Girls Soccer: 2017 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

2017 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview
Mansfield and Oliver Ames shared the Kelley-Rex division title last season and both expect to be in the mix again this fall. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2017 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview

Attleboro

2016 Record: 2-15-1
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Santos

Goal scoring has been the biggest issue for the Bombardiers in the past few seasons, including a league-low eight in 2016, but head coach Steve Santos is confident that this year’s squad has the speed and experience to take advantage of counter attacks and he expects Attleboro to create a lot more scoring chances this fall.

While goal scoring is a focus of the preseason work, it is at the back that Attleboro boasts the most experience with the entire back line returning. Senior Jordyn Forte is the leader at the back, using her “good soccer IQ,” according to Santos, to keep things calm and making the right plays. She is joined in the defense by fellow seniors Morgan Laplume and Graycen Cassidy. In goal, Madison Brown returns to give Attleboro a solid presence to control the penalty box.

Turning that defense into attack will be the responsibility of senior midfielder Julia Hayes, who will be a key player in the center of the pitch. Junior Ashley Lauzier and senior Kara Thornton will be hoping to take advantage of the opportunities that are created. Santos is also excited about the youth coming into the program with three freshman on the varsity roster to start, including Riley Harnois, who will help out in the attack.

“We have a little more speed this year,” said Santos, “and we’ve been generating a little more in the transition. This year I can rest [the starters], bring people off the bench and the pace doesn’t drop off. They’re great kids, they work hard, and they fight for the team every day.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 10-3-5
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Tom Geysen

After six straight league titles, Franklin had an atypical season in 2016. The Panthers only lost three times all season, but drew five times, struggling to find consistent goal scoring that would turn a tie into a win. Franklin only allowed nine goals, but only scored 36, which was 20 goals fewer than league champ Mansfield. This year, head coach Tom Geysen is working on a new formation to get the best out of his attacking options with the goal of returning to the top of the league standings.

The Panthers return leading scorer Miranda Smith and the senior takes advantage of her size to create scoring opportunities in the box. Junior Halle Atkinson is back for her third year on the varsity and gives Franklin speed on the wings and is an accurate crosser of the ball to give Smith plenty of chances. Molly Duncan and Ellie Teixeira are also back and will give the Panthers a consistent presence in the center of midfield, while Emily Mastaj is another option on the wing.

The key to Franklin’s defense this season will be senior goalie Cat Robbins. Stepping in between the posts last year, Robbins turned in an impressive year and quickly became one of the top goalies in the league. This year, there will be several new faces and younger players that will be counted on to step up on the defensive side of the ball, including senior Molly O’Reilly and juniors Grace Gallo and Madison Stewart.

Geysen noted that there are several underclassmen that could step in during the season to add to the Panthers’ depth. He added, “We need to find the right mix. If we can patch things together and they can gain experience over the course of the season I’m confident that we will get better.”

King Philip

2016 Record: 12-8-2
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Gary Pichel

It was a great turnaround for King Philip from 2015 to 2016. The Warriors were snakebitten by injuries the year before, losing almost an entire starting 11 many of them to long-term injuries, but last year a large and talented freshman class stepped in to supplement the players who were back healthy helping the program jump from just two wins to 12 last fall.

Expectations are even higher for the Warriors this year, as that freshman group gained a year of experience playing in the Hock. The sophomores are led by Avery Snead, last year’s Underclassman of the Year, who excelled up front or in the midfield and sealed the team’s playoff victory over Mansfield with an overtime headed winner. Chloe Layne showed off silky skills and finishing ability in the box and Olivia Berry stepped right into the heart of the defense and showed that she belonged.

It is not all about the underclassmen. Senior Emma Corcoran is back for another year at the heart of the defense and as the primary dead ball specialist, being named an Eastern Mass. All-Star in 2016. Senior Emma Durant has grown into the role of starting keeper and was a solid and steady presence between the posts last season. Senior Julian Massarone is a three-year varsity player and will be one of the primary playmakers in the center of the pitch.

