Calabraro Brace Lifts OA To Win Over Foxboro

Francesca Calabraro
OA junior midfielder Francesca Calabraro (7) scored a pair of second half goals, as the Tigers beat Foxboro 3-0 on Wednesday.

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Junior midfielder Francesca Calabraro continued her scoring surge with two goals inside of two second half minutes to break Foxboro’s resistance and lift Oliver Ames to a 3-0 win over its Davenport rival on Wednesday night at Muscato Stadium.

The win open up a six-point gap between the league leading Tigers and third place Foxboro.

The Tigers started the game on the front foot and pushed Foxboro back into its defending third, although the first shot on target was by Lily Sykes who had a go from 20 yards that was saved by Bethany Dunk. OA did not put a shot on target until the 13th minute when Delaney Benton’s 35-yard free kick was tipped over the bar at full stretch by Jalisa Allen.

Three minutes later, a corner came into the box and Allen got a touch to knock it out to the 18 where freshman Sophia Cox was lurking. She had a first-time shot that was deflected and forced another good stretching save from Allen.

Despite the OA pressure, the opening goal remained elusive. In the span of three minutes, Lauren Wright just missed the far post when played down the channel, Julia Roy had a shot from 20 yards land just outside the post with Allen stranded, and Calabraro rushed a shot from seven yards out after Jacqueline Mills worked space on the right and cut it back to her.

“We’re picking on a great player, but that’s what we talked about was having more composure,“ said OA coach Britt Sellmayer. “We had the chances in the first half, but I think we just needed a little more composure in the attacking third.”

In the final two minutes of the first half, the Tigers created one more good look but Allen, who made seven of her 11 saves in the opening 40 minutes, was equal to the shot from Erin Fitzgerald.

Sykes had created a couple of shots for Foxboro in the first half and forced Dunk into three saves, but the Warriors had struggled to create clear-cut chances. That changed in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

Hailey Maling had a left-footed shot that went over the bar and Carolyn Will tested new OA keeper Regan Benton with a fiercely struck free kick that was just tipped over the bar. Five minutes later, Will had another go and the Warriors bench erupted thinking the senior had broken the deadlock but the ball had stuck the upright and landed behind the net.

“Defensively the first 10 minutes of the second half we were up here,” said Sellmayer. “I told them to settle down.”

“This is the group I’ve been waiting for for two years. So, we can play a little more on the ground, a little more possession, but we have to have the confidence to do it. “

Sellmayer made a switch and moved Calabraro back into the midfield and moved Kiana Lozzi up top as the striker. She got a chance in the 48th minute, but again the shot went wide when clear through on goa. Three minutes later, Roy got into the box and had a penalty appeal waved away before Benton ran onto the loose ball and forced Allen into a near post save.

The game remained scoreless until the 56th minute when a corner kick was played to the near post and Allen made a terrific reaction save on a header, but the ball bounced around and eventually found its way to Calabraro about three yards from an empty net and she nodded the Tigers in front.

Only a minute later and she had her second. Freshman defender Zoe Chazan found herself up field on the right and put in a perfect cross to the back post to find an unmarked Calabraro and she made no mistake.

“We had her on the outside the first couple of games and were trying to figure a couple things out,” said Sellmayer of Chazan. “We eventually moved her into the middle and I think that’s when we started playing our best soccer.”

“She cleans up a lot for us in the back. Her first touch is always away from pressure and then she’ll put it on someone’s foot.”

One of the main weapons throughout the game was the Tigers’ speedy wingers. Mills and Wright started and were spelled by Sam Bamford and Dana Lowney to allow OA to keep the pressure on and give an outlet for when Foxboro pushed forward.

The ability to sub in fresh bodies has been a key for Sellmayer this season and the difference between the squads was exacerbated by the injuries that Foxboro was dealing with.

“When someone asks about playing four games this week, I feel like we can do that because we go deeper,” said Sellmayer. 

“I’ll throw four girls at one time and remove the whole attack or whole midfield and it’s just about being team first and being able to share minutes.”

With two minutes remaining, OA wrapped up the victory. Lozzi ran at the Warriors back line and was able to dance through on goal before calmly slotting her shot past Allen and make it 3-0.

Oliver Ames (9-1-2, 8-1-2) will travel to Stoughton on Friday and play Brockton on Saturday morning. Foxboro (6-6-0, 6-5-0) will travel to second place Canton on Friday.

