Historic day for Tech, Four Rivers booters
Friday was a good day for both the Franklin County Technical School and Four Rivers Charter School girls’ soccer teams as each defeated an opponent neither had ever beaten.
Franklin Tech used one goal in each half to knock off St. Mary High School, 2-0, in Tri-County League action, while Four Rivers took down River Valley Athletic League powerhouse Stoneleigh-Burnham School, 3-2, on its senior day.
FC Tech 2, St. Mary 0 — Shayla Demers turned aside all 13 shots she faced on Friday to lead the Eagles to the 2-0 victory over the Saints in Turners Falls.
Franklin Tech, now in its third year of existence as a girls’ soccer program, was winless against St. Mary in their previous four meetings. Coach Jenna Carme said that in past seasons the Eagles had played well, but always come up on the losing end.
“We’ve always been competitive with them, but we’ve just never been able to pull it off,” she said.
The Eagles took a 1-0 lead with one minute left in the first half. Missy Vatalaro took a corner kick and played the ball into the box to Skylar Clark-Williams, who got a body on the ball and slid it over the Mackenzie Coburn, who beat St. Mary goalie Aisling Butler. Six minutes into the second half Rachel Shearer gave the Eagles (3-6-0 overall, 3-5-0 TCL) an insurance goal when she fired a shot past Butler from just outside the 18.
That was plenty of support for Demers, who stopped all 13 shots on net to register the shutout.
“She always plays well, but two or three of the saves she made today, I thought they were goals,” Carme said. “She is playing very well right now.”
Butler finished with 19 saves for St. Mary, which sits second in the TCL on the season at 5-4-0 overall. Franklin Tech goes back to work on Tuesday against TCL-leading Pathfinder Regional High School.
Four Rivers 3, SBS 2 — Helen Perham scored a pair of goals on Friday and Four Rivers earned a 3-2 win over Stoneleigh-Burnham at Four Rivers in Greenfield.
Four Rivers, which only has road games remaining this season, celebrated its first-ever win over the Owls on Senior Day. The celebration was made sweeter by the fact that many of the Otters’ losses to the Owls in the past have been lopsided.
“We knew this would be a tough game,” Four Rivers coach Amanda Griffith said. “It was our seniors’ last home game, and our girls just threw everything they had into it. We played as a unified front, we worked really well together. We went into this game knowing that usually we’d be defeated, but we played with a winning attitude and that made all the difference.”
It looked like more of the usual for the Otters as Stoneleigh-Burnham jumped out to a 1-0 lead just two minutes into the contest, but Asia Littell came up very big when she tied the game 10 minutes later with an unassisted goal. Four Rivers would go up 2-1 in the 25th minute on a Perham goal and the Otters (3-3) carried that lead into the break.
The Owls tied the game 7 minutes, 30 seconds into the second half, but Perham broke the tie in the 60th minute when she broke in and buried a shot in the top right corner of the net to give the Otters the win.
Griffith marveled at how well her entire team played and credited both center midfielder Sophie Garbus, as well as her entire back line (Hannah Sol, Juliana Blodget and Sara DiPaolo) with a strong game. Leah Sweeney also came up big in net and finished with 12 saves.
Four Rivers travels to Harwich to take on Eagle Hill School on Tuesday.
Mahar 6, Hampden Charter 2 — It was the Tenney Sisters show Friday in Chicopee.
Mackenzie Tenney scored three goals and added one assist, while sister Tiffany Tenney tallied two goals and one helper as Mahar Regional School cruised to a 6-2 independent girls’ soccer win over Hampden Charter School.
The Senators (7-3-0) led 5-1 at halftime as each of the Tenney sisters scored twice. Quiana Rivera also added a first-half goal for Mahar, and Keauna Foster registered a pair of assists. Katie Cleveland and Brittany Gray each picked up one assist in the win, and Sydney Whitcomb and Kelsie Bardsley each stopped one shot to combine for the win in net.
Makayla Thompson and Ashley Word each scored once in the loss, and Jaime Valcinord made 22 saves.
Mohawk 4, Turners 0 — Hope Lively finished with two goals and one assist on Friday and Mohawk Trail Regional High School took control of second place in the Franklin County League with a 4-0 victory over Turners Falls High School at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Second place in the FCL is still wide open among the four teams vying for the spot and the automatic tournament berth that goes along with it. All four of the teams sitting under Mahar in the FCL have struggled this season, and none would make the tournament as an automatic qualifier. But one team will qualify with a record likely to be well below .500, and on Friday the Warriors (2-9-1) took a step in that direction. Mohawk is now 2-1-1 in league play and has five points, while Pioneer is just behind at 1-1-1 in the league with three points.
Kaitlin Wilkins added a pair of goals in the win, and Sarah Gokey recorded a pair of assists.
South Hadley 3, Frontier 1 — South Hadley High School used a 28-10 edge in shots to knock off Frontier Regional School, 3-1, in a Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer game Friday in South Hadley.
The Tigers (5-2-2) took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a Rachel Harrington goal. The hosts then scored the first two goals of the second half as Katie Evans and Emma Slysz each found the back of the net. Meghan Ginley, Caitlyn Hoschtetler and Jessica Casolari each finished with one assist in the win, and Abby Lukasik finished with eight saves.
Frontier (4-5-1) got on the board in the 70th minute when Angela Self scored on an assist from Elaine LaBarbera. Camilla Baronas registered 14 saves for the Red Hawks.
Hartsbrook 3, Four Rivers 0 — Will Harrison scored twice on Friday and Hartsbrook School posted a 3-0 River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer win over Four Rivers at Greenfield Community College.
Gabe Voisin added a goal in the win.
Jackson Reeves-Henning played well in the Four Rivers net and finished with 12 saves.
The Otters (4-2) host White Oak School on Tuesday.