Missed Opportunities Hurt Sharon in Loss to Pembroke

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Sharon’s Ben Stamm challenges for a long throw-in in the second half against Pembroke. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com
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SHARON, Mass. – The opportunities were there, but unfortunately the finishing wasn’t for Sharon on Sunday afternoon.

The Eagles had the advantage in possession and chances created but couldn’t take advantage. Meanwhile, Pembroke was efficient in the offensive third, making the most of their opportunities and picked up a 3-1 win over the Eagles.

While both sides had chances early on – Pembroke’s Cory Arscott’s header pushed aside by Sharon keeper Ethan Kantor in the 5th minute and Sharon’s Andrew Reyes-Jones having his shot blocked by a scrambling Pembroke keeper Dan O’Neill both inside the first 10 minutes – it took until after the Titans to score for the Eagles to settle in.

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“They capitalized on our mistakes, I thought we controlled the majority of the possession,” Sharon head coach Bryan Kelly said. “But sometimes that third or final pass wasn’t there and that’s where they got us a couple of times. They didn’t have much in the midfield, they were all about counter attacks and that’s where they scored. They weren’t a possessive team, they liked to get one or two passes and then get it up and they caught us on our heels a couple of times.”

After Sharon had an offensive possession thwarted, Pembroke jumped out on the counter with Nathan Horner grabbing possession on the right sideline. After a couple of touches to get into the attacking third, Horner launched a shot to the far post that just eluded Kantor’s leap and found the side netting to give the visitors a 1-0 lead.

The Eagles used long throw-ins from Tyler Hippler to generate some chances but a handful of opportunities bounced through the area without a Sharon player getting a clean touch. In the 37th minute, Sharon freshman Michael Baur did get on the end of a throw from Hippler but O’Neil did well to stop the chance.

“We had so many opportunities in the first half…balls right in front of the goal,” Kelly said. “Their goalie was outstanding, he made some great saves. If we finished…I mean I think we had way more opportunities going to goal than they did but it was just one of those games we couldn’t find the back of the net. I have to give it to my players, they played hard, they played great. But the name of the game is putting it in the back of the net.”

While Sharon had a strong start to the second half, Pembroke grabbed the all-important next goal in the 50th minute. Christian Pulselli played a through ball behind the defense to Sal Perrotto. Kantor made the initial stop charging out but the rebound went right back off Perrotto and found the back of the net.

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Sharon nearly responded immediately when O’Neil dove out to punch a corner kick from Baur. The ball ended up at the feet of Ian Camilli, who uncorked a shot from inside the area but O’Neil was back in position and handled the strike.

Pembroke iced the game in the 60th minute when Roman Frattasio was able to generate some space along the left wing and hit a shot that snuck in at the near post.

The Eagles pushed numbers forward at the end and were able to draw a penalty kick in the final minute. Jeffrey Gao, who drew the foul, buried the penalty to the bottom left to make it 3-1.

Sharon boys soccer finishes the season at 11-4-4 and as the 2016 Hockomock League Davenport Division Champions. It was the program’s first league title since 1994.

“We’re getting better every year. My first year and second year we had away games for playoffs, this year we had a home game,” Kelly said. “Hopefully next year we get that first round win that’s eluded us. This program is great, this team was great this year. Our season was awesome, first time in a long time we won a league title. They have all of that to be proud of.”

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Eagles Win at Canton to Clinch State Tournament Berth

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Andrew Reyes-Jones celebrates the game-winning goal against Canton on Saturday afternoon that sealed a state tournament berth for the Eagles. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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CANTON, Mass. – Two days of rain forced the game to be moved from its home field, but Sharon did not seem bothered by having to play at Canton for a second time or to be without two of its starting midfielders.

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The Eagles locked down defensively, with keeper Ethan Kantor largely untroubled by the Canton attack, and got second half goals from Andrew Reyes-Jones and Ben Stamm to walk away with a 2-0 victory that clinched a spot in the state tournament and extended Sharon’s lead in the Davenport division to four points over the Bulldogs.

“We’ve been talking about the importance of getting these two points,” said Sharon coach Bryan Kelly. “This puts us in. That’s great; now we’re playing for seeding.”

The weather forced the game to be played on Canton’s turf pitch rather than the grass at Sharon and that decision looked prescient when the skies opened up during warmups and the pitch was deluged by rain through almost the entire first half.

The downpour had its effect on the opening 40 minutes with the ball skidding around and both teams struggling to create any scoring chances from open play. Both teams relied on set pieces to get the ball into the attacking third with Sharon’s TTyler Hippler sending in a number of long free kicks and long throws into the box.

