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Senators close in on title with 1-0 win over Eagles



Recorder Staff
Friday, October 27, 2017

Another win Friday night has Mahar Regional School in position to complete what has been a season of statements. The host Senators edged Easthampton High School, 1-0, in a Pioneer North girls’ soccer game, setting up a chance to clinch the outright North championship with a win on Monday.

“The score did not dictate how well we played today. I was so proud of our girls,” Mahar coach Chad Softic offered.

Mahar (11-2-4, 7-1-3) held a 26-4 edge in shots, with Delaney Parker’s goal proving to be the difference. Parker scored with just four minutes remaining in regulation, taking a through-ball from Kianna Reilly and burying a shot for a 1-0 lead that held firm.

Marie Nottleson stopped two shots to earn the shutout in net for the Senators, which received another stellar defensive effort from Lani DiDiego, Abby Bonk, Jazmyn Vautour and Caroline Grutchfield.

Mahar closes out its season Monday night against rival Athol High School. A win and the Senators capture the North title outright in their first year since making the leap up in competition from the Franklin County League. 

“Monday night should be fun against our rivals with an opportunity to win a league title,” Softic said.

Pioneer 6, McCann Tech 0 — Emily Raymond and Kaylee Gibson notched two goals apiece, and Pioneer Valley Regional School locked up a top 2 finish in the Pioneer South with a 6-0 shutout of McCann Technical School in action Friday in North Adams.

Pioneer (8-5-2, 8-2-1) stormed out to a 4-0 lead at halftime, as Raymond scored a pair of first-half goals. Sammie Martinez and Eva Pruitt-Dahl also scored in the frame, while Gibson buried both second-half goals to allow the Panthers to pull away.

Raymond, Aiden Gries, Avery Kelton, Gibson and Tayla Sadlowski recorded assists in the win, as Pioneer held a 19-11 edge in shots. Goalkeeper Leah Fuess turned back 13 shots for another shutout.

Mohawk 2, Smith Voke 0 — Jaxon Palmer and Erin Laffond tallied second-half goals, and Mohawk Trail Regional High School picked up arguably its most-impressive win of the season Friday afternoon on the road.

The Warriors broke a scoreless tie with a strong second half, and blanked Smith Vocational & Agricultural High School with a 2-0 win in a Pioneer South girls’ soccer game in Northampton.

“It wasn’t just that we won, but the way we played in the win was outstanding,” lauded Mohawk coach Steve Tomi. “The girls played a great game. I’m so proud of them.”

Palmer made it 1-0 with a goal five minutes into the second half, while Laffond buried an insurance strike with four minutes remaining in regulation off an assist by Mae Rice Lesure.

Lilly Seaver made 11 saves in net for the Warriors (6-9-1, 5-4-1), picking up the shutout in what Tomi called one of her best games of the year.

Mohawk hosts Smith Academy tonight at 5:30 in its Senior Night in Buckland.

FC Tech 2, Commerce 0 — Marilee Wiles and Kate Garcia found the back of the net, putting Franklin County Technical School in solid position to qualify for the Western Mass. Division IV Girls’ Soccer Tournament.

The visiting Eagles blanked High School of Commerce, 2-0, in Tri-County League action Friday in Springfield, putting the squad within one point of qualifying for the postseason. Tech (8-8-1, 7-7-1) needs a win or a tie Monday at home at 4 p.m. against Springfield School of Science & Technology to punch its ticket.

Olivia Whittier assisted on Wiles’ first-half goal in the 23rd minute, as the Eagles led 1-0 at halftime.

Garcia tacked on the insurance goal in the second half with an assist from Brooke Adams. Tabi Hamilton made two saves in net to snag a shutout.

Boys’ soccer

Athol 3, Mahar 2 — Justin Blake scored 33 seconds into the game and added a second-half penalty kick, as Athol High School edged rival Mahar Regional School, 3-2, in an independent boys’ soccer game Friday night at O’Brien Field in Athol.

Matt Jenks tied the game, 1-1, for Mahar (9-6-3) with a first-half goal, and the teams carried that score into halftime.

Blake made it 2-1 with a goal on a PK, however, and Hayden Herk extended the lead to 3-1 with another goal for Athol (12-5-1). Bryce King notched a pair of assists, giving him an impressive total of 15 helpers for the season.

Jack Temple added a second-half goal for Mahar, putting home a loose ball after Jamie Temple’s free kick fell in front of the Athol goal.

FC Tech 7, Duggan 0 — Rueben Galvez notched a hat trick and Anthony Barilone scored two goals, as Franklin Tech blasted Duggan Academy, 7-0, in a Tri-County League boys’ soccer game Friday in Turners Falls.

