Milford (1-2, 0-2), they’ll look to rebound on Thursday when they host Taunton (0-2-1, 0-1).

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/13/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalNick Lawrence scored a pair of goals for the Bombardiers, with assists coming from Will Halben and Harry Lancaster. Stoughton’s Noah Schulze scored the lone goal for the Black Knights.

King Philip, 1 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalKP junior Connor Mullins won possession at midfield, got forward and played a through ball, setting up Tyler Mann for the lone goal of the game in the 67th minute to lift the Warriors to the win.

Taunton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalClick here for a full recap of the game.

Girls Soccer
Stoughton, 0 @ Attleboro, 2 – FinalRebekah Entwistle and Hannah Meier scored the goals for the Bombardiers. Stoughton head coach Tara Daniels said Emma Harrington played outstanding in net for the Black Knights.

Foxboro, 3 @ King Philip, 5 – FinalFreshman Avery Snead scored two goals for KP. Senior Rachel Hogan and freshman Chloe Layne each had a goal and two assists and senior Maddie Smith added a goal and an assist for the Warriors.

North Attleboro, 6 @ Taunton, 1 – FinalHaley Guertin scored two goals and had two assists to lead the Rocketeers. Sophomore Ashlyn Gaulin chipped in with a pair of goals and Felicity Monfils and Leah Jette each scored one. Kayla Pasquel and Rachel Labonte had assists for North.

Milford, 0 @ Franklin, 4 – FinalMiranda Smith scored a pair of goals for the Panthers and Nadia Havens recorded a goal and an assist. Halle Atkinson also had a goal for Franklin, while Ellie Teixeira, Abigail Gipson, and Emily Mastaj had assists. Ashleigh Starks played well in midfield for the Hawks, according to head coach Jay Mastaj.

Golf
Stoughton, 215 @ Foxboro, 179 – Final

King Philip, 174 @ Mansfield, 169 – Final – Jason Hindman shot a one under par 35 at Norton Country Club to lead the Hornets. Junior Brendan Loomer shot a 44 while David Norris and Madison Haughey each shot 45. Sebastian Ladoulis led King Philip with a 41.

Oliver Ames, 156 @ Taunton, 194 – Final – The Tigers of Oliver Ames had a consistent day at Segregansett Country Club. Ryan McGarry, Mark Bissonette, Nick Lombardi and Thomas Walsh all tied for the match medalist, with each shooting 39 on the day. Justin Proto led Taunton with a 43.

Milford, 167 @ Sharon, 173 – Final – Ryan Tomaso was the match medalist, shooting 39 at Spring Valley. Anthony Arcudi added a 42 for the Scarlet Hawks. Andrew Glaser led the way for Sharon, carding a 40.

Cross Country
Boys
King Philip, 46 @ Attleboro, 19 – Final

Sharon, 15 @ Foxboro, 50 – Final – Foxboro was led by by Brendan Foley (20:37), followed by Matt Kelly (20:40), Mike Lite (21:01), Tyler Donovan (21:13), Jacob Sylvestre (21:14) and Paxton Downs (21:39).

Mansfield, 19 @ Taunton, 44 – Final Mansfield had seven of the top eight finishes and eight of the top 10 in the win over Taunton. Kalin Petrov won the race in a time of 17:07 while Taunton’s Dylan Lynch was second at 17:17. Mansfield’s Collin Rice (17:56), Patrick Heavey (17:56), Nick Rispoli (18:11), Arjun Sonti (18:12), Paxton Howard (18:17) and Cullen Lancaster (18″49) finished third through eighth respectively.

Oliver Ames, 25 @ Franklin, 30 – Final – Oliver Ames secured three of the top five spots to edge out the Panthers. OA’s Brent Schwartz won in 17:31 while Zane Reservitz finished fourth in 18:03 and Colin Herschlag was fifth at 18:05. Franklin’s Everett Henderson finished in second at 17:44 and Mike Hagen was third at 17:49.

