Saturday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/21/15

Today games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D2 State Final
#3 Oliver Ames, 3 vs. #9 Masconomet, 1 – Final – Masco took the lead in the 13th minute but goals from Chris Romero and Nathaniel Cardoza put Oliver Ames up at halftime. Thomas McCormick added a third for the Tigers in the second half off an assist from sophomore Matt Alvarado. This is the first time in program history Oliver Ames has won a state title. 
HockomockSports.com Soccer Charity All Star Event
Attleboro High School
Boys Soccer
White/Blue Team, 7 vs. Gold Team, 1 – Final – Milford’s Justin Borges scored the lone goal of the first half in the 28th minute to give White a lead at the break. Nine minutes into the second half, Foxboro’s Anthony Barreira doubled the lead and just four minutes later Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce de Leon got on the end of a cross from North Attleboro’s Matt Coscarella to make it 3-0 White. Stoughton’s Tyler Melo flicked in Barreira for his second of the game and three minutes later, Melo touched to Franklin’s Austin Kent who found Barreira for his hat trick to make it 5-0. Sharon’s Jake Goloboy and King Philip’s Cam Mullins added goals within a minute to make it 7-0. Taunton’s Austin Botelho got on the end of a scramble inside the area in the final minute to get Gold on the board. Thank you to Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter and Attleboro assistant Steve Rodrigues for coaching. Rosters for the game can be viewed here. 
Girls Soccer
White/Blue Team, 5 vs. Gold Team, 3 – Final – North Attleboro’s Hana Caster put White up five minutes into the game but Franklin’s Victoria Stowell leveled the match in first half extra time off a free kick from Oliver Ames’ Zoe Chazan. Attleboro’s Rebekah Entwistle pushed White ahead shortly after the break but Victoria Stowell pulled it even within a minute. Mansfield’s Jen Kemp have White another lead in the 50th minute but Canton’s Sarah MacQuarrie linked up with Attleboro’s Paige Medeiros to make it 3-3. Kemp grabbed her second of the game to make it 4-3 and with 10 minutes to play, Franklin’s Alexis Stowell added a fifth goal for Gold. Thank you to Stoughton’s Tara Daniels and Taunton’s Edie Dixon for coaching. Rosters for the game can be viewed here.

Saturday’s Schedule & Scoreboard – 11/21/15

Today games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
D2 State Final
#3 Oliver Ames, 3 vs. #9 Masconomet, 1 – Final – Masco took the lead in the 13th minute but goals from Chris Romero and Nathaniel Cardoza put Oliver Ames up at halftime. Thomas McCormick added a third for the Tigers in the second half off an assist from sophomore Matt Alvarado. This is the first time in program history Oliver Ames has won a state title. 
HockomockSports.com Soccer Charity All Star Event
Attleboro High School
Boys Soccer
White/Blue Team, 7 vs. Gold Team, 1 – Final – Milford’s Justin Borges scored the lone goal of the first half in the 28th minute to give White a lead at the break. Nine minutes into the second half, Foxboro’s Anthony Barreira doubled the lead and just four minutes later Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce de Leon got on the end of a cross from North Attleboro’s Matt Coscarella to make it 3-0 White. Stoughton’s Tyler Melo flicked in Barreira for his second of the game and three minutes later, Melo touched to Franklin’s Austin Kent who found Barreira for his hat trick to make it 5-0. Sharon’s Jake Goloboy and King Philip’s Cam Mullins added goals within a minute to make it 7-0. Taunton’s Austin Botelho got on the end of a scramble inside the area in the final minute to get Gold on the board. Thank you to Stoughton head coach Aaron Salter and Attleboro assistant Steve Rodrigues for coaching. Rosters for the game can be viewed here. 
Girls Soccer
White/Blue Team, 5 vs. Gold Team, 3 – Final – North Attleboro’s Hana Caster put White up five minutes into the game but Franklin’s Victoria Stowell leveled the match in first half extra time off a free kick from Oliver Ames’ Zoe Chazan. Attleboro’s Rebekah Entwistle pushed White ahead shortly after the break but Victoria Stowell pulled it even within a minute. Mansfield’s Jen Kemp have White another lead in the 50th minute but Canton’s Sarah MacQuarrie linked up with Attleboro’s Paige Medeiros to make it 3-3. Kemp grabbed her second of the game to make it 4-3 and with 10 minutes to play, Franklin’s Alexis Stowell added a fifth goal for Gold. Thank you to Stoughton’s Tara Daniels and Taunton’s Edie Dixon for coaching. Rosters for the game can be viewed here.

