Staples' Late Tally Lifts Mansfield Over King Philip

Mansfield's Jared Miller and King Philip's Joe Kellett battle for possession in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Mansfield’s Jared Miller and King Philip’s Joe Kellett battle for possession in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mansfield junior Kevin Bouck picked a pretty good time to score his first goal of the season, giving the Hornets the lead with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Senior Jake Staples picked an even better time for his.

Staples got on the end of a long free kick from junior Max Gurnon, lunging in the area to get his head to the ball and find the back of the net to break a tie game with just over 10 minutes to play.

The goal would hold up over the final minutes and Mansfield picked up a 2-1 win over King Philip in the Second Round of the D1 South tournament.

“All three games that we’ve played have been anyone’s match,” Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan said. “There’s been a total of five goals in the three games, it’s always a hard fought game. They’re great. [Joe] Kellett to me is one of the best players around, he’s unbelievable. I can’t say enough about him or Cam [Mullins], they’re both great players.”

After a delay for continuation, the referee whistled KP for a high kick just before midfield. Gurnon hit a line drive ball right over the top of the defense and Staples sprinted in right behind and headed the ball in for the game winner.

“We’re not used to having someone like Staples do a diving header but you know, it was a beautiful goal,” Sheridan said. “We’re a deep team…certain guys in certain games. Staples was playing great in the first half and I put him back in in the second half and he scores that great game winning goal. Kevin only played the last eight minutes in the first half and scored the goal. He came off the bench cold too.”

It was a battle throughout the first half, and really throughout the entire game. King Philip sophomore Larsen Keys had the first chance of the game, taking a cross from junior Colby Koch but his shot went just wide at the far post.

In the 14th minute, Tyler Mann ripped in a cross that was dropped by Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk but he was able to get a touch to the loose ball and it was cleared away.

Mansfield’s first chance came in the 19th minute as Jareme DiLirenzo muscled his way through KP’s defense and unleashed a shot from a tight angle but Brandon Ziolkowski was in position at the near post.

The Warriors dominated possession over the final 10 minutes of the first half, stringing together at least a spell of over a dozen passes before a cross was collected by Kirejczyk,

The Hornets first tally came from seemingly nothing as Sean Lanzillo blocked a clearance and quickly fed Charlie Rogers in. Rogers raced to the end line and then centered a cross back where Bouck easily buried it into the back of the net with less than a minute to play in the first half.

It didn’t take long for the Warriors to level the game in the second half, knotting the game at one less than four minutes in. Senior captain Joe Kellett came away with a steal at midfield, took a touch before sending Mann down the left flank. Mann did well with his hold up play, allowing Kellett to come on an overlapping run and he laid it off. Kellett took possession, raced towards the end line and hit a perfect low cross back across the middle and sophomore Mike Rowe slotted it into the corner of the net.

Midway through the second half, the Warriors thought they had earned a penalty kick. Mann took control in his own half and raced nearly 60 yards before being taken down from behind right on the edge of the area. The ref originally seemed to point to the spot for a PK but instead it was placed at the 20 yard line. Kellett’s ensuing free kick was unable to elude the wall and was cleared.

Staples’ goal came with just over 10 minutes to play and neither side was able to register a scoring chance in the remaining time, despite five long throw in opportunities for KP.

“A loss is always a sour taste in your mouth but when you have two good teams that battle it out, and that was one hell of a goal on that second one from Mansfield, it’s kind of hard to walk away and say you didn’t try to earn it,’ King Philip head coach Nick Gale said. “The kids left it all out there. It was a well deserved win on their part. Out of the three games we’ve played them, that was probably the best they’ve played.

“Our objective was to play good soccer and be the better soccer team. That’s the way we’ve been training and the philosophy we’ve followed. We wanted to beat them playing good soccer and I think we came up short. But we worked hard on it.”

KP finishes the season 8-8-3 overall. Mansfield is now 13-3-3 and will advance to the Quarterfinals of the D1 South tournament and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday. The time is still to be announced.

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

Staples’ Late Tally Lifts Mansfield Over King Philip

Mansfield's Jared Miller and King Philip's Joe Kellett battle for possession in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Mansfield’s Jared Miller and King Philip’s Joe Kellett battle for possession in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

MANSFIELD, Mass. – Mansfield junior Kevin Bouck picked a pretty good time to score his first goal of the season, giving the Hornets the lead with less than a minute to play in the first half.

Senior Jake Staples picked an even better time for his.

