Second Half Scoring Sparks Stoughton Over Diman

Stoughton's Loubensky Lucas challenges for possession in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton’s Loubensky Lucas challenges for possession in the second half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

STOUGHTON, Mass. – Stoughton dominated for the majority of the first half but a lack of serious scoring chances sent them into the halftime break knotted in a scoreless game against Diman.

That all changed in the early minutes of the second half as the Black Knights found the back of the net less than three minutes into the second half and added another 10 minutes later as Stoughton advanced in the playoffs with a 2-0 win over Diman.

In the 43rd minute, senior goalie Kyle Silverman sent a free kick from just outside his own area all the way up field and over the top of the defense. Senior Josh Mitchell chased in after the ball behind the defense and a simple header caught the Diman keeper a little bit off his line and found the back of the net to make it 1-0.

“I said to the boys, the first 25 minutes we were dominating possession and it looked we were going to create something but there wasn’t any clear cut chance for us,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “It reminded me of the Canton game – scoreless at halftime and we were nervous. I didn’t feel like we were going to concede but we were panicking up front. We needed to relax and lucky enough, we came out good. It was a good pass from Kyle and Josh headed it very well.”

Just 10 minutes later, Silverman launched a punt up the right side of the field. Off a bounce, freshman Fabio Ponce de Leon brought the ball down with a terrific touch and outraced his defended to the end line. The first year midfielder then centered the ball with a cross that deflected off a defender and right to the feet of Loubensky Lucas, who calmly buried his chance from 12 yards out to make it 2-0.

“Once that went in, we settled in and we looked a little bit more lively,” Salter said. “The second goal was a good finish by Loubensky with a good run from Fabio. It was a game where we got the result in the end.”

Stoughton had a couple of chances inside the first 10 minutes but none that tested the Diman keeper. First Mitchell had a chance at the near post in the 2nd minute and then got his head to a cross from Noah Schulze in the 8th minute but both went over the bar.

In the 13th minute, Ponce de Leon got his head onto a long throw into the area from Mitchell but it went just wide at the far post. Ponce de Leon nearly opened the scoring in the 17th minute after Lucas took a long clearance and used his speed to get by the defense. His cross was headed by the freshman but a Diman defender was there on the line to clear it out.

Diman’s best chance came with just over 20 minutes left in the first half when a ball over the top was run onto by Dominic Rocha but Silverman came charging out and Rocha’s bid sailed over the bar.

In between goals in the second half, Mitchell nearly had a second when he took a free kick quickly but it was just over the bar.

The visitors’ lone chance of the second half came just over midway through the period when Alex Moura played a ball wide for Brian Carreiro, who served a tempting ball into the area but Silverman came off his line to punch it away.

“I didn’t feel like we were going to concede,” Salter said. “Especially the last three games, that’s our third clean sheet in a row. It looks like they’ve finally got it together. I can’t fault anyone on the backline today, they were all brilliant. Goddy [Fombe] is the coolest, calmest head I’ve seen in my life, but he scares the heck out of me sometimes.”

The game was delayed for a lengthy amount of time with just over two minutes two play when a collision between a Stoughton player and Diman’s keeper resulted in an injury. Diman’s goalie was forced to be taken off in an ambulance.

Junior Matt Gallagher nearly made it 3-0 with a minute left, getting his head on a corner from Jordan Asnes, but Diman’s backup keeper did well to stop the chance.

Stoughton will now travel to #2 Greater New Bedford (17-1) on Friday with kickoff set for 6:00.

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

Wednesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/04/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D2 South
#15 Stoughton, 2 vs. #18 Diman, 0 – Final – Stoughton senior Josh Mitchell opened the scoring three minutes into the second half off an assist from goalie Kyle Silverman and Loubensky Lucas doubled the Black Knights’ lead 10 minutes later, finishing off a cross from freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon. Stoughton advances to the D2 South First Round and will travel to #2 Greater New Bedford (17-1) on Friday at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#17 Taunton, 3 @ #16 Wellesley, 1 – Final

#18 Milford, 0 @ #15 Silver Lake, 4 – Final
Field Hockey
D1 South
#11 Oliver Ames, 2 vs. #22 New Bedford, 0 – Final – Missy Krim scored in the first half off an assist from Dimitra Efremidis and Nicole Walker added a goal in the second half. Head coach Janice Sundell said Katie Davenport played well on defense for the Tigers while Cassie Gavin made six saves. 
#18 Stoughton, 2 @ #15 Barnstable, 3 – Final – Mia Russell and Courtney Campbell scored for Stoughton but Barnstable scored with just seven seconds left to escape with a win. 