The 2015 Hockomock Girls Soccer All Stars & HMs

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Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames

Hockomock League All Stars

Paige Medeiro, Attleboro
Sarah MacQuarrie, Canton
Riley Duserick, Canton
Victoria Stowell, Franklin
Dani Lonati, Franklin
Meghan Dieterle, Franklin
Alexis Stowell, Franklin
Carolynn Will, Foxboro
Lily Sykes, Foxboro
Rachel Hogan, King Philip
Hannah Reiter, Mansfield
Jaclyn Carchedi, Mansfield
Patricia Murphy, Mansfield
Jennifer Kemp, Mansfield
Kristen Franzini, Milford
Haley Guertin, North Attleboro
Rachel LaBonte, North Attleboro
Hana Caster, North Attleboro
Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames
Jacqueline Mills, Oliver Ames
Delaney Benton, Oliver Ames
Zoe Chazan, Oliver Ames
Ally Steinberg, Sharon
Samantha Tullis, Stoughton
Alana Vincent, Taunton
Abby Small, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Rebekah Entwistle, Attleboro
Tessa Cudmore, Canton
Lauren Rudolph, Franklin
Riley Collins, Foxboro
Brooke Thomas, King Philip
Anna Chairolonza, Mansfield
Katie Brown, Milford
Grace Guertin, North Attleboro
Emily Freeman, Oliver Ames
Ally Filipkowski, Sharon
Marissa Williams, Stoughton
Emily Serpa, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Girls Soccer All Stars & HMs

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Below are the official Hockomock League Girls Soccer All Stars, selected by the coaches in the league.

Hockomock League MVP

Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames

Hockomock League All Stars

Paige Medeiro, Attleboro
Sarah MacQuarrie, Canton
Riley Duserick, Canton
Victoria Stowell, Franklin
Dani Lonati, Franklin
Meghan Dieterle, Franklin
Alexis Stowell, Franklin
Carolynn Will, Foxboro
Lily Sykes, Foxboro
Rachel Hogan, King Philip
Hannah Reiter, Mansfield
Jaclyn Carchedi, Mansfield
Patricia Murphy, Mansfield
Jennifer Kemp, Mansfield
Kristen Franzini, Milford
Haley Guertin, North Attleboro
Rachel LaBonte, North Attleboro
Hana Caster, North Attleboro
Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames
Jacqueline Mills, Oliver Ames
Delaney Benton, Oliver Ames
Zoe Chazan, Oliver Ames
Ally Steinberg, Sharon
Samantha Tullis, Stoughton
Alana Vincent, Taunton
Abby Small, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Rebekah Entwistle, Attleboro
Tessa Cudmore, Canton
Lauren Rudolph, Franklin
Riley Collins, Foxboro
Brooke Thomas, King Philip
Anna Chairolonza, Mansfield
Katie Brown, Milford
Grace Guertin, North Attleboro
Emily Freeman, Oliver Ames
Ally Filipkowski, Sharon
Marissa Williams, Stoughton
Emily Serpa, Taunton

Free Kick Downs Bulldogs in South Quarterfinal

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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.

Thursday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/29/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Boys Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 0 – Final – North Attleboro claimed the Leach and Garner Cup with a 5-3 advantage on penalty kicks following a scoreless draw. Brendan Matracia saved a penalty in the shootout and Matt Coscarella scored the final PK for North. Coscarella and Zach Rodrigues were named the game’s MVPs.
Sharon, 2 @ Canton, 0 – Final

Oliver Ames, 2 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalWith the draw OA wins the outright Davenport title. Nathaniel Cardoza scored with six minutes remaining to earn the draw. Chris Romero opened the scoring for the Tigers in the first half and had two others called back. Devante Teixeira equalized in the first half and then assisted on Anthony Barreira’s go-ahead goal early in the second.

King Philip, 1 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – King Philip sophomore Tyler Mann put the Warriors up a goal with just over 10 minutes left to play but just a minute later Nick Parent headed home a service from Austin Kent to knot the game at one. 

