Free Kick Downs Bulldogs in South Quarterfinal

Sarah MacQuarrie
Sarah MacQuarrie (9) and the Bulldogs were undone by a late free kick in a 2-0 loss to Medfield on Saturday. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

CANTON, Mass. – Saturday afternoon’s Div. 2 South matchup between Canton and Medfield at World War II Veterans Memorial Field was intense. Both teams pressured high up the pitch, the ball rocketed back and forth from one end to the other, and no one had more than a second on the ball to try and make a play.

In evenly matched games between good teams, sometimes it takes one moment of magic to decide the outcome. On Saturday, that moment of magic was provided by Medfield right back Sydney Joline.

The junior lined up a 25-yard free kick from the right side of the penalty area with 10 minutes remaining in a scoreless game. The angle and distance would normally require a cross into the box, but Joline was urged to shoot by the Medfield bench and she cooperated with a rocket that snuck just inside the far post breaking the deadlock and Canton hearts.

Medfield tacked on another goal in the final minute and came away with a 2-0 victory over the Bulldogs that moved the Warriors on to the sectional semifinal and a matchup with Notre Dame Academy (Hingham).

“It wasn’t savable by any stretch of the imagination,” said Canton coach Kate Howarth in frustration. “It is what it is; you can’t do anything about it.”

“We fought back and that’s all we can do…there was nothing we could do about that.”

Medfield coach Mike LaFrancesca, who said that Joline had the hardest shot he has seen in 20 years of coaching, added, “Having a weapon like that is so important. That was the difference tonight. We were able to get on the board because of a play like that.”

Canton had the first shot on goal in the third minute. Tessa Cudmore taking a shot from the edge of the box that was right at Medfield keeper Sarah Graham. A minute later, Medfield had its first chance when Canton keeper Kathryn Doody failed to handle the first shot that led to a scramble in the box. Doody ended up making two big saves before the ball was cleared.

Joline fired warning shots in the 20th and 31st minute. One free kick from the right sailed narrowly over the crossbar and her shot from the left forced Doody into another save on a tough dipping shot that bounced a foot in front of the keeper.

The Bulldogs had probably the best chance of the game in the 33rd minute. Sarah MacQuarrie spring Cudmore with a through ball in the left channel. Graham came out to the edge of the box but was unable to handle it cleanly and Cudmore touched it past the keeper. With the goal gaping, but at a tough angle, she missed the far post by inches.

“I think we did a good of being dangerous on the chances we had,” said Howarth. “I think we had more dangerous chances than they did; we just couldn’t finish one.”

The second half was played almost entirely in the midfield with neither team able to create consistent scoring opportunities. As the clock continued to wind down and the pressure ratcheted up, both teams became increasingly frenetic.

Howarth said, “I talked to a couple of my girls when we get a throw in or we get a free kick to just take a second and take a deep breath. Those are the moments when you can pause for a second and everyone can compose themselves.”

In the 70th minute, Joline struck for the Warriors and changed the way the game was being played. Canton needed to push forward more and take more chances. In the 74th it almost paid off for the Bulldogs when Cudmore had a breakaway down the right channel only to be denied at the last minute by Medfield left back Sarah Crofts.

MacQuarrie also had a shot from he edge of the box that forced Graham to get down well to tip it around the post. The ensuing corner was cleared.

In the final two minutes, Medfield had a throw in deep in its attacking third and the ball bounced into the penalty area where Maggie McCarthy slid across to knock it past Doody.

“Are they two goals better than us? No,” said Howarth. “But, that’s part of the reason you play the game and you love the game because any given day anyone can beat any team.”

Howarth praised the back four of Shannon Foley, Sarah Connelly, Hayley Mulford, and Sarah Collins for keeping Medfield at bay. Other than a chance in the first half, the Warriors striker Taylor Sherman has little impact on the game.

Overall, Howarth was proud of her team, while also disappointed in the one chance the separated the teams.

“We didn’t play badly at all,” she said. “We played with more intensity today than we had all season. We played the way we needed to and they got lucky and that’s part of the game.”

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

Tuesday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 09/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
Mansfield, 2 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – Chris Elsner picked up his sixth assist of the season, finding Brad Eames for the opening goal just seven minutes into the game to give the Hornets the early lead. Cullin Anastasia doubled the Hornets’ lead just seconds before the halftime before off an assist from Jareme DiLirenzo. Michael Kirejczyk made five saves in net and got strong performances from Harry Braidt, Max Gurnon, Nick Hyland and Elsner in front of him. 

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon finished off a long throw in from Josh Mitchell in the first half but Canton freshman Paul Corcoran scored his first career goal to pull the Bulldogs level. 

Taunton, @ King Philip, 4 – Final – Tyler Mann scored the opening goal inside the first 10 minutes off an assist from Joe Kellett and then Mann returned the favor less than 10 minutes later, finding Kellett on a corner kick. Will Weir also scored a first half goal and Cam Mullins added a fourth for the Warriors early in the second half. 