#19 King Philip, 1 @ #13 Plymouth South, 0 – Final (3OT) – King Philip kept Plymouth South off the board while Casie Curtin and Caitlin Donahue scored to lift the Warriors in a stroke off. KP advances to the D1 South First Round, where they will travel to #4 Franklin on Friday at 2:30.
#21 Attleboro, 3 @ #12 Dighton-Rehoboth, 0 – Final – Attleboro got a hat trick from Emily Houle and Quincy Harding assisted on a pair of them to help the Bombardiers advance. Attleboro will play #5 Dennis-Yarmouth on Friday at 2:30 in the D1 South First Round.

#23 Canton, 1 @ #10 Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – Final – Lindsey Nolte scored midway through the first half and Taylor Carrington had a strong game in net for the Bulldogs. Canton advances to the D1 South First Round, where they will travel to #7 Norwood (13-4-1) on Friday at 2:30.

Wednesday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/04/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D2 South
#15 Stoughton, 2 vs. #18 Diman, 0 – Final – Stoughton senior Josh Mitchell opened the scoring three minutes into the second half off an assist from goalie Kyle Silverman and Loubensky Lucas doubled the Black Knights’ lead 10 minutes later, finishing off a cross from freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon. Stoughton advances to the D2 South First Round and will travel to #2 Greater New Bedford (17-1) on Friday at 6:00. 
Girls Soccer
D1 South
#17 Taunton, 3 @ #16 Wellesley, 1 – Final

#18 Milford, 0 @ #15 Silver Lake, 4 – Final
Field Hockey
D1 South
#11 Oliver Ames, 2 vs. #22 New Bedford, 0 – Final – Missy Krim scored in the first half off an assist from Dimitra Efremidis and Nicole Walker added a goal in the second half. Head coach Janice Sundell said Katie Davenport played well on defense for the Tigers while Cassie Gavin made six saves. 
#18 Stoughton, 2 @ #15 Barnstable, 3 – Final – Mia Russell and Courtney Campbell scored for Stoughton but Barnstable scored with just seven seconds left to escape with a win. 

#19 King Philip, 1 @ #13 Plymouth South, 0 – Final (3OT) – King Philip kept Plymouth South off the board while Casie Curtin and Caitlin Donahue scored to lift the Warriors in a stroke off. KP advances to the D1 South First Round, where they will travel to #4 Franklin on Friday at 2:30.
#21 Attleboro, 3 @ #12 Dighton-Rehoboth, 0 – Final – Attleboro got a hat trick from Emily Houle and Quincy Harding assisted on a pair of them to help the Bombardiers advance. Attleboro will play #5 Dennis-Yarmouth on Friday at 2:30 in the D1 South First Round.

#23 Canton, 1 @ #10 Bridgewater-Raynham, 0 – Final – Lindsey Nolte scored midway through the first half and Taylor Carrington had a strong game in net for the Bulldogs. Canton advances to the D1 South First Round, where they will travel to #7 Norwood (13-4-1) on Friday at 2:30.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – North Attleboro claimed the Leach and Garner Cup with a 5-3 advantage on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw. Brendan Matracia saved a penalty in the shootout and Matt Coscarella scored the final PK for North. Coscarella and Zach Rodrigues were named the game’s MVPs.
Sharon, 2 @ Canton, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalWith the draw OA wins the outright Davenport title. Nathaniel Cardoza scored with six minutes remaining to earn the draw. Chris Romero opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first half and had two others called back. Devante Teixeira equalized in the first half and then assisted on Anthony Barreira’s go-ahead goal early in the second.

King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – King Philip sophomore Tyler Mann put the Warriors up a goal with just over 10 minutes left to play but just a minute later Nick Parent headed home a service from Austin Kent to knot the game at one. 