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 0 – Final – After a scoreless first half, Mansfield scored twice inside the opening minutes of the second half. Jareme DiLorenzo opened the scoring off an assist from Nick Hyland then Charlie Rogers doubled the lead off a feed from Brad Eames. Michael Kirejczyk made eight saves to record his 10th save, which is a single season record for Mansfield. With the win, the Hornets clinch the program’s first ever outright Hockomock title. 
Stoughton, 2 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Stoughton freshman Fabio Ponce De Leon scored an early goal, converting a shot at the near post while sophomore Tyler Melo doubled the lead off a cross from junior Jeremy Fishman. Head coach Aaron Salter said Kyle Silverman made an outstanding save at the end of the match to keep the clean sheet. With the win, Stoughton qualified for the state tournament for the second straight year. 
Girls Soccer
North Attleboro, 0 @ Attleboro, 1 – Final – Rebekah Entwistle scored the lone goal of the game for the Bombardiers to win the Blue-Red Cup. Kayla Merritt had the assist. Madison Brown (Attleboro) and Hana Caster (North) were named the game’s MVPs.

Sharon, 1 @ Canton, 3 – Final – Shannon Foley and Sarah MacQuarrie each had a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs. Lilah Sullivan had Canton’s other goals.
Oliver Ames, 1 @ Foxboro, 2 – FinalRiley Collins and Carolynn Will scored the goals for the Warriors in the second half to come back from a 1-0 deficit. Dana Lowney scored the OA goal on an assist from Francesca Calabraro.
Franklin, 3 @ King Philip, 0 – Final – Alexis Stowell opened the scoring off an assist by her sister Victoria. Jess Kroushl added a second off an assist by Alexis Stowell and Halle Atkinson scored an unassisted third.

Mansfield, 2 @ Taunton, 3 – Final – Alana Vincent scored the winning goal for the Tigers with six minutes remaining to clinch a playoff spot. It was Vincent’s second goal of the game. Sam Tichelaar also scored for Taunton. Jackie Carchedi and Jill Savoie each scored for the Hornets. 

Milford, 2 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Katie Brown and Kristen Franzini scored the goals for Milford. Rachel LeBlanc and Maggie Boyle each had assists. Stoughton’s goal was scored by Amelia Cochran off an assist from Emmie Sprague. Marissa Williams and Alecia Quinones both played well in net for the Black Knights according to head coach Tara Daniels. 
Volleyball
Attleboro, 0 @ North Attleboro, 3 – Final
Sharon, 0 @ Canton, 3 – FinalCanton got the win at home with a 25-11, 25-14, 25-11 victory. Sarah Reissfelder had six kills and Nicole Poole paced the offense with 23 assists and added 12 digs. Canton head coach Pat Cawley said Emma Gobbi, Kaitlin McCarthy and Kelly Dever played well at the net.

Foxboro, 3 @ Oliver Ames, 2 – Final

King Philip, 3 @ Franklin, 1 – Final – With the match tied 1-1, KP picked up the a vital win in game three and walked away with a  25-11, 16-25, 27-25, 25-21 win. Josie Rowean led the way with 16 kills, Gwen Uyrus added six kill, Amelia Murphy and Emma Lopez each had four kills and Micaela Murray had seven digs. Franklin’s Aubrie Kutil had 10 kills, Beth Neal had 19 assists, seven kills and two blocks and Alyssa Shea had seven kills.

Mansfield, 3 @ Taunton, 0 – FinalWith a win and a loss from Franklin, Mansfield clinched a share of the Hockomock League’s Kelley-Rex title, the program’s first ever Hockomock League title. Mansfield picked up the sweep with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-19. Cathryn Heavey had 31 assists, Sarah Mullahy had 17 service points, Meg Hill had 15 kills and Jess Haradon finished with 10 digs. 
Stoughton, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Stoughton’s Bridgette Whalen had eight blocks, 10 kills, 11 digs, 11 service points and fives aces and Valerie Whalen with five blocks and seven kills.

Friday's Schedule & Scoreboard – 10/23/15

Today’s games are listed below.
Football
Attleboro, 35 @ Franklin, 0 – Final
First Quarter: (A) Brendan Nunes 12 yard rush, Elijah Lewis XP; (A) B. Nunes 9 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
Second Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 38 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
Third Quarter: (A) B. Nunes 11 yard rush, E. Lewis XP; (A) Cam Furtado 8 yard rush, E. Lewis XP.
Fourth Quarter: No scoring.

