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Top-seeded Hopkinton field hockey advances to semis with 2-0 victory

  • Hopkinton’s Julia Baer (2) chases down a loose ball during Sunday’s Division III field hockey quarterfinal game against Mascenic. Baer scored a goal as the top-seeded Hawks defeated the No. 9 Vikings, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals. Jeff Sullivan / SullivanEventPhotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Kate Bouchard (left) fires a pass during Sunday’s field hockey quarterfinal game against Mascenic. The top-seeded Hawks defeated the No. 9 Vikings, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals. Jeff Sullivan / SullivanEventPhotography.com

  • Hopkinton’s Sophie Sullivan controls the ball during Sunday’s Division III field hockey quarterfinal game against Mascenic. The top-seeded Hawks defeated the No. 9 Vikings, 2-0, to advance to the semifinals. Jeff Sullivan / SullivanEventPhotography.com

Monitor staff
Published: 10/25/2021 6:22:01 AM

HOPKINTON – It had been almost two months since the Hopkinton field hockey team opened the season against Mascenic, but the Hawks opened Division III tournament play the same way they opened the regular season, with a shutout victory over the Vikings.

Julia Baer and Charlotte Presti both scored in the second quarter to lift the top-seeded Hopkinton (15-0) to a 2-0 victory over No. 9 Mascenic (9-7) at home on Sunday to advance to Thursday’s D-III semifinals.

The 2-0 scoreline in Sunday’s quarterfinal may have been closer than the 6-0 victory that the Hawks posted on Aug. 31, but Hopkinton never let the Vikings get much momentum, outshooting them 16-2 and getting a 12-7 advantage in corners.

Mascenic’s offense was prolific in its 4-1 preliminary round win over No. 8 Berlin, but it was all Hawks in the first half, getting five corners in the first five minutes of the match, outshooting the Vikings 12-0 and having a 9-1 corners advantage through the first game’s first 30 minutes.

Sophomore goalie Katalina Davis (14 saves) held off the onslaught for a while, but Hopkinton pushed numbers forward and crowded the circle, resulting in a goal from senior Julia Baer (assisted by senior Kate Bouchard) at 11:15 and another from sophomore Charlotte Presti (assisted by junior Rose Finlayson) at 6:46 in the second quarter.

“We had a bye, so it was a long span of practice, making sure we were staying focused,” Hopkinton head coach Kate Hohenberger said. “We definitely knew we were going to have to come out strong and work hard because we knew (Mascenic) had competed already and were in that game mentally. We went the first quarter without scoring, but it was an eye opener and (Hopkinton’s players) got their nerves out. Then they went right in and started to open a little bit, relax and settle into their positions.”

The ball reached Mascenic’s attacking third for the first time with 1:45 left in the half, resulting in the Vikings’ first corner, but the ensuing shot was fired wide, hardly troubling senior goaltender Abby Simpson (two saves).

“Steph Elrick (a sophomore) was our key player for the midfield today,” said Hohenberger, referring to her squad’s ability to keep the pressure on almost all game. “She was all over. All over it. I’m so proud of her and the way she performed out there.”

“I have (sophomore) Grace Hall, (senior) Chloe Tworek and (senior) Sophie Sullivan that play back there (in the defensive midfield) in a diamond form,” Hohenberger added. “They know how to swing, they know how to drop back and support each other and (that was) key for us today. They really stepped up their game, dropping back when needed.”

After a quiet third quarter, Hopkinton was called for a penalty with 10:33 left and put them down a player for two minutes, giving the Vikings the opportunity they needed. Mascenic built on that momentum, getting six corners in the last 10 minutes and getting its first shot on goal.

Simpson knocked a high ball out of the air with a blocker save and made a kick save on the ensuring rebound, as the Vikings kept the ball in Hopkinton’s end for the majority of the final 10 minutes.

But the Hawks never let Mascenic find the cage and punched their ticket to Thursday’s semifinal against No. 4 Newfound (12-2-1). The game will be played at 7 p.m. at Bill Ball Stadium in Exeter.

The Hawks handed Newfound its first loss and spoiled the Bears’ homecoming with a 2-0 victory on Oct. 1.

“We’re going to see a team that’s going to come out and be competitive because we gave them a (homecoming) loss. They’re going to work hard, so we have to prepare for that.”

Hohenberger said. “We’ve never seen them on turf, so it’s going to be something we have to mentally prepare for and understand. The ball is going to move faster, we’re going to have to hustle more. The hits are going to go farther. We’re going to have to pay attention to how they are setting up on the field. It’s going to be a whole different game. Playoffs are anybody’s (game).”

No. 4 Newfound 3,No. 5 Winnisquam 1

Newfound defeated Winnisquam in the battle of the Bears for the third time this season. Newfound defeated Winnisquam by identical 3-0 scores in the regular season and had goals from Maggie Bednaz and Adeline Dolloff in the first half of Sunday’s quarterfinal.

Winnisquam’s Maddie Eberhart scored in the third quarter to cut the lead to 2-1 heading into the fourth, but Matti Douville provided Newfound some insurance.

Winnisquam ends its season with a record of 10-4-1.

Soccer season concludes

The Hillsboro-Deering girls’ soccer team defeated Raymond, 4-0, on Saturday, to conclude NHIAA’s regular season with a 11-5 record and the No. 6 seed in the D-III tournament.

Kimmy Nadeau (two goals), Emily Howell (two assists), Eva LaValley (goal), Abby VonDette (goal, assist) and Abbie Johnson (assist) led the Hillcats.

H-D has won its last five matches.




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