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School Soccer: Senator girls’ chip away for 2-0 victory

  • Above, Mahar’s Tori Tenney (7) settles a cleared ball during the first half of the host Senators’ 2-0 Pioneer North girls’ soccer win over Gateway Monday afternoon at the Woodward Complex in Orange. Below, Mahar’s diminutive Delaney Parker (3) fights for possession against Gateway’s Juliana Dickenson (5). RECORDER STAFF photos/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s diminutive Delaney Parker (3) fights for possession against Gateway’s Juliana Dickenson (5) in the first half on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Katie Cleveland (12) throws in the ball during the first half of her Senators’ 2-0 Pioneer Division girls’ soccer win over Gateway Monday afternoon at the Woodward Complex in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar head coach Chad Softic, center, talks with his team at halfway during their game against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Tori Tenney (7) clears the ball downfield between Gateway defenders Grace LeBarron (6) and Erin Harris (17) in the first half on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Kianna Reilly (5) takes the ball upfield defended by Gateway’s Jessica Van Heynigen (12) in the second half on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Hannah Paul (10) strikes a corner kick in the second half against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar’s Tori Tenney (7) stops the ball from being cleared at the goal line during the first half against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar head coach Chad Softic, center, talks with his team at halfway during their game against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar huddles up at halftime during their game against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE

  • Mahar head coach Chad Softic, center, talks with his team at halfway during their game against Gateway on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017 in Orange. RECORDER STAFF/DAN LITTLE



Recorder Staff
Monday, September 11, 2017

Mahar Regional School got one goal in both halves and also got a huge defensive effort from Kianna Reilly to improve to 2-0 on the season with a 2-0 win over Gateway Regional High School Monday afternoon in a Pioneer North girls’ soccer game at the Woodward Complex in Orange.

Both teams had enjoyed early-season success but it was the Senators who turned in a solid, all-around showing at both ends of the field.

Offensively, Emma Currier got the Senators on the board 12 minutes into the game when she finished off a nice sequence with Delaney Parker, who split a pair of Gateway defenders with a pass to an oncoming Currier, who struck a shot toward the low post past Gateway goalie Becca Herman.

The game remained that way until late in the second half, thanks to a Mahar defense that played very well, particularly Reilly, who was tasked with containing Gateway sniper Jessica Van Heynigen, who torched Athol High School for three goals already this season and helped the Gators to a 1-0-1 start to the season coming into Monday. Van Heynigan also scored three times against Mahar last season in a 3-0 win over the Senators.

“Kianna did a nice job man-marking Van Heynigan, she really contained her well,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said. “She is a handful, but we felt like if we could contain her we would have a shot.”

Mahar put the game away with 13 minutes to play when Hannah Paul took a direct kick from 22 yards out and found the upper-90 of the goal.

“I told the girls that they played a very responsible, smart game,” Softic said. “Their risk-assessment was just outstanding. They didn’t dive, didn’t over-commit, and kept them in front of us.”

Elysha Bedard made seven saves to earn the shutout, while Herman finished with five saves.

Frontier 2, Easthampton 1 — Freshman Cambrie Hamilton continued her hot start to the season Monday, as she buried the game-winning goal just three minutes into the second half to lift host Frontier Regional School to a 2-1 victory over Easthampton High School in Pioneer North action at Herlihy Park in Whately.

After Frontier jumped ahead thanks to an own goal off a corner kick in the ninth minute of action, Easthampton (1-2, 0-2) tied things five minutes later when Rosie Pagnoni tallied.

The game stayed tied until halftime, when the Red Hawks (2-1, 2-1) nabbed the game-winning strike on a counterattack. The ball eventually fell to Kaitlyn Mackin, who played a through ball to Hamilton. The freshman finished with her left foot, beating Easthampton goalkeeper Lili Pioli (12 saves) for the 2-1 advantage.

“In the first half, Easthampton definitely outplayed us at times, but in the second half we were able to settle down more and get the ball on the ground,” explained Frontier coach Phil Pittelli.

The Hawks, who held a 12-1 edge in shots in the second half, host a key early-season game Thursday night when Gateway comes to town under the lights in South Deerfield (6:30).

Pioneer 7, Greenfield 0 — Emily Raymond recorded a hat trick, and visiting Pioneer Valley Regional School exploded for five goals in the second half to capture a 7-0 victory over Greenfield High School in a Pioneer South girls’ soccer game Monday in Greenfield.

Raymond got the scoring start for the Panthers (1-0-1, 1-0-1) in the 15th minute, tallying from Sammie Martinez, before Cierra Buzzell made it 2-0 just before intermission.

Pioneer took off in the second half, with Raymond scoring twice to go along with goals from Kaylee Gibson, Avery Kelton and Aiden Gries.

“The first half was easily the best we played all season,” lauded Greenfield coach Patrick Garland, whose team fell to 0-3 on the year. “Unfortunately, in the second half we stopped playing together. Kacia Kinsmith, Tina Reed, and Tannin Costa played the type of disciplined, selfless soccer that helps win games.”

Mohawk 5, McCann Tech 0 — Senior Emma Poplawski scored three times, and visiting Mohawk Trail Regional High School opened its season in fine fashion Monday.

The Warriors began their 2017 campaign with a 5-0 shutout over McCann Technical School in a Pioneer South girls’ soccer game in North Adams.

“I’m so proud of the girls with the way they started the season,” lauded Mohawk coach Steve Tomi of the victory.

Poplawski scored twice in the first half to stake the Warriors (1-0, 1-0) to a 2-0 halftime advantage. She put her third goal in midway through the second half, while Mary Monohon and Mae Rice-Lesure also tallied. Sage Spitzer, Haley Rode and Lily Wickland Shearer recorded assists in the victory for Mohawk, which received 10 saves in net from goalkeeper Lilly Seaver to snag the shutout.

Mohawk travels to Northfield Wednesday night for what should be a good Pioneer South contest against Pioneer at 6 p.m.

FC Tech 4, St. Mary 0 — Brooke Adams scored three consecutive goals Monday afternoon to lead Franklin County Technical School to a 4-0 win over St. Mary’s Parrish School in a Tri-County League girls’ soccer game in Turners Falls.

Adams scored the lone goal of the first half in the 30th minute and then got the Eagles’ first two goals of the second half, the first coming nine minutes after halftime, and the second coming off a penalty kick in the 64th minute. Olivia Whittier completed the scoring six minutes later with an unassisted goal.

The win helped the Eagles even its record at 1-1-0 and will host Greenfield High School Wednesday afternoon at 4.

“It was a much better game,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “The girls communicated and ran a much better offense today, and our defense was a big strength, again.”

Tabi Hamilton made seven saves for the shutout, while Jess Crosby stopped eight shots in the loss.