The 2015 Hockomock Boys Soccer All Stars & HMs

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

Hockomock League MVP

Devante Teixeira, Foxboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Zach Rodrigues, Attleboro
Harry Lancaster, Attleboro
Patrick Hession, Canton
Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
Anthony Barreira, Foxboro
Joe Morrison, Foxboro
Rob Lowey, Foxboro
Nick Parent, Franklin
Henri Guilmette, Franklin
Dan Geraci, Franklin
Joseph Kellett, King Philip
Cameron Mullins, King Philip
Tyler Mann, King Philip
Maxwell Gurnon, Mansfield
Christopher Elsner, Mansfield
Mike Da Silva, Milford
Matt Coscarella, North Attleboro
Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
Thomas McCormick, Oliver Ames
Andrew Filipkowski, Sharon
Noah Kurland, Sharon
Fabio Ponce de Leon, Stoughton
Goddy Fombe, Stoughton
Austin Botelho, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Junior Coca, Attleboro
Sammy Papakonstantino, Canton
AJ Bubencik, Foxboro
Hatim Brahimi, Franklin
Brandon Zioldowski, King Philip
Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
Justin Borges, Milford
Gabe Pinhancos, North Attleboro
Jack Carroll, Oliver Ames
James Dunlea, Sharon
Tyler Melo, Stoughton
Derek Pereira, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Boys Soccer All Stars & HMs

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

Hockomock League MVP

Devante Teixeira, Foxboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Zach Rodrigues, Attleboro
Harry Lancaster, Attleboro
Patrick Hession, Canton
Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
Anthony Barreira, Foxboro
Joe Morrison, Foxboro
Rob Lowey, Foxboro
Nick Parent, Franklin
Henri Guilmette, Franklin
Dan Geraci, Franklin
Joseph Kellett, King Philip
Cameron Mullins, King Philip
Tyler Mann, King Philip
Maxwell Gurnon, Mansfield
Christopher Elsner, Mansfield
Mike Da Silva, Milford
Matt Coscarella, North Attleboro
Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
Thomas McCormick, Oliver Ames
Andrew Filipkowski, Sharon
Noah Kurland, Sharon
Fabio Ponce de Leon, Stoughton
Goddy Fombe, Stoughton
Austin Botelho, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Junior Coca, Attleboro
Sammy Papakonstantino, Canton
AJ Bubencik, Foxboro
Hatim Brahimi, Franklin
Brandon Zioldowski, King Philip
Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
Justin Borges, Milford
Gabe Pinhancos, North Attleboro
Jack Carroll, Oliver Ames
James Dunlea, Sharon
Tyler Melo, Stoughton
Derek Pereira, Taunton

Boxers Land Late Knockout Punch Against Franklin

Brockton's Rilton Carvalho shields Franklin's Nick Parent in the first half at Marciano Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Brockton’s Rilton Carvalho shields Franklin’s Nick Parent in the first half at Marciano Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

BROCKTON, Mass. – In a battle against a heavyweight favorite, Franklin was able to push second-seeded Brockton to the limit but the Boxers landed a late knockout punch in a 3-1 win over the Panthers.

Brockton, despite a 16-3-2 record, has only lost one game that they’ve played in this season as the Boxers were forced to forfeit their last two games for over-scheduling.

With the game knotted at one, Brockton took its second lead of the game when John Santos played a through ball down the middle that Maldini Da Fonseca raced onto, touched to his right and fired a shot to the far post. Brockton added an insurance goal with Franklin pushing forward in the 78th minute.

“We battled,” Franklin head coach Fran Bositis said. “Franklin athletes never quit and they never quit tonight but the better team won. As good as the New Bedford team was that we played two years ago, I thought Brockton was more athletic and technically even better. They’re just loaded with talent. We made it interesting. You can’t ask anything more for than your kids to give their best and they kid.”

Brockton came out with pressure early on as Franklin senior goalie Henri Guilmette was called into action for the first time in the 3rd minute. Erivaldo Delgado played Da Fonseca in and he ripped at shot at the near post but Guilmette swallowed it up.

The Boxers took the lead in the 13th minute off a neat combination from Da Fonseca and Rilton Carvalho. Carvalho pushed a pass up to Da Fonseca, who took a touch in towards the middle of the pitch, bringing the defense with him. Da Fonseca used a nifty back heel to find an open Carvalho on the overlapping run and he was able to place a perfect shot in at the far post.