Milford @ Stoughton, 3:45

Girls
King Philip, 15 @ Attleboro, 46 – Final – King Philip had the top five finishes in the race, cruising to a win on the road. Nina Sitarski won the race with Erin Quinn, Lucy Hamilton, Leia Quinn and Erica Layna rounding out the top five for the Warriors. Ellen Marshall finished six and Victoria Pike was seventh to lead Attleboro.

Sharon, 23 @ Foxboro, 38 – Final – Foxboro sophomore Lindsey Nelson led the way for Foxboro, finishing second in 21:36 while freshman Abby Hassman finished third overall in 21:47.

Mansfield @ Taunton, 3:45

Oliver Ames, 32 @ Franklin, 23 – Final – Franklin grabbed the top three finishes in the meet, securing the win over Oliver Ames. Nicole Clermont won the race in 19:58 with Kate Hartnett finishing second in 21:22 and Ella Gutkowski rounding out the top three in 21:51. Liz Peckham, Anna Loewald, Caroline McCarthy, and Jordan Rainville finished in the fourth through seventh places for OA.

Milford @ Stoughton, 3:45

Rocketeers Continue Upset Run With Win at Franklin

North Attleboro girls soccer
The North Attleboro girls’ soccer team knocked off its second straight Hockomock champion on Sunday to advance to the Div. 1 South semifinal. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – Hana Caster was the only player to score a goal against the Franklin defense during the regular season. On Sunday afternoon at Pisini Field, Caster also became the only player to score against the Panthers in the postseason and in the process knocked Franklin out of the tournament in the Div. 1 South quarterfinal.

Caster scored just nine minutes into the game to give North Attleboro a lead that it would never relinquish. The 1-0 victory advances the Rocketeers into the semifinal and ends Franklin’s streak of sectional final appearance at three (and four of the last five).

If there were any nerves going against the league champions, North Attleboro certainly hid them well. The Rocketeers, coming off a 3-2 win against Davenport champion Oliver Ames, started well with pressure in the midfield and quick transitions to the front two of Haley Guertin and Caster.

“Franklin, I’ve always said, there’s no question they’re the best team in the league,” said North coach Glenn Pasquel, “but when we came out we thought, it’s just another game.”

He added, “The main thing is these girls focusing. When they focus, we’re on fire; they’re unstoppable.”

In the ninth minute, the pressure paid off when Guertin sprung Caster down the right channel only for the senior forward to hit a tame shot at Franklin keeper Dani Lonati. The ball was quickly heading back towards the Franklin goal and Grace Guertin flicked a header towards Caster who split the central defenders with her speed and then composed herself to chip Lonati.

“She’s a huge impact to our offense the way she’s moving the ball,” said Pasquel.

North continued to pile on the pressure and in the 15th minute, Ellie Teixeira was forced to clear a ball of the line.

Franklin had a chance in the 29th when left back Abigail Gipson crossed but barely missed the head of Molly Duncan and the toe of Meghan Doherty. In the 34th minute Alexis Stowell went on a long, weaving run only to hit a shot from the edge of the box right at North keeper Kiersten Bixby.

“They were the better team,” said Franklin coach Tom Geysen. “That [goal] was the difference but it doesn’t tell the tale of the game. We couldn’t create anything up front, nothing consistent.”

The lack of sustained attack for Franklin was putting extra pressure on the defense to step up and just four minutes after the break, North almost doubled the lead. Haley Guertin got behind the defense but with the goal at her mercy dragged a shot narrowly wide.

In the 54th minute North again came close to the back-breaking goal when a ball was played over the top to Caster and she showed off her speed to outpace Lauren Rudolph. With only Lonati to beat, Caster elected to square the ball and it was cleared.

Two minutes later, another ball was played behind the defense and bounced toward Lonati. Caster never gave up the chase and there was a terrible collision between the keeper and the forward. Caster took a blow to the head and was down for several minutes before walking off with assistance. She would not return following that very scary moment.

Pasquel said, “Hana or anyone of our players, when we see them on the ground, and when she went down and wasn’t moving that was scary, the whole team said to itself that we have to help Hana and go out and win this game.”

