Taunton’s Wentworth Finds a Home In the Endicott Goal

Kayla Wentworth
Taunton grad Kayla Wentworth has found a home at Endicott College and that translated into a strong season in goal, earning second-team all-conference honors. (David Le/Endicott College Athletics)

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It has been a winding road for Kayla Wentworth since she graduated from Taunton High. After helping the Tigers make not only their first-ever playoff appearance but also earn their first-ever state tournament victory, the talented goalkeeper had the opportunity to play Div. I college soccer.

Playing for a Div. I program is the dream of just about every high school player that laces up their boots each fall, but the reality of playing at that level and the singular focus that many, if not most, Div. I programs require of their student-athletes isn’t for everyone.

Sometimes, you just need to find the place where you feel comfortable and happy.

After a year at Iona College (New Rochelle, N.Y.), where she admitted struggling with the coach, Wentworth gave Div. I a second chance with a transfer closer to home to play at UMass Lowell. She stayed for one semester in Lowell before making a second switch, heading to Beverly in the spring of 2018 to attend Endicott College.

It is a move that has worked out on and off the pitch.

“It’s good to find a home,” said Wentworth in a phone call ahead of Endicott’s Commonwealth Coast Conference (CCC) tournament opener against Western New England. “Here I have a great group of friends, soccer is just the right amount, our coaches are really good, really supportive, academics are great, everything is here is more like home than my other schools.”

Wentworth has certainly made the most of her time with the Gulls, earning a second team all-conference nod after leading the league with a 0.72 goals against average. She recorded six clean sheets in her first season with the Gulls and led Endicott to the top seed in the CCC tournament.

“I think it’s really important to just be yourself in order to play better,” she explained. “If you’re not comfortable where you are, then you’re not going to play well.”

When asked about the demands of playing at the Div. I level, Wentworth, who is a psychology major and wants to attend med school, noted that everything took a backseat to soccer. As much as she loves the game, she also had to be realistic about where her career was headed and the important of academics.

“I love soccer, so that wasn’t really part of it, but when you play Div. I you find that’s your life,” she said. “Realistically, after college I’m not going to go play professionally, so there was no reason for that to be the only thing in my life.”

Unlike when she transferred to UMass Lowell, Wentworth joined Endicott in the spring. It afforded her the time to get acclimated with the campus, her classes, and with her new teammate. She took advantage of the extra time to become comfortable with her situation.

She also benefited from being the lone goalie in the spring, with the Gulls adding two freshman to the roster this fall. For the first time since leaving Taunton, Wentworth had control of the No. 1 jersey and was between the posts for every game. All soccer players, but particularly goalkeepers, rely on confidence to perform at their best and Wentworth felt the confidence growing with each appearance.

“The other two goalies with me are freshmen, so I knew that I had a shot at the job, but I still had to work for it,” she said. “The goalie position is more mental and knowing that they have the confidence to put me on the field every game definitely boosted my confidence. It makes me play better.”

At the time of the interview, Wentworth was preparing for the tournament opener and she was counting on her high school experiences to help her handle playoff pressure. Wentworth was the goalie for the only Taunton girls’ team to make the postseason and she helped the Tigers go on the road to beat Wellesley for the program’s first playoff win.

It is an experience that still resonates for the players that were part of it.

“We’re all still really good friends and looking back on it I even cry sometimes,” she said. “I don’t think Taunton will ever see another team that was that much of a family and that determined to get to the playoffs and get the job done. We made history and that’s something I’m never going to forget.”

Unfortunately, Endicott didn’t experience the same success in the tournament. The Gulls were beaten on penalties after 110 scoreless minutes, despite putting eight shots on goal and holding WNE to just one. It was the fourth straight year that the Gulls had the season end at the semifinal stage.

It wasn’t the ending that Endicott was looking for, but Wentworth knows that the team is in a good place and, more importantly that she is too. After two years of searching for the right place to play, the best fit for her, Wentworth has found a home in Beverly and she is brimming with confidence after a successful fall.

“Coming in I did have a lot of goals for myself because I had played at two other schools,” she reflected, “and I obviously didn’t have the chance to earn those honors there. Looking back, I’m kind of surprised with myself because I actually did it and my confidence shot up.”

She added, “Coming into a team that was already successful was very nerve-wracking, but I’ve definitely succeeded here and I think it’s gratifying to see that and know that those changes were the right decision. It’s nice to be able to step back and reflect and see that it all worked out.”

