Warrior girls tourney bound
Smith Academy 10/17/13. Frontier's keeper #0 Dylan Husted, leaps up in front of the net to make a save off a corner kick attempt in the 1st half.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Smith Academy 10/17/13. Frontier's #7 Andy Habel & Smith's #8 Quinn Richert, battle for control of the ball in the 1st half.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
The Mohawk Trail Regional High School girls’ soccer team took care of business, then got a little help from a friend Thursday to punch its postseason ticket.
Cailtin Wilkins scored once in each half and Sally Slowinski stopped all seven shots she faced to pace the Warriors to a 3-0 Franklin County League victory over Turners Falls High School in Turners Falls.
That win, coupled with Greenfield High School’s 2-0 victory over Pioneer Valley Regional School, wrapped up second place in the FCL, giving Mohawk the automatic tournament berth along with it. Mohawk needed to finish second in the FCL because with a 5-9-1 record, it is likely going to finish below .500 on the season.
The Warriors’ win over Turners Falls moved Mohawk (5-9-1 overall) to 4-1-1 in the FCL, which initially left coach Steve Tomi thinking he needed one more win to clinch a postseason berth. All of that changed when previously winless Greenfield was able to pull off a mini-upset over the Panthers about one hour after Mohawk had finished its game. Upon finding out that his team had clinched a berth, Tomi let out a cheer and celebrated. Tomi, who missed the first seven games of the season after traveling home to Tanzania to tend to a personal matter, talked about how proud he was of his girls for fighting through a slow start to qualify.
“We started out on the wrong foot this season,” he began. “I went away, went back home because my father was sick. But I came back and the girls regrouped and they are playing really well right now.”
The Warriors opened the season with eight losses and one tie in their first nine games but have roared back to win five of their past six games.
Wilkins put the Warriors up 1-0 in the first half with her 12th goal of the season, and Hope Lively extended the lead to 2-0 before the break with her seventh goal of the season. Sarah Gokey notched her fifth helper of the season on the Lively goal. Wilkins completed the scoring in the second half with her second of the game and her ninth in the past four games.
Jade Linscott made 14 saves for Turners Falls.
Greenfield 2, Pioneer 0 — After coming ever so close to its first win of the season in recent games, Greenfield can finally celebrate.
Mollie Sullivan and Mirandah Coulombe each scored once Thursday during the Green Wave’s 2-0 FCL girls’ soccer victory over Pioneer during Senior Night at Vets Field in Greenfield.
The Green Wave has three ties in its past five games after starting the season 0-7, and first-year coach Jeff Hampton, who was also able to celebrate his first career coaching victory, said he was proud of his team and glad his seniors could get the W.
“This is a beautiful win for us,” he explained. “It is certainly a good way to cap off a good night for our seniors. We’ve been on the verge of a win recently, and tonight the girls played so well. They played as an absolute team tonight.”
Greenfield (1-9-3) opened the scoring in the 17th minute when CeCe Lawson fired a shot in on Pioneer goalie Sydney Martin, who made the save but had the rebound go to Sullivan, who fired it home. The Wave took the 1-0 lead into the second half and took advantage of a corner kick to extend the lead. Meghan Sullivan (Mollie’s twin sister) took the corner and found Coulombe for the insurance marker. It was the first career goal for Coulumbe.
Green Wave goalie Allison Roe finished with 11 saves to earn the shutout and, according to Hampton, was the reason the team was able to pull off the upset.
“If there was a player of the game, she was definitely it,” he said. “She stopped two breakaways and four point-blank shots. She was great tonight.”
The loss eliminated Pioneer (1-9-2) from postseason contention. Martin finished with three saves before giving way to Gabby Carpenter, who also stopped three shots.
Frontier 1, South Hadley 0 — Frontier closed to within three points of a postseason berth by knocking off South Hadley High School, 1-0, in a Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer match Thursday night in South Deerfield.
Amanda Calvo scored what turned out to be the only goal of the match in the 36th minute when Ashley Barrington sent her a pass in the middle of the attacking third, 25 yards from goal, and Calvo ripped a shot over the head of Tigers goalkeeper Abby Lukasik and into the net.
South Hadley held the upper hand in shots, 13-11, but Red Hawk goalkeeper Camilla Baronas made five saves to record the shutout. Lukasik finished with six saves.
Frontier (6-5-2, 2-3-1) hosts Hoosac Valley High School Monday at 4 p.m.
Monty Tech 4, FC Tech 0 — Rylee Litchfield scored two goals and added an assist as Montachusett Vocational-Technical High School defeated Franklin County Technical School, 4-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game Thursday in Fitchburg.
Monty Tech scored twice in each half en route to the win and Litchfield had one goal in each frame. Natalie Arsenault and Felicia Alicea each added one goal.
Alyssa Andrews made seven saves in the first half in the Eagles’ net, and Shauntel Ortiz made six saves in the second half. Brittany Andrews received praise from Franklin Tech coach Jenna Carme for Andrews’ play at multiple positions on the day.
Smith Academy 3, Frontier 0 — Smith Academy scored twice in the first half and cruised to a 3-0 victory over Frontier in an independent boys’ soccer match Thursday in Hatfield.
Derek McMahon booted home a feed from Harry Kennedy 12 minutes into the contest to put the Falcons on the board, then he scored unassisted in the 33rd minute.
Kevin Banas used an assist from McMahon for the final marker in the 49th minute.
Cam Woodward made seven saves to notch the shutout for the Falcons, who were outshot 15-10.
Dylan Husted stopped five shots in the Red Hawks’ net.
Frontier (5-7-2) travels to Easthampton High School Monday night at 7.
Granby 7, Turners 0 — Seven players scored once goal apiece for Granby High School Thursday and the Rams dumped Turners Falls High School, 7-0, in independent boys’ soccer play in Turners Falls.
Devin Bergeron and Joe Desormier each had one goal and one assist for the Rams, while Doug Labbee, Matthew Bleakley, Zachary Funk, Ryan Bachand and Tim BaiRossi collected one goal apiece. Brett Sullivan made five saves for the shutout.
Zach Demars finished with 12 saves in the Turners Falls goal.