“Overall, we made great strides in improving our game last year,” said KP coach Gary Pichel. “We want to continue to become more advanced in all three phases of our game. Last year, we turned a corner. This year, we want to move full speed ahead and compete hard against all of our opponents in the Hock!”

Mansfield

2016 Record: 14-1-4 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Kevin Smith

Mansfield is coming off the program’s best ever season. The Hornets set records for wins, points, goals scored and claimed their first ever league title, finishing the regular season unbeaten. An overtime loss in the first round of the playoffs to league rival KP was a tough finish to 2016 and trying to replace the production of HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Hannah Reiter will be a challenge, but the Hornets return a ton of talent to make a run at another title.

Juniors Melissa Reef (an Eastern Mass. All-Star last season) and Bryn Anderson will be back in the midfield this fall, breaking up opponents’ attacks and pushing Mansfield into the attack. Their ability to cover a lot of ground in the center of the pitch and pick out the right pass to start the transition will be key. Classmate Stephanie Kemp will be back at the top of the attack, after scoring nine goals as a sophomore. Junior Emily Vigeant will lead an experienced defensive unit and also gives the Hornets a dangerous weapon from set pieces.

Mansfield coach Kevin Smith likes has a lot of players that he can call on this season. In the attack, Kemp will be joined by Sydney Mulkern, Allee Bezeau, Amanda Mangano, Cassidy MacMahon, and Emma Oldow. Defensively, the Hornets will turn to Mikaela Maughn, Kerina Geminiani, Erin Daniel and goalkeeper Lauren Whitman.

Smith said, “We will be hoping to spread out the offense amongst multiple attackers and relying on the experience of 13 juniors and three seniors who were on varsity last year to fill the roles of the five starters who graduated.”

Oliver Ames

2016 Record: 14-3-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2016 Finish: Reached D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Britt Sellmayer

Last fall, Oliver Ames made the switch from the Davenport to the Kelley-Rex division, but it had little effect on the success of the program. The Tigers shared the league title with Mansfield, the fourth title in a row for OA and seventh since 2007. That run of success may be tough to keep going this year, as the Tigers graduated 10 seniors and are battling injuries to start 2017.

Losing players like Francesca Calabraro (who was injured midway through last season) and Kiana Lozzi is tough enough, but the Tigers lost almost an entire starting 11. To make matters worse, the strong central defensive pairing of Emily Freeman (knee) and Zoe Chazan (academy) are both missing to start the season. Senior goalie Regan Benton is back and will give the Tigers one of the best goalies in the league and in Eastern Mass. to backstop the rebuilt defense.

Offensively, the Tigers have been known for pace and strength, particularly on set pieces, and this year will count on three senior to try and provide consistent scoring opportunities. The pacy group of Abby Reardon, Jackie Mills, Annabella Walsh will be the primary focus of the attack. There will be a lot of new faces on the pitch this season, trying to keep the legacy of OA success going for another fall.

“We have quite a few players who had limited minutes last year,” said OA coach Britt Sellmayer, “but they practiced against some good players every day. If we can stay healthy I feel confident.”

Taunton

2015 Record: 3-14-2
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Edith Dixon

It has been a roller coaster ride for the Tigers over the past few seasons under head coach Edith Dixon. In 2015, Taunton reached the postseason for the first time in program history and made it count by beating Wellesley on the road in the opening round and gave top seed Bishop Feehan a tough game in the second round. But, after losing a number of players to graduation, Taunton won only three games last season and are looking to bounce back behind a young roster in 2017.

The key for the Tigers is senior Samantha Tichelaar, who is coming off a league all-star and HockomockSports.com Best XI season, and gives Taunton speed, control, and leadership either as a forward or dropping deep into the midfield. Her versatility opens opportunities for her teammates. Classmate Kayla Felix will be the leader at the back for the Tigers, adding aggressiveness to the defense from her sweeper position.

Numbers are good for the program overall and Dixon expects that the younger players, including a strong crop of freshman and even eighth graders could make an impact on the varsity as the season goes along. She said that many of the younger players are “ahead of their age performance-wise.”

