Heads Up Goal From Nutt Holds Up In OA's Road Win

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By Ryan Lanigan, Editor-in-Chief
NORFOLK, Mass. – You see it so often in the game of soccer.
When one player shoots, players on both sides can get caught watching the outcome.
Nearly every one of the field players was guilty of that when Oliver Ames’ Chris Romero ripped a shot from 20 yards out in the 19th minute. The ball clanked off the crossbar, eluding the dive of King Philip goalie Brandon Ziolkowski, and came back into play.
There was one player, however, that wasn’t caught watching. Oliver Ames senior captain Keegan Nutt came running in all alone and headed home the ball off the rebound into an open net to give the Tigers the lead.
That goal would be enough as the Tigers (9-0, 9-0) continued their perfect start with a 1-0 win at King Philip.
“He did a great job,” Oliver Ames head coach John Barata said. “Chris’ shot was awesome and deserved a goal. I’m glad Keegan followed it up and finished because it would have been a shame if we didn’t score there.”
The goal came after Oliver Ames nearly scored the opener a minute earlier. Senior Max Bamford used a long throw in to get the ball into the area and sophomore Mason Galbato got his head to it and flicked it towards the back post but Ziolkowski got his finger tips to the ball and pushed it wide for a corner.
Oliver Ames continued to press in the first half, winning the majority of the duels in the midfield and didn’t let the Warriors get much going offensively.
It wasn’t until the 39th minute that the Warriors were able to register a serious scoring threat. A corner kick floated into the area was met by the head of Tom Lugten but his bid hit off the bar and Paul Kelley’s follow up attempt went over the bar.
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Junior Thomas McCormick nearly doubled Oliver Ames’ lead in the first minute of the second half, getting past a defender and getting a shot off at the near post but Ziolkowski was there to meet it once again.
Three minutes later, Ziolkowski was called into action again as a head back from a defender was a little short but before OA could get much on the attempt, Ziolkowski collected for the save.
“He’s improving as the season progressed,” KP head coach Nick Gale said of Ziolkowski. “His soccer IQ has been improving too. He wasn’t the reason why we lost today.”
OA again had a chance from inside the area in the 68th minute. Another long throw Bamford forced Ziolkowski off his line and he punched it clear. The ball eventually fell to Romero, who got a good shot in but Ziolkowski was once again back in position for the save.
The Tigers looked like they had doubled the lead in the 70th minute. A free kick from the right side from about 25 yards out was taken by sophomore Cam Vella. Instead of a service into the area, Vella hit a streaking Matt Campbell all alone to the right of the wall and the sophomore hit a tough angle shot that found the back of the net. But the referee blew the whistle and said the play was offside.
Just a minute later, Vella connected with sophomore Nathaniel Cardoza, who put Romero in on goal alone but a shot from inside the 18 was denied by Ziolkowski’s diving effort and the follow up chance was also saved.
“I think we had a lot of control in the game,” Barata said. “I think we were able to do what we needed to do in the game to get a lot of chances. I think we unfortunately missed 10 or 12 chances inside the 12 (yard box) and that’s a problem that we’ll have to address and fix as we get into the second half of the season.”
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Oliver Ames was able to create so many chances because of their play in the midfield. Between the play of Vella and Cardoza in the midfield and the efforts from Campbell, Romero, Galbato and sophomore Matt Alvarado, it was difficult for King Philip to transition from defense to offense. The Tigers have allowed just one gaol in nine games this season.
“I think transitionally we were very good,” Barata said. “Offensively even when we lost the ball we were very good to get back and defend and that’s kind of been our M.O. this year which is why we haven’t given up a lot of goals. I think it’s been our team defense and we’ve had consistent goalkeeping at the moment, Jack has done a great job, and the back line has done a good job.”
“When you’re constantly pressured and they have possession of the ball all the time, it’s very difficult to get into the flow of the game and build momentum,” Gale added. “I think we adjusted a little bit in the second half and hopefully that was on our part and not them sitting back a little bit more. I think we really lost this game in the midfield today. Defensively we held up as strong as we possibly could. Ryan Coulter and Cam Mullins did another phenomenal job back there.”
Oliver Ames will look to get its 10th win of the season on Tuesday when they host Attleboro to open a three game home stand. King Philip (5-6, 4-6) will continue its push for a playoff berth when they travel to Foxboro on Tuesday.
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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. 
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. 
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.