Staples got on the end of a long free kick from junior Max Gurnon, lunging in the area to get his head to the ball and find the back of the net to break a tie game with just over 10 minutes to play.

The goal would hold up over the final minutes and Mansfield picked up a 2-1 win over King Philip in the Second Round of the D1 South tournament.

“All three games that we’ve played have been anyone’s match,” Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan said. “There’s been a total of five goals in the three games, it’s always a hard fought game. They’re great. [Joe] Kellett to me is one of the best players around, he’s unbelievable. I can’t say enough about him or Cam [Mullins], they’re both great players.”

After a delay for continuation, the referee whistled KP for a high kick just before midfield. Gurnon hit a line drive ball right over the top of the defense and Staples sprinted in right behind and headed the ball in for the game winner.

“We’re not used to having someone like Staples do a diving header but you know, it was a beautiful goal,” Sheridan said. “We’re a deep team…certain guys in certain games. Staples was playing great in the first half and I put him back in in the second half and he scores that great game winning goal. Kevin only played the last eight minutes in the first half and scored the goal. He came off the bench cold too.”

It was a battle throughout the first half, and really throughout the entire game. King Philip sophomore Larsen Keys had the first chance of the game, taking a cross from junior Colby Koch but his shot went just wide at the far post.

In the 14th minute, Tyler Mann ripped in a cross that was dropped by Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk but he was able to get a touch to the loose ball and it was cleared away.

Mansfield’s first chance came in the 19th minute as Jareme DiLirenzo muscled his way through KP’s defense and unleashed a shot from a tight angle but Brandon Ziolkowski was in position at the near post.

The Warriors dominated possession over the final 10 minutes of the first half, stringing together at least a spell of over a dozen passes before a cross was collected by Kirejczyk,

The Hornets first tally came from seemingly nothing as Sean Lanzillo blocked a clearance and quickly fed Charlie Rogers in. Rogers raced to the end line and then centered a cross back where Bouck easily buried it into the back of the net with less than a minute to play in the first half.

It didn’t take long for the Warriors to level the game in the second half, knotting the game at one less than four minutes in. Senior captain Joe Kellett came away with a steal at midfield, took a touch before sending Mann down the left flank. Mann did well with his hold up play, allowing Kellett to come on an overlapping run and he laid it off. Kellett took possession, raced towards the end line and hit a perfect low cross back across the middle and sophomore Mike Rowe slotted it into the corner of the net.

Midway through the second half, the Warriors thought they had earned a penalty kick. Mann took control in his own half and raced nearly 60 yards before being taken down from behind right on the edge of the area. The ref originally seemed to point to the spot for a PK but instead it was placed at the 20 yard line. Kellett’s ensuing free kick was unable to elude the wall and was cleared.

Staples’ goal came with just over 10 minutes to play and neither side was able to register a scoring chance in the remaining time, despite five long throw in opportunities for KP.

“A loss is always a sour taste in your mouth but when you have two good teams that battle it out, and that was one hell of a goal on that second one from Mansfield, it’s kind of hard to walk away and say you didn’t try to earn it,’ King Philip head coach Nick Gale said. “The kids left it all out there. It was a well deserved win on their part. Out of the three games we’ve played them, that was probably the best they’ve played.

“Our objective was to play good soccer and be the better soccer team. That’s the way we’ve been training and the philosophy we’ve followed. We wanted to beat them playing good soccer and I think we came up short. But we worked hard on it.”

KP finishes the season 8-8-3 overall. Mansfield is now 13-3-3 and will advance to the Quarterfinals of the D1 South tournament and will travel to #4 Needham on Sunday. The time is still to be announced.

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

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/27/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Attleboro scored first 13 minutes into the game but a penalty kick from Jared Miller three minutes before the break leveled the game. Senior Chris Elsner scored his first career goal, heading home a corner from Brad Eames and Miller added the insurance goal four minutes off an assist from Jareme DiLorenzo. Michael Kirejczyk made eight saves in net as the Hornets clinched at least a share of the Kelley-Rex division title.

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 0 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon scored his eighth goal of the season off of what head coach Aaron Salter called a great pass from Winston Kessah. Salter said Goddy Frombe was fantastic at the back and Kyle Silverman was solid for the whole game.

Foxboro, 4 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Joe Morrison, Devante Teixeira and Anthony Barreira each scored a goal inside the first eight minutes as the Warriors jumped out to an early lead. Jake Goloboy brought the Eagles back within two in the 14th minute and scored again in the 51st minute to make it a one goal game. But Teixeira netted his second in the 62nd minute for the insurance goal.

