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November 13, 2013

Masco boys soccer must be wary of dangerous Walpole in state final

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Goaltender Pete Hoegler hasn’t seen a shot fly past him and into the Walpole net since the regular season ended. Along with a solid defense in front of him that includes Nick Randall, Tom Holm, Colin Murray and Matt Brownsword, the Rebels have been absolutely stingy in their own end.

Even when opponents have turned up the heat — such as in the second half of the South final, when Oliver Ames attempted 19 shots — Walpole hasn’t wilted in the face of heavy pressure.

Senior Bobby Ivatts is one of the top offensive threats for Walpole; he has scored in three of his team’s four postseason games, including the second tally in each of his club’s most recent victories. Fellow senior A.J. Chauvin and junior Chris Gallivan (who had the eventual game-winner vs. Oliver Ames less than six minutes in) have also recorded playoff goals.

Robbie Ellis, who has seen time at both left back and forward during the Rebels’ run to the final, as well as Joe Delaney and Rob Rabaioli, are other players who have been vital to their team’s success. So too has the return of Mo Young, who missed most of the season after having knee surgery but buried a shootout goal in the quarterfinal triumph over Nauset.

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