David MacKinnon on the mark for Oliver Ames
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By Andrew MacDougall Globe Correspondent
It wasn’t the result Oliver Ames boys’ soccer coach Jon Barata was hoping for, but in a way, it was an outcome he has come to expect.
His Tigers remained undefeated with their second tie in the young season as the Oliver Ames defense, led by senior netminder David MacKinnon, notched its sixth shutout in as many games with a scoreless tie against Hockomock newcomer Milford in North Easton.
“Having Dave in back automatically gives us an advantage, even if we’re outmatched and outclassed by teams,” said Barata, in his fourth season with the Tigers.
“He gives us the ability to stay in the game, even on a day like today where we outshoot a team, 18-6, and aren’t able to score. Those saves he had to make were big-time.”
Although the Tigers (4-0-2) outshot Milford, it was MacKinnon, not his counterpart, who came up with the play of the game.
With the wind in its favor, Milford played the ball over top of the Tigers defense to its best forward, who was able to get on the end of it, and took a blistering shot just 12 yards from the net.
Even with the shot so close, the 6-foot-2-inch MacKinnon made a quick diving save to his left.
“He was stretched,” Barata said. “It’s kind of scary because we’ve come to expect him to make those saves. When an opponent gets inside the 12-yard box, most coaches go, ‘Oh, here we go.’ I say, ‘All right, I think [MacKinnon] is going to get it.’ ”
The team’s hot start comes after a preseason in which six Tigers starters, including MacKinnon, were sidelined with injuries. MacKinnon, a three-year varsity member, hyperextended his elbow before the season started, which had the potential to sideline him for four to six weeks. A week later, though, he was back to anchor the Tigers defense.
Marshfield 3, Plymouth South 0 — Senior captain Evan Jastremski had two goals and an assist for the Rams (3-2).
New Bedford 5, Attleboro 0 — The Whalers (5-0-1) were paced by junior midfielder Felipe Bonte (two goals, one assist).
Holliston 1, Hopkinton 0 — Junior captain Troy Waddell notched his second goal of the year in the win for the Panthers (3-2).
Holbrook 7, Cathedral 2 — Senior co-captains Colin Diaz and Brandon Spencer-Gomes each netted a pair of goals for the Bulldogs (2-2-1).
Beverly 1, Salem 0 — Panthers captain Conor Lee scored the only goal and Cam Rogers dominated defensively.
Brighton 3, South Boston 2 — Senior co-captains Emma Lama (three goals) and Love Awah (defensive strength) covered both sides of the field to lead the Bengals.
North Quincy 7, East Boston 0 — Senior captain Shannon McCleary set a record with five assists for the Red Raiders (5-1).
St. Joseph’s Prep 7, St. Clement 1 — Seven players scored for the Eagles (3-0).
Ashland 2, Norton 1 — Freshman Lexi Fahey scored her first career varsity goal to help the Clockers (2-3) to victory.
Plymouth North 3, Falmouth 1 — The Eagles (5-0) pulled ahead in the second half on goals from junior Hannah Petersen, and seniors Jennifer Reynolds and Madison Finlay.
Danvers 6, Winthrop 1 — Junior forward Kaitlin Bates netted a pair of goals for the Falcons.
King Philip 157, Franklin 164 — The Panthers (2-2) were led by Ben Bedarian (38) and Steve Shay (38).
Catholic Memorial 243, Quincy 277 — Freshman Andrew Boyle shot an even-par 35 and freshman Kevin Hock posted a 39 for the Knights (2-2).
Watertown 7, Wakefield 0 — Senior captain Lauren Sutherland netted a hat trick and Allyssa Carlson had three assists.
King Philip 5, Ursuline 0 — Junior Danielle Hamilton had a hat trick and senior Ashley Avery scored twice for the Warriors (3-1-1).
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