The 2015 Hockomock Boys Soccer All Stars & HMs

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

Hockomock League MVP

Devante Teixeira, Foxboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Zach Rodrigues, Attleboro
Harry Lancaster, Attleboro
Patrick Hession, Canton
Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
Anthony Barreira, Foxboro
Joe Morrison, Foxboro
Rob Lowey, Foxboro
Nick Parent, Franklin
Henri Guilmette, Franklin
Dan Geraci, Franklin
Joseph Kellett, King Philip
Cameron Mullins, King Philip
Tyler Mann, King Philip
Maxwell Gurnon, Mansfield
Christopher Elsner, Mansfield
Mike Da Silva, Milford
Matt Coscarella, North Attleboro
Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
Thomas McCormick, Oliver Ames
Andrew Filipkowski, Sharon
Noah Kurland, Sharon
Fabio Ponce de Leon, Stoughton
Goddy Fombe, Stoughton
Austin Botelho, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Junior Coca, Attleboro
Sammy Papakonstantino, Canton
AJ Bubencik, Foxboro
Hatim Brahimi, Franklin
Brandon Zioldowski, King Philip
Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
Justin Borges, Milford
Gabe Pinhancos, North Attleboro
Jack Carroll, Oliver Ames
James Dunlea, Sharon
Tyler Melo, Stoughton
Derek Pereira, Taunton

The 2015 Hockomock Boys Soccer All Stars & HMs

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

Hockomock League MVP

Devante Teixeira, Foxboro

Hockomock League All Stars

Zach Rodrigues, Attleboro
Harry Lancaster, Attleboro
Patrick Hession, Canton
Devante Teixeira, Foxboro
Anthony Barreira, Foxboro
Joe Morrison, Foxboro
Rob Lowey, Foxboro
Nick Parent, Franklin
Henri Guilmette, Franklin
Dan Geraci, Franklin
Joseph Kellett, King Philip
Cameron Mullins, King Philip
Tyler Mann, King Philip
Maxwell Gurnon, Mansfield
Christopher Elsner, Mansfield
Mike Da Silva, Milford
Matt Coscarella, North Attleboro
Chris Romero, Oliver Ames
Keegan Nutt, Oliver Ames
Nathaniel Cardoza, Oliver Ames
Thomas McCormick, Oliver Ames
Andrew Filipkowski, Sharon
Noah Kurland, Sharon
Fabio Ponce de Leon, Stoughton
Goddy Fombe, Stoughton
Austin Botelho, Taunton

Honorable Mentions

Junior Coca, Attleboro
Sammy Papakonstantino, Canton
AJ Bubencik, Foxboro
Hatim Brahimi, Franklin
Brandon Zioldowski, King Philip
Michael Kirejczyk, Mansfield
Justin Borges, Milford
Gabe Pinhancos, North Attleboro
Jack Carroll, Oliver Ames
James Dunlea, Sharon
Tyler Melo, Stoughton
Derek Pereira, Taunton

North Beats Attleboro On Penalties to Win Cup

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The Red Rocketeers celebrate with the Leach and Garner Cup, which they won 5-3 in penalties following a scoreless draw. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – Sophomore keeper Brendan Matracia was playing JV for most of the season, but had to be called up when senior captain Rob Heaney went down with a concussion. On Thursday afternoon, in the fourth round of the penalty shootout, he became the hero when he guessed right and stayed still to save Justin Andrade’s shot down the middle.

North Attleboro’s other co-captain Matt Coscarella put the ball down on the spot with a chance to beat Attleboro and win the Leach and Garner Cup. He stepped up, buried his shot, and wheeled towards the visiting bench to celebrate North’s fifth cup win in the past six years.

“Being able to win, even in PKs, anytime that you beat Attleboro it’s great,” said North Attleboro coach Geoff Burgess.

“I think we had more to play for. Only one win on the season and not really finding our way until the end…this was our championship game really.”

The game had little drama in regulation with both teams struggling to create clear-cut scoring opportunities. Attleboro had the first real chance in the eighth minute when junior Nick Lawrence struck the crossbar with a shot from 20 yards out. Two minutes later Harry Lancaster had a shot that ricocheted off the football crossbar.

Lancaster had another chance at the half-hour mark when he danced through a sea of Rocketeers but his shot was easily saved. Just two minutes before the break, North had its first real chance when Leo Charlebois turned the corner on the left back and fired a shot that Tyler Stowe held at his near post.