Tigers Make History With Tournament Win

Sam Tichelaar
Sam Tichelaar (11) scored two goals to lift Taunton to a win in the program’s first ever state tournament game. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

WELLESLEY, Mass. – Just two seasons ago, the Taunton girls’ soccer program won a single game. Last year, the Tigers improved to six wins and on Wednesday afternoon at Sprague Field the program made history when it kicked off against Wellesley in its first ever state tournament game.

Thanks to a brace from sophomore Samantha Tichelaar and a goal and an assist from senior Alana Vincent, the Tigers continued their historic run with a 3-1 victory in the preliminary round of the Div. 1 South sectional.

“For the seniors, we’ve all been playing with this program for five years,” said senior goalie Kayla Wentworth, “so it’s kind of crazy. I’m proud of my team for working so hard.

She added, “It just shows how hard work pays off.”

Taunton coach Edith Dixon also remarked on the work that the players have put in over the past two years to not only be competitive with the top teams in the Hockomock but also to now have success in the state tournament.

“On one side it’s great that we’re moving forward and we’re progressing with our talent and all that,” she explained, “but the bigger picture is that these girls are being rewarded for all the work that they’ve put in.”

“They’ve worked their tail off over the summer and the early part of fall and they’re seeing reward for the work that they put in, which is all the life lesson you can ask for.”

If the Tigers had any nerves stepping into their first postseason game, they did not show any in the early going. Abby Small forced an earl save with a curled free kick from the edge of the box and Vincent nearly opened the scoring when she ran onto a flicked header by Tichelaar and had her shot deflect narrowly wide.

In the 12th minute, Taunton got the lead. Vincent played a corner from the near sideline that curled to the back post where Tichelaar was on hand to knock it in with her knee.

“It’s really important to get their confidence up, keep moving forward and really get the momentum started and to establish that the other team is going to have to chase us,” said Dixon about the opening goal.

The Raiders started to get into the game with Kayleigh Harris having the home team’s first chance on a corner but she skied the loose ball over the bar. Shortly after, the Raiders took a timeout midway through the first half to settle things down.

Taunton nearly doubled it’s lead just minutes after the timeout, but Small’s dipping free kick hit the underside of the bar and the officials ruled that it did not cross the goal line. The ball bounced to Tichelaar but her header went wide of the far post.

The miss hurt as the Raiders almost immediately equalized. A Wellesley counterattack caught the Tigers back line square and Emmaline Ivey ran onto a ball over the top and was one-on-one with Wentworth. Ivey took a couple touches before firing a shot into the side-netting.

The goal slowed the Tigers attack for a few minutes but Taunton recovered and once again started to put pressure on the Raiders defense with quick outlet passes into Mariah O’Gara, Vincent and Tichelaar.

Five minutes before the break Vincent ran onto a through ball in the right channel and carried the ball towards the byline. From a very acute angle, the Tigers leading scorer fired a shot through the Wellesley keeper and inside the far post to make it 2-1.

“Once they did score…we didn’t turtle up,” said Dixon. “We kept moving forward and when we did get ahead by one they kept pushing.”

“This was a great big character win for the team across the board and I’m really proud of them right now.”

Even with Small hobbled and forced to stalk the sidelines with a giant bag of ice on her knee, Taunton came out strong in the second half. Just nine minutes after the break, Maggie Sullivan took a shot from distance that bounced up and over the Wellesley keeper. Tichelaar read the bounce and was first to the loose ball for her second goal and a two-goal advantage for the Tigers.

“Ugly goals count just as much as pretty goals, so I’ll take it,” joked Dixon.

Wentworth was nearly beaten by a similar bounce just minutes later as she stared into the sun trying to read a free kick by Lucy Acuna. Luckily for the Tigers, the ball bounced up off the bar and out.

The game was physical throughout with neither team backing down. Wentworth would make six saves but the Taunton defense, led by senior Emily Serpa, kept chances to a minimum to run out the clock on a historic win for the program.

Now, the Tigers (9-8-3) can turn their sights to facing No. 1 seed Bishop Feehan on Friday. The Tigers seem ready to go and looking forward to the challenge.

“The phrase we’re using right is playing with house money,” said Dixon. “Yes Feehan is great, but we’re pretty stinking good too. We’re going to give them a tough game. It’s not going to be a rollover; they’re going to have to work for it.”