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

Wednesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/14/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon notched his first career hat trick, scoring once in the first half off an assist from Josh Mitchell and then twice in the second half, the first a header off a corner from Noah Schulze and the final goal another header. Jordan Asnes converted a penalty to give Stoughton a 1-0 lead. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter credited Milford goalie Mike Da Silva with some outstanding saves.
Girls Soccer
Foxboro, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – FinalFrancesca Calabraro scored on a pair of headers in the second half, the second assisted by Zoe Chazan, and Kiana Lozzi tacked on a third goal with two minutes to play. Jalisa Allen made 11 saves for the Warriors. Carolyn Will had a free kick tipped over the bar by Regan Benton in the opening minutes of the second half with the game still tied 0-0.
Franklin, 2 @ North Attleboro, 0 – FinalHalle Atkinson and Jess Kroushl scored the goals for Franklin and both were assisted by Alexis Stowell. Head coach Tom Geysen credited his defense for the victory, extending the team’s clean sheet streak to 11 games to start the season.
Canton, 6 @ Sharon, 0 – FinalHannah Link scored a pair of goals, the first assisted by Shannon Foley and second by Riley Duserick, to lead Canton to the win. Lauren Fitzpatrick, Julia Hamilton, Leianna Brune, and Kendra Farrelly also scored for the Bulldogs.
Volleyball
Mansfield, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Mansfield got the sweep on the road. Juliana Newell had 14 service points, Meg Hill had 13 kills and Jess Haradon added 12 digs for the Hornets.

Milford, 0 @ Algonquin Regional, 3 – Final
North Attleboro @ Bishop Feehan, 4:45
Golf
Milford, 167 @ Attleboro, 166 – Final
Stoughton, 179 @ Canton, 159 – Final – Canton senior Steve Gorham and junior Shaun Kirby led the way for the Bulldogs, each shooting 39. Senior Jim Jenkins carded a 40 and seniors Joe Peccia and Griffin Jerrier each shot 41.
Mansfield, 157 @ Oliver Ames, 141 –  Final – Ryan McGarry shot a one under 33 for the Tigers, Brian Lambert shot par at 34 and Steven Tasho carded a 35 as Oliver Ames finished the regular season undefeated. Jason Hindman shot a 38 for the Hornets. 

Kemp, Carchedi Fire Mansfield to Win at Foxboro

Carchedi and Kemp
Jackie Carchedi (8) and Jen Kemp (12) combined for four goals to lead Mansfield to a road win at Foxboro on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Against Canton on Wednesday night, Mansfield coach Kevin Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter from center back to forward and the Hornets offense sprung into life for a frantic final 20 minutes at Gillette Stadium.

On Friday afternoon at Sam Berns Community Field, Smith moved Reiter up front right from the start and once again Mansfield went on the attack.

With Reiter in the middle of the front three, space was opened up on the counter for seniors Jen Kemp and Jackie Carchedi, who totaled all four goals for the Hornets in a 4-2 win over Foxboro that leaves Mansfield just one point shy of tournament qualification.

“It helped a lot,” said Smith about Reiter’s impact on the Mansfield attack. “She’s such a good influence up there and…she should have had two goals herself.”

It took Mansfield only 1:40 to get the lead when Reiter found space in the hole between midfield and defense and slipped a through ball to Kemp to spring a 2-on-1 with the last defender. Kemp laid the ball into the path of Carchedi and she made no mistake with a first time finish.

Foxboro also created some dangerous situations coming forward with Hannah Burns forcing a save out of Emily Gaumond before Kemp hit the post on the other end. Burns would tie the game when she capitalized on hesitation in the Mansfield defense from a cross by Hailey Maling and pounced from close range.

In the 23rd minute, Reiter should have given Mansfield the lead after good combination play between the front three but she sent her shot narrowly wide when clean through on goal.

Three minutes later, Kemp teed up Carchedi for her second. Kemp worked space down the right channel and somehow kept the ball alive under pressure on the end line. She managed room for a low cross that picked out her classmate for a side-foot finish.

“Defensively, we obviously had some breakdowns,” explained Foxboro coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn, “which is something that we’re working on.”

“t’s a fairly new defense with not having Kiersten [Warner] from last year, so we’re regrouping. It’s one of those things that we’ll be continuously working on.”

Four minutes to halftime and the lead was extended. Senior Rebecca Bornstein ran onto a through ball by Kemp and tapped the ball past the onrushing keeper before being tripped. Kemp stepped up to put away the penalty and make it 3-1.

Just four minutes after the break, Kemp got her second. The forward ran at the center of the Foxboro defense, cut to her left and fired a low angled shot past the keeper to make it 4-1.

The game was not over for the Warriors, who kept the pressure on in the second half despite the deficit. Riley Collins provided a consistent outlet on the wing and she forced a save by Gaumond with a good run down the left. Carolyn Will also forced a save with a long, curling free kick.

One struggle for Foxboro was the tight marking that Mansfield had on midfielder Lily Sykes. With Katie Bongarzone and Jill Savoie in close proximity at all times, Sykes had little time or space with the ball to try and create.

“I can’t say anyone has really done a one-on-one mark with her,” said Lamothe-Vaughn. “She’s struggling with her ankle but she’s doing extremely well with it.”

Smith noted, “The key is win the midfield and that doesn’t allow teams to attack us and then we can go. That allows us to play a 4-3-3; lose the midfield and we have to sink people back and it becomes a 4-5-1.”

The Hornets switched a number of players as the second half wore on and Bornstein, who had been starting games until the decision was made to move Reiter forward, was a constant menace down the right wing.

“I told her that it’s not a demotion because Hannah is going up, but she just said I got it,” said Smith. “She drew the PK, almost had a couple of assists over there…she’s doing a great job.”