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Mansfield scored twice inside the opening minutes of the second half. Jareme DiLorenzo opened the scoring off an assist from Nick Hyland then Charlie Rogers doubled the lead off a feed from Brad Eames. Michael Kirejczyk made eight saves to record his 10th save, which is a single season record for Mansfield. With the win, the Hornets clinch the program’s first ever outright Hockomock title. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon scored an early goal, converting a shot at the near post while sophomore Tyler Melo doubled the lead off a cross from junior Jeremy Fishman. Head coach Aaron Salter said Kyle Silverman made an outstanding save at the end of the match to keep the clean sheet. With the win, Stoughton qualified for the state tournament for the second straight year. 
Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored the lone goal of the game for the Bombardiers to win the Blue-Red Cup. Kayla Merritt had the assist. Madison Brown (Attleboro) and Hana Caster (North) were named the game’s MVPs.

Sharon, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Shannon Foley and Sarah MacQuarrie each had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs. Lilah Sullivan had Canton’s other goals.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalRiley Collins and Carolynn Will scored the goals for the Warriors in the second half to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Dana Lowney scored the OA goal on an assist from Francesca Calabraro.
Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell opened the scoring off an assist by her sister Victoria. Jess Kroushl added a second off an assist by Alexis Stowell and Halle Atkinson scored an unassisted third.

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Alana Vincent scored the winning goal for the Tigers with six minutes remaining to clinch a playoff spot. It was Vincent’s second goal of the game. Sam Tichelaar also scored for Taunton. Jackie Carchedi and Jill Savoie each scored for the Hornets. 

Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Katie Brown and Kristen Franzini scored the goals for Milford. Rachel LeBlanc and Maggie Boyle each had assists. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Amelia Cochran off an assist from Emmie Sprague. Marissa Williams and Alecia Quinones both played well in net for the Black Knights according to head coach Tara Daniels. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton got the win at home with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 victory. Sarah Reissfelder had six kills and Nicole Poole paced the offense with 23 assists and added 12 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley said Emma Gobbi, Kaitlin McCarthy and Kelly Dever played well at the net.

Foxboro, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – With the match tied 1-1, KP picked up the a vital win in game three and walked away with a  25-11, 16-25, 27-25, 25-21 win. Josie Rowean led the way with 16 kills, Gwen Uyrus added six kill, Amelia Murphy and Emma Lopez each had four kills and Micaela Murray had seven digs. Franklin’s Aubrie Kutil had 10 kills, Beth Neal had 19 assists, seven kills and two blocks and Alyssa Shea had seven kills.

Mansfield, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalWith a win and a loss from Franklin, Mansfield clinched a share of the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex title, the program’s first ever Hockomock League title. Mansfield picked up the sweep with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19. Cathryn Heavey had 31 assists, Sarah Mullahy had 17 service points, Meg Hill had 15 kills and Jess Haradon finished with 10 digs. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight blocks, 10 kills, 11 digs, 11 service points and fives aces and Valerie Whalen with five blocks and seven kills.

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

Foxboro Storms Back in Second Half At Stoughton

Devante Teixeira
Devante Teixeira scored the game-tying goal and created a host of chances as Foxboro came from behind to win. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

STOUGHTON, Mass. – The pitch was not in great shape, it was cold out, the wind was blowing, and facing an opponent that it had beaten by five goals in the first meeting, Foxboro came out sluggish to start the game against Stoughton on Friday afternoon.

Down by a goal at halftime, first-year coach Joe Franchino stood outside the team huddle and senior captain Robby Lowey led the team talk, imploring the Warriors to step it up in the second half.

The talk worked. Foxboro got into gear in the final 40 minutes and its three attackers, Devante Teixeira, Anthony Barreira, and Joe Morrison, each scored goals to give the Warriors a come from behind 3-1 win that keeps them in the Davenport title race with two league games remaining.

“We’re just trying to find a solution not a problem,” said Franchino about the discussion at halftime. “You can blame the pitch, you can blame a lot of things, but it’s all about finding a solution and getting the victory. The guys pulled it together.”

Stoughton took the lead just six minutes into the game. Noah Schulze, who had only minutes earlier flashed a header narrowly wide, stayed with a loose ball that bounced off of Foxboro keeper Clay Leopold and finished.