Early in the second half and Coscarella had a go from 20 yards following an interception in the attacking third, but his curling effort was saved by a diving Stowe.

“That’s really a synopsis of our season,” said Burgess. “We’ve been this close in a bunch of games.”

In the 58th minute, Junior Coca had his second good chance of the second half when he got on the end of a clearing header by Noah Barney from Khaled Hantash’s cross from the right. Coca took a touch but his shot was off target.

“Even though we dominated the game 90 percent,” said Attleboro coach Peter Pereira, “we couldn’t finish and if you don’t finish then you can’t win.”

“It came down to penalty kicks and then it’s anyone’s game.”

North’s defense was solid, limiting the Bombardiers mostly to chances from distance, Barney, who moved up from outside back to play stopper, and sweeper John Brennan, who played football for the past two season, were rocks at the back and Burgess credited the duo for helping to improve North’s defensive record.

“We’ve stopped giving up as many goals,” he said. “We gave up 39 in the first 15 or however many games and we’ve given up three in the last five.”

“We’ve improved dramatically and I’m really proud of the guys for not quitting on the season. I think this is payback for all of that.”

The game headed to penalties immediately after the final whistle. Charlebois opened it with a goal for North followed by Zach Rodrigues for Attleboro. The game went back and forth until North took a 4-3 lead.

The following shot was saved by Matracia, who stood his ground in the middle of the goal, and Coscarella had the chance to close out his season, and his North career, with silverware.

The winning goal was an experience that Coscarella shares with several North captains in the recent past.

“I always do that every year that we’ve won,” said Burgess. “I always put my senior captain at the end because they’ve earned that moment.”

Pereira remarked, “This year neither of us is going to the playoffs, so it’s a good end of the year game. That’s why I started the cup 30 years ago.”

He added, “It’s a big rivalry game and winner takes it all…and today they took it all. They stayed in the game and they did what they had to do.”

Coscarella and Rodrigues were named the game’s MVPs.

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.

Brahimi, Hall Shoot Franklin Past Bombardiers

Hatim Brahimi
Hatim Brahimi (10) scored a goal and assisted on another, as Franklin beat Attleboro to clinch a postseason spot and a tie for first in the league. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

FRANKLIN, Mass. – At halftime, the Panthers were in need of a spark. Attleboro had packed the midfield and limited the home team to no shots on target and a single corner. Franklin huddled during the break, discussed the situation, and came out for the second half on the front foot.

Senior Hatim Brahimi scored what turned out to be the game-winner 12 minutes after the break and added an assist on the first of Kevin Hall’s two goals as Franklin beat the Bombardiers 3-0 on Friday afternoon at Pisini Field.

With the victory, the Panthers clinched a return to the state tournament and, coupled with a Mansfield draw against King Philip, moved into a tie at the top of the Kelley-Rex standings.

“Mostly, they talked about things that they had to do better and just went out and executed it,” said Franklin coach Fran Bositis about the halftime team talk that spurred his team to victory.

The first big chance of the game fell to the visitors in the third minute. Junior Coca played a through ball into the path of Ahijah Joseph down the right channel. The junior blazed his shot inches over the bar. It would be the best chance that either side would have in the opening 40 minutes.

“I thought that in the first half they were beating us in the air and doing a better job than we were of kind of controlling the tempo of the play,” said Bositis.

“I thought they played well and I don’t think we played as well as we had talked about before the game in terms of us dictating the play.”

Attleboro used three at the back, with right sided defender Brandon Aldana having a particularly impressive game, and loaded the midfield to stymie the Panthers coming forward and to allow more possession for Harry Lancaster, Zach Rodrigues, and Coca.

The best that Franklin could do were a few balls through the Attleboro back line towards Hall and Brain Czuba, but they were cut out by Attleboro keeper Tyler Stowe.

Attleboro coach Peter Pereira said, “Overall, I thought it was one of our better games. We had possession and got the ball moving. Second half, they started pressing us a little bit more, but we made a couple of mistakes and we paid for them immediately.”

After not putting a single shot on target in the first half, Franklin made sure to rectify that in the opening two minutes of the second. Czuba cut a pass back to the edge of the 18 to Brahimi who took a touch and curled a shot towards goal that Stowe parried at full stretch. A minute later and Brahimi ran onto a through ball from Austin Kent but again Stowe was quick off his line to block the shot.

