Wave boys post 1st win, 2-0
Hopkins 9/10/13. Mohawk's keeper #1 junior Sally Slowinski, makes a running save attempt on a goal shot in the 1st half.
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Hopkins 9/10/13. Mohawk's #8 Sarah Gokey & Hopkins # 6 Lacey Waskewicz, battle for control of the ball in the 1st half.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Hopkins 9/10/13. Mohawk's #2 senior Elyse Lenoard & Hopkins # 17 Ally Jenks, battle for control of the ball along the sidelines in the 1st half.
photo by J. Anthony Roberts
Tyler Jacques registered 10 saves and Greenfield High School earned its first win of the season, 2-0 over Pioneer Valley Regional School in a McGrath North boys’ soccer match Tuesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Andrei Taraburca struck for the first goal in the 17th minute off a Ben Darmanchev assist. It remained a one-goal game until the 56th minute, when Darmanchev netted the insurance tally from Vlad Popusoi.
Each team finished with 14 shots. Brian Aja made six saves for the Panthers (1-2-0 overall, 1-1-0 North).
“Both teams played very well,” said Green Wave head coach Kurt Richardson. “It was just tremendous soccer, well played on both sides of the ball. It was a joy to watch.”
Greenfield (1-1-2, 1-0-2) is off until Tuesday when it hosts Westfield Vocational-Technical High School at 6.
Frontier 4, Athol 0 — Frontier Regional School scored twice in the first half and added two more goals in the second to run past Athol High School, 4-0, in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer match Tuesday night in South Deerfield.
Jamie Blinder broke a scoreless tie with an unassisted goal in the 35th minute, then he got a pass from Connor Hamilton and drilled a half-volley into the net from outside the penalty area.
Freshman centerback Dan Bronke notched an unassisted marker in the 55th minute to extend the Red Hawks’ advantage to 3-0, and Chad Parent converted a feed from Hamilton five minutes later for the final tally.
Dylan Husted made nine saves to earn the shutout for Frontier, which outshot the Red Raiders, 23-14.
Jamie Posk was credtied with seven stops for Athol.
“This was definitely one of our biggest wins in a while,” offered Red Hawks head coach Dale Totman. “It was a very good team performance all the way around; we finished well, passed the ball well, and our defense was very good.”
Frontier (2-1-0 Schmid) hosts independent foe Turners Falls High School on Monday at 3:30 at Herlihy Park in Whately.
Mohawk 5, Mahar 0 — Last season was not a kind one for goalie Josh Taylor and the rest of the Mohawk Trail Regional High School boys’ soccer team.
The Warriors went 1-14-0 on the season, and Taylor was usually very busy trying to keep balls out of his net. But that was last year. On Tuesday, the goalie and the rest of the team had reason to celebrate.
Taylor turned aside 13 shots to earn his first career varsity shutout as the Warriors made a statement in the McGrath North Division with a 5-0 drubbing of Mahar Regional School in Buckland.
“The hard work is starting to play off,” first-year Mohawk coach Tony Agrillo said.
Mohawk (1-2-0) came into the game after dropping a narrow 2-0 loss to Turners Falls High School Friday. Agrillo said that he felt like his team had put up a good fight against the Indians, and that the effort carried over into the Mahar game.
David Gokey and Sam Slowinski each scored in the first half to put the Warriors up 2-0 at the break. Slowinski also assisted on the Gokey goal. Mohawk then put the Senators (0-2-1) away in the second half. Cam Olanyk scored his first career varsity goal on an assist from Eli Shearer, which was Shearer’s first varsity point. Issac Sissum then set up the final two goals for the Warriors, as he fed Michael Schuetze and Nick Brown to make it 5-0.
Matt Simmington finished with 14 saves in the Mahar net.
Pathfinder 7, FC Tech 0 — Ethan Tatro and Aaron Gillman each finished with one goal and one assist Tuesday to lead Pathfinder Regional High School to a 7-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Franklin County Technical School in Three Rivers.
Joey Barcomb finished with 12 saves for the Eagles.
Four Rivers 2, Hartsbrook 1 — Jack Conant scored midway through the second half to snap a 1-1 tie and lift Four Rivers Charter School to a 2-1 opening-day win over Hartsbrook School in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer game Tuesday in Hadley.
Ben Michel staked Four Rivers to a 1-0 lead on an assist from Conant, but Gabe Volsin tied the game for Hartsbrook before halftime. The Otters came out in the second half and took control of the game, eventually leading to Conant’s game-winner.
Jackson Reeves-Henning made 15 saves to preserve the win in goal.
Four Rivers travels to White Oak School in Westfield Thursday.
Hopkins 2, Mohawk 1 — Sally Slowinski made 22 saves to keep Mohawk close but Hopkins Academy edged the Warriors, 2-1, in an independent girls’ soccer game Tuesday afternoon in Hadley.
Slowinski, who was coming off a 37-save performance in Monday’s 6-0 loss to Frontier, was busy at work again against Hopkins. The Golden Hawks managed to score twice in the first half, as Jailenne Ruiz posted a pair of goals, but Slowinski was a wall in the second half. That allowed the Warriors to close in, as Kaylee Quenneville scored on an assist from Hope Lively to cut the deficit in half. That was all the Warriors were able to get past Kate Sullivan, who finished with four saves to earn the win.
St. Mary 3, FC Tech 0 — Ali Stanlewicz registered one goal and one assist Tuesday to lead St. Mary High School to a 3-0 win over Franklin Tech in a Tri-County League girls’ soccer game in Westfield.
Jillian Watson netted the only first-half goal to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. In the second half, Stanlewicz netted an unassisted goal to make it 2-0, then set up Monica Peterson for the third St. Mary goal. Francesca DePergola and Aisling Butler combined to stop three shots to register the shutout.
Shayla Demers recorded eight saves for the Eagles.
Granby 6, Turners 0 — Erin Mikalchus netted a pair of goals as Granby High School knocked off Turners Falls High School, 6-0, in an independent girls’ soccer match Tuesday in Granby.
Alice Frappier added one goal and one assist for the Rams, while Ariana Sheehan, Holly Wardwell and Morgan Lukasik each chipped in one goal. Kate Sullivan finished with two helpers.
Ashley Williams made three saves for the Indians.