“It was a great goal by Noah Schulze,” said Stoughton coach Aaron Salter. “He got a little bit fortunate, but it was still a very good finish to keep battling and not stop.”

The best Foxboro chance of the first half fell to Morrison, but the sophomore midfielder was unlucky to see his shot ricochet off the post after a decisive through ball by freshman Nic Biegel.

Barreira also had two shots saved by Stoughton keeper Kyle Silverman at the half hour mark but overall it was a subdued first half from the Warriors. Teixeira in particular was limited in his touches and impact on the game with left back Jeremy Fishman keeping him under wraps with help from centerback Goddy Frombe.

“I thought first half we did a great job in terms of our shape, our organization, how we wanted to play, how we approached it,” said Salter.

He added, “Nick Comeau, his job was to man-mark Joe in the midfield and he did an awesome job. He was everywhere and he was our hardest working player out there.”

After the break, things changed drastically Teixeira, who had seemed frustrated in the opening 40 minutes, suddenly looked like the player that is leading the league in points. He terrorized he left side of the Stoughton defense and eight minutes after the break he equalized.

Morrison tried to get room on the edge of the box but the ball bounced into the path of Teixeira and he managed to flick it past two defenders and hit it first time into the bottom corner.

“In the first half we had him,” said Salter. “He was getting frustrated, he was getting wound up and in the end it was our undoing because it gave him the fire in the belly to go on and smash it into the net.”

Just a minute later, Teixeira was through again but was denied by Silverman. In the 52nd minute, he go to the byline and cut it back for Hussein Kafel but the sophomore’s shot struck the post and stayed out. Teixeira also had what appeared to be a second goal, but the officials waved it off because the shot had actually gone through the netting outside the post.

In the 69th minute, he forced a mistake and rounded the keeper only to have his chance cleared off the post by Frombe.

“He’s MVP all day long,” said Franchino. “Nobody’s had an answer for him all year. He’s a talented player and he’s carried us in the KP game and he started it off here…that’s what he does.”

Stoughton had a couple of chances in the second half. A long goal kick by Silverman picked out Josh Mitchell up front and his flicked header found Fabio Ponce De Leon but his close-range chance went wide. In the 64th minute, Mitchell sent a header wide from a corner.

The missed opportunities would hurt because Foxboro would take the lead in the 70th minute. Barreira collected the ball near midfield and dribbled at the heart of the Stoughton defense. The Black Knights hesitated and allowed Barreira to line up a shot that slipped inside the post from the edge of the box.

With only five minutes remaining, Morrison wrapped up the two points for Foxboro. He kept possession in the box despite being surrounded, created a foot of space, and smashed his shot into the roof of the net giving Silverman no chance.

“It’s good to see Joe get back on the scoresheet because he does so much in the middle of the park,” said Franchino. “You’re getting double teamed being a top player and then you get unlucky at times…he’s grinding it out.”

Salter did not believe that the final score indicated how his team had played but he added, “Those players show a moment of brilliance each and you’re going to get punished. There’s not much you can do, but I’m truly proud of my boys.”

The win moves Foxboro to within a point of league leading Oliver Ames, which plays on Saturday, with two games remaining. The Warriors will face Sharon on Tuesday.

Stoughton needs three points from its remaining two games to qualify for the postseason. The Black Knights will face Canton on Tuesday night.