Foxboro, 42 @ Oliver Ames, 6 – Final

King Philip, 47 @ Taunton, 22 – Final
1st Quarter: (KP) Sean Garrity 10 yard rush, XP missed; (KP) John DeLuca 9 yard pass to Cory Lombardo, J. DeLuca 2pt rush.
2nd Quarter: (KP) J. DeLuca 24 yard pass to Mike Mello, XP missed; (KP) J. DeLuca 3 yard rush. Zach Boari XP; (KP) Gio Fernandez 5 yard rush, Z. Boari XP; (T) Collin Hunter 6 yard pass to Tanner Costa, 2pt failed.
3rd Quarter: (KP) Brendan Lydon 18 yard pass to M. Mello, XP missed; (T) C. Hunter 47 yard pass to T. Costa, Jason DeRosa 2pt rush.
4th Quarter: (KP) B. Lydon 1 yard rush, Z. Boari XP; (T) C. Hunter 1 yard rush, Lazare Joseph 2pt rush.
North Attleboro, 14 @ Mansfield, 13 – Final
1st Quarter: (NA) Chad Peterson 4 yard pass to Bobby Mylod, Connor Flynn XP.
2nd Quarter: (M) Diogo DeSousa 23 yard field goal.
3rd Quarter: (M) Anthony DeGirolamo 12 yard pass to Hunter Ferreira, D. DeSousa XP; (NA) Nick Morrison 39 yard rush, C. Flynn XP.
4th Quarter: (M) D. DeSousa 27 yard field goal.
Boys Soccer
Canton, 1 @ Milford, 3 – Final – Canton went up first but Milford scored three second half goals to get the win. Marcello Panno, Zach Browne and Matt Fornaciari scored for the Scarlet Hawks while Justin Borges had a pair of assists.

Foxboro, 3 @ Stoughton, 1 – Final – Noah Schulze gave Stoughton the lead with a goal six minutes into the game. The lead stood until the second half when Devante Teixeira, Anthony Barreira, and Joe Morrison all scored for the Warriors.

Taunton, 1 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – David Stowell put Franklin ahead in the first half off an assist from Wes Kozil. Brian Czuba got his first goal before the break off an assist from Cam LeBlanc. Taunton pulled within one in the second half off a free kick from Austin Botelho but Czuba added an insurance goal off an assist from Hatim Brahimi. 

North Attleboro, 0 @ Mansfield, 2 – Final – Mansfield’s defense set the school record with its 10th shutout this season. Michael Kirejczyk made six saves for his ninth shutout of the season, which ties a school record. Cullin Anastasia and Jack Reilly scored for the Hornets while Reilly and Brenden Sullivan each had an assist. 
Girls Soccer
Canton, 4 @ Milford, 0 – Final – Riley Duserick, Hannah Link, Sarah MacQuarrie and Hayley Mulford each found the back of the net for Canton. Tessa Cudmore had a pair of assists in the win and Shannon Foley had one assist.

Stoughton, 1 @ Foxboro, 4 – Final – Shaina Abbott scored a pair of goals and Katherine Luciano and Riley Collins each scored once for the Warriors. Emerson Sprague scored for the Black Knights. 

Mansfield, 3 @ North Attleboro, 4 – Final – Hana Caster scored off a corner kick from Grace Guertin with just four minutes left to life the Rocketeers. North held a 3-0 lead at the break as Guertin factored into all four goals for Big Red. Guertin was fouled in the area in the 12th minute and Shannon Kingsley buried the penalty kick. Guertin then set up Leah Jette in the 21st minute and then linked up with Kingsley in the 31st minute to build a 3-0 lead at half. Hannah Reiter scored a pair of goals in the second half for Mansfield and Katie Bongarzone scored once to tie the game at three.