In the 52nd minute, Brahimi finally got his goal. Again it was Kent that provided the assist on a perfect slide rule pass between defenders, who turned towards the officials with hands up hoping for an offsides call that was not forthcoming. Brahimi took an extra touch and slid the ball inside the far post to give Franklin the lead.

“The first goal we got a call against us and our players just didn’t react,” said Pereira. “He was talking to the ref as they’re playing. You can’t do that.”

Attleboro had a few chances to try and tie the game. Coca had a 20 yard free kick that he curled around the wall but right at the well-positioned Henri Guilmette (five saves). Five minutes later, Attleboro had another chance when Devin Andre found space on the left and picked out Lancaster but again Guilmette got down quickly to save.

In the 66th minute, Brahimi showed the other part of his game when his deft flick sprung Hall behind the Attleboro defense and he was able to beat Stowe to the far post to make it 2-0.

With three minutes remaining in the game, Hall wrapped up the win when he ran onto a under hit back pass and lifted the ball over the stranded Stowe to make it 3-0 and continue his torrid scoring record over the past few games.

“He’s been a little more composed and I think he’s a little more confident now because he’s had some success,” said Bositis. “If you play up front and get some goals, it usually elevates your confidence level.”

The defeat knocked Attleboro out of playoff contention. It is the first time that the Bombardiers have missed the postseason in a number of years.

“We just don’t have enough power up front to score goals,” said Pereira. “You just try to hold the back and see how that goes and try to create something.”

“Every season is different and this is one of those.”

Franklin (9-4, 8-4) will face off with Mansfield on Monday in a battle of the two teams tied for the division lead. Attleboro (3-8-1, 3-9-1) will host Taunton on Monday night.

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

Bombardiers Fall Into Old League Rival’s ‘Trap’

Harry Lancaster
Attleboro’s Harry Lancaster (5) is denied by Dartmouth goalie Nathan Morgado in the second half of Saturday’s game. (Josh Perry/HockomockSports.com)

By Josh Perry, Managing Editor

ATTLEBORO, Mass. – It was like watching a replay, over and over again. Every time the Bombardiers played the ball over the top in the first half, the whistle would blow and the referee’s arm would get raised and the attack would be cut short by an offsides call.

Dartmouth and Attleboro are old rivals from the EAC and the Old Colony League, but the Indians sprung a surprise on the Bombardiers on Saturday morning at Tozier-Cassidy Field by playing a high line that was practically in the opposition half with the keeper out near the 30 yard line.

The line worked wonders as Attleboro was called offsides 14 times, according to head coach Peter Pereira, and it felt like much more. Nikolas George scored 14 minutes into the game and it held up to hand Dartmouth the 1-0 non-league win.

“They won all the 50-50 challenges and when you win those then you’ll win the game,” said Pereira. “They got a cheapy goal but a goal is a goal and they created it. They’re a decent team.”

Dartmouth took 13 minutes to create the first chance when Nathaniel Fernandes hit a shot on the half-volley that forced Attleboro keeper Tyler Stowe into a diving save. A minute later, the Indians had the opener.

George got behind the Attleboro back four down the left channel and took the ball around the sliding Stowe only to have his shot blocked on the line by Dante Arcese. Rather than let the ball go out for a corner, and ignoring the yells of Dartmouth coach Josh Silva, George settled the rebound, dribbled past a scrambling defender, and finished past Stowe at the near post.

It was a scrappy goal and came out of nothing, but it sparked the Indians into life and they could have put the game away before the break but for Stowe, who made six of his eight saves in the first 40 minutes.

He stopped Anthony Neves from close range when the midfielder got to a poor clearance and then again when Neves created space for a left-footed shot that seemed destined for the bottom corner. In the final seconds of the half, he was strong to stop an Isaac Sequeira shot at the near post.

“He’s been making big saves and even saves that don’t look so big become important,” explained Pereira. “He’s doing a really good job for us. The more he plays, the better he gets.”

Pereira also credited his entire back four (Zach White, Ryan Kearney, Max Bohannon, and Arcese) for its growth since allowing five goals in the season opener against Foxboro.