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

Strong Start Leads Tigers To Big Win Over Stoughton

Stoughton's Jordan Asnes and Oliver Ames' Matt Campbell battle for possession on Friday. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Stoughton’s Jordan Asnes and Oliver Ames’ Matt Campbell battle for possession on Friday. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Coming off a highly anticipated game against division rival Foxboro just some 18 hours before kickoff on Friday afternoon, Oliver Ames head coach John Barata was a bit concerned there might be a bit of a hangover.
The Tigers allowed a goal in the final five minutes against the Warriors on Thursday night but were back out on the pitch on Friday afternoon against a Stoughton side that had won four straight games.
But there was no lull as the Tigers jumped out to a 3-0 lead at halftime and added one goal in the second half to pick up their 11th win, a 4-0 win over the neighboring Black Knights.
“We needed to do that,” Barata said of converting their early chances. “We didn’t want to fall into a lull after such a big emotional game and a letdown with a late goal last night and have [Stoughton] come jump all over us with us being tired. But we didn’t have that happen, we survived. It was good to get the goals, especially the first goal 10 minutes in and we continued to press. They maybe had one shot on goal in the first half. We were able to control the game and I thought we played one of our better games overall.”
The Tigers were in control for the majority of the first 10 minutes but it was Stoughton that had the first chance. After a long throw pinballed around the area, it bounced out to Stoughton junior Loubensky Lucas, who hit the ball on a volley but his bid sailed high.
Just a minute later, Oliver Ames had its first scoring chance and they were able to convert. A free kick from just over midfield was sent into the area by sophomore Cam Vella. The ball deflected off of the upper body of junior Thomas McCormick and fell to senior captain Keegan Nutt, who buried his chance from close range.
It took less than five minutes for the Tigers to double their lead. A long throw in from senior Max Bamford into the area was met by a charging Thomas McCormick at the front post. McCormick flicked it perfectly, sending the ball into the net at the far post.
Oliver Ames nearly made it a three goal lead in the 25th minute when Nutt’s ball through the defense sent sophomore Tylor Jones in on goal but Stoughton goalie Kyle Silverman came off his line and forced Jones’ bid wide at the post.
But just a minute later, the Tigers did create a three goal lead. In a rush forward, sophomore Nathaniel Cardoza played a pass wide to senior captain Chris Romero. Romero’s first touch was nearly perfect, pushing himself ahead of the defender and in on goal. Romero then fired a shot from a tough angle and was able to find the back of the net.
“This first half performance today killed us,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “I thought for the majority of the second half we were a bit more of a fret, we didn’t get going in the first half. If you give a team as good as Oliver Ames the opportunity they are going to punish you. The second half was much better.”
There weren’t too many chances in the second half for either side and the score remained at 3-0 for over a half hour of play in the second frame.
One change that helped Stoughton defensively was inserting junior Matt Gallagher into the defensive back line for the Black Knights. Gallagher, a call up from JV, earned high praise from Salter.
“Matt Gallagher, when I put him at center back and he made a massive difference,” Salter said. “He did the easy stuff, he went and won the first ball and then give it. He did that superbly and really shored us up in the back.”
It wasn’t until a corner in the 73rd minute that the Black Knights elected to push nearly everyone up and that created space for Oliver Ames’ final goal. The corner was cleared and sophomore Matt Alvarado launched a ball up to midfield. Vella collected and was able to get around his defender and go in on goal and calmly slid his shot into the back of the net.
With the three goal lead, Barata was able to get some starters some rest after logging heavy minutes on Thursday night.
“It was very nice to get some guys a break and a rest,” Barata said. “But it was also good to see the quality of play didn’t really drop. Now we know if we are in this situation again with a back to back we know we can do it.”
With four games left, Oliver Ames (11-0-1, 11-0-1) sits three points clear in first place in the Davenport Division. They’ll look to continue their push for the league title on Tuesday with a trip to Canton, a team that also tied Foxboro this week. Stoughton (6-5-2, 6-4-2) will continue its push for a playoff berth on Monday in a non-league game against Norwood.
 

