Red Raider boys roar back for 2-1 triumph
Athol High School rewrote the script on Sabis International Charter School in the second half of Thursday’s Schmid Division boys’ soccer game in Springfield.
After giving up a late goal in the first half, the Red Raiders stormed back with a pair in the final 40 minutes to earn a 2-1 victory.
Despite getting outplayed for much of the first half, the Bulldogs took a 1-0 lead with four minutes to go when Josh Aubin scored on an assist from Andrew Berthiaume. Athol coach Dave King said that the late goal did not bother him because he thought his team had played well and knew it was only a matter of time before it broke through.
“We were very confident in the way we played in the first half and I thought it would come together quickly,” he said. “I thought we really controlled the tempo and the play in the first half. We probably got behind their defense and into their scoring area probably about a dozen times. We had a breakdown late in the first half and they are skilled enough to make us pay. We wanted our guys to stick to the game plan and in the second half we were finally able to put a couple away.”
It didn’t take long for the Red Raiders to break through. Sabis took the opening kick of the frame and Athol intercepted the ball and went on the counter attack. Tyler Lajoie played the ball ahead to Alex Page, who got in behind the defense and drew Sabis goalie Shane Audet off the line. When the keeper converged on the ball, Page toe-poked the ball over to Tanner Pavilionis, who headed it home for the tying goal just 50 seconds into the half.
The Red Raiders took the lead for good with 20 minutes to play when Bousquet carried the ball through the Sabis defense and laid a pass across the crease to Page for a one-timer past Audet.
Sabis nearly tied the game with 1:30 to play when Berthiaume took a direct kick from 25 yards out that Athol goalie Jamie Posk had to back up and lay out to just get a finger on and put over the crossbar. Posk finished with eight saves in the win. Audet stopped 15 shots in the Sabis goal.
Hampshire 4, Frontier 1 — The Brasil brothers combined for five points as Hampshire Regional High School downed Frontier Regional School, 4-1, in an independent boys’ soccer match Thursday in Westhampton.
Brian Brasil scored unassisted in the 32nd minute, then Kevin Brasil booted home a pass from Alex Kubosiak in the 35th minute to make it 2-0 by halftime.
Brian Brasil converted a feed from Kevin Brasil in the 44th minute to put the Red Raiders ahead 3-0 before Frontier countered with Jamie Blinder’s marker from Connor Hamilton in the 68th minute.
Brendan Bzdel notched the final Hampshire goal from Brian Brasil in the 74th minute.
Dylan Husted made seven saves in the Red Hawk goal. Ben Preston turned aside six shots for Hampshire.
Pioneer 1, Turners 0 — Pioneer Valley Regional School reclaimed first place in the McGrath North Division and earned a Western Massachusetts Tournament berth as it edged Turners Falls High School, 1-0, in boys’ soccer action Thursday night at Bourdeau Fields Complex in Turners Falls.
Jeremy Kemble struck for the game’s only goal with 12 minutes left in regulation, assisted by Phil Kang.
Pioneer (8-3-2 overall, 4-1-0 North) held a 23-4 advantage in shots. Josh Hill rejected three shots to earn the shutout, while Zach Demars kept the Indians (1-11-1, 1-4-1) in it by making 17 saves.
Mahar 6, Hampden Charter 0 — Shawn Dennis scored two goals and added an assist to power Mahar Regional School to a 6-0 independent win over Hampden Charter School in boys’ soccer action Thursday in Orange.
Heron Heath also notched a pair of goals, and Winston Chayee and Owen Cook also scored for the Senators, who led 5-0 at the break.
Matt Simmington made two saves in the first half and Bryce Cleveland added one stop in the second half for the shared shutout.
FC Tech 2, Nashoba V-T 0 — Two first-half goal were all Franklin County Technical School needed as it blanked Nashoba Valley Technical High School, 2-0, in an independent girls’ soccer match Thursday in Westford.
Skyler Clark-Williams scored an unassisted goal five minutes into the contest for the Eagles’ first goal, and Rachel Shearer struck for the second tally five minutes later.
Franklin Tech outshot Nashoba Tech, 15-3.
Shauntel Ortiz made three saves to record her first career shutout for the Eagles. Kelsie Buckley stopped 10 shots for Nashoba.
Catholic 6, Greenfield 0 — Alexis Carrington scored two goals and assisted on two more to lead Holyoke Catholic High School to a 6-0 independent girls’ soccer win over Greenfield High School Thursday in Chicopee.
Lexie Neffinger had one goal and two assists for the Gaels, who scored four times in the second half to put the game away. Mary Roberge added one goal and one assist, while Kylee Windyka and Elizabeth Cavanaugh each had one goal. Katie Klejna did not have to record a save in the Catholic net as the Gaels held a 37-0 edge in shots.
Allie Roe finished with 27 saves in the Green Wave net.
Hartsbrook 5, Four Rivers 2 — Asia Littell scored a pair of second-half goals but it wasn’t enough as Four Rivers Charter School suffered a 5-2 loss to Hartsbrook School in a River Valley Athletic League girls’ soccer game Thursday in Hadley.
Neva Newcombe had one assist in the loss, and Lea Sweeney made eight saves.
The Otters travel to Buxton School on Thursday.