Milford, 0 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final – Junior Thomas McCormick set up a goal in both the first and second halves to push OA to a key divisional win. McCormick assisted on Keegan Nutt’s goal in the first half and then McCormick set up Jack Sheldon in the second half.
Girls Soccer
Attleboro, 1 @ Mansfield, 4 – Final – Alle Bezeau, Stephanie Kemp, Jen Kemp and Katie Bongarzone all scored second half goals to give Mansfield head coach Kevin Smith his 100th career victory. Paige Medeiros scored for Attleboro. 

Stoughton, 1 @ Canton, 6 – Final – The Bulldogs created a number of chances, according to coach Kate Howarth, and had five different players score goals in the win. Meaghan Hunter scored twice for Canton, which also got goals from Hannah Link, Riley Duserick, Sarah MacQuarrie, and Sarah Connelly. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Krista Michienzi off a cross from Mia Greene. 
Foxboro, 5 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Riley Collins scored a hat trick for Foxboro and Hannah Burns and Hailey Maling each scored once. 

King Philip, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Oliver Ames jumped out to a 2-0 lead at halftime behind goals from junior Francesca Calabraro and senior Delaney Benton. Junior Kiana Lozzi added a second half goal for the Tigers. Milford head coach Jay Mastaj said Katie Brown, Kristen Franzini and Nichole Dahlgren played well for the Scarlet Hawks. 
Volleyball
Oliver Ames, 3 @ Sharon, 1 – Final
Field Hockey
Mansfield, 4 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Olivia Horn found the back of the net twice to pace Mansfield to a key divisional win over Attleboro. Caitlin Whitman and Brianna Puccia each scored once for the Hornets.

Canton, 1 @ Stoughton, 2 – Final – Angela Connelly’s goal with 2:39 left in the game lifted Stoughton to its first win over Canton in over a decade. Mia Russell scored Stoughton’s first goal.

Sharon, 0 @ Foxboro, 7 – Final – Annie McGeary scored a hat trick for the Warriors. 

North Attleboro, 0 @ Franklin, 5 – Final – Senior Samantha Jones made nine saves in net to get the shutout as Franklin bounced back from its first loss of the season. Freshman Annie Walsh scored a pair of goals while senior Kelsey McPhee, sophomore Christina Quinn and freshman Cassi Ronan each scored once. 

Taunton, 1 @ King Philip, 3 – Final – King Philip netted a pair of goals in the second half to break a 1-1 deadlock at halftime. Courtney Foley scored twice, one assisted by Christina Hathaway and one by Casie Curtin. Liz Furfari netted an unassisted goal for KP. 
Cross Country
Boys
Attleboro, 22 @ King Philip, 33 – Final

Milford, 25 @ Canton, 30 – Final – Canton senior Mark Clancy broke the course record time, finishing in 16:08 to beat the old record by 13 seconds. Canton’s other finishes were sophomore Jack Healey in fourth (17:09), senior Courtland Priest in sixth (17:41) Thomas Cahill in ninth (18:04) and Andrew Salvatori in 11th (18:27).

Foxboro, 44 @ Oliver Ames, 19 – Final
Mansfield, 20 @ Franklin, 35 – Final
North Attleboro, 35 @ Taunton, 20 – Final
Stoughton, 45 @ Sharon, 16 – Final
Girls
Attleboro, 50 @ King Philip, 15 – Final – King Philip took the first five spots in the race with sophomore Erin Quinn leading the way in 20:41. Erica Layne, Leia Quinn, Nicole Jutras and Brianna Aubin also finished in the top five. 

Milford, 34 @ Canton, 25 – Final – Canton’s Cat Song set a new course record (17:57), smashing the previous record (19:26) but nearly 90 seconds. Olivia Stevens finished fourth (22:13), Ally Chin finished fifth (22;21), Emily Orkin in seventh (22:35) and Margaret Polsgrove (22:54) in eighth. 
Foxboro, 41 @ Oliver Ames, 20 – Final
Mansfield, 42 @ Franklin, 18 – Final
North Attleboro, 22 @ Taunton, 39 – Final
Stoughton, 49 @ Sharon, 15 – Final
Golf
Milford, 104 @ Stoughton, 122 – Final (6 holes) – Ryan Tomaso, Anthony Arcudi, Riley Lynch and Tylor Renaud were the top four finishers for the Scarlet Hawks. Eoin Doherty was the top finish for Stoughton.

Sharon, 176 @ Canton, 156 – Final – Junior Pat Duggan and sophomore Danny Powers each shot 39 for the Bulldogs, who qualified for the state tournament with the win. Junior Jackson Maffeo added a 39 and Jack Goyetch shot 41 for Canton. Sharon’s Jordan Chabot shot a team-low 39. 

Taunton, 200 @ King Philip, 203 – Final – After being tied at 159 through four cards, the match was decided on the fifth card with Taunton edging KP by three strokes. Mario Wilson and Kaynel Gonsalves each shot 39 for Taunton while Justin Proto shot a 40. For King Philip, Mickey Riley was the match medalist with a 37 and sophomore Danny McLoughlin added a 38. 