Franklin knew that it had to press for an equalizer and the attack started to create more chances and to push higher up the pitch. The problem for the Panthers was that every time Victoria Stowell or Emily Spath or Meghan Georges got any momentum Rachel LaBonte was there for North to sweep up and to lear the attack.

LaBonte spent her freshman season playing mostly as an attacker, but Pasquel moved her back to sweeper in the preseason. He explained, “She’s unbelievable, She reads the play instantly. I just saw it and said to myself, you know what, she’s a defender and I’m going to give her a try.”

The best chance for Franklin came in the 71st minute when Gipson stepped into a full volley off a Stowell corner but hit it right into the chest of Bixby. A yard either side and the game would have been tied.

With four minutes remaining, Geysen called timeout to rally his team. He explained, “You have to push up. Everything goes over the top and you have to go get it. They created some chances but it was too little too late.”

Pasquel told his team, “This is the time we have to get past those injuries and we have to work together. We have four minutes left and then we go on to the next step.”

The clock wound down to nothing, the final whistle sounded, and for the second time in four days, North Attleboro raced onto the pitch to celebrate a victory at the home of one of its rivals.

“It’s the heart that leads this team,” said Pasquel, “and these girls have the biggest heart. Our goal from the beginning was that we’re going to finish to the end.”

Geysen struggled to put into context all that his senior class had accomplished in four years at Franklin. From a state championship as freshmen to three straight sectional finals (in one of the most competitive brackets in the state) to four straight league titles, the seniors had a lot for which to be proud.

“That may be one of the few teams that we’ve lost at home to in four years,” he said. “I had seven [senior] starters and three coming off the bench and they all played well tonight. They each gave it their all.”

North Attleboro will face Whitman-Hanson in the Div. 1 South semifinal on Veterans Day at Marshfield High.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Stowells Provide Goals For Franklin Against Walpole

Victoria Stowell
Victoria Stowell (16) scored direct from a corner kick for waht turned out to be the game-winner against Walpole on Friday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – There was little energy on the pitch, the passing was far from crisp, chances were practically non-existent and it seemed like both teams were grateful that halftime was only nine minutes away so they could try and regroup.

It was exactly how visiting Walpole and coach Bill Wallace wanted the first 31 minutes to go.

“When you play them in the tournament that’s how it goes,” said Franklin coach Tom Geysen. “I’m lucky it didn’t come down to penalty kicks because that’s how they play.”

“They don’t generate a whole lot of offense, but it’s always close with them because they don’t give you much.”

Then Victoria Stowell stepped up and curled a corner kick into the top corner to give Franklin the lead and changed the outlook for both teams at halftime.

“The corner kick screwed up our plan,” said Wallace, who had taken over two weeks ago when head coach Erin Kearney went into labor. “We usually don’t play a formation with five at the back and I think they did a great job on one day of preparation.”

He added, “She hit a laser…what are you going to do? With a team like that, then 1-0 is like 3-0.”

The goal stood as the game-winner, but also sparked a much-improved second half for the Panthers who ran out 3-0 winners and advanced to face league rival North Attleboro, which Wallace used to coach, on Sunday in the Div. 1 South quarterfinal.

There were chances in the first half, but all came within a four minute span. First Victoria set up her sister Alexis with a corner to the far post but the forward could not keep her header on frame.

Two minutes later, Walpole had a golden opportunity when Franklin’s normally rock solid defense allowed a player clean through on goal, but she dragged her shot wide of the post.

The Rebels had another chance shortly after when Meghan Dieterle and Dani Lonati had a miscommunication on a throw that bounced to Tayla Randall but she steered her header wide as well.

“The kids in the back, I don’t know if it was jitters or whatever, but they weren’t as tight as they usually are,” said Geysen. “I called timeout and told them to calm down on both sides of the ball.”

It was easier to calm down after Stowell’s “Olimpico” and at halftime Geysen reinforced his message that the Panthers needed to get back to playing their game.

“I said that you can’t allow them to be knocking you off the ball,” he explained. “I said, you have to put your big girl pants on an go after them and we kind of did that a little bit in the second half.”

