Boys Soccer D1 South
#11 Franklin, 1 @ #3 Brockton, 2 – Final – Franklin’s Tyler Powderly scored early in the second half to bring the Panthers level, but the Boxers landed to go-ahead goal just over the midway point of the second half to earn the win.
#12 North Attleboro @ #4 Oliver Ames – Postponed to Friday, Nov. 8 at 5:00.
#14 Canton, 2 @ #6 Somerset-Berkley, 0 – Final – Canton scored once in each half to earn its second straight postseason shutout. Elisa Diletizia scored in the first half to open the scoring for the Bulldogs, off an assist by Mia Gilmore while Anne Hoban doubled the lead with a second half strike off a Gilmore corner. Elyse Broderick made four saves to pick up the clean sheet. #14 Canton will play the winner of #2 Holliston and #7 Silver Lake on Monday afternoon at Oliver Ames at 4:00.
Oliver Ames, 28 @ Braintree, 7 – Final – Oliver Ames’ Nathan Cabral scored all four touchdowns for the Tigers, including a pair of scoring runs over 50 yards. Sean Friel’s extra point on one of Cabral’s long touchdown run proved to be the difference for OA.
SOUTH EASTON, Mass. – The Canton girls soccer team might have just made it into the state tournament, but the trials and tribulations of the Hockomock League schedule have the Bulldogs prepared for anything this postseason.
That tournament run started on Tuesday afternoon with the 14th-seeded Bulldogs earning a dominant 8-0 win in the rain on the road against third-seeded Southeastern.
While the Hawks entered with just two losses in 14 games played, their schedule paled in comparison to the vigorous slate of 18 games that Canton played throughout the 2019 season. Of the eight losses the Dogs had this year, six came to playoff teams and the other two to two teams who missed the tournament by one game each.
“When you look at the games we play throughout the season, we play really good Division 1 schools the entire season,” said Canton head coach Kate Howarth. “A lot of those games, like the OA and Milford games, we were in it until the end but let in a late goal, those were the things we really had to tighten up and make sure we correct those because that’s how you lose games in tournaments but I think the fact that we’ve had those games and experienced those adverse moments, now we know we can’t do that again.
“I know our seed wasn’t great because of games like that but I think it prepared us for this. Moving forward, I think we’re in a good spot. All the good teams we see throughout the year prepare us for when we come into the tournament.”
Canton had eight different players find the back of the net, with six coming in the opening 40 minutes to seize a commanding lead of the match.
After testing the Southeastern keeper just once in the opening 10 minutes, the Dogs flipped a switch and peppered the net with 11 shots over the final 30 minutes, with six chances finding the back of the net.
The goal parade began in the 11th minute after junior Mia Gilmore won a battle at the top of the box, took a touch towards goal and blasted a low shot to the far post for a 1-0 lead.
It took just four minutes for the Bulldogs to add to the tally. Sophomore Gabby Herivaux took advantage of space in front of her and ripped a shot from distance that sailed over the keeper’s head in the 15th minute.
Junior Elisa Diletizia jumped onto a perfectly played through ball in behind the defense in the 20th minute, going in alone on the keeper and sliding a shot past her for a 3-0 lead.
After over 10 minutes without adding to its tally, Canton found the back of the net three times in the final 10 minutes of the half to take complete control.
In the 34th minute, junior Olivia Rodman showed off her speed by racing past a pair of defenders down the right wing, cutting into the area and blasting a shot that forced a corner kick. On the ensuing corner, Gilmore put a service into the area and Rodman was there to clean it up to make it 4-0.
A minute after the goal, freshman Emily McCabe connected with junior Paige Drury at the top of the box. After a touch to get some space, Drury’s low strike snuck past the keeper for a 5-0 advantage. And then just before halftime, senior Lauren McCabe fired a shot from the right side of the box that found the back of the net to make it 6-0.
“It took us a minute to get going and I think the first 15 minutes or so we’re shaky,” Howarth said. “We had to tighten things up and play more disciplined. Once we did that, we started to get the goals. We started to play balls in and put shots on frame. Once we do that, we’re a pretty dangerous team. As far as scoring, we have a lot of weapons but it’s all about staying organized from front to back and playing an entire 80 minutes.”
The Hawks had a pair of chances in the opening 40 minutes but couldn’t find the back of the net. Senior forward Katie Micale raced onto a ball in behind the defense in the 23rd minute but Canton keeper Elyse Broderick came charging off her line and forced the shot wide. Broderick also denied Micale with a save two minutes later.
With a large lead, Howarth was able to rest her starters for the entire second half.
Canton added to its lead in the 51st minute when Drury made a nice run to force a poor clearance from the Hawks’ defense. The ball ended up on the foot of junior Jenna Parrella, and she looped a high shot just under the bar for a 7-0 lead.
The Bulldogs capped the scoring in the 78th minute as Han Hong played a perfectly weighted ball between defenders to sophomore Fay Gallery, and Gallery made no mistake with a blast into the back of the net.