Attleboro struggled to angle or delay its runs in behind the defense, but there were a couple of chances for the Bombardiers.

Harry Lancaster, who was moved up front to try and spark the Attleboro attack, slipped through the right channel but could not get his chip high enough to elude keeper Nathan Morgado. Two minutes before the break, Ahijah Joseph had a go from near midfield but Morgado again was able to back pedal and make a comfortable save.

“When you’e anxious out there…we had 14 of them and if you cut that in half that’s seven more chances to go to goal,” said Pereira.

Pereira let his team know about his frustrations with how the game went in the opening 40 minutes and the halftime team talk seemed to work as Attleboro played much better in the second half, although clear chances were still at a premium.

Lancaster had the best chance when he was sprung by a through ball from midfielder Junior Coca but Morgado raced out to make a slide tackle near the 30 yard line and prevent a shot on goal.

Stowe also had to be sharp to stop shots from Fernandes and Josh Sousa and keep it a one-goal game. Joseph had a shot on target in the 66th minute from the edge of the box, but again Mrogado was in position to make the stop.

It would be the last chance Attleboro would create. Zach Rodrigues, Jack Flynn, and Lancaster were also able to spring the offsides trap a few times but either the pass was too heavy or the touches forced the Bombardiers wide.

“The second half we tried to push people up and it just didn’t happen,” concluded Pereira. “This will hopefully carry over to Tuesday’s game against a league match that is important.”

“We’re still making progress; we’re still getting better. We played better in the second half and if we can do that every game by the end of the season we’ll be playing our best.”

Attleboro (2-4-1) will host league-leading Mansfield on Tuesday night.

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

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. 
Volleyball
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. 
Golf
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. 

Boys Soccer: 2015 Kelley-Rex Division Preview

By HockomockSports.com Staff

Attleboro

2014 Record: 12-6-3
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D1 South Semifinal
Coach: Peter Pereira
The Bombardiers had a great 2014 regular season and then had an even better run in the playoffs, pulling off an upset of second-seeded New Bedford.
This year, the Bombardiers will be looking to get back to the postseason but there will be a challenge after graduating a group of talented, experienced players in the Class of 2015. The good news is that coach Peter Pereira has a good group of players this season. Zach Rodrigues, a player that has a ton of varsity experience, is a good starting spot for a team that will likely be right in the thick of the wide-open Kelley-Rex title race.
Junior Harry Lancaster is also back for his third year on varsity while Junior Coca will be another talented player in the middle of the field for Attleboro. Ahijah Joseph emerged as a credible player during his sophomore year and is back for what could be a breakout junior season.

Franklin

2014 Record: 13-2-5
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D1 South Quarterfinal
Coach: Fran Bositis
For the past four seasons, the Panthers have claimed the Kelley-Rex division title. This year, it could be more of an uphill battle in order to claim a fifth straight.
The Panthers graduated 16 seniors and a good solid chunk of their starting lineup so a couple of strong returning players will be relied on heavily for coach Fran Bositis. Austin Kent is the only starter back and 2015 will be his third year on varsity. Hatim Brahimi had a big sophomore season last year and his junior campaign could be a big one for him.
“The focus has been on just trying to find the right mix of players right now,” Bositis said. “I know that the kids have worked really hard, and are in real good shape physically but we’ve got a ways to go before we call ourselves a good soccer team.”
Senior Nick Parent will see his role increase this year while Danny Geraci and Pat Kapples are two players who have some experience in the back. Henri Guilmette will step in as the new goalie and could have a breakout 2015.

King Philip

2014 Record: 9-6-4
2014 Finish: Reached MIAA D1 South First Round
Coach: Nick Gale
The Warriors were a tough team to beat last year and that should continue to be the case in 2015. Nick Gale steps in as the new head coach for the program as the Warriors will be a serious content to claim their first division title since 2010.
“In order to compete in a strong Hock league, we’re going to have to play intelligent, team and detail-oriented soccer and so far, this group has welcomed every challenge,” first-year head coach Nick Gale said. “These guys want to learn and compete in everything we do and I feel for these reasons, we will be successful this year.”
UMass Lowell-commit Joe Kellett has been one of the top players in the league for the past two years and with 2015 being his senior season, it would be the best one yet. The 2013 Underclassman of the Year has had to overcome some injuries but every year continues to have a serious impact on games. Kellett will be complemented by senior Clay Geuss in the midfield while sophomores Tyler Mann, Mike Rowe and Larsen Keys could play key roles. Defensively, the Warriors have some experience back with Ethan Edney, Cam Mullins, Ryan Coulter and Colby Koch. The Warriors are expecting to use a mix of youth and experience to take a run at the division title.

