Hopkinton, Bishop Brady advance in D-III boys’ soccer playoffs

  • Hopkinton’s Garrett Fitzgerald pushes the ball forward during Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering. Hopkinton won, 4-0, and will travel to Winnisquam on Wednesday for the next round. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Ryan Graham (left) connects with the ball during Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton. Graham was a key part of the Hawks’ shutout defensive effort and he had an assist in the 4-0 win. JEFF SULLIVAN/ sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Steven Newton-Delgado keeps his eye on the ball during Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton. Newton-Delgado had an assist in Hopkinton’s 4-0 win. JEFF SULLIVAN/ sullivaneventphotography.com

  • The Hopkinton High boys’ soccer team posted a 4-0 shutout win in Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

  • The Hopkinton High boys’ soccer team posted a 4-0 shutout win in Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN/ sullivaneventphotography.com

  • The Hopkinton High boys’ soccer team posted a 4-0 shutout win in Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton. JEFF SULLIVAN/ sullivaneventphotography.com

  • Hillsboro-Deering goalie Logan Clough secures the ball while Hopkinton’s Steven Newton-Delgado (13) bears down on him during Monday’s Division III preliminary round playoff game n Hopkinton. Clough had 14 saves in another outstanding effort, but the Hawks won 4-0 to advance to the next round. JEFF SULLIVAN / sullivaneventphotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 10/27/2020 3:13:59 PM

The field and ball were wet, but nothing slipped past keeper Aidan Burns and the Hopkinton defense.

Burns made five saves, outside backs Sam Brown and Ryan Graham anchored the back line and the Hawks posted a 4-0 shutout win in Monday Division III preliminary round playoff game against Hillsboro-Deering in Hopkinton.

“Anytime you can secure a shutout in rainy, slick conditions like we faced today, then it’s a solid defensive performance,” Hawks coach Scott Zipke said.

Hopkinton (3-5-1) will next play at Winnisquam (3-7-1) on Wednesday with the winner advancing to Saturday’s D-III quarterfinals.

Not only was Hopkinton’s Graham instrumental on the defensive end, he also assisted Quinn Whitehead in the 10th minute for the first goal of the game. Bryce Charron, assisted by Andrew Beckwith, made it 2-0 in the 27th minute. Eleven minutes later, Whitehead (this time assisted by Steven Newton-Delgado) scored his second goal to give the Hawks a 3-0 edge they would take into halftime. Beckwith had an unassisted goal in the 75th minute for the only scoring of the second half.

“Beckwith’s early assist and late goal were both products of smart, hard-working runs,” Zipke said. “Whitehead’s goals were confident finishes following smooth assists to set him up.”

The Hawks could have scored more against the Hillcats (1-7-0) if it wasn’t for another great game from keeper Logan Clough (14 saves).

“Logan was exceptional,” H-D coach Glenn Winters said.

Winters was also pleased with the play he got from seniors Owen Coombs and Rylee Goulette and junior Riley Jones, as well as Griffin Cassidy and Evan Winters.

Bishop Brady 3,Derryfield 2 OT

Brady junior captain Evan Haas had a hand in all three goals as the Giants went to overtime in this D-III playoff game before pulling out the home win against the Cougars. Brady (6-4-0) will travel to Dover on Wednesday to face St. Thomas (2-7-0) in the next round.

“This match had a lot of momentum shifts and a few times it was a little too close for comfort,” Giants coach Mike Ling said. “We’re proud of the boys for their fighting spirit and their ability to keep their heads up and stay positive.”

It was easy to stay positive early for Brady as Haas fed Chris Grimbilas for a goal in the fifth minute and a 1-0 lead. Haas assisted Ariel Okinedo in the 22nd minute to double lead before Derryfield’s Kevin Adie scored just before the half to make it 2-1.

The Giants had to call on their mental toughness after Chris Van Natta tied the game up with a goal in the 62nd minute. Brady goalie Liam Masner (nine saves) and backs Sal Aubin and Mike Thresher made sure that resolve came with some shutout defense, and then Miles Lavoie delivered the game-winner in overtime.

Haas started the play when he slid a through ball to forward Jack Beuschene, who then split the defense by serving a ball to Lavoie. Derryfield keeper Logan Goldberg (seven saves) came hard off his line, but Lavoie beat him with a shot to the right side for the win-and-advance golden goal.




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