Dixon added, “Some of our younger players are going to step up and change how we play, but our upperclassman and seniors will remain the core of our team. I believe that their leadership and team-first mentality will push us to do well this year and set the program up for long-term success as the underclassmen mature.”

Tuesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/25/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Franklin, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalAttleboro sophomore Will Halben scored in the second half for the lone strike of the game.

Foxboro, 2 @ Canton, 0 – FinalAJ Bubencik and Shane VandenBoom scored second half goals to give Foxboro its second straight win and third in the last four games.

Mansfield, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Milford, 2 @ North Attleboro, 1 – FinalMilford overcame a one goal deficit to grab the two points. North’s Gabe Pinhancos scored what was described as a gorgeous goal to give the Rocketeers the lead. Milford’s Pedro Sampaio tied the game off an assist from Joey Madden early in the second half while Marcello Panno netted the game winning goal off an assist by Tiago Carvalho.

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalJames Gillespie and Thomas McCormick each scored to lead the Tigers to their third straight win. Nathaniel Cardoza had the assist on Gillespie’s goal while Jack Sheldon set up McCormick’s tally.

Sharon, 2 @ Stoughton, 0 – FinalClick here for a recap of the game.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 7 – FinalEmily Mastaj and Calen Frongillo each had two goals and an assist for the Panthers. Molly Duncan added a goal and an assist for Franklin, while Nadia Havens and Ellie Teixeira both scored goals. Miranda Smith and Jamie Dragsbaek also had assists.

Canton, 2 @ Foxboro, 3 – FinalKristen Bortolotti scored a pair of goals for the Warriors who rallied from a 2-0 deficit to pick up the win. Kendra Wentling’s first goal of the season was the game-winner and Lily Sykes recorded assists on all three goals.

King Philip, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalHannah Reiter recorded a goal and an assist, as the Hornets scored twice in the first half to stay within a point of league leading OA. Reiter scrambled home a goal from a corner with Melissa Reef getting the assist and then her shot was saved into the path of Cassidy McMahon who knocked it in for a 2-0 lead. Emily Gaumond made three saves for the Hornets and Emma Durant made seven saves for the Warriors.

North Attleboro, 4 @ Milford, 1 – FinalWith the win, the Rocketeers clinched the Davenport division title, which is the first in program history. North Attleboro scored once in the first half but added three more in the second stanza. Ashlyn Gaulin opened the scoring for North, converting a pass from Haley Guertin. Emma Gaulin scored the next two goals for Big Red, finishing off passes from Guertin and Emily Scrhomm. Grace McGoldrick capped North’s scoring off an assist from Julia Tolfa. North head coach Bill Wallace said Rachel LaBonte, Emily Chiasson and Sam Hawkins all played great in the back. Maggie Boyle scored the lone goal for Milford on an assist by Julianna France. Milford coach Jay Mastaj said that Nicole Dahlgren played well defensively.

Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 5 – FinalJackie Mills scored a pair of goals to pace Oliver Ames to a win at home. Jess Mills, Lauren Wright and Claudia Ferrara each added a goal apiece for OA.

Stoughton, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – FinalAlex Rabb, Ally Steinberg, and Ally Filipkowski each had a goal and an assist for the Eagles.

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.

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/22/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 3 – FinalMax Gurnon had a goal and assist, both coming on long throws, for the Hornets. Jackson Murphy and Sam Hyland each scored goals and Brendan Sullivan added an assist in the win.

North Attleboro, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalTyler Mann scored an unassisted first half goal to give KP the lead and Colby Koch wrapped up the win with a 20-yard strike with 10 minutes left in the game.

Franklin, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalConnor SanClememte and Shawn Kilcoyne scored the goals for the Panthers and Aaron Frongilloo had both assists.

Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – FinalHannah Reiter scored two goals a minute apiece with just eight minutes remaining to lift Mansfield to the win. Stephanie Kemp scored the Hornets’ other goal and Bryn Anderson and Allison Verge each had assists.

