Stessman’s Brace Helps Sharon Double Up On Attleboro

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Attleboro’s Devin Andre avoids a challenge from Sharon’s Andrew Reyes-Jones in the first half. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
 
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SHARON, Mass. – Sharon head coach Bryan Kelly didn’t hide his excitement in the preseason for the group he had this season, including a handful of younger players.

But because of an injury, sophomore
Isaiah Stessman was stuck on the bench for the team’s first three games, and the Eagles were limited to just three goals so far.

Stessman made a splash in his season debut, scoring a goal in each half, including the game-winner in the final 10 minutes as Sharon recorded a 4-2 win over visiting Attleboro.

“His presence in the middle is huge,” Kelly said. “He’s young but he’s smart. With him and [Michael] Baur in the middle, we’re dynamic.”

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It took the Eagles less than 10 minutes to take the lead over the Bombardiers. Using one of their most reliable options, senior
Tyler Hippler launched a long throw-in inside the attacking third that went over Attleboro’s keeper, deflected off sophomore
Michael Baur, off the post and in for a 1-0 lead.

Attleboro registered its first chance of the game in the 18th minute when
Devin Andre tracked down a long punt from keeper
Nick Hasenfus, touched it wide for sophomore
Michael Russo but his bid went just over the bar.

Big Blue’s momentum didn’t last long though. Just three minutes later, the Eagles doubled their lead. Sharon senior
Marques Benton found some space at the top of the area, turned and ripped a shot that forced a diving save by Hasenfus. But Stessman pounced on the loose ball and buried it to make it 2-0.

“That’s the offense we’ve been expecting,” Kelly said. “During the OA game, we were kind of stagnant in our midfield and weren’t moving the ball well. So yesterday during practice we focused on moving the ball and keeping our formation and it showed today. We kept the ball on the ground, we were stringing together some passes together.”

The Eagles nearly added another tally in the 31st minute when
Andrew Reyes-Jones laid a pass off for sophomore
Brian Higgins but his bid on net was saved.

Attleboro had a last minute chance in the first half when
Connor Dunn struck a half volley inside the area, but Sharon junior goalie
Ethan Kantor made an acrobatic save to preserve the two goal lead at the break.

Sharon came close to adding a third just over five minutes into the second half but Hasenfus had a big answer. Sophomore
Viktor Schneider’s low cross found the feet of Baur inside the area, but a tackle from
Nathan LaPlume forced it free. Hippler jumped on the loose ball and placed his shot in the upper corner but Hasenfus timed his jump perfectly and knocked it away.

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The save proved big for Attleboro as the Bombardiers cut the deficit in half just four minutes later. Russo launched a big clearance off a Sharon corner and junior
Will Halben was able to flick the ball behind the defense. Halben then tracked down the loose ball, taking advantage of a miscommunication between a Sharon defender and Sharon goalie, touched it wide and finished into the open net to make it 2-1.

The Bombardiers nearly pulled level three minutes later when
Aidan Lanc put a half volley on goal, but Kantor was positioned well.

Two minutes after Andre had his floating header stopped by Kantor, the Eagles found the game winner. After a first corner we cleared away, Baur whipped a cross into the near post and Stessman – who was on the bench for the majority of the second half as he eases into game form – made the run and connected with a header to make it 3-1.

“We have a bunch of young players so when we can score off a set piece, it’s a bonus,” Kelly said. “Our second goal and our last goal to ice it, those are the goals we want to see. But set pieces are big too, a lot of teams score on set pieces in this league. If you’re not scoring on them, you could be down. You take away the set piece goals and it’s a 2-2 tie.”

With Attleboro pushing almost all of its players forward, Sharon’s
Antonio El-Khoury took advantage and tucked his shot into the far corner in the 80th minute.

On the final play of the game, Attleboro sophomore
David Medeiros hammered home a corner from junior
Eli Araujo to make it 4-2.

Sharon boys soccer (2-1-1 overall, 2-1 Hockomock) is back in action on Friday when it opens its Davenport schedule with a visit from Foxboro. Attleboro (0-2-1) is on the road for the second straight game, visiting King Philip on Friday.