The lead was nearly doubled less than a minute later when Cam Frederick was able to get a touch to a loose ball before Guilmette but as the shot came on frame, Franklin senior Dan Geraci blocked the bid.

Guilmette came up with big saves in the 25th minute and the 30th minute to keep the deficit at just one.

Franklin nearly tied the game when Austin Kent’s free kick from the right side forced Brockton goalie Lury Assobmo to push the ball off the bar as he fell back.

Less than a minute later, Kent was able to beat Assobmo. As the keeper had the ball at his feet in the run of play, he lined up for a clearance. instead, Kent jumped into the area and blocked it and it went over the keeper and into the back of the net to make it 1-1 going into the halftime break.

“It clearly lifted out spirits,” Bositis said. “Their first goal was brilliant. We knew they were going to be good and I thought we were a little bit tentative and then they scored and we were a little bit more tentative but then we scored and it was a battle until they got that second goal. I’m proud of them.”

Neither side registered a serious scoring chance through the first 10 minutes of the second half as the Panthers were able to contain Brockton’s dangerous attack. In the 54th minute, Jorge Andrade looped a ball over the top of Franklin’s defense that Frederick ran onto but Guilmette got down in time for the stop.

“They started pressing us high and we made an error,” Brockton coach Rick Robens said. “We played a little bit safer after that. They’re goalie made some nice stops. Once they got that tying goal, they got a little bit of motivation and they were working hard. We showed some character coming out in the second half and we stepped up our game. We applied some more pressure and we’re happy to get those goals at the end there.”

Brockton threatened again in the 70th minute when Da Fonseca danced around a trio of defenders in the area and unleashed a shot but once again Guilmette had an answer.

“Henri was tremendous, just tremendous,” Bositis said.

The Boxers landed their knockout punch in the 74th minute, with Da Fonseca’s shot at the far post giving Guilmette no chance for a save.

Brockton advances to the D1 South Semifinals to take on Braintree. Franklin finishes the season with a 12-7-1 record.

Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Taking Stock of the Hock: Boys Soccer 2015

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Who is the current soccer Player of the Year?
Lanigan:
Foxboro senior Devante Teixeira is off to a great start this season and has been arguably the toughest player to stop. Playing out wide, Teixeira has shown he can straight beat defenders and get to the line for a service or he can cut into the area and create an opportunity that way. He has been the beneficiary of some great work from teammates Anthony Barreira and Joe Morrison, among others, but he has made the most of his opportunities. His mix of speed, skill and vision make him very hard to stop.
Perry: The Foxboro trio of Devante Teixeira, Joe Morrison, and Anthony Barreira deserve recognition as do Brad Eames and Max Gurnon for the solidity of Kelley-Rex leaders Mansfield, but if I had to pick a Player of the Year right now it would be Oliver Ames senior Chris Romero. He isn’t a flashy player with tons of goals, but he is fourth in the league in points with 12 (six goals and six assists), while playing multiple roles for the Tigers from dropping into midfield, playing out on the wing, protecting the back four as a defensive mid and even playing sweeper to protect leads late. Nathanial Cardoza and Keegan Nutt have both had Player of the Year caliber seasons too, but Romero is a coach on the field and the leader of the best team in the Hock.
Who is the soccer Underclassman of the Year?
Lanigan: Sometimes it can be hard to justify a player’s worth if there aren’t stats to back it up, but there’s no question about how good Oliver Ames sophomore Nathaniel Cardoza has been this year. Playing in a center mid role, Cardoza have been a catalyst in the Tigers’ defense as well as the offense. Head coach John Barata has the ability to drop Cardoza a little deeper when OA gets a lead, which pads an already tough defense. Between Cardoza and sophomore midfielders Cam Vella, Matt Campbell and Mason Galbato, the future of OA’s midfield looks very good.
Perry: At the end of last year, I made the case that Joe Morrison deserved mention for the Player of the Year as a freshman and since he came back from an injury a couple games into this season Morrison has just continued his upward trajectory. Morrison is the fulcrum for a Foxboro attack and was sorely missed in Foxboro’s one loss this season. With Morrison in the midfield, the Warriors always have an outlet and someone who can be patient with the ball even under duress, which allows Devante Teixeira and Anthony Barreira to play higher up the pitch and push opposing defenses back with their pace. His ability to break a defense down, makes Foxboro the most dangerous offensive team in the Hock.
What has been the biggest surprise this season?
Lanigan: We had a feeling Foxboro, OA and Mansfield would all have good seasons and so far that is holding up. Meanwhile, the defending four time Kelley-Rex champs Franklin are sitting in a good spot with an 8-3 record. The three losses came in the first five games of the season and two of them to the current division leaders (Mansfield & OA). Unsurprisingly Austin Kent has one of the top players in the league while players like David Stowell, Brian Czuba, Farley Asmath and Kevin Hall have all stepped up to make plays at the right time. Despite graduating 16 seniors last year, the Panthers could be in play for a fifth straight division title.
Perry: Attleboro goalie Tyler Stowe is not a soccer player by trade. He’s much better known for being the ace of the Bombardiers pitching staff during baseball season. But after a real struggle in his opening game of the year against Foxboro, Stowe has emerged as a solid replacement for graduated keeper Jason Ross. Stowe may not be a Best XI choice this year, but it has been one position for Attleboro that started as a question mark and has turned into a strength. Stowe has three clean sheets and has only allowed four goals in 6-1/2 games behind an inexperienced Attleboro back line.
HockomockSports.com Midseason Best XI
Lanigan:

GK – Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
D – Josh Mitchell, Stoughton
D – Chris Elsner, Mansfield
D – Cam Mullins, King Philip
M – Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
M – Joey Morrison, Foxboro
M – Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
M – Austin Kent, Franklin
M – Joe Kellett, King Philip
F – Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
F – Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
Perry:
G – Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
D – Max Gurnon, Mansfield
D – Cam Mullins, King Philip
D – Dan Geraci, Franklin
M – Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
M – Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
M – Joe Morrison, Foxboro
M – Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
M – Austin Kent, Franklin
F – Anthony Barreira, Foxboro
F – Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
At this point, which team will be going the furthest in the tournament?
Lanigan:
I think there are a couple of teams that have a good chance at making runs in the tournament this year. With Franklin, Mansfield and KP in D1, Oliver Ames and Stoughton in D2 and Foxboro in D3, we could see a run from all three divisions. When it comes to the question though, I think Oliver Ames has a good chance of getting back to where they were last year. Don’t be surprised if Foxboro gets further than they did last year and one of the D1 teams makes a run in a talented D1 South field.
Perry: I want to go out on a limb, but in the end the team I think will go the furthest in the tournament is the same team that went the furthest last year – Oliver Ames. The Tigers will have to run a gauntlet in Div. 2 with the usual suspects, including a very good Nauset team, but they are playing like a team that can make another run to the state final. With only one goal allowed this season, OA has the strength in defense and particularly in the midfield to battle just about any team in the state. The Tigers have arguably the most complete starting XI in the league. Maybe we could see a rematch of last year’s final with Concord-Carlisle?
What is your bold prediction for the rest of the season?
Lanigan:
I’m going to say that it either be Foxboro scoring 60 goals this season or Oliver Ames allowing six or less goals in the regular season. They might seem like random numbers but the Warriors have 32 goals just over halfway through and I think they can keep that face up in the remaining games. OA has only allowed one goal so far through nine games, and the sun played a big role. I picked six because that’s how many Franklin’s defense allowed last season, which was super impressive. They don’t exactly work together because the two teams have to play each other twice still so we’ll see.
Perry: My bold prediction for the rest of the season is that we end up seeing the same division champions as last year. Franklin is currently only a point behind Mansfield and the Panthers are picking up steam as the season wears on and the new players (which are numerous) get more experience. Franklin has given up only one goal since it lost to Mansfield and the rematch looms large on Oct. 19. OA has been dominant all season, but is only two points better than Foxboro at this stage with two meetings remaining. Don’t be surprised if that final game of the season at Ahern turns into a title decider just as it did last year and the Warriors sneak back into first.

Kent Helps Panthers Roar Past Foxboro

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Austin Kent (2) scored a penalty and assisted on Kevin Hall’s (6) goal, as the Panthers defeated Foxboro 2-0 on Friday afternoon. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Franklin scored with the last touch of the first half and again just three minutes after the break to get its first win of the season. The Panthers defeated Foxboro 2-0 at Sam Berns Community Field in a battle of last year’s league champions.

