Darmanchev helps Wave boys defeat Warriors, 3-0
Ben Darmanchev had a hand in all three goals as Greenfield High School shut out Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 3-0, in a McGrath Division North boys’ soccer match Thursday in Greenfield.
“I switched (Ben) him to upback and that helped him break out and get involved in the offense,” said Green Wave head coach Kurt Richardson. “A lot of teams don’t use an upback like that but Ben supports the offense from that spot well, and it’s working well right now.”
Darmanchev set up the game’s first goal, assisting on Vovaldo Popusoi’s tally in the 25th minute, giving Greenfield a 1-0 lead that they eventually took into the half.
Darmanchev and Popusoi reversed roles in the 45th minute, with Darmanchev scoring on a pass from Popusoi. Darmanchev then took a pass from Luke Toritto two minutes later and scored the final goal.
Mike Duclos made two saves to record the shutout for the Wave, which owned a 6-3 edge in shots.
Josh Taylor finished with three saves for the Warriors.
Greenfield (5-7-1 overall, 3-2-0 North) hosts independent foe Pittsfield High School on Tuesday at 4 p.m.
Hartsbrook 5, Four Rivers 3 — An early surprise by Four Rivers Charter School was quickly washed away, and unbeaten Hartsbrook School earned a 5-3 River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer victory Thursday afternoon in Hadley.
Four Rivers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the game’s opening 15 minutes. Sam Sol scored on a Ben Garbus assist to open the scoring, and Kai DeLorenzo tallied an unassisted goal shortly after for the early Otter lead.
That sparked Hartsbrook, which came back with four goals before the break. The hosts added one more goal in the second half before Garbus scored on a free kick to close out the scoring.
Vincent DeFelice led Hartsbrook with three goals.
Gateway 1, Athol 1 — Athol High School inched closer to a Western Mass. Division II Tournament berth as it tied Gateway Regional High School, 1-1, in an independent girls’ soccer match Thursday in Athol.
After a scoreless opening 40 minutes, Olivia Smith scored on a direct kick in the 64th minute to put the Red Raiders on top,1-0.
The Gators’ Kendall Rooney struck for the equalizer seven minutes later, assisted by Sarah Stec.
Gateway recorded 11 shots to Athol’s eight. Maddie Truehart made six saves in goal for the Red Raiders.
Athol (6-2-4) hosts Turners Falls High School on Saturday at 1 p.m.
Holyoke 2, Frontier 0 — Kelly Reardon scored twice Thursday to lead Holyoke High School to a 2-0 victory over Frontier Regional School in an independent girls’ soccer match in Holyoke.
Frontier goalie Camilla Baronas held the Red Hawks (0-8-2) in the game throughout, making 16 saves, and the two teams went into halftime tied at 0-0. But Reardon struck for a pair of second-half markers to lift the Purple Knights to the victory.
Olivia Baronas also played well for Frontier in the loss.
Naomi Wilson made four saves for the shutout.