“It can carry over from here,” Howarth said. “We’ve been very fortunate that we’ve had a lot of kids score, we aren’t relying on just one or two players. We have five girls that are around 10 goals. We have a solid team environment where everybody contributes all the time. It doesn’t always happen but when it does it’s really beneficial for a team.”
Canton girls soccer (11-8-0) advances to the D2 South Quarterfinal and will travel to play #6 Somerset-Berkley (13-5-1) on Thursday at 6:00.
Franklin, 1 @ Canton, 2 – Final – Olivia Rodman sealed the win for the Bulldogs with a shot into the top corner with only two minutes remaining in the game. Canton battled back after falling behind to an early Sabrina Addi free kick goal. Elisa Diletizia tied the game from the penalty spot with 12 minutes left in the first half. It was a back-and-forth game with both teams creating chances and both goalies busy. Canton’s Elyse Briderick made 15 stops and Franklin’s Breanna Atwood had 14. Franklin coach Tom Geysen rued his team’s missed opportunities and added, “I feel we are making improvements but there are things we need to do better to succeed.”
Mansfield, 2 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Tarryn Smith scored a pair of first half goals to earn the win for the visitors and give Mansfield coach Kevin Smith the 150th victory of his career. Kerrin Sears and Abby Oppenheim had the assists, as the Hornets jumped out to a 2-0 lead, but Sharon cut the lead in half before the break.
Canton, 149 @ Stoughton, 192 – Final – Canton’s Chris Lavoie shot a one-under round of 35 on the road at Easton Country Club to lead the Bulldogs past Stoughton. Conor Hunter also had a strong day with a round of 37, Mike Leonetti shot a 38, and Will Gefteas, Nate MacDonald, and James O’Keeffe all shot 39 for Canton. Stoughton sophomore Anthony Hearn had a low round of 42 for the Black Knights.
Foxboro, 167 @ Franklin, 155 – Final – Franklin senior Jake Blaney fired a career-low round of 36 to help the Panthers upend previously unbeaten Foxboro. Blaney shared medalist honors with junior Jack Paterson, who earned his third medalist honor just this week. Pat Dolan added a round of 40 and Nolan Norton chipped in with a 43 for Franklin.
Milford, 176 @ North Attleboro, 158 – Final – North Attleboro’s Jillian Barend birdied on both the third and ninth holes, finishing with a two-over round of 37 to earn medalist honors in the Rocketeers’ win over Milford. Aidan Weir added a 39, Justin Strom carded a 40, and Sam Gallagher added a 42 for North. Milford’s Ed Madden had a team-low round of 42, Nick Wimette added a 43, and Jason Luchini shot 44 for the Hawks.
Oliver Ames, 165 @ Sharon, 174 – Final – Oliver Ames picked up a win on the road the Cape Club of Sharon to improve to 3-2. Tate Hadges earned medalist honors for the Tigers, shooting a team-low round of 40 while Logan Domenico and Brad Powers both shot 41. Justin Shapiro also scored for OA with a 43. Sharon’s Andrew Glaser and Nathan Daley both fired a 41 while Eric Carter finished with a 44.
2018 Record: 8-9-2 2018 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Preliminary Round Coach: Kate Howarth
The Bulldogs finished third in the Davenport division last season and made it back to the state tournament, despite carrying a relatively young roster. Now, a year later, Canton brings back a strong corps, especially in the attack, and will look to take steps forward to try and challenge for the league title.
The best form of defense may be the attack for the Bulldogs, who will pair juniors Olivia Rodman and Elisa Diletizia again in the forward line. The classmates are a dynamic pairing and critical to Canton scoring 52 goals last season, which was the fifth-best total in the league. Senior Morgan McCabe and sophomore Gabriella Herivaux add depth to the forward line.
In the midfield, sophomore Allie McCabe is coming off an impressive rookie season as a playmaker and will be the engine in the heart of the pitch. Sarah Collins will be tough to replace in the defense, but seniors Alexa Maffeo, Caroline Tourgee, and Kerstin Hansen are back. Sophomore Elyse Broderick is back to take over between the posts and will be the anchor of the defensive unit.
“I think the key for us this year will be consistency,” said Canton coach Kate Howarth. “Our girls are bought in and want to find ways to win! I think we will find ways to win some tough games and get better every single day! That’s always our goal. Every time we step out onto that field, improve and get better. If we do that, we will put together a great year.”
2018 Record: 15-2-3 2018 Finish: Reached Div. 2 South Quarterfinal Coach: Katie Stalcup
Last season, a young Warriors roster brought home the program’s first league title since 1993 and it could start a run of success for Foxboro, which graduated only four players from last year’s team that led the league in scoring and allowed less than a goal per game. Adding a year of experience could make this year’s team even more of a threat not only for a division crown but for a deep tourney run.