Walpole was forced to come out of its shell a little in the second half and chase a goal, but also the Panthers started to move the ball with more purpose and make more runs off the ball to create scoring chances.

Victoria Stowell had the first chance on a free kick that skimmed the crossbar on its way past. Three minutes later and Alexis Stowell almost finished off a long throw by Ellie Teixeira, but Walpole keeper Kaitlin Brown did well to block.

Teixeira had a chance of her own after a good run forward by left back Abigail Gipson opened space in the middle but again Brown was on hand to make the save. Molly Duncan also had a chance from long range that forced Brown to back pedal and tip the shot over the bar.

With eight minutes to go, Alexis Stowell doubled Franklin’s lead. There was a mad scramble in the box, with several shots blocked by Brown and/or her defenders, and the ball popped loose to Stowell who managed to squeeze it inside the post.

Walpole had created no scoring opportunities since the opening minutes, so the lead looked safe, but Meghan Doherty ensured the win with a deflected shot from the edge of the box that gave Brown no chance.

Geysen hopes that the goal by Doherty and the performance of several young players will give them confidence against the Rocketeers in the next round. He explained that he writes a poem to the team before every game and that in this game’s poem he told them, “if you have butterflies that’s a good thing, it means you’re ready.”

He joked, “And some of them had more than butterflies.”

Franklin will host North Attleboro at 4 p.m. on Sunday.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Stowell Brace Clinches League Title for Franklin

Victoria Stowell
Victoria Stowell (16) scored a pair of goals in the second half to beat Mansfield and earn Franklin a sixth straight league title. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – During Franklin’s win on Friday, head coach Tom Geysen noticed that senior Victoria Stowell was getting frustrated because, despite her team leading 7-0, she could not find the back of the net.

He took her aside and told her to save the goals for the games that matter most to the Panthers. On Monday night, Geysen explained, “Anybody on this front line and in the middle can score against these teams, there are certain teams that they can’t and those are the teams you want to focus on.”

Stowell paid attention and on Monday she celebrated Senior Night against Mansfield with a pair of second half free kick goals that gave Franklin a 2-0 win and clinched the program’s sixth consecutive Kelley-Rex Division title.

“He says score in the important games and that’s what I did,” said Stowell with an ear-to-ear grin. “They’re rivals; I have to score against our rivals.”

In a game that featured few chances for either team, Franklin had a golden opportunity in the 53rd minute. The ball was flicked forward by Alexis Stowell into the path of Emily Spath and the senior was able to chip it past the onrushing freshman keeper Lauren Whitman but then watched helplessly as the ball skipped off the far post.

Just seconds later, Franklin won a free kick and from 35 yards out, Victoria Stowell smashed the ball off the far post and in for the game’s opening goal to make it 1-0.

Megan Georges hit the bar for Franklin 12 minutes later and then with five minutes remaining Stowell again teed up a free kick – this time from 40 yards out. Once again (and for the third time in two games against the Hornets this seaon), she was able to curl the ball into the top corner to make it 2-0.

“They had two fantastic free kicks – upper 90 far post and then upper 90 near post,” said Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “How do you defend that unless you have a 6-foot-4 keeper?”

“If someone’s going to beat you, let it be on something like that.”

Geysen praised Stowell after the first win against Mansfield as a big game player. She lived up to that billing in the rematch as well.

He added, “She’s rock solid and shows no emotion during the course of the game. It’s all business until it’s over and then maybe you’ll get a smile from her.”

Mansfield’s best chance came with two minutes remaining. Jen Kemp laid a pass into the path of Rebecca Bornstein and the senior smacked the ball off the crossbar from the edge of the 18.

It was one of the few shots that the Franklin defense allowed and only second shot that Mansfield put on target in the game. The Hornets put junior Hannah Reiter up top to be the focal point, but the Panthers defense closed down her space and closed off the passing lanes to her fellow forwards.

“The movement off the pass to her wasn’t in the spaces we needed,” said Smith. “We talked about playing, like Franklin does, move forward, pas backward and play forward. When we played forward, there was no back pass because we weren’t moving into that space.”