Franklin, 1 @ North Attleboro, 0 – Final – Franklin’s Nick Parent scored in the second half off an assist from Aaron Frongillo for the lone goal of the game.

King Philip, 9 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Sophomore Tyler Mann scored a first half hat trick and one assist for the Warriors, who jumped out to a 7-0 lead at the break. Joe Kellett had three assists and one goal, Will Weir and Larsen Keys each had a goal and an assists, Nick Cannella had a pair of assists and Thomas Lugten netted a pair of goals. Mike Rowe also had a goal for KP. Austin Botelho scored off an assist from Derek Pereira for Taunton.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames clinched at least a share of the Davenport division title with the win. Thomas McCormick had a pair of assists, setting up Keegan Nutt and Jack Sheldon, and scored once himself. Chris Romero picked up an assist on McCormick’s goal.
Girls Soccer
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Emma Goulet scored twice and Jackie Carchedi had a pair of assists to lead the Hornets. Melissa Reef and Rebecca Bornstein also scored for Mansfield. Paige Medeiros scored the lone goal for Attleboro.

Canton, 5 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final

Sharon @ Foxboro, 3:30
North Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Alexis Stowell scored the goal for the Panthers off an assist from Emily Mastaj. Hana Caster scored from a Shannon Kingsley corner 12 minutes into the game. It was the first goal that Franklin has allowed this season. 

Taunton, 4 @ King Philip, 2 – Final

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 3 – Final –  Jacqueline Mills scored a brace and Francesca Calabraro added a third for OA. Delaney Benton, Erin Fitzgerald, and Sam Bamford had the assists for the Tigers and Regan Benton and Bethany Dunk shared the shutout. Milford coach Jay Mastaj noted that Gabby O’Neil and Brianna Braza played well for the Hawks.
Volleyball
Taunton, 3 vs. Coyle & Cassidy, 0 – Final

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/22/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
King Philip, 1 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – King Philip’s Ryan Ackles scored the late equalizer to earn the Warriors a point on the road. Attleboro senior Junior Coca put the Bombardiers up in the first half.
Mansfield, 2 vs. Catholic Memorial, 0 – Final – Ryan Amaral broke open a scoreless game in the 72nd minute off an assist from Jared Miller and then Miller converted a penalty kick just four minutes later to double the Hornets’ lead. Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net for his eighth shutout of the season. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 5 @ King Philip, 2 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored two second half goals, including the game-winner, in the final four minutes to lead Attleboro to the win. Paige Medeiros had two assists and Jessica Bishop scored her first varsity goal for the Bombardiers. Cassie Vivar and Hannah Meier also scored for Attleboro. With the score 3-2, Madison Brown stopped a penalty kick and the rebound. Rachel Hogan and Elizabeth Cooley had the goals for the Warriors. 

Franklin, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – Victoria Stowell scored from the penalty spot and Megan Georges had Franklin’s second goal on an assist by Maddie Connelly.
Volleyball
King Philip, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – King Philip picked up the sweep on the road, 25-14, 25-23, 25-9. Carly Adams had 10 service points in game one, including six aces, Emma Lopez had six service points and three aces in game two and Gwen Uyrus had nine service points with three aces in game three. Micaela Murray added six service points, including two aces, in game three.

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final – The Bulldogs got the sweep at home, 25-19, 25-14, 25-20. Rye Verille had nine kills and Elizabeth Hamilton had eight kills, 10 aces and nine digs. Head coach Pat Cawley said Sarah Reissfelder, Emma Gobbi, Emma Murphy and Kelly Dever all had strong play at the net.

Foxboro, 0 @ Stoughton, 3 – Final – Stoughton picked up the win 25-20, 25-23, 25-19. Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight kills, seven blocks, 16 digs and six service points, Bianca DeSousa added 10 assists, seven service points (five aces) and 10 digs and Ava Siegel had 15 service points, seven digs, and four kills.

Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Sam Campbell and Rose Morrisette both played strong defense for the Panthers and each had key serving runs in the fifth set to lead Franklin. Dayna McCue had 43 serve receivers, 21 digs and four aces, Aubrie Kutil had 12 kills and a pair of digs and Beth Neal had 18 assists, eight kills, four aces and a pair of blocks.