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Boys Soccer: 2017 Davenport Division Preview

2017 Davenport Division Preview
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2017 Davenport Boys Soccer Preview

Canton

2016 Record: 8-7-5
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Danny Erickson

After playing a good handful of juniors and sophomores during the 2016 season, the Bulldogs look to be an experienced group heading into this year. Leading the way will be senior and two-time captain Jake Verille, who leads the Bulldogs from the middle of the pitch. Fellow captain Abe Garber is back for another year in net and senior captain John Agnitti with anchor the defensive line.

Verille, a HockomockSports.com Best XI selection last season, has been one of the top playmakers the past two years. On top of Verille’s offensive ability, Canton also returns junior Paul Corcoran – the team’s leading scorer (nine goals) and the HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year. Alongside Corcoran, the Bulldogs have a slew of juniors with varsity experience including Griffin Roach, Simon Cruz, Paulo Ruggeri and Avery Minkin that will all factor into the attack.

“We are confident that we will be able to keep the ball and attack this year,” said Canton head coach Danny Erickson. “The chances should be created, but we will need to finish. We will also need to defend as a group of 11 MUCH better than we did last season.”

Foxboro

2016 Record: 6-9-4
2016 Finish: Reached D3 South First Round
Coach: Joe Franchino

After graduating just five seniors last season, head coach Joe Franchino brings back the majority of squad that had just one loss in its last eight regular season games in 2016. However, two of those five players – Anthony Barreira (two-time Best XI selection) & AJ Bubencik (now playing at Mass. Maritime) – were four year players and will be tough to replace.

The good news is that while the Warriors were young a year ago, a good portion of the team has at least a season of varsity experience under its belt. Senior captain Shawn McNamara, now in his fourth year starting for the Warriors, will lead the way along with fellow captains Matt Rongione and Ryan Kelley. Senior Cam Cass also has plenty of experience and will be relied upon as a playmaker. Junior Shane Vandenboom had a strong sophomore season and will be an important piece in the midfield along classmate Nic Beigel and senior Hussiein Kafel.

Seniors Bobby Harrison will be the starting goalie for the Warriors.

“Coming into my third year, I am confident the team has bought into the system and I’m really looking forward to see how they compete,” Franchino said. “We have experienced senior and junior classes with a couple of sophomores to watch out for. We may not have a target on our back but when it’s all said and done, I believe we have the team to win! I believe in this group and really excited to see what they accomplish.”

Milford

2016 Record: 4-10-4
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Brian Edwards

The Scarlet Hawks are looking to take the next step in year two with Brian Edwards at the helm. After just four wins a season ago, Edwards is hoping that the experience gained by his younger players will translate into more success this time around.

Midfielder Andre Oliveira will be a key piece for Edwards and the Scarlet Hawks, helping both the offense and defense. Oliveira’s ability to transition from defense to offense will be key for the Scarlet Hawks this season. On the defensive side of the ball, senior Jacob Balzarini is back in the center of the defense. After getting plenty of time in that spot last season, Balzarini will be the anchor of the backline this year. On top of Oliveira and Balzaini, Edwards is looking for new players to step up and make an impact.

“I’m looking for us to be a team that stresses balance,” Edwards said. “I am hopeful that the experience many of these guys gained last year translates into more success in the standings. I am also excited to see what the new guys bring to the squad. There are a bunch of hungry young players that want to make their mark on this team and in this league.”

North Attleboro

2016 Record: 2-10-6
2016 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Geoff Burgess

North Attleboro boasts over a dozen seniors on the 2017 version of the Red Rocketeers and head coach Geoff Burgess is hoping that experience will translate into success on the field.

Leading the way will be senior and 2016 HockomockSports.com Second XI selection Gabe Pinhancos, who has been Big Red’s field general for the past couple of seasons. Josh Rodriguez and Ryan Pasquel are also back this season to help bolster the midfield. Junior Joe Hilf and senior Jeff Gale will be relied upon to pace North Attleboro’s offense.

Big Red’s biggest strength could be in the back, having a defensive unit with plenty of experience. Noah Barney and Zach Matracia both saw significant time and will be joined by classmates Andrew Fontaine and Kevin Aguilar. That defensive unit will be in front of senior goalie Brendan Matracia.

“I am hoping that we are going to be a team on the rise this year,” said Burgess. “I have a strong senior class and we’ve had a good summer and an even better preseason.”