Foxboro, 2 @ Walpole 0 – Final

King Philip, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – FinalAshlyn Gaulin, Felicity Monfils, and Kayla Pasquel each scored goals for the Rocketeers. North also got two assists from Haley Guertin and one from Rachel Labonte.

Taunton, 0 @ Franklin, 4 – FinalHalle Atkinson had a goal and an assist to lead the Panthers. Miranda Smith, Ellie Teixeira, and Jess Kroushl each scored one goal for Franklin. Kathryn Noon, Emily Mastaj, and Calen Frongillo had assists.

Field Hockey
Canton, 4 @ Milford, 1 – Final
North Attleboro @ King Philip, 3:30

Golf
Mansfield, 165 @ Stoughton, 180 – FinalJason Hindman of Mansfield had the medalist round, shooting a 37. Zack Terry added a 42 for the Hornets. Cam Doherty and Josh Roos both shot 43 for Stoughton.

Milford, 171 @ Franklin, 161 – FinalRyan Tomaso shot a medalist round of 38 but it was not enough for the Hawks. Franklin was led by Matt Dao, who shot a 39, and Matt De’Errico, who shot a 40.

Foxboro, 186 @ Sharon, 181 – Final

Thursday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/15/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
King Philip, 1 vs. Bishop Feehan, 0 – Final

Girls Soccer
Franklin, 1 @ Foxboro, 0 – FinalMiranda Smith scored just seven minutes in from an Ellie Teixeira assist. It was her third goal in the last two games and it turned out to be the game winner for the Panthers.

King Philip, 0 @ Bishop Feehan, 1 – FinalThe highly ranked Shamrocks were held scoreless until the final seven minutes, when Feehan scored on a corner.

Taunton, 1 @ Milford, 1 – FinalAshleigh Starks gave Milford the lead but Taunton tied it inside the final minute of the game on a goal by Riana Winslow. Grace Pimenta had a big game in net for the Tigers.

Volleyball
Attleboro, 1 @ Norton, 3 – Final

Walpole, 3 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final

Golf
King Philip, 164 @ Franklin, 161 – FinalJason Collins carded a round of 39 to lead the Panthers to the win. King Philip’s Sebastian Ladoulis was the match medalist, shooting 37.

Mansfield, 177 @ Taunton, 184 – Final Madison Haughey shot a career-low 40 to earn match medalist honors and lead Mansfield to the win. Taunton’s Justin Proto shot a 41 for the Tigers.

Stoughton, 177 @ North Attleboro, 141 – Final

Foxboro, 173 @ Milford, 166 – FinalRyan Tomaso led the way again for the Scarlet Hawks, carding a round of 36 while Tylor Renaud added a 41 for Milford.

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

Friday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/09/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Football
Attleboro, 28 vs. Cumberland, 14 – Final
1st Quarter: (C) Leonard 2 yard rush, Albetal XP good; (C) Hayes 5 yard rush, Albetal XP good.
2nd Quarter: (A) Sam Corrado 18 yard rush, XP no good; (A) Tyler McGovern 8 yard rush, T. McGovern 2pt pass to James Weir; (A) T. McGovern 1 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (A) T. McGovern 37 yard pass to J. Weir, T. McGovern 2pt pass to J. Weir.

Foxboro, 27 vs. Hingham, 16 – Final
1st Quarter: No Foxboro scoring, two Hingham touchdowns.
2nd Quarter: (F) Mark Clagg 9 yard pass to Paul Darcy, John Whitehouse 2pt conversion; (F) M. Clagg 13 yard pass to J. Whitehouse, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (F) M. Clagg 21 yard pass to J. Whitehouse, XP no good; (F) Anthony Capachietti 61 yard rush, XP good.