Mansfield

2014 Record: 3-8-7
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Steve Sheridan
Head coach Steve Sheridan is hoping there is some truth to the saying ‘defense wins championships.’ The Hornets were in a tough spot last year when they only had one starter back but with six back this season, Mansfield will have a lot more experience heading into 2015.
“My three captains have been very, very good throughout the offseason getting kids together playing,” Sheridan said, crediting seniors Brad Eames, Jared Miller and Chris Elsner for their work throughout the winter, spring and summer. “They noticed the need to be bigger and stronger and I credit their work in the offseason.”
Eames will patrol the middle of the pitch with the Hornets alongside junior James Chotkowski. Jared Miller will get an opportunity up top to try and provide a scoring punch while Sheridan expects big things from Michael Kirejczyk in goal.
However, the Hornets biggest strength will be the defense. Elsner is back in the middle alongside junior Max Gurnon. Sophomore Nick Hyland is back on the outside with some experience under his belt while the other spot is still being highly contested.

North Attleboro

2014 Record: 1-15-2
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Geoff Burgess
Similar to Mansfield, the Rocketeers will be relying on their defense this season. With both center backs returning and with last year’s goalie back again, North Attleboro will be looking to make it tough for opponents to score. Matt Coscarella and Gareth King are back in the middle of the defense while Rob Heaney will be back in net.
“I think we are going to be tough to score on,” head coach Geoff Burges said. “[We have] lots of speed and experience there.”
The key going forward for the Rocketeers will be fitting new faces into the offense. Gabe Pinhancos will take on a big role in the center of the midfield while junior Leo Charlebois and senior Yezan Ismail will be relied on up top to find the back of the net.

Taunton

2014 Record: 3-12-2
2014 Finish: Missed playoffs
Coach: Dave Purpura
The Tigers will be looking to get back to the playoffs after missing out this past season. With a good combination of experienced players and new talent, head coach Dave Purpura is hopeful for a bounce back 2015 campaign.
The combination of youth and experienced players could be a good formula with the division race wide open. Seniors Derek Pereira, Austin Botelho and Torin Mizuno are all back with a lot of varsity experience while younger players like sophomores Riccardo Da Fonseca, Daeshawn Duffy, Liam Crowley and freshman Hasan Farahat all could play vital roles this season.
“We are more skilled at more positions this season than last,” head coach Dave Purpura said.”We will need guys to step up and score goals from several positions to make up for a couple of key losses to graduation.”
Along with Mizuno and Da Fonseca in the back, seniors Luke Figueira and Matt Holt will be prominent figures. Sophomore goalie Marc DeSousa is back after earned the starting role midway through his rookie campaign.
“We are definitely a younger, deeper team than last year and I think the attitude and focus of the team is different,” Purpura said. “If we continue to improve as a group we could surprise some teams as we are a program trending in the right direction.”

Boys Soccer: Players to Watch in 2015

Joe Kellett
Despite missing some time last season, KP’s Joe Kellett was able to record 12 assists in 2014. (Ryan Lanigan/HockomockSports.com)