Sharon

2016 Record: 11-4-4 (Davenport Division Champions)
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Bryan Kelly

The defending Davenport division champs will boast a large senior class (14) but will also rely on some younger players as they look to win back-to-back Hock titles.

The Eagles’ tri-captains will provide leadership in each part of the pitch, with senior center back Shubo Roy-Chowdury on the back line, senior Tyler Hippler leading the midfield and senior Spencer Hall up front. Sharon’s attack will bolstered by seniors Marques Benton and Andy Reyes-Jones, who both saw plenty of time up top a year ago. Meanwhile, sophomore Michael Baur is back after a standout freshman season and classmates Isaiah Stessman, Brian Higgins and freshman Brice Nathan will all play a role in helping the Eagles go forward.

Maybe the biggest advantage the Eagles have is returning keeper Ethan Kantor. The junior had a terrific season in net a year ago and will be the backbone of the team’s defense.

“With a solid defense that is smart and has speed, we should be able to keep up with fast offenses while not losing the capability to support a potent offense,” said SHS head coach Bryan Kelly. “Overall, we are solid from goal to forwards, it just depends on if we can put the ball in the back of the net.”

Stoughton

2016 Record: 8-9-2
2016 Finish: Reached D2 South Preliminary Round
Coach: Chris Suchorski

Stoughton will be looking to make it back again to the postseason, this time under first-year head coach Chris Suchorski. The Black Knights just made it in a season ago but it marked the third straight year for the program.

Suchorski is tasked with replacing 12 seniors that graduated from last year’s team. However, all of the players he is returning all saw varsity time last season and that should soften the blow dealt by graduation. Senior Tyler Melo (six points) is back and will likely be a vital part of the Black Knights’ midfield and attack. Junior Fabio Ponce de Leon (six points) begins his third season on varsity and will once again be one the Black Knights’ top offensive options. Brian Peoples also returns as one of the team’s top playmakers.

The biggest question could come with the back four, as the Black Knights must find a replacement for 2016 Best XI selection Goddy Fombe, who anchored the back line the past two season the sweeper position.

Monday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/31/16

Today’s games are listed below.

Boys Soccer
Canton, 4 @ Stoughton, 4 – Final Canton erased three different deficits on the road to get the point while Stoughton qualified for the state tournament with the draw. Jordan Asnes opened the scoring on a volley into the far corner off a cross from Brian Peoples. Canton leveled the game to send the teams into the halftime break at 1-1. Stoughton regained the lead after a great through ball from Asnes for a nice finish into the corner from Tyler Melo. The Black Knights made it 3-1 when Loubensky Lucas found John Ortiz in the six yard box. Canton responded with a pair of goals to level the match at 3-3. Stoughton responded instantly as Lucus lifted the ball over the defense and Marco Antunes finished nicely into the corner. Canton tied the game with just over a minute to play to finish 4-4.

Milford, 0 @ Sharon, 3 – FinalSharon built a 1-0 lead by halftime and added two more in the second half, going unbeaten against Davenport foes this season. Ben Stamm and Andrew Reyes-Jones each scored off an assist from Spencer Hall while Marques Benton found the back of the net off an assist from Oliver Hu.

Girls Soccer
Stoughton, 0 @ Canton, 7 – Final

Milford, 0 vs. Holliston, 3 – Final

Volleyball
Canton, 3 vs. Quincy, 0 – FinalCanton finished the season with a 25-21, 26-24, 25-16 sweep against Quincy. Emma Murphy led Canton with nine kills and no errors, hitting .529. Nicole Poole had 24 assists and 20 digs while Casey Shea and Emma Gobbi combined for 14 kills.

Stoughton, 3 @ Fontbonne, 1 – Final

Golf
D2 State Final
Oliver Ames placed sixth out of 13 teams at the MIAA D2 State Final, held at Black Swan Country Club in Georgetown, Mass.

