Riding a pair of goals from sophomore forward Chloe Layne, the King Philip girls’ soccer team produced a 2-1 statement victory over top-seeded Natick in the Division 1 South Sectional semifinals on Thursday.
The Warriors (19-1-2) punched their ticket to Whitman-Hanson for Saturday’s Division 1 South final against No. 2 seed Newton South (20-1-0), which scored a 2-1 victory over No. 6 seed Whitman-Hanson in the other sectional semi.
King Philip was the visiting team in both theory and location, with the match taking place at Natick’s Memorial Field. It didn’t deter the Warriors from grabbing a quick 1-0 advantage on Layne’s first goal of the game, a clinical finish. The goal, Layne’s third of the tournament, was Natick’s first allowed since Oct. 17.
“It was very important that we got the first goal,” Layne said. “We had to get the momentum going from the start, and when that first one went in I felt it shifting our way.”
Despite a flat start, the Red Hawks (18-1-0) proved durable, continuing to pressure King Philip senior keeper Emma Durant.
The home team’s chance finally arrived in the 59th minute off the right foot of senior forward Julia Adelmann. With her back to the goalkeeper, Adelmann settled a midfield pass from senior defender Caitlin Hatt, took one touch forward, and launched a shot over Durant from more than 30 yards out.
If the equalizer fazed the Warriors, their play did well to hide it. Only seven minutes later, Layne was at it again. Collecting a counter-attacking pass from senior defender Hanna Balunos, Layne outmuscled a Red Hawk defender and rolled one with her left foot past the diving hands of junior goalkeeper Ashley Bianco.
“That’s just the type of player [Chloe] is,” said coach Gary Pichel. “She’s got very deceptive moves. If you leave her alone [one-on-one], chances are you’re going to lose.”
It was Durant’s play in net that secured the win for King Philip, tallying four key saves on Red Hawk counter attacks. She wound up with six saves for the match.
“[Durant] was unbelievable,” Pichel said. “You need a great defense, a great offense, but you also need a keeper to help you get through the storm when they come flying back.”
Division 2 South
Notre Dame (Hingham) 2, Silver Lake 1 — Olivia Mucci scored in the sixth round of the shootout, lifting the fifth-seeded Cougars (14-4-2) to the quarterfinal win.
Division 3 South
Dover-Sherborn 2, Rockland 1 (2OT) — Sophomore Cerys Balmer headed in the winner off a corner with seven minutes left the second overtime period to lift the sixth-seeded Raiders (13-3-5) to the semifinal victory.
Archbishop Williams 2, East Bridgewater 1 — Ari Hay netted the winner as the Bishops (18-1-2) advanced to the final against Dover-Sherborn.
Division 1 Central/East
Newton North 3, Cambridge 0 — Junior Miska Legatova powered the top-seeded Tigers (17-1) to the semifinal victory.
King Philip 3, North Quincy 2 — Senior Julia Klincewicz (13 kills, 10 blocks, and 3 digs) and junior Camryn Burgio (17 kills, 13 digs, and 2 aces) led the visiting Warriors (20-2) to the sectional final on Saturday.
Division 4 South
Cohasset 3, Nantucket 2 — The Skippers (19-1-1) scored three unanswered goals at Scituate High to advance to their second Division 4 South final in as many years.
“We really came out flying in the second half,” said Cohasset coach Jim Willis. “Usually we have to play two good halves to win, especially in the tournament, but today it was just enough.”
Cohasset senior Jay Frederick converted the winner with 13 minutes remaining, giving the Skippers their third tournament win over Nantucket (16-4-3) in the past four seasons.
Frederick’s decisive goal came minutes after he hit the crossbar with a header.
Concord-Carlisle 48, Arlington 20 — Jaylin Farquharson (10 rushes, 252 yards) had TD runs of 71, 68, and 88 yards while Robert Doherty (11 rushes, 202 yards) had scoring runs of 73 and 78 yards in a combined 454-yard, 5-TD rushing performance for the Patriots.
Braintree 35, Walpole 29 — Brett Lavanchy’s four touchdown passes went for naught as Billy Silvia (2 touchdowns, 5-for-5 kicking extra points), Zach Harris (13 carries, 178 yards, 2 touchdowns) and the Wamps held off the Rebels.Henry Brechter reported from Scituate.