Canton’s best chances fell to Jake Verille in the 19th minute and to Sam Papakonstantino a minute later but the first effort sliced wide and the second was easily held by Kantor. That would be the lone save that the Sharon keeper was forced to make.

“We had no attack today,” admitted Canton coach Danny Erickson. “They pressured very well and we didn’t handle it. Tackles were all Sharon, everything in both boxes were Sharon and they clearly deserved to win today.”

The best chance of the opening half came on a Hippler throw that fell to Jeffrey Gao, who managed to flick a shot to the far corner where Canton keeper Abe Garber was able to tip it around the post. On the ensuing corner Shalin Patel headed over.

The sun came out just before halftime and the Eagles seemed to gain energy from the changing weather. The second half saw Sharon push forward and look far more dangerous in the attacking third.

“We’ve been looking for the diagonal ball and we haven’t been hitting it, so we just need to continue to do that and win the ball,” said Kelly about the second half surge. “We weren’t doing much in the first half and once we started to do that in the second half the game really changed.”

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That change in momentum created the opening goal nine minutes after the break. Hippler squared a pass from the right into Stamm on the edge of the box and he turned his defender before laying the ball into the path of Reyes-Jones. The junior took a touch past his marker before firing a shot inside the far post for what turned out to be the game-winner.

“Ben Stamm was the difference tonight,” Kelly explained. “Getting that solid touch, the first-time ball, nice turn on it to Andy and Andy put it home. Without Ben in the middle there, it’s a different game.”

Six minutes after the goal, Reyes-Jones nearly played provider with a through ball to Spencer Hall but his shot was saved by Garber. Canton had only one clear chance from the run of play in the second half when Griffin Roach turned on the edge of the box after a Paul Corcoran throw but his shot slid wide of the post.

The only chances that Canton was able to manage came on free kicks and corners with Matas Leveckis having a couple of headers in the box that he was not able to put on target.

Erickson said, “Our only chances were on set pieces and we never really got any test on them. It was a tough one for us today.”

With the game winding down, Canton was caught with everyone up field and a quick ball played over the top sprung Stamm, who was onside because he started the run in his own half. Stamm beat Garber to the ball, touched it past the keeper and then walked it in for the goal that settled the game.

When asked if he felt a little better after the second goal, Kelly laughed and responded, “Absolutely, that second one was, thank you…thank you.”

Sharon qualified for the postseason for the third straight season. The past two years have seen the Eagles get knocked out on the road in the opening round and Kelly said that the team is intent on changing that this fall.

He said, “The important thing is my boys aren’t focused on that first game. We want to get through that first game, we don’t want it to end in the first game this year.”

Sharon (8-3-3, 7-3-3) will step outside the league on Monday to face Norwood, before getting back into Hockomock play against Stoughton the following day. A win against the Black Knights would clinch at least a share of the Davenport crown for the Eagles, the program’s first league title since back-to-back championships in 1993 and 1994.

Canton (6-5-4, 5-5-3) needs two points to clinch a spot in the postseason and will next face Foxboro on Tuesday night.

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Wedneday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/28/16

Today’s games are selected.

Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – Ahijah Joseph gave Attleboro the lead with an 18th minute goal, an advantage the Bombardiers took into the halftime break. Franklin senior Hatim Brahimi found the equalizer in the 69th minute to level the scoring.

Canton, 3 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Canton sophomore Paolo Ruggeri scored in the final minutes of the came to complete the Bulldogs’ comeback. Foxboro’s Anthony Barreira and Jeff Melo scored goals in the first half as the Warriors took a 2-0 lead into halftime. But Canton senior Ben Waterhouse cut into the lead with a goal in the 52nd minute and sophomore Paul Corcoran tied the game in the 55th minute. Ruggeri was able to convert with under two minutes to play for the game winner.

King Philip, 2 @ Mansfield, 0 – Final Sophomore Tony Bozza netted his first career goal in the opening minutes of the contest off an assist from Thomas Lugten and Lugten doubled the lead before the halfway mark of the first half to lead King Philip. Bozza used a one time finish off a pass from Lugten to put KP up 1-0 in the 2nd minute. Lugten then took a flick from Colby Koch and tucked his chance into the net from inside the area. KP head coach Nick Gale said his back four of Jack Bush, Cam Mullins, Ryan Coulter and Larsen Keys had a strong defensive game in front of goalie Eli O’Neill, who had a strong game against Mansfield’s set pieces.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Milford, 2 – Final Pedro Sampaio netted a pair of second half goals to lead the Scarlet Hawks to their second straight win. Sampaio converted a penalty kick to put Milford up 1-0 and then carried possession across the edge of the area before firing in his second of the game.