Teams
1. Westwood – 312
2. North Andover – 314
3. Duxbury – 317
4. Nauset – 318
5. Belmont – 320
6. Oliver Ames – 324
7. Nipmuc – 325
8. Dighton-Rehoboth – 328
9. Wellesley – 335
10. Winchester – 325
11. Southwick – 341
12. Belchertown – 343
13. Grafton – 359

Individuals
Ryan McGarry, Oliver Ames – 78
Robbie Congdon, North Attleboro – 79
Mark Bissonnette, Oliver Ames – 80
Brady Allbritton, Oliver Ames – 81
Nick Lombardi, Oliver Ames – 85

Sharon Escapes Stoughton With Win, Davenport Title

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STOUGHTON, Mass. – Sharon didn’t have the majority of possession or chances on the road at Stoughton on Tuesday afternoon. But the Eagles did walk away with the most important thing: two points.

Those two points clinched a share of the Davenport division title, and by the end of the night, because of Foxboro’s win over Canton, Sharon clinched the title outright.

The 2-0 win over Stoughton gave Sharon its first ever boys soccer Davenport title and first league title since 1994.

“It was tough conditions today. The wind, the shorter field, the narrower field,” Sharon head coach Bryan Kelly said. “They clearly knew how to play the field – I’m going to chalk it up to that. As far as possession, we had to change formations a couple times to find the right one and we found it in the second half and we started to get possession a little better. They definitely had it in the first half, luckily we got that early goal and it kind of led us to victory. Once we established in the 4-4-2, we were set.”

Stoughton set out to use the wind to its advantage in the first half but Sharon registered the first two chances on goal. In the 6th minute, Ben Stamm sprayed Jake Teven wide along the right sideline. Teven put in a service over the Stoughton keeper the died in the area but Andrew Reyes-Jones’ close bid hit off the far post.

Just two minutes later, the Eagles once again were able to escape the pressure from the Black Knights. Stamm found himself on the right sideline wish possession and again, floated a ball that fell to the back post where Reyes-Jones redeemed himself with the close tap in to make it 1-0.

It looked like Stoughton would pull one back immediately as Loubensky Lucas used a nice move to get into the area along the touchline and had his cross knocked down on a handball. However, Sharon sophomore keeper Ethan Kantor used a diving save – his feet stopping the shot down the middle to keep the Eagles up.

For the rest of the first half, Stoughton was on the front end of things but couldn’t convert a dozen crosses into the area. Conor Kavanaghhad one cross hit off the crossbar and cleared and then another fall right through the area without a recipient latching on to it. Rami Hourabidelivered a tempting free kick right into the area but again, Stoughton couldn’t pounce on the loose ball in the area.

The pressure continued into the second half, despite the Black Knights playing against the wind. Noah Schulze connected with Lucas, who had a neat touch to put Jordan Asnes into the area but his bid rolled just wide at the far post in the 45th minute.

In the 58th minute, Goddy Fombe found Kavanagh in the area but his tight angle shot found the side netting on the outside at the near post. One minute later, Kantor had his biggest save in the run of play, robbing the Knights of the tying goal.

Asnes stayed patient as he gained possession in the attacking third, allowing runs to develop and finding a streaking Fabio Ponce De Leon up the middle. Ponce De Leon unleashed a shot that look destined for the back of the net but Kantor made a leaping save, punching the ball clear.

“He’s 3-for-4 on penalty kicks this year, he’s a dynamite goalie,” Kelly said. “I’m glad I have him for another two years too. He’s only a sophomore, he’s been lights out for us all year long and he continued to be today.”

Stoughton continued the pressure as Ponce De Leon connected with Kavanagh for a cross to Lucas, for a touch to Asnes, only for the shot to be partially blocked and smothered by Kantor.

“I don’t know what it is but the final decision, I don’t know what it is,” Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter said. “Not sure if it’s that we just need that one point to get into the tournament or what. We just have had so many games this year where we’ve dominated we just can’t seem to get…I don’t want to say luck, we just can’t seem to get it done.

“We’ve scored enough goals this year but the last few games, I can’t put my finger on it. The boys played well today – I can’t be too upset. We dominated the game. We needed to use the conditions in the first half. I just wish we put our second half performance in the first half and I think the outcome we have been different. To be fair to Sharon, they had two chances and they took them well. That’s what happens in soccer.”

Sharon had a pair of chances on the counter in the 63rd and 65th minutes but both shots were turned away by Stoughton keeper Matt Gallagher.

