Franklin Finishes Regular Season With Scoreless Draw

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Junior keeper Cat Robbins stopped a pair of breakaways in the second half to preserve a clean sheet and a point for Franklin against NDA. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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FRANKLIN, Mass. – Franklin faced perennial Div. 2 power Notre Dame Academy (Hingham) in the regular season finale on Saturday afternoon and it started well for the Panthers, who hit the bar and forced four saves from the NDA keeper in the opening 40 minutes, but the offense stalled after the break.

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In the second half, the Cougars had an opportunity to hand Franklin just its third loss of the season but standing in the way was Catherine Robbins. The junior keeper stopped a pair of breakaways 15 minutes into the second half that preserved another clean sheet and grabbed Franklin a point in a 0-0 draw at Pisini Field.

“She’s been solid the whole year long,” said Franklin coach Tom Geysen of Robbins, who took over in net after the graudation of four-year starter Dani Lonati. “She’s done everything we’ve asked her to do. There isn’t anything more that she could have done than she’s already done.”

The Panthers were struggling to get anything going offensively in the second half, losing the ball in midfield and allowing the Cougars to push forward in the attack. In the 54th minute a bad bounce off the turf skipped over the head of Abigail Gipson and allowed Emma Tucker to get in alone on Robbins but the keeper stood tall and got two hands to the shot.

Franklin failed to clear the rebound and it was intercepted by Shannon LeVangie who also had a one-on-one with Robbins. The striker opened up her foot and tried to slide it past the keeper to the far post, but Robbins managed to drag her foot and get a toe on the shot to direct it around the post.

That would be the only chance of note for either team until the final eight minutes of the game. When asked about the struggles in the second half, Geysen replied, “The same thing happened the other day against KP when we were on that end of the field. I don’t know.”

He continued, “I don’t know if psychologically…I really don’t know. When we start watching every ball bounce then there’s something wrong. No matter what I said, they just weren’t reacting.”

Franklin tried to snag the full points with a flourish at the end of the game. Playing Molly Duncan up top as a focal point and with Halle Atkinson and Emily Mastaj running the wings, the Panthers went direct with balls over the top and in behind the NDA back line. It worked to create a few chances.

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“In the last seven or eight years we were pretty to watch because we could move the ball,” explained Geysen. “We’re ugly as sin now. We can’t really move the ball very well, so we have to put the ball over the top.”

Mastaj had the best chance to steal the win when she got free on the edge of the six-yard-box to get a left-foot to Atkinson’s cutback from the byline, but the shot was straight at the NDA keeper.

Two minutes later, Franklin had another opportunity after good combination play between Jamie Dragsbaek and Grace Gallo freed up Sabrina Masters but her shot smacked off the football goalposts above the net.

“We played three games last week that were all physical games, but that’s just an excuse,” said Geysen about the Panthers inability to get going in the second half.

The first half was a very different game, as Franklin had several chances to take the lead and its physical play in the midfield took control of the matchup.

Dragsbaek had the first chance off a feed from Duncan but her lofted shot came back off the crossbar inside the opening 10 minutes. In the 13th minute, right back Nadia Havens put a 30-yard free kick on target and forced a diving save from the NDA keeper. Havens would also have a chance off a corner at the half-hour mark but her header flashed inches wide of the post.

Duncan was the primary outlet for the Panthers and she had a snap shot on the turn that was again saved by a diving NDA keeper and the rebound fell to Mastaj but she was unable to turn it in. Mastaj would get another chance when she outmuscled the NDA defender to get to Meghan Doherty’s through ball but the shot was saved.

Franklin finishes the regular season at 10-2-5 and will not wait the seedings for the Div. 1 South tournament that will come out next week.