Geysen explained, “I told my two center backs (Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dieterle), you have to decide who is going to pick her up higher because she’s going to end up unmarked and the other one has to be behind. The two of them have been rock solid all season.”

The Panthers defense, which also features Nadia Havens and Abigail Gipson, is a major reason why another they claimed another league title. Franklin has yet to allow a goal through 14 games, which is even more remarkable because three of the four starters from last year (Lindsay Mastaj, Leah Benson, and Nicole Ellin) needed to be replaced.

“I thought that I would have a huge job this year,” said senior keeper Dani Lonati, “but honestly I’ve had not even a dozen shots. They communicate really well and, I don’t know, we just work really well together and it’s been one of the more solid parts of the team.”

When asked if the team talks about not giving up a goal, Lonati cut off the question before it was finished and like a pitcher during a no hitter would not talk about it. She smiled and said, “Nope, keep quiet, we don’t want to jinx it.”

Following the Senior Night celebration, Stowell noted, “We’ve faced a lot of adversity this year, losing Bailey [Knous] quick, losing Megan Adams quick, and inexperienced players have to step up and learn the ropes quickly…and I think the sophomores and juniors have done a good job stepping up to replace that defense.”

Franklin (13-0-1, 12-0-1) will put its unbeaten record on the line on Thursday evening at Taunton. Mansfield (9-3-2, 8-3-2) will travel to North Attleboro on Friday afternoon.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/16/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Game of the Week – Football
Stoughton, 14 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Izon Swain-Price 19 yard rush, Jake Gibb XP good.
2nd Quarter: No scoring.
3rd Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, J. Gibb XP good.
4th Quarter: No scoring.
Football
King Philip, 15 @ Attleboro, 25 – Final
1st Quarter: (A) Cam Furtado 40-yard pass to Brendan Nunes, Owen McKenna XP good; (A) Furtado 2-yard rush, XP blocked.
2nd Quarter: (A) Furtado 27-yard pass to Alex Silva, 2-point conversion no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (KP) Giovanni Fernandez 3-yard rush, Zach Boari XP good; (A) Nunes 5-yard rush, XP blocked; (KP) John DeLuca 10-yard pass to R.J. McCarthy, DeLuca to Leo Munafo for 2-point conversion.

Canton, 40 @ Oliver Ames, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Jake Ragusa 5 yard rush, XP no good; (C) Joe Bires 22 yard rush, XP good.
2nd Quarter: (C) J. Bires 1 yard rush, Woanyen Mahn 2pt rush; (C) Dennis Ross 1 yard rush; XP good.
3rd Quarter: (C) W. Mahn 35 yard rush, 2pt fail; (OA) Charlie Ryan 1 yard rush, 2pt fail.
4th Quarter: (C) Joe Mulkay 45 yard rush, XP fail; (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 60 yard rush, Leandro Moro 2pt rush.

Mansfield, 24 @ Franklin, 3 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 12 yard pass to Mike Arnold, Diogo DeSousa XP good.
2nd Quarter: (F) Nick Yelle 33 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 16 yard field goal.
4th Quarter: (M) Connor Finerty 16 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good; (M) Nick Graham 80 yard rush, D. DeSousa XP good.

Taunton, 20 @ North Attleboro, 44 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Nick Morrison 58 yard rush, Connor Flynn XP; (NA) C. Flynn 7 yard rush, 2pt fail.
2nd Quarter: (NA) C. Flynn 24 yard field goal; (NA) N. Morrison 6 yard rush, C. Flynn XP; Nick Rajotte 3 yard rush, Connor MacIver XP; (T) Collin Hunter 34 yard pass to Adam McLaughlin, 2pt fail.
3rd Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 33 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, C. Hunter 2pt pass to A. McLaughlin; (NA) N. Morrison 55 yard fumble return, C. Flynn XP.
4th Quarter: (T) C. Hunter 8 yard pass to Michael Fernandez, 2pt fail; (NA) N. Morrison 50 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Hatim Brahimi broke open a scoreless game with a goal in the 52nd minute for the Panthers. He then assisted on a goal by Kevin Hall, who added a second in the final minutes of the game.  