Stoughton, 58 @ Franklin, 19 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Ryan Sullivan 2 yard rush, XP no good; (S) Marselis Cox 45 yard fumble return, Dave Cellucci 2pt rush; (S) Izon Swain-Price 8 yard rush, Antonio Amado XP good; (S) Justin Ly 10 yard rush, XP no good.
2nd Quarter: (S) R. Sullivan 5 yard rush, A. Amado XP good; (F) Jake Wolowacki 1 yard rush, XP no good; (F) Jake Noviello 40 yard pass to J. Wolowacki, 2pt no good; (S) R. Sullivan 10 yard rush, XP no good.
3rd Quarter: (S) R. Sullivan 52 yard rush, XP no good; (F) J. Noviello 68 yard pass to Kinley Baird, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (S) I. Swain-Price 40 yard rush, XP blocked; (S) David Bell 34 yard rush, XP no good.

King Philip, 19 @ North Attleboro, 7 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 15 yard pass to Bobby Mylod, Geoff Wilson XP good.
2nd Quarter: (KP) Sean Garrity 26 yard rush, Matt Franz XP good.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 48 yard pass to Mike Mello, XP no good.
4th Quarter: (KP) S. Garrity 12 yard rush, XP no good.

Mansfield, 3 @ Calvert Hall (MD), 44 – Final
1st Quarter: (M) Diogo DeSousa 38 yard field goal good.
2nd Quarter: No Mansfield scoring.
3rd Quarter: No Mansfield scoring.
4th Quarter: No Mansfield scoring.

Milford, 5 vs. Marlborough, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: No Milford scoring.
2nd Quarter: (M) Sean Lehane 36 yard field goal good.
3rd Quarter: No Milford scoring.
4th Quarter: Marlboro safety.

Oliver Ames, 35 @ Bedford, 20 – Final
1st Quarter: (OA) Kyle Gagliardi 1 yard rush, 2pt no good; (OA) K. Gagliardi 20 yard pass to Ralph Delorus, Liston Funai 2pt rush; (OA) Jay Fruci 3 yard rush, L. Funai 2pt rush.
2nd Quarter: No Oliver Ames scoring.
3rd Quarter: No Oliver Ames scoring.
4th Quarter: (OA) K. Gagliardi 12 yard run, Anthony Berksza XP good; (OA) Michael Mulrean 50 yard interception return, XP no good.

Sharon, 22 @ Randolph, 12 – Final
1st Quarter: (S) Xavier Hackett 75 yard kick return, 2pt no good.
2nd Quarter: (S) X. Hackett 65 yard interception return, 2pt no good.
3rd Quarter: No Sharon scoring.
4th Quarter: (S) Drew Naisuler 2 yard rush, Aaron Strong 2pt rush good.

Taunton, 28 @ New Bedford, 6 – Final
1st Quarter: (T) Noah Leonard 11 yard pass to Max Moitoso, XP no good.
2nd Quarter: (T) TJ Mendes 4 yard rush, N. Leonard 2pt pass to Adam McLaughlin; (T) N. Leonard 20 yard pass to A. McLaughlin, John Teixeira XP good.
3rd Quarter: No scoring.
4th Quarter: (NB) Nigel Palmer 68 yard rush, 2pt not good; (T) T. Mendes 4 yard rush, J. Teixeira XP good.

Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 2 – Final – Sophomore Nitin Chaudhury played the role of playmaker on Friday afternoon, assisting both of Franklin’s goals. Farley Asmath put the Panthers ahead and Kevin Hall doubled the lead for Franklin, both off of assists from Chaudhury.

Milford, 0 @ King Philip, 2 – FinalClick here for a full recap of the game.

Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 2 – FinalHannah Link and Sarah Collins each scored goals for the Bulldogs.

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 2 – FinalNadia Havens opened the scoring for Franklin with a header off a pass by Ellie Teixeira. Haley Guertin scored an unassisted goal to tie it for North eight minutes later. With eight minutes remaining, Kayla Pasquel won the game for the Rocketeers with an unassisted goal.

King Philip, 3 @ Milford, 0 – FinalMilford coach Jay Mastaj credited Rachel LeBlanc with a solid game on defense for the Hawks.