By HockomockSports.com Staff
Players are listed in alphabetical order.
Daniel Bender, Senior – Sharon
Two years ago, Bender emerged as one of the top underclassmen in the league with a terrific 2013 season. After a serious knee injury sidelined him all of last season, Bender is back and has the potential for a huge senior season in 2015. With the ball at his feet, Bender showed off tremendous poise for just a sophomore and seemingly knew exactly when and where to play the ball. He’s not just good going forward either as he can really clog up the middle of the pitch to prevent opponents from getting forward. With Foxboro and OA two of the early season favorites for the Davenport crown, Sharon is certainly a darkhorse and could ride the skill of Bender to a possible run at the division title.
Justin Borges, Senior – Milford
The Scarlet Hawks are fortunate to be bringing back two captains in Justin Borges and Mike Da Silva, both of which have substantial varsity experience under their belts. Borges has experience all over the field and should literally captain the ship for Milford from the midfield this season. His speed is something that defenses always have to worry about but Borges can also be very dangerous with the ball at his feet. His decision making will be vital in getting the offense going for the Scarlet Hawks in 2015. With some solid pieces around, Borges will have the ability to become a top player in the league.
Max Gurnon, Junior – Mansfield
Sometimes these lists can be overloaded with just the players who end up with a ton of points but defenders deserve their share of recognition too – and Max Gurnon is one of the best returning ones this season. It’s not often a sophomore can step into backline and fit in right away like Gurnon did last season. He’s got great size and a great knack for timing his challenges right. Constantly going against some of the most dangerous scorers, Gurnon seemed to always be up for the challenge. Gurnon also has shown he knows what to do with the ball at his feet. Defenders can often panic and rely on a quick clearance but Gurnon’s soccer IQ is high and helps keep possession for the Hornets.
Joe Kellett, Senior – King Philip
Kellett is just one of two players on the last that was also on our Watch List heading into last season.The 2013 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year followed up his strong sophomore campaign with another great year during his junior season. Now a senior, Kellett has notched 20 assists over the past year and will add to that this year. He’s one of the best midfielders in the league and one of the best players with ball at his feet. First year head coach Nick Gale gets more than just a set up guy in Kellett, who has shown he can find the back of the net too.
Austin Kent, Senior – Franklin
The Panthers graduated a ton of talent (16 seniors), with nearly its entire starting lineup gone. One name that is back is senior Austin Kent. Kent has been making plays since his sophomore year and it’s likely Kent will be one of Franklin’s top threats this year. Kent has shown over the past two years his ability to find the back of the net, which will be key in the battle for the Kelley-Rex division title, which is very much up for grabs this year. It’s typical for a Franklin team to have a balanced scoring attack but expect Kent to be a key part of the Panthers’ success in 2015
Joey Morrison, Sophomore – Foxboro
There haven’t been many players who have made an impact in their freshman season like Morrison did last year. The 2014 HockomockSports.com Underclassman of the Year didn’t look much like a freshman last season with the polished skills he displayed from the very first game. It was no secret how talented Morrison was and despite opponents’ best efforts to game plan against him defensively, he was still able to make play after play. After scoring over a dozen goals in his rookie season, and with only two starters graduated from last year’s squad, it looks like it could be a promising year for Morrison, first year coach Joe Franchino and the Warriors.
Keegan Nutt, Senior – Oliver Ames
One of the biggest surprises of the 2014 season the was emergence of Keegan Nutt. After transferring in from Washington, Nutt made an instant impact for the Tigers during his junior campaign. It was clear to see from very early on in the season that Nutt was very intelligent with the ball at the feet and was constantly looking for the best possible scenario next. His servers became a nightmare for opposing defenses and his ability to find the back of the net was a huge part of why head coach John Barata and OA were able to make a run to the D2 State Finals.
Zach Rodrigues, Senior – Attleboro
The Bombardiers graduated a lot of production and talent with the Class of 2014 but that’s okay because Peter Pereira has plenty of talent coming back, including senior Zach Rodrigues. Rodrigues tallied five goals last season and added a pair of assists and will be counted on to really direct the team in 2015. With the ability to play almost anywhere in the middle, whether it be midfield or pushed up higher, Rodrigues – who is a team captain this year – will help the Bombardiers be able to implement their style against opponents.
Chris Romero, Senior – Oliver Ames
When it comes to versatility, OA senior Chris Romero is among the most versatile that the Hockomock League has seen in recent history. Whether it be anchoring the Tigers’ back line or jumping up in the attack to add an extra threat, Romero not only does, but he’s very good at doing both. For a team like OA, who is willing to change up strategy depending on situations and games, a versatile player like Romero is key. It’s likely that we’ll see Romero build upon his double-digit point output that he produced last year as a junior.
Devante Teixeira, Senior – Foxboro
Along with KP’s Joe Kellett, Teixeira is the only other player who was on last year’s version of this list. Following a breakout sophomore campaign in 2013, Teixeira once again delivered for the Warriors in 2014 and was named an Eastern Mass All Star. Teixeira has arguably the best left foot in the league and his ability to create space is nearly second to none in the league. He requires constant attention on the wing, which is a problem for defenses that have to focus on sophomore Joe Morrison and all of the other weapons Foxboro has.