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The season is over for Greenfield High School boys’ soccer team.
The Green Wave needed help that it never got Thursday afternoon and it ended its season with a 2-0 loss to Turners Falls High School in a McGrath North Division boys’ soccer game at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Greenfield (5-9-3) could have qualified for the postseason had it finished in second place in the McGrath North, but after managing only a tie against Mahar Regional School earlier in the week. That left Greenfield one point behind Granby High School for second place in the North Division, leaving the Wave to scoreboard-watch as Granby hosted Mahar Thursday afternoon.
The Senators nearly did the Green Wave a favor but fell 2-1 to Granby, wrapping up sole possession of second place in the North for the Rams, and making the Green Wave’s game against the Indians meaningless.
For the second time this season, Greenfield turned in a solid effort against the North Division champion Indians.
Wyatt Bourbeau scored both of the Indians’ goals, which gave him 21 for the season and broke the single-season record for goals in a season. David Garcia scored 20 goals in 2010.
Bourbeau struck in the second minute of the contest, assisted by Melvin Moreno, to put Turners up 1-0. It remained a one-goal game until the 62nd minute, when Emmett Turn set up Bourbeau’s record-breaking tally.
Tenzin Khenrab registered four saves to notch his school-record eighth shutout of the season for the Indians (13-3-0, 8-0-0), who completed a perfect record in league play for the first time in school history.
Mike Duclos made nine saves in net for the Green Wave.
Granby 2, Mahar 1 — Granby used a solid second-half effort to wrap up second place in the McGrath North Division with a 2-1 victory over Mahar Thursday afternoon in Granby.
Granby had already clinched a postseason spot but went into the game needing a win or a tie to wrap up second place in the McGrath. Mahar came into the game following its best effort of the season during a 0-0 draw against Greenfield, and had another upset on the mind as it played a scoreless first half against the Rams. Granby finally cracked the scoreboard in the second half when Harrison Lussier beat Mahar goalie Matt Simmington to give the Rams a 1-0 lead. Lussier scored again with 11 minutes remaining to put Granby up 2-0, and the goal proved to be huge, as Abdulerahim Khiram scored late on an assist from Muhammed Khattak to cut the deficit in half. Mahar was unable to beat Granby goalie Brett Sullivan (six saves) again in the game and Granby held on for the win.
Simmington finished with five saves in the losing effort.
Hopkins 5, Pioneer 0 — Hopkins Academy racked up 44 shots during its 5-0 victory Thursday over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a McGrath South Division boys’ soccer game in Hadley.
Tyler Szymkowicz, Pat Knightly, Tim Knight, Brennan Mitrolka and Sean Quill each scored in the win. Ethan Wenner finished with two assists, while Paul Delamy and Evan Delaney each tallied one helper.
Ben Pitta made five saves to register the shutout. Brian Aja made 19 saves in the Pioneer net.
Sabis 6, Frontier 0 — Aemilia Rivera scored twice Thursday afternoon, and Sabis International Charter School knocked off Frontier Regional School, 6-0, in a Grieve Division girls’ soccer game in Springfield.
Jill Jacobs made 14 saves to backstop the victory.
Camilla Baronas finished with 24 saves in the Frontier net.
FC Tech 0, Monty Tech 0, tie — Brooke Meuse stopped 17 shots to help Franklin County Technical School play to a 0-0 draw against Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School in an independent girls’ soccer game Thursday in Turners Falls.
“It probably would have been a loss for us if it wasn’t for Brooke,” Franklin Tech coach Jenna Carme said. “She had an excellent game. She made some saves that definitely should have been goals.”
Liz Raymond made eight saves in the Monty Tech net.
Gateway 8, Greenfield 0 — Jamie Pease scored twice Thursday to lead Gateway Regional High School over Greenfield High School, 8-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game in Huntington. Joanne Arkoette and Alyssa Moreau each had one goal and one assist, while Kendall Rooney picked up a pair of helpers.
Elise Brown made nine saves in the Green Wave net.