Panthers edge Eagles, 1-0, in West tilt
Maddie Kerber scored just after the midway point in the first half and that proved to be the only goal of the day as Pioneer Valley Regional School edged Franklin County Technical School, 1-0, in a West Division field hockey game Tuesday afternoon in Northfield.
The goal came as the result of a fast-break that saw the ball get ping-ponged around in front of the Eagles’ net before Sierra Barton was finally able to get control of the ball and send it across the front of the net to Kerber, who snapped a shot past Franklin Tech goalie Emily Sullivan.
“We did very well today on our fast breaks,” Pioneer coach Colleen Bannister said. “And Maddie did exactly what we wanted her to do and it paid off for her.”
Pioneer (2-4-0) outshot the Eagles (0-5-1), 14-2, in the game. Erin Townsley stopped both shots she faced to earn the shutout, while Sullivan played well in the loss with 13 saves.
Turners Falls 7, Central 0 — Lauren Grimard recorded a hat trick on Tuesday and Turners Falls High School drubbed Central High School, 7-0, in West Division field hockey action in Springfield.
Grimard also assisted on one of Courtney Eugin’s two goals on the day, as the Indians scored five times in the first half to take control of the game. Maggie Sroka scored her first goal of the season in the win, while Sophie Letcher added an assist. Letcher’s goal came off an assist from Jaimee White, who came out of her normal position of goal to record the helper. Halle Harvey, Samm Peabody and Rileigh Carlisle each added one assist in the win.
Turners Falls did not allow a shot to a Central player, as White and Maddie Currier combined on the shutout without making a save. The Indians peppered the Central goal with 26 shots, and Golden Eagles goalie Kelvin Wilson-Carter managed to stop 19 shots.
Longmeadow 5, Frontier 0 — It was the best in Division I against the best in Division II Tuesday afternoon in Longmeadow.
Last year’s two western Mass. field hockey champions squared off and reigning Division I champion Longmeadow High School dominated play to best reigning Division II champion Frontier Regional School, 5-0, in an independent contest.
The Lancers scored four times in the opening 30 minutes. Longmeadow outshot the Red Hawks, 27-1, in the game and Frontier suffered its first loss of the season as it fell to 4-1-0.
“We got outplayed and outhustled today,” Frontier coach Missy Mahar said. “Longmeadow was the better team.”
Caroline O’Reilly finished with two goals on the day for Longmeadow, while Jessie Moriarty added one goal and one assist.
Gwen Thayer had a strong effort in the Frontier net with 22 saves.
Amherst 2, Athol 1 — Athol High School’s comeback attempt fell just short as it dropped a 2-1 decision to Amherst Regional High School in an independent field hockey game Tuesday evening at O’Brien Field in Athol.
The Hurricanes took a 2-0 lead with a first-half goal from Isabelle Humbeck, and an early second-half goal from Georgia Nichols. The Red Raiders did not go away, and Liz Arpide potted an unassisted goal with 15:41 remaining in the game to pull Athol to within one. Amherst goalie Nadia Squitier kept everything else that came her way out of the net and the Hurricane held on for the win.
“Our offensive opportunities still aren’t there,” Athol coach Sarah King said. “I have a lot of talent and some speed up front, but we aren’t capitalizing on our chances.”
While the offense is still searching for its identity, King said that goalie Alicia LaChance, who is in her first season in net, and the rest of the Athol defense is coming along nicely. LaChance made 11 saves in the loss.
“Alicia is coming right along,” King explained. “And our defense played great. Rielley Richard is the anchor back there, but her Nina Alvarez, Mindy Martin and Amanda Bergquist really played well tonight. I’m very proud of the way all the girls played and pleased with their performance.”