Wentworth added, “I know that no matter what team we play that we can hang with them. We won’t go down without a fight; we’ll keep going.”

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

Monday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/05/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 2 – FinalSan Papakonstantino scored both goals for the Bulldogs in the win.
Mansfield, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalOA senior Chris Romero flicked in Matt Campbell, who netted his first goal of the year for the Tigers in a battle of division leaders.
Sharon, 0 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional, 1 – Final

Taunton, 1 vs. New Bedford, 2 – FinalAustin Botelho scored the lone goal for Taunton on an assist by Derek Pereira. 
Girls Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Attleboro, 2 – FinalChloe Vieira scored the first goal for the Bombardiers off an assist by Breanna Eddy. Paige Medeiros scored the winner with a 20-yard free kick that went in off the post. Madison Brown made 10 saves to get the win.
King Philip, 1 @ Hopedale, 2 – Hopedale scored four minutes into the game, but 11 minutes later Rachel Hogan equalized for KP off and assist by Lauren Hehn. The hosts scored the winner with 90 seconds left. Emma Durant played well in net for the Warriors, according to head coach Gary Pichel.
Oliver Ames, 0 @ Mansfield, 0 – FinalRegan Benton and Bethany Dunk split time in goal for the Tigers and Emily Gaumond picked up the clean sheet for the Hornets. 
Sharon, 2 vs. Shepherd Hill Regional 2 – FinalAlly Steinberg scored a pair of goals in the final six minutes of the game to earn a draw for the Eagles. The first goal was a header off a cross by Alex Miller and the second on a low cross to the edge of the 6-yard box by Victoria Zambello with only a few minutes left in the game.
Taunton, 4 @ New Bedford, 0 – FinalAlana Vincent, Mariah O’Gara, Olivia Sweeney, and Mariah Dwyer scored the goals for the Tigers. O’Gara also added an assist as did Amanda Pugh. Kayla Wenworth made three saves for the shutout.
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ Canton, 3 – Final The Bulldogs won 25-7, 25-10, 25-11. Elizabeth Hamilton led Canton with 14 kills, Olivia Devoe had 14 digs, and Cassie Loftus and Nicole Poole combined for 31 assists.
North Attleboro, 3 @ Foxboro, 0 – Final
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 2 – Final – Franklin was able to pick up a 25-18, 23-25, 22-25, 25-17, 15-10 win on the road. Franklin’s Beth Neal had 14 kills, 14 assists and five blocks, Aubrie Kutil added 11 kills, Dayna McCue had 29 digs and eight aces and Sam Campbell added 16 digs, three kills and an ace for the Panthers.

King Philip, 3 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – King Philip picked a 25-13, 25-20, 25-23 sweep on the road. Micaela Murray had seven service points in the first game and finished with 10 digs, Carly Adams had nine service points in game two and Josie Rowean had 13 total kills and eight service points, including three aces, in game three.
Mansfield, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – FinalMansfield won 25-21, 26-24, 25-18. Catherine Heavey had 30 assists and 12 service points for the Hornets. Sarah Mullahy added seven kills and Jess Haradon had five kills, nine service points, and nine digs.
Field Hockey
Attleboro, 1 @ Canton, 4 – Final

North Attleboro, 2 @ Foxboro 3 – FinalMolly Manning, Lily Daly, and Meredith Cronin scored the goals for Foxboro. 
Franklin, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Annie Walsh led Panthers with a goal and an assist. Cassi Ronan and Diana Griffin added the other two goals. Samantha Jones and Kate D’Entremont made one save each for the shutout.
King Philip, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Olivia Schlehuber scored the goal for the Black Knights, while Caitlin Donahue had the goal for the Warriors. Abby Campbell made 12 saves for KP and Kara Ploss made seven for Stoughton.

Mansfield, 2 @ Oliver Ames, 1 – FinalNicole Walker tied the game for the Tigers a minute after Mansfield took the lead. Cassie Gavin made 11 saves for OA in the loss.

Taunton @ Sharon, 4:00
Golf
Taunton, 159 @ North Attleboro, 144 – Final – North Attleboro was led by Dylan Kane with a 34. Tyler Sinacola shot a 35 for the Rocketeers, while Robbie Congdon had a 37 and Bryan Harris had a 38. Taunton was led by Justin Proto’s 36. The Tigers also got a 40 from Mike Volkmann, a 41 from Jason Stern and a 42 from Ryan Oberg.
Sharon, 165 @ Milford, 162 – FinalRyan Tomaso shot a three under par 32 to lead the the Hawks. Sharon was led by Max Avratin and Ryan Crooks, who each shot 39s.