Oliver Ames, 4 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – Kiana Lozzi scored a pair of goals, Delaney Benton and Francesca Calabraro each netted one goal and Jackie Mills had two assists for Oliver Ames.
Volleyball
King Philip, 3 vs. Walpole, 2 – Final – King Philip dropped the first two sets but rallied back to get the win at home, 20-25, 12-25, 25-12, 25-21, 15-12. Seniors Josie Rowean and Gwen Uyrus shined on senior night with 21 and 12 kills respectively while senior Molly Citarell and Micaela Murray anchored the defense for the Warriors. 
Stoughton, 3 @ Sharon, 0 – Final – The Black Knights and Eagles played in their annual Dig for a Cure match and raised over $3,200 for cancer research according to SMAC’s Jeffrey Pickette. Stoughton picked up a 25-16, 25-19, 25-15 sweep on the road. Bridgette Whalen led the Black Knights with nine blocks, six kills, 15 digs and four aces, Bianca DeSousa had 11 digs, nine service points, five kills and four aces and Ava Siegel added 13 service points, five kills and two aces.
Field Hockey
Taunton, 2 @ Franklin, 3 – Final – Caroline Lounsbury scored the game winning goal with 44 seconds left off assists from Taylor Reutlinger and Kenzi Pleshaw to lift the Panthers. Taunton held a 1-0 lead at halftime but Diana Griffin knotted the game just three minutes into the second half off assists from Cassi Ronan and Reutlinger. Annie Walsh put Franklin ahead at 2-1. Abbey Kingman scored both of Taunton’s goals. 

Stoughton, 3 vs. Brockton, 1 – Final – Courtney Campbell, Mia Russell and Ashley Chipman scored for Stoughton, who qualified for the state tournament with the win. 

Taking Stock of the Hock: Girls Soccer 2015

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Victoria Stowell (blue) and Francesca Calabraro lead the midfields of the top two teams in the Hock and are among the players contending for Player of the Year this season. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

Who is the current soccer Player of the Year?
Perry: For the past three years, a Franklin girls’ soccer player has been named Player of the Year. It started with Kristi Kirshe, who split the award by division the first year that we gave it out, and Taylor Cogliano won it each of the past two years. At the moment, I think the Panthers’ domination of this award will continue.

Senior Victoria Stowell continues to dominate the middle of the pitch for Franklin, especially against the top teams, as Mansfield can attest. Even with a host of new and inexperienced players around her in the midfield, she continues to keep the Panthers offense rolling with incisive passing and a bite in the tackle that helps protect the defense by keeping the ball high up the pitch. Stowell is second in the league with 18 points, including 13 assists, and is the main cog in a team that remains unbeaten and has yet to give up a goal.

There are plenty of great players in the Hock and many who have had great first halves but Stowell remains the most influential player on the top team in the league.

Lanigan: There are a handful of really talented players this year and a couple that could very well be picked as the top player. As of right now, I’d say Oliver Ames’ Francesca Calabraro is the Player of the Year. Through the first half of the season, the junior has netted 11 goals, which is currently second in the league and has a total of 15 points, which is fourth in the league. The Tigers sit atop of the Davenport Division and have only allowed four goals this season while finding the back of the net 33 times. They were able to keep both Franklin and Mansfield, two other top teams in the state, scoreless in the game and both had to focus a lot of their attention on stopping Calabraro. The 2014 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year should certainly be in the conversation for the league’s top player this year.

Who is the soccer Underclassman of the Year?
Perry: Coming into the season, I would’ve assumed that Lily Sykes would be a sure bet to win this award, but injuries to her teammates have moved her back into a more central midfield position (taking away some of her scoring punch from last year) and another sophomore has stepped in to become the league’s leading scorer. North Attleboro’s Haley Guertin is the focal point of a talented Rocketeers attack and she leads the league with 13 goals and 23 points She is skilled on the ball, strong in the air, and seems to always be in the right position to get the goal when North counters with its vaunted pace. Her partnership up top with Hana Caster has combined for 23 goals.

Guertin may be the frontrunner at the midway point, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see a charge from Sykes in the second half of the season, as she and her teammates get healthier. Don’t count out players like Riley Duserick of Canton or Sam Tichelaar of Taunton making a push as well.

Lanigan: Sometimes stats don’t tell the entire story, but in this case they certainly do. North Attleboro sophomore Haley Guertin has had a superb first half of the season, leading the Hockomock League with 13 goals and is second in the league with 10 assists. The partnership she has formed with senior Hana Caster has been one of the most dangerous in the entire league. With 37 goals scored this year, the Rocketeers are one of the top offenses in the league. With seven league games left, Guertin and North Attleboro are just three points out of first place undefeated Franklin Panthers.

