For the girls
Bailey Knous, Senior – FranklinKnous is a dynamic forward and one of the leading scorers for the Panthers, who reached a third straight sectional final last fall. Knous scored double digit goals again in 2014, despite occasionally battling injuries. When healthy, she can be one of the most prolific scorers in the Hockomock and fits into the Panthers style as a striker that can play on the shoulder of the last defender as well as drop in and allow the wide players to push forward. With Knous on the pitch as a focal point to the attack, Franklin looked more dangerous, as evidenced by the opening 15 minutes of the final against Whitman-Hanson when Franklin created chance after chance. This could be a big year for the senior.
Victoria Stowell, Senior – FranklinThe Assumption-commit has continued to grow well beyond her stature and can dominate the game with her passing ability. Stowell rarely gives the ball away in midfield and, although she’s not the biggest midfielder in the league, can also get stuck in and win the ball back. The Panthers have an explosive attack and much of it stems from Stowell, a two-time HockomockSports.com Best XI choice, finding the right pass to unlock the defense. With Taylor Cogliano graduated, Stowell may be asked to push even further forward to help spring the attack.
For the other Hockomock League girls soccer players to watch
For the boys:
Austin Kent, Senior – FranklinThe Panthers graduated a ton of talent (16 seniors), with nearly its entire starting lineup gone. One name that is back is senior Austin Kent. Kent has been making plays since his sophomore year and it’s likely Kent will be one of Franklin’s top threats this year. Kent has shown over the past two years his ability to find the back of the net, which will be key in the battle for the Kelley-Rex division title, which is very much up for grabs this year. It’s typical for a Franklin team to have a balanced scoring attack but expect Kent to be a key part of the Panthers’ success in 2015.
For the other Hockomock League boys soccer players to watch