North Attleboro, 2 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win game four and then took care of business in the fifth set. The Hornets won 25-22, 19-25, 22-25, 29-27, 15-8. Sophomore Meg Hill led the offense with 17 kills and seven blocks, Sarah Mullahy had 12 kills and eight service points, Cathryn Heavey had 45 assists, 11 service points and 11 digs and Jess Haradon had 31 digs and 11 service points for Mansfield. 

Sharon @ Oliver Ames, 5:00
Field Hockey
King Philip, 2 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Alli Meehan put the Warriors up by a goal in the first half off an assist from Liz Furfari but Attleboro tied the game late in the second half off a goal from Kate LeBlanc on an assist from Grace Mayer. KP scored the game winner with 5:48 left when Christina Hathaway converted a penalty stroke.  

Milford, 0 @ Canton, 5 – Final – Canton junior Caroline Hagan recorded a hat trick in the win for the bulldogs. 
Foxboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalFoxboro qualified for the state tournament for the 14th straight year.
North Attleboro @ Mansfield, 3:30
Sharon, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 4 – Final – Kendall Clifford, Nadia Eldemery, Hannah Friend and Missy Krim each scored goals in the first half for Oliver Ames.

Hornets Beat Franklin, Seize Control of Kelley-Rex

By Lance Reynolds, HockomockSports.com Contributor
MANSFIELD, Mass. – Charlie Rogers’ goal in the fifth minute of Monday night’s Kelley-Rex clash between Mansfield and Franklin sure was a welcome sight for the struggling Hornet offense.
In the previous two games against Sharon and King Philip, Mansfield was held off the scoreboard so the Hornets knew a fast start was going to be needed against the Panthers.
Senior captain Jared Miller launched a 20 yard shot off of the crossbar and Rogers was in the right place at the right time as he was able to recover the ball and put it into the back of the net giving Mansfield a quick 1-0 lead.
“We talk all the time about following up each other’s shots and that’s what (Rogers) did,” Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan said.  “Jared took his shot, went off the crossbar, and Charlie was going right in and he was right there.”
Just two minutes into the second half, Miller recorded his second assist when he found senior Jack Reilly open from 15 yards out.  Reilly gathered the pass and rifled the shot to the far post of the goal giving the Hornets comfort room with a 2-0 lead.
“He’s (Miller) just coming back from a knee injury and I wasn’t sure if he was going to play before the game but he ended up playing a heck of a game,” Sheridan said of Miller’s performance. “I think he was more determined than ever for this game.  He was prepared for this game.”
Mansfield had several chances to increase their lead to three but the Franklin defense had other ideas.  In the 56th minute, Jareme DiLorenzo broke away from the pesky Panther defense and found Sean Lanzillo.  After a couple dribbles, Lanzillo fed Chris Elsner near the goal and Elsner took a chance at goal but Franklin goalie Henri Guilmette came up with the save.  Two minutes later in the 58th minute, Max Gurnon’s free kick went off the bar forcing a corner.  Elsner took the corner finding Miller but Guilmette dove to the right to stop the ball from going in.
From there, Franklin dominated possession time and gave Mansfield a scare.  Cam LeBlanc pulled the Panthers within a goal in the 61st minute.  LeBlanc came away with the ball after a scrum with the Hornet defense and shot it near the right post.
A minute later, Franklin had an opportunity to tie the score at two but Kevin Hall’s shot went just right of the net.  In the 67th minute, Patrick Kapples found LeBlanc on a cross but the ball, again, went right of the net.
The last real scoring threat came in the 78th minute.  After a Wesley Kozil throw-in resulted in a scrum in the box, Hatim Brahimi came away with the ball and took another chance at goal.  This time, however, the ball was over the bar.
“I knew that they were going to come out in the second half.  Tonight’s battle we were both tied for first place and whoever comes out of this game controls their own destiny for the rest of year with three games left.  I knew they were going to come out and thank God that Jack got that one goal right off the bat to give us a two goal cushion,” Sheridan said. “They pressed us and I went with five midfielders after we scored that goal just to try to control the midfield and that’s what it was, it was an extra defender in the midfield.”
Leading the Mansfield defense was senior captain Chris Elsner.  Whenever the Panthers got near striking distance, it seemed as though Elsner was always finding a way to break up the scrums and give the ball back to the Hornets with clearances.  In addition to his tenacious defense, Elsner had several attacking throw-ins but the Hornets weren’t able to make the most of them.
“That’s what his job is – to control the midfield and help us move up when he can and his big throws have been key,” Sheridan said of Elsner. “We’ve scored a lot off of his throws but unfortunately we didn’t get any today.  His defense has been rock solid and we can’t ask for anything more from him.”
The win clinches the Hornets a spot in the tournament as well as giving them the sole lead for first place in the Kelley-Rex.
“It feels great.  We’ve finally got enough points, we qualified for the tournament and hopefully we can hold (Franklin) off for the league.  I feel really good about the tournament,” Sheridan said. “I said that was our number one goal was to just qualify for the tournament.  If we can get our offense going, I like our chances.”
Mansfield (8-3-2) hosts North Attleboro on Friday while Franklin (8-5) travels to Xaverian for a non-league game on Wednesday.

