"Final: Walpole 4, Franklin 2, Porkers pick up the win and return to the state title game, Panthers suffer only loss of the season in the state semifinal"
Josh Perry, Managing Editor of HockomockSports.com, provides the game recap:
"Franklin seemed confident in the build up to Wednesday night’s Div. 1 state semifinal at Taunton’s Aleixo Tiger Stadium. The Panthers had rolled through their first three playoff opponents, outscoring them 14-0. Everything appeared to be lined up for the Final Four game against Walpole to be a classic.But, there is always a difference between preparing to face the top seeded Porkers and actually putting the plan in motion once you get on the field with them.It took a little over a quarter for Franklin to start playing its typical game and by then the Panthers trailed by two goals. While the Kelley-Rex division champions had long stretches where they had Walpole on its heels, the Porkers took advantage of their corners and strong goalkeeping to pull out a 4-2 win and advance to yet another D1 final.“They were nervous and uptight,” admitted Franklin coach Michelle Hess. “They were so tight in the first quarter and in between I was like, listen, you need to settle in. I tried to send them the message, yeah we’re playing Walpole but it’s just another game on our schedule. Them scoring that first goal kind of set the tone and made us think, uh oh here we go.”
"Barnstable takes set 3, 25-22
Final scoreBarnstable 3Franklin 0"
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