After 83 minutes of relentless back-and-forth play — 60 minutes of regulation plus 23 minutes of overtime — King Philip senior captain Liz Furfari slid a right-to-left cross through the circle to the weakside of the Franklin defense. From there, junior midfielder Dana Truini buried the one-timer for a sudden-death 3-2 victory in Wrentham on Saturday in the Division 1 South field hockey tournament.
King Philip head coach Liz Hathaway called a timeout not a minute prior. The set play she called allowed the second-seeded Warriors (16-2-1) to advance to the second round to take on Needham (15-4-0).
“I used that timeout at the end, they were seeing it, they know the angles of it, we just needed to calm down and go execute it,” Hathaway said.
The Panthers (10-8-2) were ferocious in their assault of KP for the duration of the contest, and were able to send the game to the first 15-minute OT period when junior midfielder Regan Paterson scored with 10 seconds remaining in regulation.
“I thought we dominated the middle of the field but we couldn’t put it in,” Franklin coach Lisa Cropper said. “[King Philip goalie] Abby [Campbell] was amazing.”
King Philip’s offense definitely wasn’t at full strength without junior captain Alli Meehan, the team’s leading scorer who was ruled out due to concussion protocol.
Franklin was without junior captain Annie Walsh in overtime. She was thwarted by a Campbell slide save on a breakaway, but the move upended the surprised Walsh.
“To lose her at the end really hurt us, we didn’t have that extra speed to get it out [of our own end],” Cropper said.
King Philip struck first early, with a goal by junior Nicole Connor, but the Panthers peppered Campbell with shots all day, and countered with a goal by junior Cassi Ronan just before the end of the first half.
Division 1 North
Central Catholic 6, Belmont 1 — Julia Worden scored a hat trick to lift the visiting Vikings (17-2-1).
Andover 6, Masconomet 1 — Senior forward Katherine Furry tallied three goals and an assist, and senior captain Emma Farnham led the defensive effort as the Golden Warriors (18-0-1) rolled.
Division 1 South
Needham 1, Wellesley 0 — Junior Eileen Manning scored the winner for the Rockets (15-4-0) off a feed from senior captain Stella Pace.
Division 2 South
Milton 2, Duxbury 1 — Chae Diani, Claire Walko, and Maddie Pellegri converted their penalty kicks as the 18th-seeded Wildcats (8-10-1) outlasted the 15th-seeded Dragons (10-7-2) in a preliminary round thriller.
Peaty Hoogendijk scored for the Dragons on a breakaway midway through the first half. Diani, a senior captain, buried a free kick in the top-left corner midway through the second to even the score. Despite several chances, neither side converted in overtime, and it came down to penalty kics.