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. 

Guertin Powers Rocketeers in Shootout With Taunton

Haley Guertin
North Attleboro sophomore Haley Guertin (7) scored a first half hat trick to power the Rocketeers past Taunton. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

NORTH ATTLEBORO, Mass. – North Attleboro had dominated possession for much of the first half, had the vast majority of the chances, and at one point held a three-goal lead, but with the first half winding down Taunton had cut the lead to just one goal and had the momentum.

Just moments before the half ended, sophomore Felicity Monfils flicked a pass from midfield between a pair of defenders to allow classmate Haley Guertin to run on to it. Guertin held off the defenders and managed to slide her shot just inside the far post to restore a two-goal lead.

It was Guertin’s third goal of the first half and turned out to be the game-winner, as North Attleboro pulled out a 5-3 victory over the Tigers on Friday afternoon at Thomas Kelly Field.

The opening 20 minutes was all North Attleboro. The Rocketeers front three of Haley Guertin in the middle, Monfils on the right and Hana Caster on the left, with Grace Guertin stepping forward from midfield, overwhelmed the Tigers defense early in the game.

It was Monfils who opened the scoring when Caster created space on the left and cut the ball back into the box for Grace Guertin, whose shot was blocked into the path of Monfils. The sophomore took a touch and buried her shot past Taunton keeper Kayla Wentworth.

“Felicity being only a sophomore and being pretty small, she gets the job done,” said first-year North coach Glenn Pasquel. “We go over this stuff over and over in practice and they get it.”

The Rocketeers were swarming the Taunton defense. Haley Guertin stole the ball off the center back and had a shot from 20 yards but it snuck wide. Just a minute later and she had her first goal.

Wentworth went out to the edge of her box to challenge Caster. An attempted pass was blocked to Shannon Kingsley and she looped a ball back across goal toward the far post. It may have snuck in either way, but Guertin took no chances and nodded home from a yard out to make it 2-0.

As the half approached its midway point, Caster switched to the right and sent in a cross that eluded Wentworth and found Guertin all alone at the far post for another tap in.

“We came out a little flat,” said Taunton coach Edith Dixon. “They do have some really good strikers up front, they move around, technically they’re a very savvy team.”

Trailing by three goals with the game not even 20 minutes old, Taunton could have given up and the game could have gotten out of hand. Instead, the Tigers found a goal and some momentum.

Mariah O’Gara threw a warning shot when a ball bounced over the North defense on a goal kick and her shot just missed at the near post. A minute later and Taunton broke quickly again with Sam Tichelaar springing Alan Vincent in the right channel. Her shot was saved by Kiersten Bixby into the path of O’Gara whose rebound attempt was also blocked but who scored on the second attempt.

“They gave us some opportunities,” said Dixon. “We took advantage of several, but couldn’t quite string together another two or three.”

The goal sparked Taunton with some help from Wentworth on the other end, who made seven saves in the first half alone to keep North at bay.

Tichelaar gave Taunton even more reason for optimism late in the half when she stole the ball from Rachel LaBonte and raced towards goal. The sophomore gave Bixby absolutely no chance with a fantastic finish under the bar and suddenly it was 3-2.

“The thing we worry about is teams like that who pop the ball over the top and chase after it,” said Pasquel. “That’s not our game. Playing against teams like that, they’re very dangerous.”

If North was starting to get nervous, Haley Guertin ended the concern right before halftime with a side-foot finish inside the far post for her hat trick.

“She’s a player and she knows how to finish,” said Pasquel. “I always say that Haley is that type of girl that you could drop a cone 50 yards away and she’ll drop it on top of that cone.”

Just two minutes into the second half and Guertin turned provider as her cross from the left was met by Caster in the middle. The senior settled it spun to her right foot and lifted it over Wentworth to make it 5-2.

Pasquel said, “Hana has the speed and we’re working on the moves now. I tell her that she’s got the whole package and she’s just got to finish the ball.”

The second half featured far less North possession than the first and far less chances for either team. Taunton did manage a third goal in the 60th miniute on a ball that bounced several times on the right edge of the box that was chased down by O’Gara. She stepped past her defender, saw that Bixby was anticipating a cross and fired a shot in at the near post.