Bryce Hill and Jared Sadlowski also tallied in the win for the Eagles (9-6-3), which received three assists from Jovanni Ruggiano and two from Jake Burnett.

Tech held a 15-0 edge in shots, storming out to a 4-0 lead and not looking back en route to the 7-0 final.

Four Rivers 6, Charlemont 4 — Milou Riggoloud scored three goals and Evan Leaf added a pair to lift Four Rivers Charter School past The Academy of Charlemont, 6-4, in a River Valley Athletic League semifinal game Friday afternoon in Greenfield.

The Otters advanced to Sunday’s title game, scheduled to be played at Stoneleigh-Burnham School at 11 a.m., weather permitting.

Nat Boyd-Owens scored two goals for Charlemont, which also received a goal from Hendrik Pepermans to go with an own-goal.

Mica Van Iderstine put Four Rivers ahead to stay, tallying to make it 3-2 in the second half.

Field hockey

Greenfield 3, South Hadley 1 — Ashley Hubbard and Audrey Bresciano had a goal and an assist each, and Greenfield High School put itself in position to potentially win the Valley League with a 3-1 victory over South Hadley High School Friday afternoon in Greenfield.

The win puts the Green Wave at 13-4 overall, 8-1 in the Valley with one game left. That comes Sunday morning at 10 a.m. at Deerfield Academy against Frontier Regional School (12-2-2, 7-0-1). A win would give the Wave the outright title over the Red Hawks. Both teams will then await the field hockey seed meeting, which takes place on Monday.

Raegan Hickey scored a second-half goal for Greenfield, giving the Wave a two-goal cushion after leading 2-1 at intermission.

The Wave had 13 penalty corners and 13 shots on goal in the win.

Mohawk 4, Mahar 0 — Lizzie Herzig notched a first-half hat trick, and host Mohawk  closed out its Bi-County League schedule with a convincing 4-0 win over Mahar Friday afternoon in Buckland.

Herzig’s three goals staked Mohawk (13-3-1, 8-1-1) to a 3-0 halftime advantage. Mikayla Bompastore added a second-half tally to account for the 4-0 victory. Sarah Herzig, Taylor Williams and Caitlin Johnston had assists in the win.

Mohawk held a 23-0 edge in shots on goal and a 22-0 advantage in penalty corners. Hannah Birch finished with 19 saves in net for Mahar (8-8-1, 2-7-1).

The Warriors close out their regular-season slate with a road trip to Quaboag Regional High School today at noon.

Girls’ volleyball

Hopkinton 3, Frontier 0 — Lauren Davenport finished with 6 kills, 2 aces and 2 digs on Friday night but Frontier suffered a 25-7, 25-18, 25-23 loss to Hopkinton High School in an independent girls’ volleyball game in Hopkinton.

The news wasn’t all bad for the Red Hawks on Friday, as an Amherst Regional High School win over Longmeadow High School gave Frontier a share of the Eastern League title along with the Lancers.

Selayna Bathurst added 6 kills for the Red Hawks (12-7), Ella Deane had 13 assists and 10 digs, and Ashley Telega had 3 kills.

Southwick 3, FC Tech 2 — Jocelyn Holloway had 11 aces, 4 kills and 11 digs and Franklin Tech finished off its season by giving tournament-bound Southwick-Tolland Regional High School all it could handle before the Rams won 19-25, 25-20, 24-26, 25-19, 15-11 in a Metro Division girls’ volleyball match Friday afternoon in Southwick.

The Eagles finished the season 8-12, which is their best record since 2010, when the team last qualified for the postseason. 

Summer Gaudreau had 5 kills, 3 assists and 7 digs for Franklin Tech, and Kim Petrowicz finished with 2 aces, 2 kills and 2 digs. Tori Profit collected 9 aces, 1 kill and 1 dig, and Reagan Fiske chipped in 1 ace, 2 kills, 8 digs and 2 assists.

Ware 3, Athol 1 — Despite winning the opening set, Athol was unable to close out its regular-season with an independent road win Friday night.

The Red Raiders finished 10-10 overall, dropping a match to Ware High School, 23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14, in Ware.

Julia Ramos had 14 assists to go with three kills and two aces for the Red Raiders, which had already qualified for the postseason thanks to a 3-2 win over Mohawk on Thursday.

Abbe Roberts notched seven kills for Athol, while Alexis Carrasquillo added five kills and four aces. Hannah Lajoie had four kills, and Haylie Baker put down five aces.