Walpole 1, Dennis-Yarmouth 0

Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, at Walpole

The Walpole field hockey team is in a similar situation to last year. The No. 2-ranked Porkers have kept their perfect season alive, defeating Dennis-Yarmouth, 1-0, in the Division 1 South semifinals Friday. Walpole will face Sandwich Sunday in the South title game at Taunton High. After dominating offensively throughout the first period and into the second, the Porkers finally scored midway through the second. Junior midfielder Caroline Feeley rocketed a pass into the circle and junior forward Brooke Matherson tipped it into the back right of the net to propel Walpole (21-0) to the victory. D-Y sophomore Max Allen made it difficult for Walpole, making 12 fantastic saves to keep the Dolphins in the game.‘‘Me and [Caroline] do that a lot. She always drives it in and I try and throw my stick out there and tip it,'' said Matheson, the Porkers' leading scorer. ‘‘I thought the goalie was really good. It was hard to get it by him. Its harder going against a boy.'' The goal came after D-Y took a timeout, during which Walpole coach Marianne Murphy told her players to work hard to get the ball past Allen. ‘‘I told them once we get the ball don't fiddle with it too much at the top of the circle, hit it there and someone get a stick on it,'' said Murphy. ‘‘They came out and did exactly what we talked about.'' Allen, along with senior backs Lizz Egan and Mary Govoni, led the defensive effort for the Dolphins and shut them down on each of their 10 penalty corners. Strong defense from Walpole limited the Dolphins to two corners. Murphy, who has fought to prevent boys from playing field hockey, said there was more satisfaction beating D-Y. ‘‘I'm against [boys playing],'' she said. ‘‘They have a sophomore girl goalie on the bench that's been displaced because they're playing a boy. It's something I feel strongly about and it's disappointing to know other teams have come against them and lost because of it. He came out hard and went down and made saves. He's athletic. It's intimidating. We've played against boys on the field but you can work around them on the field. But when they're in key spots it makes it harder to win.'' Walpole goalie Molly Breen earned her 17th shutout of the season.

Updated: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013, 9:10 a.m.

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