By Danny Emerman (Online Editor-in-Chief).
When the Sharon Eagles were hungry for some goals, captain Ben Stamm delivered.
With two goals on Friday — both on long throw-ins into the box — Stamm led the Eagles past the Franklin Panthers 2-0.
“[Ty] Hippler has upper body strength like I’ve never seen,” Stamm said of the junior’s throw-in capabilities. “Hippler doesn’t do bench press, he does just throw-in practice. I don’t know how he does it, but he’s nasty.”
Stamm’s goals make him the leading scorer on the team. He says that once he put two in, he got greedy for a third.
“Some people say it’s harder to almost get a hat trick than to get a hat trick,” Stamm joked after the game as teammate Shalin Patel chanted “MVP” in his ear.
Once again, the defense was impenetrable for Sharon. Franklin had just two legitimate chances in the game: a couple of contested shots that flew over the crossbar. This marks the fourth time Sharon has limited opponents to no goals in a contest.
Senior defender Jeffery Gao stresses the importance of communication in limiting Franklin’s most dangerous player, Farley Asmath.
“A lot of talking. We had Shalin drop on him most of the game and we all filled in,” Gao said.
The win wasn’t all roses for Sharon: captain Ian Camilli was carted off the field with an apparent head injury. A concussion could sideline for meaningful games at a crucial stretch of the season, with seven games remaining.
“Hippler played well filling in for him. Obviously he’s important to our passing but I think we’ll be fine moving forward,” Gao said.
The Eagles need two more wins to clinch a playoff berth. In their path to the playoffs stands Foxboro, North Attleboro, Canton, Norwood, Stoughton, and Milford.
“We’re off to a great start and we’re not stopping anytime soon. We’re looking to get a home game in the playoffs,” Stamm said.
Photo Credit: Yasmin Darvish