Tigers Convert Chances in 2nd Half to Beat Stoughton

Oliver Ames' Cam Vella clears the ball in the first half against Stoughton. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Oliver Ames’ Cam Vella clears the ball in the first half against Stoughton. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
STOUGHTON, Mass. – Sometimes it all just boils down to the ability to finish.
Oliver Ames was able to do that in the second half on Friday afternoon and picked up a 3-1 road win over Stoughton to improve to 4-0 on the season.
After a back and forth scoreless first half that saw few spells of substantial possession from either side, the team’s combined for three goals in the first six minutes of the second half.
“We finished,” Oliver Ames head coach John Barata said of the difference in halves. “We had a lot of chances in the first half but we finished in the second half. Overall I thought it was a good game. It’s a tight field and we had something like 21 chances. They are a very good team, so we’re happy to play them and it’s a great result for us. It’s not the Stoughton of the past that some people would say it’s an automatic win. We had to grind it out. I think the biggest difference overall was simply we finished.”
It took the Tigers just over a minute to get on the board in the second half. A long throw from senior Max Ahern into the area that was deflected on by junior Thomas McCormick. The ball found it’s way to the feet of senior Keegan Nutt right at the six-yard line and he buried the chance to make it 1-0.
But Stoughton responded quickly, netting the equalizer less than three minutes into the half. After a foul roughly 40 yards away from goal, Stoughton senior captain Josh Mitchell stepped over the ball. Mitchell had a go from distance and with the sun directly in OA goalie Jack Carroll’s eyes, Mitchell’s bid sailed just under the bar to tie the game at one.
But just three minutes after that, Oliver Ames earned another chance on goal. At the top of the area, Nutt was able to evade a defender but was brought down after doing so to earn a penalty kick. Nutt took the chance, placing it into the bottom right corner. Stoughton goalie Kyle Silverman went the right way and even got a hand to it, but Nutt’s placement made it nearly unstoppable.
It looked as though Stoughton might knot the score once again less than two minutes later. Sophomore outside back Brian Peoples connected with junior Loubensky Lucas, who laid a pass off for senior Winston Kessah. Kessah hit a one time shot to the top corner of the near post but Carroll leaped up and punched the shot away and collected the rebound.
Just under 10 minutes later, Oliver Ames was able to add an insurance goal. Nutt picked up the ball just over midfield and found sophomore Mason Galbato. Galbato carried to the middle of the pitch before laying it off for senior Chris Romero. After dishing the ball off, Galbato continued his run and Romero found him right back with a through ball sending the sophomore in on goal and he buried it into the back of the net.
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“Second half we definitely settled down,” Barata said. “We got comfortable with the distance. I have to be honest it’s an odd dimensioned field. Once we got settled in I think we moved the ball. It was a good game for us overall.”
Both sides had dangerous chances in the first half but couldn’t convert. Just over six minutes into the game, OA sophomore Matt Campbell tracked down a ball along the right wing. After a couple of touches, he laid a pass back for sophomore Cam Vella who ripped a shot at the near post by Silverman got there and pushed it wide for a corner.
Stoughton’s best chance came shortly before the halfway mark of the fist half. A loose ball bounced up for freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon but it was an awkward bounce that he was unable to get over and his shot sailed high. OA nearly got on the board just two minutes later when Nutt chipped in Romero behind the defense but Silverman was out to thwart Romero’s header.
Stoughton didn’t get any serious chances in the final half hour of play, which is a credit to the adjustment Barata and his staff made the break. The Tigers elected to drop center midfielder Nathaniel Cardoza a little further back as the back line was forced to deal with the sun in their eyes.
“There were some minor adjustments at halftime just to make the guys aware, especially with the sun in our eyes,” Barata said. “We moved Cardoza a little further back just to combat the sun. The sun was clearly a factor on the free kick but we were able to bounce back.”
Stoughton drops to 1-2-1 overall but were the first team to find the back of the net against OA this season.
“I said to the boys today that we never got started,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “You know in the first five, ten minutes the ball is going to be high and it’s going to come at us. We held out well until halftime. We did our job with the sun in our eyes. We needed to get it going in the second half. It just didn’t happen for us today. I thought both teams did a great job today, it was a good physical game. It’s nice to see to see two teams trying to get the ball on the ground. To be fair to Oliver Ames, the better team did win today.”
Oliver Ames will look to continue its perfect start when they host Canton on Monday. Stoughton will look to bounce back when they travel to Sharon on Monday.
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Lucas' First Half Goal Lifts Stoughton Over North

