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Hopkins blanks Pioneer in opener

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/16. Pioneer's No.4 Emily Raymond, moves the ball in towards the net as Hopkins No.2 Mary Kate Farnham battle her from behind for control of the ball in the 2nd half.photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins Academy 9/5/16. Pioneer's No.4 Emily Raymond & Hopkins No.2 Mary Kate Farnham, battle for control of the ball in the 2nd half.photo by J. Anthony Roberts

  • Hopkins’ Miranda Pitta dives on the ball as Pioneer’s Stephanie Alden Juliette Cook in the first half of their season-opening girls’ soccer match Monday in Haldey. Hopkins won, 6-0.

  • Pioneer’s Emily Raymond wins this race to the ball against Hopkins’ Juliette Cook in the second half of their season-opening girls’ soccer match Monday in Hadley. Hopkins won, 6-0.


Recorder Staff
Monday, September 05, 2016

Hopkins Academy spoiled the coaching debut of Pioneer Valley Regional School head coach Nikki Pullen, scoring three first-half goals and cruising to a 6-0 victory in an independent girls’ soccer match Monday afternoon in Hadley.

The Golden Hawks got on the board in the second minute with an unassisted goal from Allison Jenks. Sam Jenks used an assisit from Allison Jenks in the eighth minute for the second tally, and MaryKate Farnham scored on a deflection off a Pioneer in the 39th minute for the third tally before intermission.

Farnham scored again in the 58th minute, assisted from AJ Mitchell, to extend the lead to 4-0. Emelia Aiken-Hafner’s added an unassisted marker in the 63rd minute to make it 5-0, and Allison Kowal-Safron completed the scoring in the 68th minute with her goal, assisted by from Kiera Ciolkos.

“In the first half we were chasing a lot, not cutting off angles and wasting energy,” said Pullen. “Their first trouches were impeccable, it was textbook soccer. They did an incredible job getting us out of position.”

Pullen was happy with the squad’s overall play despite the score.

“We didnt play badly, and I’m not upset; we gave up one bad goal,” said Pullen. “At no point did I think we were playing poorly, but I think we could have played a little smarter.”

Miranda Pitta recorded a clean sheet for Hopkins without needing to stop a shot.

Panthers goalkeeper Leah Fuess was busy in the opener, as she registered 20 saves.

Pioneer (0-1-0) returns to action Wedneday at 4 p.m. at Mohawk Trail Regional High School in the Franklin County League opener for both schools.