It would be one of the last clear-cut chances for either team in the game, as North Attleboro worked to just see out the result.

Regardless of the loss, Dixon saw a different attitude from her team as it battled back from the early deficit in each half.

“A couple of years ago,” she explained, “they would’ve just gone into their shell and this would’ve ended 6-0, 7-0…but they stood their ground and kind of crept back into it.”

“We didn’t get quite as many chances as we needed at the end, but for the most part the girls that we had stepped up and showed a lot of emotional maturity.”

North Attleboro, still in high from its first win at Oliver Ames in 13 years, will get its first look at the King Philip turf on Monday. Taunton will look to bounce back against Attleboro.

Josh Perry can be contacted at JoshPerry@hockomocksports.com and followed on Twitter at @Josh_Perry10.

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

Below are today’s games.
Boys Soccer
Foxboro, 5 @ Attleboro, 3 – Final – Foxboro took a 3-1 lead into half before the Bombardiers came back to tie things up with just over 10 minutes to play on a goal from Zach Rodrigues. However, Foxboro’s Devante Teixeira scored his third and fourth goals inside the final 10 minutes to lift the Warriors. Anthony Barreira assisted on all four of Teixeira’s goals and scored a goal himself. 
Canton, 2 @ North Attleboro, 2 – Final – The Rocketeers rallied from a two goal deficit with a goal midway through the second half and then in the final seconds to secure a point. Canton senior Joey Basile put the Bulldogs up on an assist from sophomore Ben Waterhouse just over 10 minutes into the game and then freshman Griffin Roach netted his first career goal to make it 2-0 Canton. North replied just two minutes later behind a goal from Zach Matracia and then Gabe Pinhancos knotted the score at two in the final seconds on a free kick.

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Franklin, 0 – Final OA sophomore Cameron Vella and senior Chris Romero scored second half goals to lift the Tigers. Max Bamford and Romero each had an assist in the game. Head coach John Barata said Keegan Nutt and Nathaniel Cardoza played great in the middle. Jack Carroll recorded his first career shutout for OA.
Sharon, 2 @ King Philip, 4 – Final – King Philip’s Tyler Mann opened the scoring on an assist from Clay Geuss and then added another goal to give the Warriors a 3-2 lead at the break. Will Weir had the other first half goal for KP on an assist from Cam Mullins. KP’s Paul Kelley scored the lone goal of the second half. 
Milford, 0 @ Mansfield, 1 – Final – Mansfield’s Jack Reilly scored the lone goal of the game for the Hornets to open the season with a win. Six minutes into the second half, Mansfield’s Brad Eames’ corner found Chris Elsner, who deflected it on to Reilly for the tap in. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Taunton, 1 – Final – Taunton’s Sean Crowley put home side up a goal in the 13th minute. Stoughton’s Will Peoples converted from the penalty spot for the Black Knights in the 40th minute to level the game. 
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 0 @ Foxboro, 2 – Final – Hannah Burns opened the scoring for the Warriors and Hailey Maling added a second goal on an assist from Kristen Bortolotti. 
North Attleboro, 2 @ Canton, 3 – Final Riley Duserick, Julia Hamilton and Casey Bradley all scored for the Bulldogs. North Attleboro’s Haley Guertin scored to cut the deficit to 2-1 on an assist from Grace Guertin. Emily Schramm scored North’s second goal on an assist from Haley Guertin. 

Franklin, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 0 – Final
King Philip, 0 @ Sharon, 2 – Final – Sharon’s Victoria Zambello opened the scoring for the Eagles just over 10 minutes into the game and Ally Steinberg added a second-half tally for the Eagles. Natalie Gray made nine saves in goal for Sharon. KP’s Maggie Hall recorded four saves. 
Mansfield, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Mansfield’s Jen Kemp scored a brace as the Hornets opened the season with a shutout win. Kemp headed home a corner in the first half and then chipped the keeper for the second goal. Milford coach Jay Mastaj said Nichole Dahlgren played well defensively and Emily Duquette made eight saves in net.