Canton,1 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final – Anthony Barreira put the home team up in the first but Canton’s Sam Papakonstantino leveled the match before the break. 

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – In a battle of two of the top teams in the Kelley-Rex, neither side was able to find the back of the net. Mansfield coach Steve Sheridan credited goalie Michael Kirejczyk with a strong game in net for the Hornets.

Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Sharon’s Oliver Hu scored the lone goal of the game with just over 10 minutes to play, converting a pass from Lucas Allaria  in the 70th minute. Mike Da Silva made five saves in net for the Scarlet Hawks.

Taunton, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – Gareth King scored a pair of goals inside a five minute span, lifting the Rocketeers to their first win of the season. Taunton took the lead in the second half but just 15 seconds later King finished off a through ball from Gabe Pinhancos. Three minutes after that, Kevin Aguilar set up King for the game winner. 

Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Keegan Nutt, junior Thomas McCormick and senior Chris Romero all scored goals in the first half as the Tigers built a 3-0 lead at the break. Sophomore Matt Alvarado set up classmate Cam Vella for the lone goal of the second half. Max Bamford, Nathaniel Cardoza and Vella each had assists. 
Girls Soccer
Franklin, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell netted a pair of goals, Emily Foley scored a goal and had an assist and Emily Spath and Abigail Gipson each scored once. Jess Kroushl, Halle Atkinson, Victoria Stowell and Meghan Dieterle each had an assist. 
Foxboro, 0 @ Canton, 1 – Final – Canton’s Sarah Collins scored an unassisted goal for the lone strike of the game to lift the Bulldogs to a win.

King Philip, 1 @ Mansfield, 9 – Final – Mansfield’s offensive exploded for nine goals, led by a hat trick from junior Hannah Reiter. Alle Bezeau scored a pair of goals, Emma Oldow had two goals and an assist, Jen Kemp scored once and had an assist, Bryn Anderson netted a goal and Emma Goulet and Jackie Carchedi each notched a pair of assists.
Milford, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Kristen Franzini netted both of Milford’s goals while Emily Duquette had a strong game in goal with nine saves for the Scarlet Hawks.

North Attleboro, 1 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Taunton scored first in the opening half but Haley Guertin, off an assist from sister Grace Guertin, leveled the score just over 10 minutes into the second half.

Oliver Ames, 7 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Francesca Calabraro had a hat trick and added an assist for the Tigers. Jackie Mills added two goals and an assist and Lauren Wright and Annabella Walsh each scored goals. Delaney Benton chipped in with three assists.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin’s Caroline Maguire had seven aces and added four kills and a pair of blocks to lead the Panthers. Maddy Kuzio had four aces and a pair of digs and Lauren McGrath had 10 assists and three aces for Franklin.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final – Canton got the sweep on the road 25-15, 25-14, 28-26 and clinched its sixth straight Davenport Division title and ninth straight Hockomock League title overall, dating back to before the division split. Olivia Devoe had yet another strong game on defense with 15 digs while Elizabeth Hamilton dominated offensively with 20 kills and three aces, also chipping in with 19 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley praised the efforts of Kaitlin McCarthy, Emma Gobbi and Emma Murphy for their strong play at the net. Cawley also noted great defensive efforts from Julia Panico, Cassie Loftus and Maria Mackie. 
Mansfield, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Mansfield picked up the sweep on the road, 25-15, 25-22, 25-23. Jess Haradon had 18 digs and 11 service points for the Hornets while Cathryn Heavey had 35 assists and 10 service points. Sarah Mullahy had seven kills, seven blocks, and nine service points while Alli Belanger added eight digs and nine service points. For King Philip, Josie Rowean had 13 kills, Amelia Murphy added five kills, Emma Lopez had three kills and Micaela Murray finished with 10 digs. 
Sharon, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final

Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had 10 digs and five kills in the loss.
Field Hockey
Taunton, 0 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final