Loubensky Lucas celebrates his first half goal with teammates. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Loubensky Lucas celebrates his first half goal with teammates. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
STOUGHTON, Mass. – Stoughton had a bevy of chances, especially in the first half, and only converted on one of them but it was enough as the Black Knights picked up their first win of the season, 1-0 over North Attleboro.
From the opening whistle, the Black Knights controlled the pace of the game and consistently pressed forward but weren’t able to convert their chances. Finally in the 30th minute, junior Loubensky Lucas got on the end of a corner kick from Jordan Asnes and buried it into the back of the net. The cross was low and arguably the toughest chance of the day for the Black Knights but Lucas did well to get plenty on it.
Less than two minutes in, freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon sent in a through ball for Winston Kesseh, who found Lucas but his bid from inside the area went wide to the left. Five minutes later, Asnes played a perfectly weighted through ball to Lucas to send him alone on North Attleboro goalie Rob Heaney but Heaney came charging out to force Lucas’ shot wide.
In the 16th minute, Asnes tried to put a free kick from a dangerous position into the net but Heaney’s diving save denied the chance. Just a minute later, Ponce De Leon flicked a header of target but it was knocked clear by Heaney.
The next chance Stoughton had was the corner that Lucas blasted in.
“We were practicing all day on shooting yesterday but I thought the boys were excellent today,” Stoughton first-year head coach Aaron Salter said. “We’re used to the surface here but it’s not Old Trafford, it’s not like Wembley back in England. We moved the ball very well and I thought 1-0 was a good reflection because North Attleboro battled and put up a great defense. The chances were there for us and we need to take them but overall it was a good came and I’m very happy with the victory.”
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The final 10 minutes of the first half saw the Rocketeers able to get forward and junior Leo Charlebois was able to put a tough angle shot on target at the near post but Stoughton goalie Kyle Silverman collected it.
The second half saw a lot more back and forth, with the Rocketeers attempting to get their offense going through the counter attack. Stoughton pushed high but each push was met with a response from the Rocketeers defense or Heaney. With many numbers forward, including the outside backs, the Black Knights relied on the center back pairing of Josh Mitchell and Goddy Frombe to answer North Attleboro’s counter.
Both Mitchell and Frombe converted from midfielders last season to center backs this season after the Black Knights graduated the majority of their starting defense. The two worked well together, not only thwarting counter attacks from North but keeping possession for the Black Knights to start a push again.
“I’m trying to get the full backs to assist our wide players and get forward and make the field as big as possible,” Salter said. “We want them to get forward but also not forget their duty defensively. All the boys who played fullback today were good. Last year I know Josh and Goddy, Martyn [Emery] had them in the midfield. We knew we needed defense because we lost so much and they both stood out. The first two games of the season, I think it shows we’re in good shape with those two, I’m happy were we are.”
Stoughton’s best chance of the second half came on a free kick with just under 13 minutes to play. From just outside the 18-yard box, Lucas curled a free kick around the wall but once again Heaney’s diving effort prevented a goal.
North Attleboro had a chance inside the final five minutes as a throw-in found its way to Charlebois, but he was unable to get around the ball completely and his bid sailed wide.
Defensively, the Rocketeers got big games from the center back pairing of Gareth King and Matt Coscarella. The two were big reasons why, despite Stoughton controlling the possession battle, the Rocketeers limited Stoughton to just one goal.
The Black Knights (1-0-1) will be back in action on Wednesday with a trip to Mansfield. North Attleboro (0-1-1) will look to get their first win of the season when they host Oliver Ames on Wednesday.
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Boys Soccer: 2015 Davenport Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Canton

2014 Record: 9-7-2
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D2 South First Round
Coach: Danny Erickson
The Bulldogs punched a ticket to the postseason for the 9th straight year and 2014 and with a good crop of returning and experienced players, a 10th straight trip is in the cards. Seniors Pat Hession and Joey Basile both have a good amount of experience and were key contributors to last year’s squad.
Although the Bulldogs will have the fill the void left with Hockomock League MVP Damian Kozak graduated, coach Danny Erickson seems to always have his team playing at a high level. Junior Sam Papakonstantino emerged as a strong threat last year and sophomore Jake Verille had a breakout rookie season and could become a top target for the Bulldogs.
Erickson said he hopes to keep possession better in 2015 and aim to pressure high to force mistakes from opponents. Sophomore Ben Waterhouse is someone who would be a big player this season while freshmen Griffin Roach and Paul Corcoran could make an impact in their first season.

Foxboro

2014 Record: 15-5-1
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D3 South Semifinal
Coach: Joe Franchino
With only two starters from last year’s Davenport Division winning team gone, the Warriors are in good position to repeat and make a deep playoff push.
Foxboro has a new coach in Joe Franchino, who made 162 appearances for the New England Revolution, but don’t expect a lot to change with the Warriors. The 2014 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year Joe Morrison is back to control the midfield and has the chance of being the best player in the league this year.
“I’ve inherited a great squad and they have worked really hard so far,” Franchino said. “They are making it difficult for me to pick a starting squad.”
The entire back four is back with Jeff Melo and Rob Lowey anchoring the middle while two-time Hockomock League All Star Devante Teixeira and his speed and skill will make it very hard for opponents to handle both him and Morrison. Franchino expects that they will get everyone’s best effort this year but with so much returning talent and a couple new faces, the Warriors are in good shape.