Taunton, 1 @ Stoughton, 0 – Final – Abby Small scored her first goal of the season and the Tigers picked up a season-opening win. Kayla Wentworth had eight saves for the shutout in net. Stoughton’s goalie Marissa Williams also made eight saves in goal. 
Volleyball
Foxboro, 3 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final

Canton, 3 @ North Attleboro, 1 – Final – North Attleboro picked up a win 28-26 in the first set but the Bulldogs rallied to get care of business the next three sets (25-8, 25-15, 25-16). Elizabeth Hamilton slammed home 15 kills and had 14 digs, Rye Verille had seven kills and four blocks, Nicole Poole had 34 assists in her first start at setter and head coach Pat Cawley said Olivia Devoe had an “outstanding” debut at libero with 24 digs. 

Oliver Ames, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Franklin senior Hannah Chase had six aces and three kills, Aubrie Kutil had six kills, sophomore Meaghan Maguire collected four blocks and Dayna McCue had six digs and an ace. 
King Philip, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – King Philip swept 25-17, 25-18, 25-30. Josie Rowean had 11 kills and a pair of aces, Gwen Uyrus had 10 kills and four aces and Carly Adams had 11 assists. 
Milford, 1 @ Mansfield, 3 – Final – Mansfield won 25-22, 23-25, 25-19, 25-12. Cathryn Heavey had 14 service points and 13 assists for the Hornets and Sarah Mullahy added six kills and seven service points. Milford sophomore Julianna Tracy had five kills and four blocks for the Scarlet Hawks.

Stoughton, 0 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Emily Moor had 14 kills and five aces, Tatum Speicher had 26 assists, a pair of kills and a pair of aces and Aimee Kistner had a good day at the net with three blocks, two kills and added three aces. Stoughton’s Bianca DeSousa had nine assists and five aces. 
Golf
Stoughton, 186 @ Milford, 160 – Final – Anthony Arcudi had the best day for the Scarlet Hawks, shooting a 37. Ryan Tomaso shot a 38 and Zach Tammaro carded a 39 for Milford. 
Taunton, 160 @ Canton, 155 – Final – Senior Jim Jenkins carded a match-low 36 for the Bulldogs while sophomore Jack Goyetch shot a 39 for Canton. Taunton’s Ryan O’Berg and Mario Wilson each shot a 39 for the Tigers.
Sharon, 164 @ Oliver Ames, 148 – Final – OA’s Brady Allbritton shot a team-low 35 for the Tigers while Brian Lambert and Mark Bissonette each carded a 37. Sharon’s Max Avartin shot a round of 35 for the Eagles. 

Girls Soccer: 2015 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

ATTLEBORO

2014 Record: 3-12-3
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Santos
Attleboro heads into the 2015 season with a strong core of sophomores that have the Bombardiers thinking positive thoughts about the future, although  this may be a season of growing pains.
Paige Medeiros is back for Attleboro and the senior midfielder will be a key player for the Bombardiers as her set pieces have been one of their best sources for creating scoring chances. Head coach Steve Santos will also be hoping for positive contributions from Rebecca Entwistle and Kayla Merritt among other returning players. Attleboro also has several players bouncing back from serious injuries who could step right back into the lineup.
Attleboro scored only eight goals a season ago and offense may be at a premium again this fall as the young players grow into their new roles. The Bombardiers will focus on pressuring the opposition and being tough to beat.

FRANKLIN

2014 Record: 17-1-3
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Final
Coach: Tom Geysen
Franklin reached its third consecutive Div. 1 South final last fall but couldn’t come through with a three-peat in an overtime loss to Whitman-Hanson. The Panthers lost several key pieces including two-time HockomockSports.com Player of the Year Taylor Cogliano, but remain among the favorites for the Kelley-Rex title.
The Stowell twins, Assumption commits Victoria and Alexis, are two important players coming back for the Panthers in midfield and attack along with senior forward Bailey Knous, who has battled injuries during her career but when on the field can be prolific in front of goal. Also, junior Meg Adams is back and healthy, which will be a huge boost in the early season, and Megan Georges returns after a breakout season at attacking mid.
Franklin was not only a strong offensive team but also one of the league’s best defensively and Geysen is counting on Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dietrle to hold down the center of defense while young players step into roles on the outside. Geysen is confident his team is going to be solid, but he believes younger players are going to need to grow into new positions if the Panthers are going to get back to the sectional final.

