McCormick's First Half Goal Stands Up in OA's Win

Oliver Ames' Cam Vella dribbles around Milton's Cole Kroninger in the first half at Mustaco Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Oliver Ames’ Cam Vella dribbles around Milton’s Cole Kroninger in the first half at Mustaco Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Junior Thomas McCormick scored in the 33rd minute and Oliver Ames was able to shut out Milton in a 1-0 win on Friday afternoon.

Senior Keegan Nutt used his head to flick on a ball over the top of the defense. McCormick was able to get a touch to it and get in front of the defender and rifled a shot into the net to make it 1-0 shortly before halftime.

“It was a tough game,” Oliver Ames head coach John Barata said. “That team, if they play in the Hockomock is not 9-10, they’re a very good team. Mike has done a good job with his guys. It was a good battle for us. You know the first game of the tournament is going to be hard. Now we get to play Hingham, again.”

Oliver Ames came out of the gates with a good pace and applied the pressure to the wildcats. A neat combo from Max Bamford to Thomas McCormick to Cam Vella results in a shot from 25 yards out but Vella’s bid bounced just wide at the far post.

Tigers’ goalie Jack Carroll was called into action 12 minutes in. Milton had a free kick from the corner of the area that was struck on goal from Josh Madden but Carroll covered his near post well to pull in the shot.

Just four minutes later, Romero danced his way past a pair of defenders and unleashed a shot from inside the area on a tight angle but Milton keeper Joe Morfin was there for one of his nine saves in the game.

Morfin was called into action with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half when pressure from Romero resulted in a deflected clearance. Morfin was forced to back pedal and get a hand to the ball as he was falling into his own net.

Carroll had to deal with a deflection himself just two minutes later when Stefan Richardson ripped a shot from the 18 yard line that deflected off a defender. Carroll was forced into a diving save at the far post to keep the ball out.

McCormick put the home side ahead in the 33rd minute and Nutt nearly doubled the lead just a minute later but Morfin was well positioned for the save.

It was mostly a back and forth battle in the second half and it wasn’t until midway through when Nutt took a pass from Jack Sheldon but his bid was right at Morfin.

Milton threatened just two minutes later when Madden whipped in a corner that was headed by Louis Fitzgerald but Carroll got down on the ball before a late slide.

While OA registered 10 shots on target, the Wildcats had six but were limited in the run of play thanks in large part to a strong effort from Max Ahern, Jared Mallers, Cam Johnson and Bamford.

“They did their job,” Barata said. “We had to play with guys forward. I thought the back three did their job with Cam Johnson in front of them did well. I thought we created more chances when we had Cardoza, Cam, Keegan, Romero and McCormick all up.”

In the 68th minute, the Wildcats had their best chance at an equalizer. On a long free kick, Alden Odmilson Rosa flicked the ball on and Richardson raced onto it. Before Carroll could slide onto it, Richardson touched around him and had a chance on goal but Romero was in perfect position and blocked the shot from going in.

It was a good spot for Romero, who had played mostly in an attacking role for the majority of the game. Late in the second half, Barata moved him back to defense, a spot where Romero has played in the past.

“Chris Romero is an MVP candidate, I think he’s certainly one of the best players in the league,” Barata said. “His versatility, not many players have it. You can put him at left mid or forward or center back and he does his job, three times too. He had the clearance, he chased the Herget Division MVP down to get the ball and then defended the shot that went on frame. I’m very lucky to have him.”

Oliver Ames’ next opponent will be Hingham, a team that the Tigers have eliminated in two straight tournaments, including in the D2 South Finals last year.

“We’ve seen them the last two years and we know they’re an excellent team, they’re awesome on the ball,” Barata said. “I think they won their league this year so they’re motivated and obviously they want revenge. It will be a tough game on Sunday.”

The Tigers will play host to the Harbormen on Sunday at 5:00 at Mustaco Stadium.