Oliver Ames, 158 @ Attleboro, 175 – Final – Steven Tasho and Brian Lambert each carded a 39 to lead the Tigers to a win. Tyler Letendre shot a 40 for Attleboro.

North Attleboro, 166 @ Mansfield, 164 – Final

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.

Girls Soccer: 2015 Davenport Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

CANTON

2014 Record: 10-7-3
2014 Finish: Reached D2 South First Round
Coach: Kate Howarth
The Bulldogs have been building with a young roster under Kate Howarth, who is entering her third year in charge, and that youth has created depth for a team that is looking to challenge OA and Foxboro for the league title.
The experience on the pitch together has Howarth believing that this could be a year to watch out for Canton. Sophomore Riley Duserick returns after earning all-star plaudits during her rookie season and she will be joined by midfielders Sarah McQuarrie and Sarah Connelly and forward Tessa Cudmore.
Howarth said, “If we play our game I think we will be able to be a very competitive team! We are talented and athletic!” The Bulldogs will try to turn that athleticism into wins.

FOXBORO

2014 Record: 12-3-4
2014 Finish: Reached D2 South Quarterfinals
Coach: Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn
Foxboro reached the second round of the playoffs only to run into perennial Div. 2 power Medfield for the second year in a row. With a number of young players returning with more experience, the Warriors will be hoping to chase down the Davenport title that they narrowly missed out on last year.
Lily Sykes will be the key player returning. The sophomore led the league with 24 goals last year from her midfield position and she will be pairing up with junior Kristen Bortolotti, who is back for her third season on varsity. Goalie Hallie Canfield is back as is Carolyn Will in the center of midfield.
Youth was the story for Foxboro last year, but this season head coach Kaitlin Lamothe-Vaughn will only have one freshman on the roster, Alex Stamatos, who will step in and start for the Warriors on defense.

MILFORD

2014 Record: 5-10-3
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jay Mastaj
Injuries have plagued the Hawks in recent years with important players missing significant time with ACL tears and assorted other ailments. For a team that isn’t as deep as its rivals that can be a huge issue.
This year, Milford coach Jay Mastaj believes that he has a talented, and young, roster that can get Milford back into the playoffs and his goal is to get them a home tournament game. One of the keys will be senior Katie Brown, who moves from midfield to forward this season alongside junior Kristin Franzini.
Nicole Dahlgren will be back in the center of midfield to break up play and Milford returns almost all of its back four, which all saw a lot of playing time as freshmen last season. Christine Pye is also back in goal to help, Mastaj hopes, make Milford a tough team to play against this season.

OLIVER AMES

2014 Record: 11-2-4
2014 Finish: Reached D1 South First Round
Coach: Britt Sellmayer
Confidence is high around the Oliver Ames soccer field this preseason as the Tigers return the majority of last year’s Davenport Division champions and there are thoughts that this squad could be capable of getting back to the South final as OA did three years ago.
One reason for optimism is the return of senior defender Delaney Benton for a full season. Benton is a two-time HockomockSports.com Best XI defender, who missed almost a month of last season. In the midfield, OA will be relying on junior Francesca Calabraro, the reigning Underclassman of the Year, who will run the show for the Tigers in the center of the pitch.
There is rare depth at goalie for OA with head coach Britt Sellmayer saying he has three players he can count on and up front junior Kiana Lozzi has strength and skill to hold the ball up or finish. Sellmayer comes into the season confident he has a squad to challenge even in the loaded D1 South.

SHARON

2014 Record: 3-14-1
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Jon Lavien
The Eagles struggled through 2014, but head coach Jon Lavien is confident that the roster is improving with experience and he is talking about the postseason for Sharon in 2015.
Victoria Zambello returns for Sharon after a league all-star caliber season. She will play both at forward and the midfield alongside returning starter Ally Filipkowski and junior midfielder/stopper Ally Steinberg. Brenna Pittman is also back to captain the defensive unit. In addition, twins Alex and Sam Rabb, as well as Sabrina Robbins and Anna Crosby add youth with club experience to the roster.
Lavien is also hoping the return of captain Abby Roseman from an ACL injury will provide a boost to the team’s lineup. He is very excited about the potential in his roster and hopes for a quick turnaround from last year’s struggles.

STOUGHTON

2014 Record: 2-15-1
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Tara Daniels
Stoughton had a rough 2014 and new coach Tara Daniels has had a short preseason to get things together before the start of a new campaign.
Daniels will be counting on the leadership of her three captains to help get the roster in shape ahead of the season. 2014 Hockomock all-star Marissa Williams returns in goal where she backstops a defense that is led by fellow senior captain Samantha Tullis. Just in front of the defense is senior midfielder Taryn Bates.
Defense and conditioning have been the primary focus of preseason work as Daniels builds a defense that will be hard to play against and competitive in the Hock.