Milford

2014 Record: 5-11-2
2014 Finish: Missed Playoffs
Coach: Jim Asam
The Scarlet Hawks started off last season by going undefeated in the first four games but only earned two more wins the rest of the way. With a strong group of seniors set for this season, Milford will look to get back in the playoff picture.
Mike Da Silva returns for his fourth year patrolling Milford’s net and two-time captain Justin Borges, who is one of the more versatile players in the league, will be a player team’s will have to worry about coming forward from the midfield. On defense, senior Luis Goncalves is back to help and try limit the opportunities from opposing offenses.
Milford will also get Sttarley Flores back after missing the entire 2014 season with an injury while seniors Matt Fornaciari and John Martins and junior Marcelo Panno will all play vital roles for coach Jim Asam.

Oliver Ames

2014 Record: 13-6-2
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D2 State Finals
Coach: John Barata
After reaching the D2 State Finals in 2014, the Tigers have plenty of returning talent back for this season. Chris Romero is one of the more tenured players in the league and is also one of the most versatile while fellow captain senior Keegan Nutt showed just how skilled he was last season in his first year.
“We are hoping to get into the MIAA tourney and we expect every game to be an all out battle,” head coach John Barata said. “We hope to compete well and get better everyday.”
Another experienced player back this season is junior Thomas McCormick, who has seen varsity time since his freshman year, as well as seniors Max Bamford, Jared Mallers and Max Ahearn. Sophomores Nathaniel Cardoza, Cam Vella, Matt Campbell and Jack Sheldon all saw a good amount of time as freshmen, with Cardoza emerging as one of OA’s best players. Although Foxboro is the favorite for the Davenport, the Tigers will likely be in the mix right until the end.

Sharon

2014 Record: 7-8-4
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D2 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Bryan Kelly
After just two wins two years ago, the Eagles made it to the playoffs in coach Bryan Kelly’s first year in charge. With a good amount of returning talent, the Eagles will have a chance to compete for the Davenport title.
“This year we have a wealth of experience in all positions and returning players will be a major contributing factor,” head coach Bryan Kelly said. “We are a team that doesn’t have just one star but rather has 23 guys that will sub a lot and not lose skill in any position. This year will be an exciting year for Sharon soccer.”
The Eagles are hoping to improve their offense as they struggled to find consistency when it came to finding the back of the net. Senior captain Daniel Bender is back after missing all of last year and his presence in the center of the midfield could be a huge boost. Senior James Dunlea will also big a factor in the midfield and senior Sam Weidig will anchor the defense in the middle. HockomockSports.com Second Team goalie Andrew Filipkowski is back for his senior year while fellow varsity returnees Lucas Allaria and Mark Bloom will look to add some scoring punch. Kelly is hoping their speed will help give opponents fits while juniors Jake Teven, Ian Camilli and Shalin Patel are all new faces that could make a big impact.

Stoughton

2014 Record: 11-8-1
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D2 South First Round
Coach: Aaron Salter
Over the past couple of seasons, the Black Knights have been headed in the right direction with the team making the playoffs last year for the first time in a decade. Aaron Salter takes over the program this year and will look to continue the push.
Salter will have a lot of experienced weapons back this season to continue the program’s upward trend. Goalie Kyle Silverman is back and Josh Mitchell, Will Peoples and Goddy Frombe will be key pieces in the middle of the field. All three have a lot of varsity minutes and their experience could be vital for Stoughton. Loubensky Lucas, who had an injury plagued sophomore year, will look to return back to the form he had during his freshman year (five goals). Another player to keep an eye on is Noah Schulze, who played a little bit of everything last year and could take on a much bigger role this year.
The Davenport is full of talent and might be one of the most competitive years since the split happened, but the Black Knights have enough talent that they won’t get lost in the mix.