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

McCormick’s First Half Goal Stands Up in OA’s Win

Oliver Ames' Cam Vella dribbles around Milton's Cole Kroninger in the first half at Mustaco Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)
Oliver Ames’ Cam Vella dribbles around Milton’s Cole Kroninger in the first half at Mustaco Stadium. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief

NORTH EASTON, Mass. – Junior Thomas McCormick scored in the 33rd minute and Oliver Ames was able to shut out Milton in a 1-0 win on Friday afternoon.

Senior Keegan Nutt used his head to flick on a ball over the top of the defense. McCormick was able to get a touch to it and get in front of the defender and rifled a shot into the net to make it 1-0 shortly before halftime.

“It was a tough game,” Oliver Ames head coach John Barata said. “That team, if they play in the Hockomock is not 9-10, they’re a very good team. Mike has done a good job with his guys. It was a good battle for us. You know the first game of the tournament is going to be hard. Now we get to play Hingham, again.”

Oliver Ames came out of the gates with a good pace and applied the pressure to the wildcats. A neat combo from Max Bamford to Thomas McCormick to Cam Vella results in a shot from 25 yards out but Vella’s bid bounced just wide at the far post.

Tigers’ goalie Jack Carroll was called into action 12 minutes in. Milton had a free kick from the corner of the area that was struck on goal from Josh Madden but Carroll covered his near post well to pull in the shot.

Just four minutes later, Romero danced his way past a pair of defenders and unleashed a shot from inside the area on a tight angle but Milton keeper Joe Morfin was there for one of his nine saves in the game.

Morfin was called into action with just over 15 minutes to play in the first half when pressure from Romero resulted in a deflected clearance. Morfin was forced to back pedal and get a hand to the ball as he was falling into his own net.

Carroll had to deal with a deflection himself just two minutes later when Stefan Richardson ripped a shot from the 18 yard line that deflected off a defender. Carroll was forced into a diving save at the far post to keep the ball out.

McCormick put the home side ahead in the 33rd minute and Nutt nearly doubled the lead just a minute later but Morfin was well positioned for the save.

It was mostly a back and forth battle in the second half and it wasn’t until midway through when Nutt took a pass from Jack Sheldon but his bid was right at Morfin.

Milton threatened just two minutes later when Madden whipped in a corner that was headed by Louis Fitzgerald but Carroll got down on the ball before a late slide.

While OA registered 10 shots on target, the Wildcats had six but were limited in the run of play thanks in large part to a strong effort from Max Ahern, Jared Mallers, Cam Johnson and Bamford.

“They did their job,” Barata said. “We had to play with guys forward. I thought the back three did their job with Cam Johnson in front of them did well. I thought we created more chances when we had Cardoza, Cam, Keegan, Romero and McCormick all up.”

In the 68th minute, the Wildcats had their best chance at an equalizer. On a long free kick, Alden Odmilson Rosa flicked the ball on and Richardson raced onto it. Before Carroll could slide onto it, Richardson touched around him and had a chance on goal but Romero was in perfect position and blocked the shot from going in.

It was a good spot for Romero, who had played mostly in an attacking role for the majority of the game. Late in the second half, Barata moved him back to defense, a spot where Romero has played in the past.

“Chris Romero is an MVP candidate, I think he’s certainly one of the best players in the league,” Barata said. “His versatility, not many players have it. You can put him at left mid or forward or center back and he does his job, three times too. He had the clearance, he chased the Herget Division MVP down to get the ball and then defended the shot that went on frame. I’m very lucky to have him.”

Oliver Ames’ next opponent will be Hingham, a team that the Tigers have eliminated in two straight tournaments, including in the D2 South Finals last year.

“We’ve seen them the last two years and we know they’re an excellent team, they’re awesome on the ball,” Barata said. “I think they won their league this year so they’re motivated and obviously they want revenge. It will be a tough game on Sunday.”

The Tigers will play host to the Harbormen on Sunday at 5:00 at Mustaco Stadium.

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

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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