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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.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/21/15

Today’s games are listed below. Our soccer section has gone orange for MIAA Concussion Awareness Week.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Senior Austin Botelho scored less than three minutes into the second half as Taunton picked up a big win against division rival Attleboro. Hasan Farahat set up Botelho for the lone goal of the game on a shot from 20 yards out. Marc DeSousa made eight saves in net including a save to protect the win with five minutes to play. 
Canton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Oliver Ames senior Chris Romero scored a pair of second half goals to help the Tigers continue their perfect start. Romero scored first off an assist from Keegan Nutt and then converted a chance from Max Ahearn. 
Foxboro, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Devante Teixeira scored the opening goal in the 14th minute and then assisted on Foxboro’s third goal to Hussein Kafel, scored inside the first three minutes of the second half. Anthony Barreira converted a penalty kick in the 24th minute for Foxboro. Milford senior goalie Mike Da Silva made 11 saves in net. 
Mansfield, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final – A pair of throw ins from senior captain Chris Elsner turned into a pair of goals for Mansfield in a big win on the road. Just three minutes into the game, Elsner’s throw found Jared Miller who found the back of the net. Midway through the second half Elsner found Charlie Rogers to double the lead. Michael Kirejczyk picked up his fourth shutout of the season. Head coach Steve Sheridan credited defenders Max Gurnon, Nick Hyland and Harry Braidt, along with Elsner, for strong games. 
King Philip, 2 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – The Warriors used a pair of second half goals from senior captain Joe Kellett to pick up their third win of the season. Inside the first minute of the second half, Ryan Coulter’s cross was deflected by Larsen Keys to Kellett at the edge of the area and he buried it. Just before the midway point of the second half, Thomas Lugten cut back and found Kellett again at the top of the area and he converted again. 

Stoughton, 1 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Senior Winston Kessah set up junior Loubensky Lucas for the game-winning goal inside the final five minutes. Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter called Lucas’ finish a “sublime long distance finish.” Salter also credited Tyler Melo for a strong game in the midfield and Goddy Frombe for a strong game in the back.
Girls Soccer
Taunton, 5 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Alana Vincent scored a pair of goals and added an assist for the Tigers. Sam Tichelaar also scored a pair of goals and Mariah O’Gara netted one. Taunton goalie Kayla Wentworth made seven saves in net for the shutout.

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames junior Francesca Calabraro netted the lone goal of the game midway through the first half, converting after a through ball from junior Julia Roy. Sophomore Regan Benton and freshman Bethany Dunk combined for the shutout in goal. Head coach Britt Sellmayer said sophomore Jackie Mills and senior Erin Fitzgerald played well for the Tigers. 

Milford, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Riley Collins and Hannah Burns netted first half goals to lift the Warriors to a win.

Franklin, 3 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final – Bailey Knous scored four minutes into the game to give Franklin the lead. The score stayed the same until there was 10 minutes left when Jamie Dragsbaek volleyed in a second off a corner. In the final seconds, Victoria Stowell scored on a 30-yard free kick to make it 3-0.
North Attleboro, 7 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Haley Guertin scored her second straight hat trick, scoring twice in the first half and adding a third in the second half. Hana Caster also netted a pair of first half goals and added two assists. Grace Guertin and Gabriela Versona each scored one. 

Sharon, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Alexandra Filipkwoski scored on a header off an Alex Rabb corner to open the score for the Eagles. Rabb also assisted on the first of Ally Steinberg’s two goals. Freshman goalie Lydia Chase made eight saves in her first varsity appearance. Shanel Ford netted the Black Knights’ lone goal while senior goalie Marissa Williams had 10 saves in net for Stoughton.
Volleyball
Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Dayna McCue had 12 digs and five aces, Beth Neal had 14 assists, six kills and a pair of aces and Aubrie Kutil had seven kills. Head coach Kate Horsmann said Rose Morrissette and Sam Campbell played well defensively.