Quick Strikes Give Foxboro Road Win at Mansfield

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
MANSFIELD, Mass. – One minute, Mansfield held a 1-0 lead.
The next minute, Foxboro was suddenly in control with a 2-1 lead.
The Warriors scored twice in a one minute span in the first half and then added two more in the second to pick up a 4-2 win on the road.
Mansfield took a lead just over five minutes into the game. A free kick from junior Max Gurnon from his own half sailed over Foxboro’s backline. Junior James Chotkowski sprinted in and as it bounced up off the turf, got his head to ball, beating Foxboro goalie Clay Leopold. The ball was able to trickle over the line just before Foxboro’s defense could clear it out.
The lead would last just less than five minutes though. Sophomore Shawn McNamara looped in a service from the right side to the far post where Foxboro senior Devante Teixeira found himself all alone to put the ball into the net.
Less than a minute later, the Warriors found the back of the net again and took the lead for good. Teixeira raced past his man down the left flank and put in a low service that junior Anthony Barreira was able to tap in
“We’re human so we make mistakes,” Foxboro head coach Joe Franchino said of the opening goal. “So the thing was how we responded. We came back and scored two quick games. I told them at halftime we’re going to make mistakes just don’t make the same ones twice and the way they responded was phenomenal. They could very well have put their heads down but they responded real well.
“hat’s the character of this team. They didn’t let down, they just kept fighting and it paid off quickly. [Mansfield] is good, hardworking team and we were able to open them up and pass the ball and get some chances.”
Foxboro nearly extended its lead in the 18th minute when sophomore Joe Morrison saw his header from a corner go just over the bar. Mansfield almost leveled the match in 24th minute when Jared Miller put a cross through the middle but it was just out of the reach of Kevin Bouck.
It didn’t take long for Foxboro to tack on antoher goal to its lead when the teams came out for the second half. A perfectly weighted pass from Barreira put Teixeira in on the left side of the area and he went in on goal and finished his tight angle chance in the 47th minute.
With just under 10 minutes to play,Teixeira and Barreira hooked up once again. The Warriors’ had their corner cleared away but it went right back to Teixeira, who drove in a cross that was headed in by Barreira.
“We just try to open up and get some passing lanes,” Franchino said. “We’re a good passing team and we’ve got some talent. It looked like we frustrated them at the end. I thought overall we had the better of the play.
“I think if we can defend well as a team we’re going to be in a lot of games, I know we can score goals.”
Mansfield got on the board again with just over two minutes to play. Foxboro goalie Aaron Wentling was whistled for a foul while he had possession of the ball and Mansfield was awarded a penalty kick. Miller stepped up and calmly placed his low shot down the middle.
Foxboro’s four goals was the highest that the Hornets defense had allowed all season, having given up just four goals through its first 10 games.
The Warriors (8-1) will host King Philip on Thursday before traveling to Oliver Ames on Thursday in a key Davenport Division match. Mansfield (7-2-2) will try to get back into the win column with a trip to Sharon on Tuesday.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

Saturday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/10/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
Taunton, 14 @ Mansfield, 32 – Final
Boys Soccer
Foxboro, 4 @ Mansfield, 2 – FinalDevante Teixeira scored a pair of goals and had two assists for Foxboro. Anthony Barreira scored the other two for the Warriors. James Chotkowski opened the scoring for Mansfield, assisted by Max Gurnon, and Jared Miller added a penalty kick in the final 10 minutes.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 2 vs. New Bedford, 1 – FinalRebekah Entwistle scored with 10 seconds left in the game on assist from Cassandra Vivar to give Attleboro its third straight win. Entwistle also scored the tying goal in the second half off an assist from Paige Medeiros. Madison Brown made eight saves to preserve the win.
Foxboro @ Walpole, 7:00

