Canton Leave It Late But Hunter Goal Sinks Warriors

Meaghan Hunter Canton
Canton celebrates Meaghan Hunter’s goal with 12 minutes remaining that turned out to be the game-winner for the Bulldogs against KP. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

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By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

CANTON, Mass. – The ball seemed stuck in the King Philip defensive third. Canton was creating chance after chance but somehow between the post and Warriors keeper Maggie Hall (13 saves) the Bulldogs could not find the breakthrough.

Out of nowhere KP strung together a counter attack that had the potential to turn the game on its head.

With just 15 minutes left, the ball found its way to senior Kate Sexton on the left side and she beat her defender before sending in a low cross that picked out Maddie Smith in the box, but her first-time, point-blank shot was saved by Canton goalie Kathryn Doody, who had been little more than a spectator for most of the game.

It was a wake-up call for the Bulldogs that for all their possession the game was not yet won. Three minutes after the scare, Canton finally found the back of the net. Tessa Cudmore snuck a pass behind the right back to Sarah Collins whose shot was tipped onto the bar by Hall into the path of senior Meaghan Hunter for what turned out to be the game-winner.

Hannah Link added a second with just eight minutes left and Canton walked away with a 2-0 victory over KP on Wednesday night at World War II Veterans Memorial Field.

“They fight right to the last whistle and that’s why we got the result,” said Canton coach Kate Howarth. “Doesn’t matter if it was ugly or pretty, it’s a ‘W.’ We just have to work out a little bit of the first half.”

Cudmore nearly put the Bulldogs ahead in the third minute only to be robbed by a sliding Hall at the edge of the box. Two minutes later Rachel Hogan created a rare chance for the Warriors when her cutback found Victoria Ely but the freshman’s shot was stopped by Doody at full stretch.

Link had a chance in the 14th minute when she rolled her defender and had a breakaway but again Hall came to the Warriors’ rescue. In the 33rd minute, Hall was tested by a strong shot from Sarah Connolly but she was able to tip it over the bar. There was a scramble on the corner, but KP managed to clear.

“We had a chat before the game and I said that I need the old Maggie back and…she did,” said KP coach Gary Pichel. “She came up big for us several times. It could’ve been 5-0 without Maggie there.”

The first half saw both teams pass the ball around in the midfield but after halftime it was almost entirely one-way traffic as the Bulldogs pressed KP back into its own third of the field. In the 50th minute, Hall had to be quick off her line to stop a Cudmore break and six minutes later Link beat Hall at her near post only to see the shot cannon off the post.

“In the second half, when we won all the 50-50 balls…we were in our attacking third almost the entire time and it changed the game,” explained Howarth.

“My kids were trying to defend for most of the game and that’s probably normal considering all the losses we’ve had,” said Pichel noting the six starters that he was missing due to injury. “I’m proud of them for keeping it a game until the last 10 minutes or so.”

It could have been a very different result when KP created its only chance. Doody managed to get her hands up, stay big, and block the shot from close range after great work down the left by Sexton.

“I thought that was going to go in,” said Pichel with a shake of the head. “That was a beautiful play and one of the few honest chances that we had. If that one goes in then it’s a different game.”

Howarth admitted that there was some frustration starting to set in for the Bulldogs after missing so many chances in the game. But, with 12 minutes left, Hunter found herself in the right place at the right time to tap in the goal that eased the tension.

“She’s that kid that works her butt off on the field and does whatever you ask,” said Howarth of the senior. “That’s what you need from your bench players is to go in and make a spark.”

After waiting so long for the first goal, the second seemed to follow right away. Link was first to a rebound after Hall made another smart save low to her left. The junior forward followed up and essentially wrapped up the win for the Bulldogs.

Howarth said, “She just goes hard for everything and that’s the kind of people you need up top. That’s how she scored the goal – she took a chance, followed up, and finished it.”

Not every win has to be pretty and Howarth shrugged and said simply, “It’s two points.”

Canton (2-0) will put its perfect record on the line against Foxboro on Friday, while KP (1-2) will open the school’s new turf field against Mansfield.

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

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

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

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

Taunton, 0 @ Foxboro, 1 – Final

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

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

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.