Foxboro, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Canton bounced back into the win column with a 25-23, 25-15, 25-23 win over an upset-minded Foxboro squad. Elizabeth Hamilton led the Bulldogs with 13 kills, Rye Verille had 10 kills and a pair of block and Nicole Poole totaled 29 assists. Olivia Devoe continued her stellar play at the libero spot with 20 digs for Canton. 

King Philip, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield dropped the first set (19-25) but came back to win the next three 25-11, 25-17, 25-23. The Hornets’ offense was led by 10 kills from Sarah Mullahy and eight kills from Olivia Broyles. Colleen Riley had 14 serve receives to pace the defense. For King Philip, Gwen Uyrus led the Warriors with nine kills and three aces. 

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final
North Attleboro, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – It was a back and forth contest between the Tigers and the Rocketeers that Taunton was able to walk away from with a win (25-27, 25-16, 21-25, 25-21, 15-7). Alyssa Gibson had nine kills and six blocks while Aimee Kistner played the role of spark plug with seven kills, six aces and three blocks. Taunton’s Tatum Speicher added 27 assists, four kills and a pair of aces in the win. 
Oliver Ames, 2 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Senior middle blocker Bridgette Whalen had a strong all-around game for the Black Knights with 12 service points, 10 digs, eight blocks and eight aces. Senior outside hitter Ava Siegel had 23 digs, 15 serve receives and five kills and junior setter Christina Gelin had 10 service points and seven assists. 
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 3 @ Taunton, 2 – Final – Grace Mayer scored a pair of goals for the Bombardiers while Katie Patton netted a goal. Quincy Harding picked up a assists for Attleboro in the win. Attleboro goalie Isabelle Maragnano made five saves in net and Lacey Roy also made a big defense save.

Canton, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final
Foxboro, 1 @ Milford, 0 – Final
Mansfield, 3 @ Franklin, 4 – Final – Freshman Annie Walsh scored what turned into the eventual game-winner 10 minutes into the second half for the Panthers. Walsh also had an assist on Franklin’s third goal, scored by Caroline Lounsbury with under five minutes to play in the first half. Freshman Cassi Roman and junior Dana Lewandowski also scored for Franklin while goalie Samantha Jones made 12 saves in net. Franklin head coach Lisa Cropper said Kenzi Pleshaw played an outstanding game on defense. 

King Philip, 1 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final

Stoughton, 4 @ Sharon, 1 – Final – Stoughton’s Mia Russell netted a hat trick to lead the Black Knights to their second win in a three day span. Olivia Schlehuber also scored a goal for the Black Knights. Sharon’s Rachel Usen scored the lone goal for the Eagles. 
Cross Country
Boys
Foxboro, 43 @ Sharon, 21 – Final

Girls
Foxboro, 36 @ Sharon, 21 –  Final
Golf
Franklin, 168 @ North Attleboro, 152 – Final – North Attleboro’s Robbie Congdon shot a match-low 35 to pace the Rocketeers while Tyler Sinacola carded a 37. Franklin’s Bryan Woelfel and Matt Pleshaw each shot 40 for the Panthers.

Mansfield, 174 @ Sharon, 176 – Final – Mansfield’s David Craig and Kyle Swansburg each shot a 43 for the Hornets as they moved to 4-0 on the season. Sharon’s Max Avratin and Eli Hearne also carded 43 for the Eagles. 

King Philip, 170 @ Attleboro, 183 – Final – Sophomore Danny McLaughlin earned the match medalist by shooting a 41 for the Warriors, including a birdie on the 9th hole. 

Canton, 152 @ Milford, 158 – Final – Sophomore Danny Powers carded a one under 34 for the Bulldogs and Jim Jenkins shot a 36 in a close win for Canton. Ryan Tomaso shot a 36 for the Scarlet Hawks. 

Oliver Ames, 164 @ Foxboro, 185 – Final – Steven Tasho and Brian Lambert each carded a match-low 40 for the Tigers. Foxboro’s Brandon Wasserman had a team-low 43 for the Warriors.