Canton, Mansfield Battle to Scoreless Draw At Gillette

Mansfield's Jack Reilly and Canton's Matas Leveckis go up for a header in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Mansfield’s Jack Reilly and Canton’s Matas Leveckis go up for a header in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
FOXBORO, Mass. – They are always worth one point but in the game of soccer, there are good ties and there are bad ties.
Canton and Mansfield battled for 80 minutes but neither side could find the back of the net in a 0-0 draw at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday.
So what this a good or bad draw? Depends on who you ask.
“I thought it was a fine result for us,” Canton head coach Danny Erickson said. “We really wanted to win that game. We thought we had them on their heels for most of the second half, at least the last 20-25 minutes. They’re a very good team, they’re tough and strong. They dominated quite a bit of the play in the first half, I thought we played quite poorly in the first half and couldn’t put anything together. I think we settled down in the second half, withstood a pretty good attack from them in the first 10 minutes of the second half and once we got one chance, we loosened up and I thought we played great.
“So was it a good tie or a bad tie? I’m sure the first place team in the Kelley-Rex thinks it was a bad tie. I don’t think it was a good tie for us, but it was a fair result tonight. We got better tonight and we got better as the game went on and we’re hoping that will continue.”
Mansfield, who was coming off its first loss of the season, was unable to find the back of the net for the second consecutive game.
“A tie,” Mansfield head coach Steve Sheridan said when asked if it was good or bad. “I wouldn’t take anything away from that program but we expected to win so I’ll classify it as not a good tie.
“We just couldn’t finish. It’s been our problem all year. We may be 7-1-2 but we can’t finish and that’s not going to be good in the tournament.”
The Hornets controlled the majority of the first half but couldn’t cash in, despite a good chance in the first five minutes and then two more in the final five minutes of the opening half.
Mansfield senior Jack Reilly gained possession in the center of the pitch shortly over midfield and was able to carry the ball into the attacking third. Reilly then played a through ball that senior Charlie Rogers ran onto in the area and fired a one time shot but Canton goalie Abe Garber was off his line and blocked the shot wide.
Mansfield had a handful of corners and long throw ins, which is what they have used to create a lot of their chances so far this year, but Canton’s back line and Garber dealt with all of them.
In the 37th minute, Mansfield’s Chris Elsner served in a cross to the near post that James Chotkowski got on the end of but his touch went wide. In the final minute of the half, senior Jared Miller used a clever chip to get past a defender and into the area and slid a pass across to Sean Lanzillo, but Canton defender Paolo Ruggeri was able to get there first and push the attempt wide.
“I was very proud of how was defended all night long,” Erickson said. “I thought the whole 80 minutes we defended well and we defended restarts well. Physically we aren’t what they are so it was a big challenge. I thought we had to defend a lot less when we started to play a bit more.”
Mansfield nearly cashed in the 63rd mintue after a long throw from Max Gurnon bounced around in the area before sophomore Nick Hyland placed a shot on goal but Garber was in good position for the save.
“I’m very proud of the guys,” Erickson said. “We played poorly in the first half. I would guess they had 15 corners tonight which is an insanely high tonight and we stood strong on everyone of them. Our goalkeeper Abe Garber deserves a good tip of the hat tonight, it was his first career shutout. Certainly a good place to get it. We would have loved to get a goal and we thought we had three really good chances in the last 10-15 minutes and we were hoping to win that game.”
The final 15 minutes belonged to the Bulldogs. A shot in the 75th minute that would have likely tested Mansfield goalie Michael Kirejczyk at the bottom corner was blocked by a defense. In the 77th minute, sophomore Jake Verille took the ball down the left sideline and whipped in a cross but it was just out of the rest of freshman Paul Corcoran at the far post.
Although Mansfield was unable to score, the backline of Elsner, Gurnon, Hyland, Harry Braidt along with Kirejczyk notched the team’s seventh shutout of the season in 10 games played. After surrendering four goals in the team’s appearance at Gillette last season against Foxboro, it was a better showing in 2015.
“It was nice to have a clean sheet,” Sheridan said. “Last year, we were way too hyped and they scored a couple goals in the first few minutes. This time it was more like a business meeting, we were calm defensively the whole game we just couldn’t get our offense going.”
Canton (3-5-2, 3-4-2) will look to conclude what has been a strong week with another good result on Friday with a trip to Franklin. Mansfield (7-1-2, 7-1-1) will look to get back in the win column on Saturday when they host Foxboro on Saturday afternoon.
Ryan Lanigan can be contacted at RyanLanigan@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @R_Lanigan.

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. 

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

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

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

Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

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

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