“I know Foxboro is shorthanded, missing two quality players, but they’re still a really good team, so it was a big win for us,” said Franklin coach Fran Bositis, referencing the absent duo of midfielder Joe Morrison and defender Jeff Melo, who will be out for the season after an off-field injury.

Even without Morrison patrolling the center of the pitch, Foxboro started the game on the attack, mostly through the left-side and senior attacker Devante Teixeira, who was fresh off a four-goal game against Attleboro in Foxboro’s season-opening win.

Teixeira started brightly forcing Franklin keeper Henri Guilmette into a save at his near post after beating the right back with pace. The resulting corner was nearly headed in for an own goal but slipped just wide. A minute later, Teixeira drew a foul in a dangerous position, but was unable to direct Anthony Barreira’s free kick on target from close-range.

“He is…he’s just really dangerous and so is [Barreira],” said Bositis. “They’re just really tough an we’re fortunate to keep them off the scoresheet today.”

After those early chances, Teixeira faded with the combination of right backs Matt Piorier and Wesley Kozil keeping him mostly quiet with help from covering center backs Pat Kapples and Dan Geraci.

Bositis explained, “We just told the kids to keep him in front of you and don’t dive in because he’s so quick that if you go for the ball and he gets by you…forget it. We just tried to contain and delay and I thought they did a pretty good job.”

While the Panthers, defense kept the Foxboro attack quiet, the Panthers midfielders started to push the Warriors back. Substitute Farley Asmath came in and created the first big chance with a cross from the left that just missed the head of Cam LeBlanc.

Senior Austin Kent, the lone returning starter back from last season, almost opened the scoring with a shot from outside the box that slipped wide of the post and then his corner nearly found Nick Parent but Foxboro keeper Clay Leopold cut it out.

With the clock stopped at 2:00, Kent again found space in behind the fullback, this time on the right side, and he sent in a perfect cross that was met Kevin Hall on the edge of the six-yard-box. Immediately after the ball found the back of the net, the officials signaled for halftime.

Foxboro coach, and former New England Revolution player, Joe Franchino made a few adjustments at halftime to try and alter the pattern of play, including moving Barreira back into the midfield and moving Sean Millhollan up top as the striker. Unfortunately, those change had barely been put in place before Franklin had double the lead.

Left back Shawn McNamara attempted to stop a cross coming in from the left but in the process the ball ricocheted off his arm, giving Franklin a chance from the spot. Kent stepped up and made no mistake, sending Leopold the wrong way and making it 2-0.

“It is what it is but you’ve got to grind it out,” said Franchino about the difficulty of giving up goals on either side of halftime.

“I told the guys that they got to look at themselves in the mirror and see if you did everything you possibly could today and my gut feeling is that the guys had an off day.”

Bositis admitted that the second goal eased the players’ nerves and added confidence tin a bounce back performance from the season opening loss to Oliver Ames.

He said, “You’ve got a little bit of leeway. You can play with a little more comfort; you feel like there’s a little more margin for error.”

In the 61st minute, Piorier cleared a header off the post and started a Franklin counter that raced through LeBlanc to Hatim Brahimi and just past the toe of Hall at the far post. Three minutes later, Hall had a another chance from a LeBlanc cut back but blazed his shot over the bar.

Teixeira finally got back into the game in the 69th minute but his right-footed shot after a good run was right at Guilmette, who was then forced to punch away a long free kick by Barreira. Millhollan almost cut the lead in half after good buildup play by Teixeira and Barreira, but his shot from inside the box was also saved by Guilmette.

As the clock wound down, Foxboro was running out of ideas on how to get back into it and afterwards Franchino admitted that Franklin was the deserved winner.

“We just got outplayed today, they just beat us to every ball,” he said. “It’s a reality check. The quality of players that we have is there but if we don’t put in the work then we’re going to get beat.”

Franklin lost 16 players from last year’s Kelley-Rex Division champions and he saw a lot of growth from his relatively new roster.

“I thought we won a lot of 50-50 balls today,” said Bositis. “Nick Parent kind of set the tone on that and everyone else just kind of joined in. We talked about it yesterday and once their confidence started to build, they started to play some good soccer.

Franklin will look to keep momentum when it hosts Sharon on Wednesday. Foxboro may welcome Joe Morrison back for its next game at Taunton on Tuesday.

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