Youth was on display all over the pitch last season, particularly up front. Junior Jordyn Collins had a breakout season putting her speed together with clinical finishing to become one of the league’s most dangerous forwards. There is plenty of help for the forwards from the midfield, senior Lizzy Davis and junior Kailtyn Mollica are both dangerous on the wings, creating chances and the odd goals as well.
The lynchpin last year was a freshman. Sophomore Kailee McCabe, the reigning HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year, had a remarkable rookie season. She controlled the midfield and drove forward to add scoring punch. Senior midfielder Kendra Wentling also adds a layer of protection for the defense, which will miss the graduated Alex Stamatos but has experience in senior Yara Fawaz and junior goalie Morgan Sylvestre.
“I am so excited about this team and what we are capable of this season,” said Foxboro coach Katie Stalcup. “I know if we stay focused and work together we will do great things.”
2018 Record: 5-12-0 2018 Finish: Missed Playoffs Coach: Lou Colabello
This is the second season in charge for Milford coach Lou Colabello and he is hopeful that his team will build a comfort level with his expectations and systems to try and get the Hawks into the state tournament picture and push up the Davenport division standings. With a strong core of returning players, many with two or three years of experience on varsity, Milford has the opportunity to make a leap this fall.
The midfield will be a strength for the Hawks with seniors Juliana France and Ashleigh Starks are capable of breaking up opposition attacks and turning those quickly into attacks. Freshman Daniella Atheron will jump right into the attack and is expected to contribute goals this season. Defensively, the Hawks have experience in the form of seniors Maddie Boyle and Annie Flanagan and can count on solid play from both goalies, senior Olivia Marshall, and junior Carly Ferreira.
“We are really excited about our opportunities this year,” Colabello said. “With a heavy nucleus returning on defense and in the midfield, we hope to improve offensively. With a good mixture of experience and youth, I feel that we will make a vast improvement from last year.”
2018 Record: 12-3-4 2018 Finish: Reached Div. 1 South First Round Coach: Bill Wallace
North Attleboro is entering a transition season after graduating 14 seniors, including nine starters, from last year’s Davenport division runners-up. The Rocketeers will especially have to cope with the loss of leading scorer, and 2018 HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Ashlyn Gaulin, but there is hope that the new faces will be able to step in and rise to the challenge this fall.
The attack looks very different this season with junior Tess Collins, who is battling a preseason injury, taking on the responsibility of leading the line along with Steph McKenna. There have been promising signs from that duo during the preseason. Midfield is more experienced for North this year, with seniors Alex Moulson, Abi Slaney, and Lily Cameron back from last year, while Olivia Wills and Abby Noreck are making the jump from JV. The defense is mostly new, but senior Lydia Hershey is back and will offer much-needed leadership, while senior Regan Fein has the starting job in net.
“Right now we have six players who have been unable to practice preseason with injuries,” said North Attleboro coach Bill Wallace. “Once we get everyone healthy we should iron out some assignments and figure out our rotations.”
2018 Record: 2-15-1 2018 Finish: Missed Playoffs Coach: Catherine Sullivan
Second-year head coach Catherine Sullivan will have a lot of new faces to work with this season after graduating 11 seniors from last year’s roster and she is hoping that the Eagles can use an experienced midfield to create more scoring opportunities and continue to improve over the course of the season.
The midfield combines technically-sound players with energy and speed. Seniors Marika Fillion sets the tone with her work rate and senior Bella Berger is one of the team’s top playmakers. Junior Amelia Scappaticci adds skill to the team’s passing game, while freshman Olivia Soby is expected to provide an attacking spark in the middle of the pitch. Up front, junior Emily Griffin will try to use her speed to create chances. In the back, junior goalie Cass Barbera got a lot of experience between the pipes last season and she will count on classmate Molly McAlevey to hold things down in front of her.
Sullivan said, “I’m excited about the mix of strong returning players and new talent stepping in this season. It’s a great group of kids who are dedicated to improving our style and speed of play, and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve together.”
2018 Record: 0-17-1 2018 Finish: Missed Playoffs Coach: Tara Daniels
It has been a decent preseason for the Black Knights and head coach Tara Daniels hopes that they carry that over once things kick off for real. Stoughton has been building cohesion for the last several seasons and Daniels believes that there is the right mix of upperclassmen and newcomers to make the Black Knights a competitive team this fall.
Senior Nicole Weir has found a spot in the back line and will provide the vocal leadership that the defense needs. Senior Brianna Buckley has won the starting job in goal this year after earning time between the posts last season. Junior Mackenzie Manning is the key to the Stoughton midfield, having led the team in points in each of her first two seasons on varsity and continuing to be the team’s primary playmaker. Freshman Shayla Ford will step into the attack this season and there is hope that she can make an instant impact with her speed and finishing ability. One of the most important developments of the preseason is the growing understanding between Manning and Ford going forward.
“This year we have a strong core of returning upperclassmen that have worked the past few years to help shape and strengthen this overall program, with the level of play I am seeing from this group of upperclassmen and the freshman class, it is going to be an extremely competitive season for the Knights,” said Daniels.