Taunton, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final Joe Cerqueira and Nathaniel Cardoza each scored in the first half for Oliver Ames. James Gillespie assisted on Cerqueira’s goal and Chris Lawrence set up Cardoza’s goal.

Stoughton, 2 @ Sharon, 4 – Final – Sharon cashed in on a pair of corner kicks to build a 2-0 lead at halftime and converted on a free kick for a 3-0 advantage early in the second half. Andrew Reyes Jones opened the scoring, converting a corner from Michael Baur. Jeffrey Gao doubled the lead, finishing off another corner from Baur. Ben Stamm headed home a free kick from Ian Camilli to make it 3-0. Stoughton responded with a pair of goals with sophomore Fabio Ponce De Leon finishing a lofted pass from Tyler Melo coming first and Jordan Asnes finishing a cross from Goddy Fombe to make it 3-2. Camilli iced the game with his second point of the game with a strike from just outside the area to cap the scoring.

Girls Soccer
Franklin, 3 @ Attleboro, 0 – FinalMiranda Smith scored twice and assisted on the third goal for the Panthers. Jess Kroushl added a goal and an assist and Emily Mastaj had an assist for Franklin.

Foxboro, 0 @ Canton, 2 – Final

Mansfield, 5 @ King Philip, 1 – Final – Emma Oldow scored once and had two assists, Allee Bezeau netted a pair of goals and Emma Goulet and Steph Kemp each scored once and had an assist in Mansfield’s win. Avery Snead scored for King Philip.

Milford, 1 @ North Attleboro, 1 – FinalMilford converted a corner kick to pick up a tie on the road at North Attleboro. Nicole Dahlgren scored off of Maddie Boyle’s corner for the Scarlet Hawks. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj praised the two-way play of Ashleigh Starks and Maggie Boyle.

Oliver Ames, 3 @ Taunton, 1 – FinalAnna Tempestoso, Kiana Lozzi and Abby Reardon were the goal scorers for OA and Zoe Chazon added two assists for the Tigers. Samantha Tichelaar scored for Taunton.

Sharon, 11 @ Stoughton, 1 – FinalSharon’s Alex Rabb registered her third hat trick of the season to lead the Eagles while Ally Filipkowski, Jessie Tarnoff and Amanda Klayman each scored two goals apiece. Ally Steinberg and Maxine Gordon each scored once for Sharon.

Volleyball
Mansfield, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalMansfield picked up a 25-16, 20-25, 28-26, 25-19 win on the road at Oliver Ames. Olivia Broyles had nine blocks and four kills for the Hornets while Chloe Peters added 20 service points and Jess Haradon and Jacey Anderson combined for 20 digs. Oliver Ames’ Bridget McCarthy had 27 assists and five aces and Maya Fetcho added 11 kills.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 2 – FinalSharon junior Jess Allan led the Eagles’ offense with nine kills and Cori Jermyn added seven kills.

Field Hockey
Attleboro, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – Final

Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalMaggie Malloy accounted for all of the scoring in the game, scoring a hat trick to lead the Bulldogs.

North Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final Jaclyn Brion scored the lone goal of the game with eight minutes remaining to earn Foxboro’s fifth straight victory.

Mansfield, 4 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game. Click here for a photo gallery.

Milford, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final

King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – FinalClick here for a recap from the game.

Golf
Sharon, 181 @ Stoughton, 192 – FinalMax Avratin was the match medalist, shooting a low-round of 44 to lead Sharon. Cam Doherty and Zach Gay led Stoughton, both shooting a round of 47.

Taunton, 191 @ Milford, 154 – Final Three Milford golfers broke 40 on the day to pace the Scarlet Hawks to the win. Ryan Tomaso carded a low round of 35 while Anthony Arcudi shot 38 and Tylor Renaud carded a round of 39.

Canton, 153 @ North Attleboro, 149 – Final – Four different golfers shot under 40 for the Rocketeers to edge Canton in a key Davenport division showdown. Robbie Congdon shot a 36, David Colasanti shot a 37 and Dylan Kane and Tyler Sinacola both shot 38 in the win. Canton’s Matt Minichiello was the match medalist, carding a low round of 35.

Cross Country
Boys
Sharon, 22 @ Canton, 33 – Final

Girls
Sharon, 15 @ Canton, 49 – Final