Coaching an experienced soccer team means coaches don’t always have to remind players of the little things, but before Canton’s match against Oliver Ames Tuesday afternoon, Bulldogs coach Paul Turner stressed one key idea to his girls.
Don’t be complacent.
A month after defeating Oliver Ames, 7-0, Canton put itself in position for another Hockomock Davenport crown as the No. 5 Bulldogs increased their division lead with a gritty, 1-0 win over the No. 16 Tigers at Canton.
“We talked about [the 7-0 win] and said, ‘Listen, our main focus is let’s take confidence from the last game we played against them, but we cannot be complacent,’ ” said Turner. “We knew this would be a different game all together.”
With Oliver Ames needing at least a tie to keep their division title dreams within grasp, Canton faced a strong press early in the match. At the 15-minute mark, with his girls still on the defensive, Turner called a timeout and reminded his players of their game plan.
“We talked about how OA needed to come to Canton and beat us,” said Turner. “The pressure was on them. We just need to be smart and stay organized.”
Following the timeout, Canton slowly began taking control of the game. In the 24th minute, junior midfielder Lexi MacQuarrie made an inside pass to fellow midfielder Kim McNally.
With OA’s goalie slightly off her line, McNally rifled a shot top-shelf that tucked just under the crossbar to put the Bulldogs on top, 1-0.
Canton faced the same early pressure in the second half, but strong defensive play and some timely saves by senior goalie Kristen Burns kept the Tigers from grabbing the equalizer.
The Bulldogs hold a two-game lead over the Tigers with three games remaining.
Brighton 2, Charlestown 0 — Freshmen Juliana Santos and Helena Durmessa scored for the Bengals.
Peabody 6, Revere 1 — The Tanners (13-0) received a goal and an assist from both sophomore Caroline Colbert and Erika Nelson.
Concord-Carlisle 5, Boston Latin 0 — The eighth-ranked Patriots (11-2-0) got a hat trick from senior Andrea O'Brien and junior Angela DeBruzzi had her fifth shutout of the season.
Framingham 4, Braintree 1 — Lizzie George led the way with two goals for the Flyers (4-7-2).
Bishop Stang 1, Coyle & Cassidy 0 — Junior midfielder Andrea Rego scored for the Spartans (5-6-2).
Lowell Catholic 7, Cristo Rey 0 — Sophomore Taylor Patterson led the Fighting Crusaders (13-2) with two goals and an assist and sophomore Molly Lewis contributed four assists.
East Bridgewater 4, Mashpee 0 — Junior Sam Cardinal scored two goals for the Vikings (10-1-2).
Scituate 2, North Quincy 1 — The 19th-ranked Sailors (12-1-2) defeated the 20th-ranked Red Raiders with the winning goal coming with 15 minutes left in the second half by sophomore Erica Badger.
Hingham 1, Pembroke 0 — Sophomore midfielder Julia Patterson netted her fifth goal of the season for the Harbormen (5-3-5).
Danvers 4, Saugus 0 — Senior captain Meghan Kenny led the Falcons (10-2-2) with two goals and junior Kylie Plaza had a goal and an assist.
Framingham 1, Braintree 0 — Junior Lorran Cancado scored for the Flyers (7-5-2).
Wellesley 2, Norwood 0 — Junior Tyler Tuchenbecker and senior Dan Calderone each scored for the No. 11 Raiders (11-2).
Scituate 11, North Quincy 0 — The Sailors secured victory with help on offense from sophomore Sean MacKinnon, who scored three goals. Senior captain Michael Canjemi got the shutout.
Hingham 1, Pembroke 0 — The sole goal was by senior Evan Flanagan, who was assisted by junior Pierre Marjollet. The Harbormen improve to 9-0-2.
Mashpee 2, East Bridgewater 0 — The Falcons moved to 12-1 behind senior forward Romeo Grey, who had a goal and an assist.
Wilmington 1, Watertown 0 — Senior Colin Doherty scored in the 31st minute to propel the Wildcats (7-1-5).
Bishop Feehan 19, Attleboro 44 — Abbey McNulty remained undefeated in dual meets, winning the 3.1-mile race in 18:55 to lead the Shamrocks (5-0).
Bishop Feehan 19, Attleboro 41 — Senior Evan Grandfield defeated Bombardiers junior Elliot Kelley by one second to take the medal and lead the Shamrocks (5-0) to the win.
St. John’s Prep 21, Xaverian 36 — Liam Dow, Tim Loehner, and Tom O'Shea took the top three places to lead the Eagles (4-0).
Marshfield 18, Falmouth 43 — Rams senior Craig Dicesare and junior Mike Tautiva finished first and second for the third time this year.
Swampscott 5, Everett 0 — Junior Tori Thistle led the Big Blue (12-1-1) with two goals and two assists. She leads the team in scoring with 17 goals.
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