What has been the biggest surprise this season?
Perry: I’m not at all surprised that Franklin is back on top of the league and has a serious chance at winning another league title, but the fact that the Panthers have allowed exactly zero goals through the opening 10 games of the season is shocking. After losing Nicole Ellin, who was a rock at center back last year, and both outside backs, I assumed Franklin would need some time to mesh defensively. But Lauren Rudolph and Meghan Dieterle have been immense at the back and on the outside converted midfielder Nadia Havens has slotted in at right back like she’s played there forever. Of course, having four-year starter Dani Lonati in goal also helps with the organization and confidence of the Franklin back line. There is a ton of talent on this squad, but seriously no goals allowed in 10 games? That is a remarkable accomplishment.

Lanigan: Certainly Franklin having a +38 goal differential (with zero goals against) is quite the feat but I’d say the biggest surprise so far has been North Attleboro. The Rocketeers graduated two very talented players in Nicole Chretien and Courtney Hewitt, both of which had the ability to find the back of the net. But they haven’t skipped a bit with Glenn Pasquel in his first year at the helm. Between Hana Caster, Haley Guertin, Grace Guertin and Shannon Kingsley, among others, the Rocketeers are second with 37 goals scored this year. North still has two games left against Franklin, who has yet to surrender a goal.

HockomockSports.com Midseason Best XI
Perry:
G – Dani Lonati, Franklin
D – Delaney Benton, Oliver Ames
D – Hannah Reiter, Mansfield
D – Meghan Dieterle, Franklin
D – Sarah MacQuarrie, Canton
M – Victoria Stowell, Franklin
M – Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames
M – Lily Sykes, Foxboro
M/F – Hana Caster, North Attleboro
F – Haley Guertin, North Attleboro
F – Jackie Carchedi, Mansfield

Lanigan
G – Dani Lonati, Franklin
D – Hannah Reiter, Mansfield
D – Sarah MacQuarrie, Canton
D – Delaney Benton, Oliver Ames
M – Victoria Stowell, Franklin
M – Francesca Calabraro, Oliver Ames
M – Hana Caster, North Attleboro
M – Alexis Stowell, Franklin
F – Haley Guertin, North Attleboro
F – Jackie Carchedi, Mansfield

At this point, which team will be going the furthest in the tournament?
Perry: I’m not really going out on a limb, but I think at this point it would be hard to pick against Franklin. Even with injuries starting to hit the Panthers attack, freshman Halle Atkinson has stepped in and provided a spark and, as mentioned above, the defense is playing at a very high level.

But, I will say that there is a chance that we could see a deep run from Canton this season. Division 2 South is wide open with a lot of very good teams, but without a powerhouse like Hingham at the top. While the Bulldogs will have to go through the likes of Scituate and Medfield (and probably Hingham), Canton has made huge strides in head coach Kate Howarth’s third year and showed against Mansfield at Gillette that it can pass the ball and control possession as well as any team in the league, which becomes particularly important in the tournament.

Lanigan: I think there’s a very good chance we could see the Panthers return to the D1 South Sectional game for the fourth straight year. Between Mansfield, Franklin and OA, they might have to go through one another in a very talented D1 South bracket. You win games with defense and so far, the Panthers have done just that as they haven’t allowed a goal. I think all three of those teams will all be tough to play in the playoffs.

What is your bold prediction for the rest of the season?
Perry: I’m not great at bold predictions. I’m almost invariably way off or my pick is far from bold. But here goes: my bold prediction is that this fall a girls’ soccer team wins silverware for the league in the tournament. At first glance, Franklin looks the most likely, but Mansfield, Oliver Ames, and North Attleboro will be teams that the likes of Whitman-Hanson and Bishop Feehan will want to avoid in D1 and Canton and Foxboro have potential to cause problems in D2. The league looks increasingly deep and before the season ends one of the teams will have a trophy to show for it.

Lanigan: My bold prediction is that Franklin won’t allow a goal all regular season. It will be a very tough task with two games left against North Attleboro and one against Mansfield but I think the Panthers have a chance at doing it. With Meghan Dieterle anchoring a strong back line and with Dani Lonati, one of the best goals in the state over the last four years, in net, it will be a challenge for teams to score against Franklin.

