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Walpole field hockey has the winning touch

The Porkers are still perfect. Walpole (22-0) won the Division 1 South title Sunday, blanking Sandwich, 2-0, at Taunton High School. The win gave the Porkers their eighth sectional title in 11 years — last year they lost in the South final to Duxbury.

“We wanted this one,’’ said Walpole coach Marianne Murphy. “We were disappointed last year with our play and we’ve been working hard to get back to this point and win the South again.”

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Walpole started fast. Brooke Matherson brought the ball into the circle on a breakaway and Caroline Feeley found it in a cluster in front of the net and knocked it in to give the Porkers a 1-0 lead six minutes into the game.

The Porkers were aggressive in the second half, and showcased their offensive prowess. Matherson scored off a pass from Feeley with 19 minutes remaining to seal the victory.

Sophomore Nicole Martin led the offensive attack for the Knights, but was shut down by the solid play of Walpole defenders Holly Norberg and Rachel Griffin. Nina Tobin, Walpole’s speedy senior flyer, broke up both corner opportunities for the Knights.

Division 2 South final — Olivia Pink tipped in a cross from Jade Rodrigues with five minutes left in the first half, and Cara Storms lifted a pass from Abby Treweek into the top left corner a minute into the second to secure Apponequet’s first sectional title with a 2-0 win over Monomoy.

A great effort by the Lakers’ defense, anchored by goalie Jenna O’Leary, kept Meghan Richer, EMass’s leading scorer, from finding the net. O’Leary stopped five difficult shots sent in by Richer.

The Lakers will face the North champion Wednesday at Reading High.

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