Volleyball
Mansfield, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final – In a battle between defending division champions, the match went the full distance. Canton emerged with a 25-23, 20-25, 12-25, 25-22, 15-9 win over the Hornets. Hannah Jerrier led the Bulldogs’ attack with 12 kills while Erika Lum and Cassie Loftus combined for 13 kills from the weak side. Nicole Poole put Canton’s offense in motion with 32 assists while Emma Murphy had an outstanding night defensively at the net with nine blocks. Head coach Pat Cawley also noted the strong defensive games from Maria Mackie and Emily Lynch. For Mansfield, Emily Kleber had seven kills, Julia Harrison has 11 kills and 12 digs and Meg Hill had 14 kills and six blocks.

Golf
Foxboro, 178 @ King Philip, 168 – Final – Sebastian Ladoulis of KP was the low round of the match shooting a 41. Foxboro’s Logan Sloan was a co-medalist, also shooting a 41 on the day.

North Attleboro, 156 @ Sharon, 160 – Final – Sharon’s Max Avratin had the low round of the match with an even par 36. David Colasanti led North with a 37.

Girls Soccer: 2016 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

2016 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview
Reigning league MVP Francesca Calabraro (left) and OA will look to challenge Franklin’s Kelley-Rex supremacy this year. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

2016 Kelley-Rex Girls Soccer Preview

Attleboro

2015 Record: 6-12-0
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Santos

The Bombardiers won six games last year, including an upset of rival North Attleboro in the annual Blue-Red Game near the end of the season. Head coach Steve Santos is hoping that the momentum will carry over for his relatively inexperienced group this fall. The Bombardiers return 10 players from last year’s roster but not all were regular contributors. “They need to play simple and play quick,” said Santos, who mentioned that the program is developing with three freshmen seeing time in scrimmages.

The loss of Paige Medeiros to graduation leaves a big hole to be filled, especially with her set piece prowess, but Attleboro will turn to senior attacking midfielders Rebekah Entwhistle and Chloe Vieira to produce the killer pass and set up scoring opportunities. Up front, Hannah Meier will be counted on to finish those chances and give Attleboro the scoring punch it needs.

Defensively, Attleboro can count on junior goalie Maddie Brown, who is coming off a stellar sophomore season, and the center back pairing of Jordyn Forte and Morgan Laplume, who Santos said had a “high soccer IQ”. It is a junior-heavy roster, but one still in need of seasoning. Santos explained, “They’re great kids and hard workers. They just need some experience under their belts.”

Franklin

2015 Record: 17-1-2 (Kelley-Rex Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Tom Geysen

The Class of 2016 won a state title, two Div. 1 South titles, went to three straight South finals, and won the Kelley-Rex division four times. That is quite a legacy for the program and, while he has a number of new faces to try and incorporate into the lineup, head coach Tom Geysen is confident that this year’s Panthers will be team to contend with by the end of the season.

One reason for optimism is the combination of sophomore Halle Atkinson and junior Jess Krouschl up front (once Kroushl comes back from a niggling injury). Both players saw time in the attack last season and showed the potential to be a strong pairing with one as the forward or playing as the wings. The forwards will be helped by energetic midfielders Molly Duncan and Ellie Teixeira, two more players who saw plenty of playing time down the stretch in 2015.

Defensively, Franklin returns one half of its back four. Nadia Havens will continue as an outside back, while Abby Gibson, who stepped in to have a strong season on the outside last fall, will move in as one of the centerbacks. Junior Kat Robbins will take over from Dani Lonati between the pipes.

Geysen said, “We’re thin and we’re green…It’s a work in progress. But, by the end of the season I think we’ll give people a test.”

King Philip

2015 Record: 2-16-0
2015 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Gary Pichel

The Warriors did not just have an injury or two to deal with in 2015, but almost entire starting 11 ended up with injuries that left King Philip head coach Gary Pichel scrambling to fill roster spots with players from the JV and freshman teams. As 2016 begins, many of the key players are back and healthy and the Warriors are hoping to spring a surprise on the Kelley-Rex.