Canton Bounces Back By Beating Hornets at Gillette

Kathryn Doody
Canton goalie Kathryn Doody stops a last minute chance by Jackie Carchedi to preserve a 2-1 win against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FOXBORO, Mass. – Following Monday’s loss to Attleboro, Canton coach Kate Howarth told her team to leave take one night to get over the defeat and come back for practice on Tuesday ready to work and ready to prepare for Wednesday’s test against Mansfield at Gillette Stadium.

“At the beginning of practice, I said, did you all go home, cry, and do what you had to do to get ready for practice?” said Howarth. “They all laughed and said yeah we cried, which was good because they should’ve, but this is the response that you want.”

The Bulldogs played arguably their best game of the season, scoring in the opening 10 minutes of each half and then holding on against relentless Hornets pressure to pull out a 2-1 victory.

Howarth said, “We put the ball down and played the best game we have all season. We possessed better than we have all year.”

Canton jumped all over Mansfield at the start of the game. The Bulldogs dominated the ball and moved it around from side to side, while left back Sarah Collins bombed forward with consistent overlapping runs. It was Collins that would open up the Mansfield defense for the game’s first goal.

The freshman was fed by Sarah MacQuarrie down the left and she cut it back to Tessa Cudmore, who then fed the ball across the six-yard box to Hannah Link and she prodded it past Emily Gaumond.

Collins’ ability to get forward and create scoring opportunities was due to a switch made by Howarth for the game. She moved MacQuarrie from right back to the center of midfield and the senior captain was a dominant figure throughout.

“I tried her there a couple of times early in the season and in scrimmages,” explained Howarth, “but we ended up tucking her back because I like the way she got up. We made some adjustments and it worked.”

The Hornets started to create chances near the end of the first half with Rebecca Bornstein creating an opening in the final 10 minutes but her cross from the right channel just missed the foot of Jen Kemp and went all the way across to Jackie Carchedi, but her shot sailed over the bar.

Six minutes into the second half and MacQuarrie again popped up in an important position, driving into the box between a pair of Mansfield defenders who clipped her to give away a penalty. Center back Sarah Connolly stepped up to the spot and her shot past the outstretched Gaumond to make it 2-0.

“They were the best team for the first 15 minutes of each half…by far,” admitted Mansfield coach Kevin Smith. “Credit to them, they earned it. I thought that for the last 15 minutes of every half we were better but we missed a ton of good opportunities.”

As the second half wore on and Canton continued to be in control, Smith moved junior Hannah Reiter up from the center of defense to lead the line as a center forward, which also allowed Carchedi and Kemp to move out wide.

The switch instantly paid dividends with Reiter sending a header wide and then Kemp finding space on the left to send a ball back to Katie Bongarzone stepping up from midfield but her 20-yard shot was over the bar.

With 15 minutes left to play, Reiter got Mansfield back in the game. Jordan Zarat pressed forward from right back and she played a quick pass in behind the defense that Reiter ran onto and slipped past Canton keeper Kathryn Doody.

“She’s a dominant player,” said Smith of Reiter. When asked why he does not play the Quinnipiac-commit up front more often, he responded, “She’s just such a good defender. We have seven shutouts with her at center back.”

“She has so much composure on the ball and trust in her abilities. The girls know they can make runs because they’re going to get the ball.”

The Hornets continued to press with Bongarzone, Kemp, Reiter, and Carchedi all having chances that were saved or narrowly off target. The Hornets also had a late penalty shout when Carchedi went down in the box, but the official waved it away for a goal kick.

“We had our shots,” said Smith. “It was the complete opposite of how we played on Monday night.”

In the final minute of the game, Mansfield had one last chance when the ball was headed into the path of Carchedi, who managed to get a toe on it under pressure from Collins, but Doody was out quick to block the shot and deny the equalizer.

“She’s been solid all year and she’s come up big when we need her to,” said Howarth. “She’s been consistently solid back there.”

The Canton players stood together after the game, snapping selfies and looking around at their surroundings to take in this rare opportunity to play at Gillette. Unlike Monday, there was no reason for tears after this game.

Canton will host Kelley-Rex leader Franklin on Friday night, while Mansfield will travel to Foxboro.

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