The Eagles iced the game in the 72nd minute, using the counter to play the ball over the top of Stoughton’s high line. Spencer Hall sprang Marques Benton in alone and he made the most of his chance with a shot into the back left corner.

Sharon boys soccer improves to 9-3-4 overall, and 8-3-3 in the Davenport. The Eagles will conclude the season with a home and home series with Milford, first visiting the Scarlet Hawks on Thursday. Stoughton falls to 8-8-1 overall. The Black Knights will need to get at least a point when they host Canton on Thursday in order to qualify for the state tournament.

Stamm’s Brace Helps Sharon Pick Up Win Over Franklin

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Sharon’s Michael Baur (left) goes up for a header in the second half against Franklin. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
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SHARON, Mass. – Sharon senior Ben Stamm scored once in each half and the Eagles’ defense was able to limit Franklin in a 2-0 win on Friday afternoon.

The Eagles didn’t waste much time to seize the lead, finding the back of the net inside the opening five minutes. Sharon then iced the game with just over 10 minutes to play. Both goals came off long throw-ins.

“We haven’t used the long throw-in at all,” Sharon head coach Bryan Kelly said. “Two goals off of long throws is really nice. And on those direct kicks, if could get on the end of some of those, we could have scored more but it’s something we’ve got to work on. This season is the most we’ve scored on set pieces since I’ve been here.”

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In the fourth minute, Shubojit Roy-Chowdhury launched a long throw from the attacking third into the area. The ball fell to Stamm, who had his first shot blocked. The senior kept with it and got another shot, this one was partially blocked but trickled in at the far post to put Sharon up 1-0.

“We’ve been working on possession and switching the field a lot since the KP game,” Kelly said. “Some of the pieces fell into place today. Getting that early goal, just that little poke in, it gave us confidence to ride. We lost a little composure after that but I have a good group of seniors that can get it back for us. And I have a lot of subs at my disposal and we don’t get any worse.

“We’re deep, we’re fast and when we play the way we know how to play, we come out on top.”

Franklin had the only other scoring chance of the first half. In the 16th minute, Matt Poirier launched a service from the right sideline, just a few steps over half. The ball was deflected and bounced through Sharon’s area and found Farley Asmath, but his bid went over the bar at the far post.

Chances were aplenty in the second half, the first just two minutes into the stanza. Spencer Hall worked to get some space on the left sideline and hit a service to the back post. Oliver Hu elected to have a go on a one-time volley but his bid went high.

In the 55th minute, the Panthers had a free kick from midfield that Asmath met with his head to flick on. Kevin Hall ran onto the ball at the back post but his touch went just over the bar. Two minutes later, Sharon had a chance when Alex Romantz flicked the ball to Andrew Reyes-Jones in the area but Franklin keeper Freddie Beckmann was first to the ball to end the chance.

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Ten minutes later, Sharon’s Marques Benton played a ball into Reyes-Jones but once again Beckmann was quick off his line to gobble the ball up. In the 68th minute, a free kick from Franklin’s Liam Kapples found the head of Hatim Brahimi in the area but Sharon keeper Ethan Kantor smothered the loose ball before a Panther could latch onto it.

Finally in the 69th minute, the Eagles cashed in on another long throw. Tyler Hippler tossed the ball into the area and a scoffed clearance from the Panthers defense led to an open opportunity for Stamm and he buried it at the far post to make it 2-0.

“In practice, we emphasized making sure, even if we lose the ball, we don’t stop playing,” Kelly said. “We have to keep playing until we get the ball back. When we have players start to buy into the system, that’s what we see. We have a great defense this year too. With Shalin [Patel] at stopper and Shubojit at sweeper, we hopefully shut down the best player on the other team.”

With the win, Sharon boys soccer (6-3-2) moves into a tie atop the Davenport division with Canton – both 5-3-2 in league play. The Eagles have three straight home games, starting with a visit from Foxboro on Monday.

After picking up five wins in its first six games, Franklin (5-6-2, 4-5-2) has now gone winless in its last seven games. The Panthers will try to bounce back with a trip to Oliver Ames on Monday.

“I don’t have any answers, it’s a funny team,” Franklin head coach Fran Bositis said. “We’re just finding ways to lose games. It’s been a combination of things. I don’t think it’s from a lack of effort but I don’t know what it is, I can’t figure it out.”

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