Junior defender Emma Corcoran (“the heart and soul” of the defense, according to Pichel) has been a rock in the middle of the back line and will have a lot more help with seniors Sarah Fleck (ACL) and Katherine Turner (ankle) back after missing all but one game last year. Corinne Palumbo and Julia Massarone will also chip in from the midfield and will be counted on turning defense into attack quickly.

Up front, Rachel Hogan returns after leading KP in scoring for the past several seasons and she will be joined by fellow senior Maddie Smith, who is back from a quad injury. The seniors will be paired with talented freshman Chloe Layne, who is already drawing rave reviews. Pichel said, “We had a very tough season last year but will look to rebound with a new look and a new strategy to improve our chances in a very competitive Hockomock League.”

Mansfield

2015 Record: 12-6-2
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Kevin Smith

The Hornets are only bringing back three players who started regularly last season and that includes two goalkeepers. Senior Emily Gaumond started the season in net but missed the final month with a concussion, which meant that then freshman Lauren Whitman had to step in between the pipes. The only returning outfield player is senior Hannah Reiter. The Quinnipiac University-commit, who comes into the season as a contender for Player of the Year, was a standout in central defense, midfield, and up front last year.

While Mansfield does not return a lot of starters, there is plenty of experience on the roster. Head coach Kevin Smith utilizes a large roster and makes sure that a majority of the players get time on the field. Senior forward Emma Goulet and senior defender Emily Sullivan will be the captains and each has multiple seasons on varsity. Sophomore Stephanie Kemp and junior Allee Bezeau will be counted on to provide scoring punch and sophomore Melissa Reef will be taking a bigger role in the midfield this year.

With five freshmen and three sophomores playing “significant” minutes last year, Smith is confident that Mansfield will be able to challenge for the Kelley-Rex title. He said, “So even though we are very young we do have some players with some experience under their belts.”

Oliver Ames

2015 Record: 14-3-2 (Davenport Division Champions)
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Britt Sellmayer

The Tigers have won the Davenport division each of the past three years and will now set their sights on claiming the Kelley-Rex title at the first opportunity. Head coach Britt Sellmayer has a squad capable of claiming the crown and with the potential to make a deep tournament run as well. With seven returning starters, including four league all-stars, and 10 seniors, the Tigers have the most experienced roster in the Kelley-Rex and arguably the deepest.

It starts with reigning Hockomock MVP Francesca Calabraro. The senior scored 24 goals last season and has been talked about as a potential All-American in the preseason. With Calabraro moving between a midfield and a forward role, it opens up space on the wings for the speedy Jackie Mills, who chipped in with nine goals last year and could be ready for a breakout junior season. Seniors Dana Lowney and Jess Robarge will also provide midfield support for the Tigers.

Defensively, OA has a strong core of returning players. Sophomore Zoe Chazan stepped in as a rookie and turned into one of the league’s top central defenders and her partnership with junior Emily Freeman will be a tough one for teams to break down. Behind the back line, OA has three solid goaltenders led by junior Regan Benton. Sellmayer said, “[We’re] looking forward to the challenge of playing in the large Hock.”

Taunton

2015 Record: 9-9-3
2015 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Edith Dixon

The Tigers made history last season, becoming the first team in the program’s history to win a playoff game, knocking off Wellesley on the road. That Taunton team was filled with upperclassmen but head coach Edith Dixon wants the program to keep moving forward and believes that there are players ready to step up and take over.

One of the players leading the way for Taunton is senior captain Emily O’Brien, who Dixon credits with setting the tone at practice. The Tiger will turn to junior Sam Tichelaar for offensive production as the three-year starter is healthy after an injury-plagued sophomore campaign and is ready to be the “driving force” in the Taunton midfield. Senior Livi Sweeney will be the forward for Tichelaar to connect with up top.

Defensively, the Tigers will miss goalie Kayla Wentworth, who is now playing at Iona, but junior Kayla Felix will lead the defensive corps and help make Taunton tough to beat. Dixon said, “Last season was a great step forward for the program, but we’re not satisfied with making the tournament just once. Our upperclassmen want to get back there again and they’re being pushed every day in practice by some very talented eighth and ninth graders.”

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.