Sykes would get Foxboro one closer with five minutes remaining. Rather than sending her free kick into the box, she went for goal and was able to beat Gaumond at the near post to make it 4-2.

“Unfortunately, I think we had the ball up in the air way too much and not possessing at our feet,” said Lamothe-Vaughn, whose team was missing keeper Hallie Canfield and forward Kristen Bortolotti. “I think if we had played more of the game that we’ve played against other teams then it would’ve been a better outcome.”

She added, “It was a lot of kick and run today from both teams.”

Mansfield (8-2-1, 7-2-1) will host Sharon on Tuesday, while Foxboro (5-4-0, 5-4-0) has a quick turnaround and plays at Walpole on Saturday night.

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

Girls Soccer: 2015 Davenport Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2014 Record: 10-7-3
2014 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Kate Howarth
The Bulldogs have been building with a young roster under Kate Howarth, who is entering her third year in charge, and that youth has created depth for a team that is looking to challenge OA and Foxboro for the league title.
The experience on the pitch together has Howarth believing that this could be a year to watch out for Canton. Sophomore Riley Duserick returns after earning all-star plaudits during her rookie season and she will be joined by midfielders Sarah McQuarrie and Sarah Connelly and forward Tessa Cudmore.
Howarth said, “If we play our game I think we will be able to be a very competitive team! We are talented and athletic!” The Bulldogs will try to turn that athleticism into wins.

FOXBORO

2014 Record: 12-3-4
2014 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn
Foxboro reached the second round of the playoffs only to run into perennial Div. 2 power Medfield for the second year in a row. With a number of young players returning with more experience, the Warriors will be hoping to chase down the Davenport title that they narrowly missed out on last year.
Lily Sykes will be the key player returning. The sophomore led the league with 24 goals last year from her midfield position and she will be pairing up with junior Kristen Bortolotti, who is back for her third season on varsity. Goalie Hallie Canfield is back as is Carolyn Will in the center of midfield.
Youth was the story for Foxboro last year, but this season head coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn will only have one freshman on the roster, Alex Stamatos, who will step in and start for the Warriors on defense.

MILFORD

2014 Record: 5-10-3
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jay Mastaj
Injuries have plagued the Hawks in recent years with important players missing significant time with ACL tears and assorted other ailments. For a team that isn’t as deep as its rivals that can be a huge issue.
This year, Milford coach Jay Mastaj believes that he has a talented, and young, roster that can get Milford back into the playoffs and his goal is to get them a home tournament game. One of the keys will be senior Katie Brown, who moves from midfield to forward this season alongside junior Kristin Franzini.
Nicole Dahlgren will be back in the center of midfield to break up play and Milford returns almost all of its back four, which all saw a lot of playing time as freshmen last season. Christine Pye is also back in goal to help, Mastaj hopes, make Milford a tough team to play against this season.

OLIVER AMES

2014 Record: 11-2-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Britt Sellmayer
Confidence is high around the Oliver Ames soccer field this preseason as the Tigers return the majority of last year’s Davenport Division champions and there are thoughts that this squad could be capable of getting back to the South final as OA did three years ago.
One reason for optimism is the return of senior defender Delaney Benton for a full season. Benton is a two-time HockomockSports.com Best XI defender, who missed almost a month of last season. In the midfield, OA will be relying on junior Francesca Calabraro, the reigning Underclassman of the Year, who will run the show for the Tigers in the center of the pitch.
There is rare depth at goalie for OA with head coach Britt Sellmayer saying he has three players he can count on and up front junior Kiana Lozzi has strength and skill to hold the ball up or finish. Sellmayer comes into the season confident he has a squad to challenge even in the loaded D1 South.

SHARON

2014 Record: 3-14-1
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jon Lavien
The Eagles struggled through 2014, but head coach Jon Lavien is confident that the roster is improving with experience and he is talking about the postseason for Sharon in 2015.
Victoria Zambello returns for Sharon after a league all-star caliber season. She will play both at forward and the midfield alongside returning starter Ally Filipkowski and junior midfielder/stopper Ally Steinberg. Brenna Pittman is also back to captain the defensive unit. In addition, twins Alex and Sam Rabb, as well as Sabrina Robbins and Anna Crosby add youth with club experience to the roster.
Lavien is also hoping the return of captain Abby Roseman from an ACL injury will provide a boost to the team’s lineup. He is very excited about the potential in his roster and hopes for a quick turnaround from last year’s struggles.

STOUGHTON

2014 Record: 2-15-1
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Tara Daniels
Stoughton had a rough 2014 and new coach Tara Daniels has had a short preseason to get things together before the start of a new campaign.
Daniels will be counting on the leadership of her three captains to help get the roster in shape ahead of the season. 2014 Hockomock all-star Marissa Williams returns in goal where she backstops a defense that is led by fellow senior captain Samantha Tullis. Just in front of the defense is senior midfielder Taryn Bates.
Defense and conditioning have been the primary focus of preseason work as Daniels builds a defense that will be hard to play against and competitive in the Hock.