KING PHILIP

2014 Record: 6-6-8
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Gary Pichel
King Philip is waiting on a new turf field to be finished, but in the meantime will be battling the Kelley-Rex leaders and aiming for another spot in the postseason.
The Warriors will return junior striker Rachel Hogan, who will be joined this fall by senior captain Makenzie Nickerson, who is returning after 1-1/2 years out with a knee injury and should be a big boost to the forward line. Maggie Hall will return for her second year in goal and Lauren Hehn and Kate Sexton are back to shore up the midfield and Brooke Thomas and Emma Corcoran will lead the defense.
Logan Greenburg, Liz Cooley, and Caitlin McNulty are new faces that head coach Gary Pichel says “will add an exciting style of play across the board.” He added, “Our goal this year is to compete well with all the teams in the Hock and of course, make it to the postseason.”

MANSFIELD

2014 Record: 11-4-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Kevin Smith
The Hornets took No. 1 seed to the brink in the quarterfinals last season before being knocked out of the playoffs. This year’s team will be missing several key pieces from that squad, but returns 14 players including several from the 2014 HockomockSports.com Second XI.
Mansfield will be counting on junior Quinnipiac commit Hannah Reiter to continue her emergence as a star player in the Hock and to dominate in the midfield. Up top, the Hornets will have plenty of firepower with seniors Jackie Carchedi and Jen Kemp back after combining for 19 goals last fall. Defensively, Mansfield also has plenty coming back with Trish Murphy, Lindsey Dalton, and Anna Chiarolanza all returning.
The top four scorers are all back for Mansfield and all but one of the starting back four. Head coach Kevin Smith also noted that the players who are returning have 2-3 years of experience at the varsity level and should be able to step right in to keep the Hornets among the top teams in the league.

NORTH ATTLEBORO

2014 Record: 10-5-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Glenn Pasquel
The Rocketeers were stunned in overtime by league rival Mansfield in the first round last year and will have a new coach with former JV coach Glen Pasquel taking over from Doug Wheldon.
While there are plenty of changes for the Rocketeers this season, there was plenty of youth on last year’s team that could develop into top talents. North will look to senior Hana Caster for the primary scoring punch and Pasquel is pleased with the developing partnership up top between Caster and sophomore Haley Guertin. Grace Guertin is back in the midfield and Rachel Labonte will be moved back into defense to cover for the loss of Hannah Kane.
Pasquel feels comfortable moving into his new role and hopes to instill a passing game that keeps the ball on the ground. He is also adding a sweeper/stopper system rather than a flat back four. Once again, North appears to be a team that can compete among the best in the league.

TAUNTON

2014 Record: 6-9-4
2014 Finish: Missed the playoffs
Coach: Edith Dixon
Taunton earned plaudits for its growth under first-year head coach Edie Dixon last season, as the Tigers won six games and showed tenacity and competitiveness with everyone they played. This season, Taunton will return all but two starters and is eyeing a potential tournament berth.
HockomockSports.com Second XI goalie Kayla Wentworth is among the returning players and will be expected to backstop the Tigers defense. Up top, the combination of Bristol-Plymouth transfer Alana Vincent and Sam Tichelaar will be back to provide a scoring punch and freshman Maggie Sullivan will be back in midfield after starting a couple of games as an eighth grader in 2014.
Dixon has high hopes for the Tigers. She said, “We’ve got high expectations for this season and are getting excited to get into games.”

Girls Soccer: Players to Watch in 2015

Hannah Reiter
Hannah Reiter (44) will be a player to watch for Mansfield girls’ soccer this fall. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Players are listed alphabetically

Francesca Calabraro, Junior – Oliver Ames
Fresh off a national title with her club team this summer, last season’s Underclassman of the Year comes into the fall with high expectations and as the star player in the heart of a team that has the potential to bring home its third straight Davenport title. Last fall, as a sophomore, Calabraro recorded nine goals and 10 assists to lead the Tigers to the division title, while showing off her versatility as both a deep-lying midfielder and pushing forward to slot in behind the forwards. There are few surprises in the Hockomock and teams know to key on Calabraro to disrupt the OA midfield and it will be up to her to manage the defensive pressure and keep pushing the Tigers forward.

Jackie Carchedi, Senior – Mansfield
The Hornets lost several key pieces from last year’s squad but Carchedi, the team’s leading point-getter, is returning and will once again try to combine with center forward Jen Kemp to provide Mansfield with a front line capable of challenging the top teams in the league and D1 South. Carchedi had eight goals and 14 assists in 2014 playing as a wide forward on the left side. Her speed, eye for a pass, and ability to cross accurately make her a constant threat on the edge, including he overtime goal that beat North Attleboro in the playoffs. As expected from the Defensive Player of the Year in basketball, Carchedi also provides great energy on the defensive side of the ball.

