Mann and Mullins Strike for Warriors to Down Canton

Tyler Mann

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By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

NORFOLK, Mass. – Canton was starting to get back into the game, just a little. Bulldogs coach Danny Erickson talked to his team about needing to play with more energy and life in the second half and his team responded with more pressure on the ball, more aerial challenges, and more play in the King Philip half.

Unfortunately for Canton, the increased pressure did not lead to more scoring opportunities and in the 57th minute KP junior defender Cam Mullins stepped into a nearly 40-yard free kick that dipped and swerved and found the back of the net.

The goal effectively sealed the win for the Warriors, who ran out 2-0 victors over Canton on Wednesday afternoon at the Centennial Field at Freeman-Kennedy Elementary in Norfolk, where KP is playing while a turf field is built at the high school.

“We had a striking session yesterday and he was probably the best striker out of all of them,” said first-year KP coach Nick Gale. He joked, “I don’t know what’s worse we only score one goal in the exercise or our center back is the best striker on the team.

“It was good for him, a well-struck ball and he deserves it.”

The goal came about 10 minutes after KP nearly doubled its advantage. Sophomore striker Tyler Mann intercepted a pass out of the Canton defense and raced towards Bulldogs keeper Sean Mitchell but his low strike across goal hit the far post and skipped out.

Mullins stepped into his long free kick and made it 2-0 with still 23 minutes remaining in the game, but Erickson admitted that his team “would’ve needed something pretty good” to happen to try and get back into the game.

The lone chance for Canton in the second half came with fewer than 12 minutes remaining when freshman Griffin Roach’s corner was header over the bar by classmate Paul Corcoran.

KP jumped all over the visitors in the opening 30 minutes of the game, dominating possession and keeping the Bulldogs pinned back in the defensive third.

The Warriors had an early chance when left back Colby Koch stormed forward and sent in a low cross to Clayton Guess at the near post but he blazeed his shot over the bar. Shortly after, it was the other fullback that would set up the opening goal.

It came after a nice passing move in midfield with Will Weir keeping possession and passing back to fellow midfielder Larsen Keys, while right back Ryan Coulter bombed forward and received a pass over the top. Coulter reached the byline and cut a pass back to the penalty spot for Mann, who took a touch before finishing.

“They created a lot of mismatches for us and they’re very athletic with a lot of speed and that gives us a lot of advantage, especially on the wings,” said Gale of his fullbacks getting forward into the attack.

“That [goal’s] a perfect example of the mismatches we can create.”

As the half started to wind down, KP created another golden opportunity only to be denied by the keeper. Guess cut inside from the left and forced Mitchell into a solid diving save low to his right and the keeper was quick to his feet to deny Mann on the rebound as well.

Erickson called timeout at that point to rally the troops.

“We weren’t able to keep the ball,” said Erickson. “We came out very flat and they came out hopping with a bounce to their step. They played on the front foot in the first 30 minutes and we certainly didn’t.”

“We just chased around and didn’t look like we had much of a plan.”

The 10 minutes of the first half that followed the timeout was Canton’s best stretch of the match and also featured its lone chance of the first half. A cross to the back post eluded KP goalie Derek Vadnais and found Joe Basile whose header somehow hit the back of Vadnais as he was twisting in midair trying to find the ball.

It was a half-chance, but the best that the Bulldogs had all day as the combination of Mullins and senior Joe Kellett (moved to the back as cover for an injury) kept the Canton attackers at bay.

“That’s probably the top game that we’ve played thus far,” said Gale. “We moved the ball well, had a lot of energy, and definitely had an attacking mindset, which is what we struggled with against Milford last Friday.”

Erickson noted, “We called timeout and all of a sudden i thought we had a little bit of life. But, a little bit of life needs to involve creating chances and all game we didn’t create anything.”

Canton (0-1-1) has a quick turnaround with a trip to Rockland on Thursday, while KP (2-1-0) has a showdown with division rival Mansfield on Friday.

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Wednesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/16/15

Today’s game are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Milford, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Milford senior goalie Mike Da Silva made five saves in net. Scarlet Hawks head coach Jim Asam said Luis Goncalves had a great game defensively and that Nick Roy, Gerson Miglorini and Anthony Martinez all played well off the bench. 
Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – The Warriors took the lead in the 20th minute when Larsen Keys ball over the top sprung right back Ryan Coulter, who cut the ball back to Tyler Mann for the finish. In the second half, Cam Mullins scored on a long distance free kick to seal the win for KP. Mann also hit the post in the second half and Canton goalie Sean Mitchell made a great double save to rob Clayton Guess and Mann in the first half.

Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Kevin Hall opened the scoring for the Panthers off an assist from Farley Asmath while Austin Kent scored once in the first half and also set up Nick Parent. Hatim Brahimi converted a service from Brian Czuba in the second half for the Panthers. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk played outstanding in goal with 12 saves according to head coach Steve Sheridan. High pressure paid off for Mansfield as Jared Miller opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes to give the Hornets the early lead. Stoughton knotted the game at one apiece on a goal from Jordan Asnes but the Hornets once again took the lead after a throw in from Max Gurnon found its way into the back of the net. Mansfield put away it’s third goal of the game after a quick restart from Sean Lanzillo found Charlie Rogers and Rogers chipped his shot over the keeper into the back of the net. Stoughton’s second goal was scored by freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon after a long throw in from Josh Mitchell.
Oliver Ames, 4 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames held a slim one goal advantage at the break on a goal from sophomore Cam Vella on an assist from Thomas McCormick but exploded for three in the second half. Seniors Chris Romero and Keegan Nutt each scored in the second half and sophomore Matt Alvarado netted his first career goal. Jack Sheldon, Nutt and Romero all had assists. Head coach John Barata said Nathaniel Cardoza had a strong game in the midfield while Max Ahearn, Jared Mallers and Max Bamford were strong in the back. Jack Carroll and Connor Naughton combined for the shutout in goal. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 1 – Final – Milford’s Katie Brown scored the lone goal of the match on an assist from Kristen Franzini. Emily Duquette made 10 saves in net for the Scarlet Hawks.
King Philip, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final – The Bulldogs dominated possession from start to finish but struggled to get the ball past KP goalie Maggie Hall. The Warriors nearly took the lead with their only chance of the second half when Kate Sexton sent in a low cross to Maddie Smith, who was denied by a point-blank save by Kathryn Doody. With 12 minutes left to play, Tessa Cudmore slipped a pass behind the right back to Sarah Collins whose shot was tipped on to the bar into the path of senior Meaghan Hunter on the far post. Four minutes later, Hannah Link followed her own shot to put the game away.

Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

Franklin, 8 @ Sharon, 0 – Final
Mansfield, 4 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Hannah Reiter, Jackie Carchedi and Emma Goulet each found the back of the net once and recorded an assist for Mansfield in the Hornets’ win. Jen Kemp also found the back of the Hornets. Stoughton goalie Marissa Williams made 11 saves in net and junior Amelia Cochran scored the Black Knights’ lone goal
North Attleboro, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – Final – Hana Caster scored the opening goal inside the first 15 minutes of the first half off an assist from Haley Guertin. Oliver Ames tied the game early in the second half when Francesca Calabraro converted a cross from Erin Fitzgerald. But North struck again late as Caster returned the favor to Guertin for the game winning goal. North Attleboro head coach Glenn Pasquel credited goalie Kiesten Bixby as the MVP of the game after making some “phenomenal saves.”
Mansfield, 3 vs. Bishop Feehan, 2 – Final – After winning the first two games, the Hornets had to fight all the way to a fifth set against the Shamrocks. Mansfield won 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 17-25, 15-12. Sarah Mullahy led Mansfield with 14 kills and six aces while Jessica Haradon added 11 kills and three aces.  
Field Hockey
Milford, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – Final – Emily Houle and Grace Mayer each scored for the Bombardiers while Attleboro goalie Isabelle Maragnano made five saves in net. Milford’s Shannon Cormier cut the lead in half in the second half on an assist from Jessica Palmer. 

Canton, 0 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Caitlin Donahue scored twice and added an assist as King Philip jumped out to a 1-0 lead at halftime and never looked back. Donahue’s goals were assisted by Ally Meehan and Courtney Foley. Casie Curtin added a goal off an assist from Sedona Claypoole and Elizabeth Furfari scored on Donahue’s assists. The Warriors outshot Canton 12-5 in the contest. 
Foxboro, 0 @ Taunton, 0 – Final
Sharon, 1 @ Franklin, 7 – Final – Julia Jette paced the Panthers with a pair of goals an assists in the win. Franklin senior Kelsey McPhee opened the scoring on assists from senior Kenzi Pleshaw junior Caroline Lounsbury. Senior Diana Griffin, sophomore Christina Quinn, junior Caroline Lounsbury, junior Kayla Marshall each added goals and junior Alex Sullivan had two assists. Senior Kate D’Entremont earned the victory between the pipes.
Stoughton, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield’s Emily Ierardo scored a pair of goals and Mary Kate Kelly added a third for the Hornets. Angela Connolly scored the lone goal for Stoughton assisted by Olivia Schlehuber.
Oliver Ames, 2 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Missy Krim scored once in each half, assisted by Hannah Friend and Carly Cidado as the Tigers picked up their first shutout of the season. 
Cross Country
Canton @ Nauset Regional, 4:15
Sharon @ West Bridgewater
Franklin, 181 @ Mansfield, 165 – Final – Mansfield’s David Craig was the match medalist, shooting a 38. Kyle Swansburg carded a 41 while Matt Chirichiello and David Norris each shot a 43. Franklin’s Bryan Woelfel shot a team best 42 for the Panthers.
Attleboro, 171 @ Oliver Ames, 142 – Final – Jack Green scored a match-low 34 for the Tigers while Steven Tasho and Nick Lombardi each shot 35 and Bran Lambert had a 38. Attleboro’s Corey McKenna shot a team-low 40.