Leahy, Hingham believe, achieve
With just five minutes remaining, senior Julia Leahy connected on a header that gave the Hingham girls’ soccer team a 2-1 road win over No. 9 Whitman-Hanson in Patriot League action last night.
“To know that we can play with one of the top teams in the state is nice,’’ said Hingham coach Ryan Puntiri. “It gives us a ton of confidence and gets the monkey off our back.’’
The level of confidence is new to the Harbormen (1-0), who hadn’t defeated Whitman-Hanson (0-2) since they joined the Patriot League four seasons ago.
After carrying play for most of the first half, Hingham watched as Marina Kelly connected on a shot from just outside the box after a quick counter to put Whitman-Hanson ahead, 1-0.
“At that moment we could have gone either way,’’ said Puntiri, “but we just stepped up and shook it off and kept playing.’’
Almost a minute later, Abby Phelan headed in Emma Marjollet’s corner kick for the equalizer and swung the momentum back to the Harbormen.
“Typically I would have had to get on them after [Kelly’s] goal, but they didn’t need it,’’ said Puntiri. “They didn’t drop their heads. That’s the biggest difference between this season’s team and seasons past. Last year we might have dropped our heads and said, ‘Oh well,’ but that was never an option tonight.’’
Both defenses held strong until the last five minutes, when Marjollet once again was on target with a corner kick that found Leahy for the win.
“Emma has a tremendous leg. She’s worked on her accuracy and gotten to the point where she’s putting them right where she wants,’’ said Puntiri.
Westford 2, Acton-Boxborough 1 - Junior striker Rebecca Robey scored both goals for the Grey Ghosts (3-0).
Westford picked up its first regular-season win over Acton-Boxborough (2-2) since 2002.
Franklin 5, Stoughton 0 - Junior Kristi Kirshe tallied four times.
Boys’ soccer Boston International 1, Charlestown 0 - Junior forward Bruno Pires scored the winning goal for International.
Trinity Catholic 7, South Shore Christian 0 - Senior Danny Kim had four goals and one assist for the Falcons.
Wayland 3, Boston Latin 2 - Warriors senior midfielder Evan Barber scored his first varsity goal after being away from the sport for two years. Chris D’Amico tallied the winner, assisted by Matt Edwards.
North Shore 5, Minuteman 1 - Junior captain Ron Donohue notched four goals for the Bulldogs.
Scituate 2, Pembroke 0 - Freshman Curran Wait scored his first varsity goal and senior Greg Logue chipped in an insurance strike as the Sailors improved to 2-0-1.
Dover-Sherborn 5, Medfield 0 - Senior Sam Jordan celebrated his 17th birthday in style, recording his first hat trick, as the Raiders improved to 2-0.
Walpole 4, Newton North 1 - Junior forward Nicole Brown had two goals for the Rebels, who outshot Newton North, 25-4, and improved to 3-0.
Newburyport 5, Amesbury 0 - Juniors Paige Hefferan and Lea Tomascz each tallied two goals for the Clippers (2-1).
Girls’ volleyball Barnstable 3, North Attleborough 0 - Senior All-Scholastic Kaylee Deluga tallied 16 kills, 2 blocks, 2 aces, and 7 digs for the Red Raiders.