Hana Caster, Senior – North Attleboro
One of the fastest players in the league, Caster provided the spark for the Rocketeers last fall that carried North into the tournament, including late goals to tie Foxboro on the road and an impressive performance that helped the Rocketeers knock off OA. North had a dramatic overtime loss in the tournament, but Caster will be back for her senior year with a strong cast of young players, including sophomore Haley Guertin, which could be set to make another tourney run. A typically soft-spoken forward and midfielder, Caster will need to be the team’s leader and use her pace and finishing to help the Rocketeers under first-year coach Glenn Pasquel.

Riley Duserick, Sophomore – Canton
It seems like every time one Duserick leaves another is ready to step in for the Bulldogs. Brianna is currently playing at Stonehill, Hailee is a freshman at Providence, and last fall Riley stepped in as a freshman to play a key role down the stretch for Canton as it chased a tournament spot. Duserick stepped into the midfield and showed the ability to play the key forward pass or keep possession like a player with far more experience. Her 40-yard shot into the top corner against Milford also showed that she took some other skills from her sisters. She was named an all-star by the Hockomock coaches and has great promise to repeat that this fall.

Rachel Hogan, Junior – King Philip
The Warriors can be a team focused on the defensive side of the ball and making it difficult to play, but Hogan was able to create a spark on the other end of the pitch as well. Her speed forced defenses to stay honest and kept them from pushing too far forward. Hogan could also drop deep to collect the ball and her skill and strength made it difficult for teams to force turnovers. There were times that she was a little isolated up front, but she was always a willing runner to chase long passes forward. With KP adding a turf field, it may allow her skills to shine even more this year.

Bailey Knous, Senior – Franklin
Knous is a dynamic forward and one of the leading scorers for the Panthers, who reached a third straight sectional final last fall. Knous scored double digit goals again in 2014, despite occasionally battling injuries. When healthy, she can be one of the most prolific scorers in the Hockomock and fits into the Panthers style as a striker that can play on the shoulder of the last defender as well as drop in and allow the wide players to push forward. With Knous on the pitch as a focal point to the attack, Franklin looked more dangerous, as evidenced by the opening 15 minutes of the final against Whitman-Hanson when Franklin created chance after chance. This could be a big year for the senior.

Hannah Reiter, Junior – Mansfield
In a team filled with big name players, there were times that Reiter appeared to be flying under the radar, but then she would take the ball down in traffic, step by two defenders and either let loose with a shot or pick out a pass to spring a teammate. Her combination of size and skill made her stand out among a very talented and experienced midfield and this year she will be counted on to step into a leadership role with the Hornets losing both Melissa Bongarzone and Lindsey Bjorkman. Mansfield has talent returning, but Reiter, a Quinnipiac-commit, will be a central cog to how far the Hornets can go this fall playing multiple roles from playmaker to ball-winner for the Hornets.

Victoria Stowell, Senior – Franklin
The Assumption-commit has continued to grow well beyond her stature and can dominate the game with her passing ability. Stowell rarely gives the ball away in midfield and, although she’s not the biggest midfielder in the league, can also get stuck in and win the ball back. The Panthers have an explosive attack and much of it stems from Stowell, a two-time HockomockSports.com Best XI choice, finding the right pass to unlock the defense. With Taylor Cogliano graduated, Stowell may be asked to push even further forward to help spring the attack.

Lily Sykes, Sophomore – Foxboro
Sykes was outstanding in her rookie season in the Hockomock with more than 25 goals and more than 30 points for the Warriors, who finished second in the Davenport and reached the second round of the state tournament. The challenge for Sykes will be repeating and building on that incredible freshman form, but with her skill set, comfort on the ball, and ability to read the game in multiple positions in the midfield, expectations are very high for the Underclassman of the Year honorable mention and favorite for this year’s award. 

Kayla Wentworth, Senior – Taunton
Taunton showed huge improvement under first-year head coach Edith Dixon, winning six games and staying competitive against some of the top teams in the league. One of the reasons for that continued improvement is the play of Wentworth, who has at times stood on her head to keep the Tigers in games and give them time to find goals on the other end. Beyond her save statistics, Wentworth inspired confidence in the defenders in front of her and was able to marshal the Taunton defense. As the Tigers continue to build the program, one more year of Wentworth in net will be a huge boost for Taunton’s hopes of reaching the postseason.