YOUTH SPORTS: KP no match for Foxboro squads

The Foxboro Over-35 Softball League held its 2014 playoffs, with the team of Jake and Joes triumphing over Briggs Corner Pizzeria in the championship game, 16-12. (Submitted photo)

A stingy defense set the tone in the season-opener for the Foxboro Midget Football C Team Warriors, who beat the King Philip Chiefs, 19-0. James Stamatos, Luke Ferguson and Aidan Stapleton all recovered fumbles, while Charlie Baughan, Dylan Kerrigan, Cam Hassett, Joey Lane, David Linnehan, Cam Prescott and Paul Andrews had solid performances in the shutout victory.

Offensively for the Warriors, Jack McGahan, Chris McNamara and Tyler Hagan led the rushing attack behind the great blocking of Liam Mulkern, Kevin Tully, Sloane Hubbard, Luke McAndrews, Brian Derba and Ryan Petrillo. Joe McGahan had two 1-yard touchdown runs.

- The Foxboro D2 Warriors opened the 2014 season with a hard-fought road win at King Philip, 13-7 on Sunday.

After spotting KP to an early 7-0 lead, quarterback Jake Gilbert found the sideline on a keeper for a 45-yard touchdown run to narrow the margin to 7-6.

In the second half, the Warriors took to the power ground game, and found big gains running between the tackles behind a strong offensive line wearing down the KP defense. Dylan Gordon then capped off a long, fourth-quarter drive with a 20-yard touchdown run to give the Warriors their 13-7 margin.

Foxboro's defense, which was stout all day, had to come up with two big tackles by Thomas Marcucella and Eric Kristenson inside its own 5-yard line in the final minute of play to seal the victory.

SOCCER

The Foxboro boys' U12 Division 2C team opened its BAYS season under the hot and humid skies in Mansfield against the Hornets with a 4-2 win. Despite outshooting the Hornets during the first half, Foxboro found itself down 1-0 at the half after the Hornets scored on an early breakaway.

Foxboro came on strong to score in the first minute of the second half when Ben Ferguson took a throw-in from keeper Nick Penders and connected with Dylan Quinn, who drew the open net and scored. But, the Hornets came right back a minute later to score on a breakaway against the charging keeper, Adam Connolly. Persistent pressure by Foxboro tied the score when James Kraus passed out of the corner to PJ Frost for the goal. Foxboro then took the lead two minutes later when footwork by both Kraus and Frost would center the ball to Nick Vecchione for the score. Foxboro added an insurance goal when keeper Connolly punted past midfield and Kraus took the breakaway to the net for the score.

- The Foxboro boys' U14 Division 2D team got off to a good start at Needham, winning the season-opener, 1-0. The Warriors battled Needham to a scoreless first half with strong defensive coverage. Thomas Potenza got the start in goal for the Warriors and made a highlight save in the first half, changing his body direction to push aside a deflected shot. Both teams battled into the second half, before Joe Cusack converted on a corner kick placed into the box by Nic Biegel. Needham would press for the remainder of the period, but the Warrior defense, anchored in the middle by Will Regan and Brian Gardner, limited the scoring chances. Daniel Lowey made a nice clear for the Warriors off the goal line late in the game, helping preserve the shutout.

- The U11A boys travel team battled Wayland to a 1-1 tie to open the season Saturday at Friends Field. After a scoreless first half Tommy Sharkey set up Foxboro's scoring opportunity early in the second, and Matthew Todd found the back of the net with his left boot.

Wayland scored the equalizer on a penalty kick midway through the second half.

- On the girls' side, the Foxboro U12 Division 3 J team lost a nailbiter, 1-0 to Wrentham. After a flurry of back-and-forth activity, Wrentham capitalized on a bad bounce and squeaked a ball into the net for the first score. The Foxboro goaltenders Amy Conley and Brenna Cook kept Foxboro in the game.

- The Foxboro girls' U10 Division 3-P team lost a well-played and hard-fought game to North Attleboro, 4-2. Lauren Andrews took the ball from the defensive end of the field and fed Isabelle Pacella in the deep corner who crossed the ball perfectly to Sonia Letson who found the back of the net for the first Foxboro goal of the year, an equalizer at 1-1. Melissa Dorney scored next for Foxboro.

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