Senators hang to knock off Hopkins
Mahar Regional School is starting to make a believer out of area soccer powers.
For the second straight game the Senators went up against a quality opponent and produced a positive result picking up a hard-fought 2-1 victory over Hopkins Academy in an independent game Thursday afternoon in Hadley.
While thunder may have been rumbling throughout much of western Mass. for the better part of the day, the Senators were making some noise of their own. Following a 1-1 draw against South Hadley High School on Tuesday, the Senators went up against Hopkins and came away with the win, prompting third-year coach Chad Softic to heap some lofty praise on his club.
“This has probably been the best week of play for us during my tenure,” he exclaimed. “We’ve played two quality teams and gotten three points.”
McKenzie Tenney has been a big part of the reason for the three points as she has scored all three goals for the Senators. Tenney put Mahar up 1-0 with two minutes left in the first half against the Golden Hawks when she beat the goalie to a loose ball near the front of the goal after an initial shot deflected in the box. She then staked the Senators to a 2-0 lead 10 minutes into the second half. Amber Bonk started the play off when she slid a through ball to Quiana Rivera from midfield that Rivera slid across the box to Tenney, who buried it past Hopkins goalie Kate Sullivan.
Hopkins cut into the lead with 19 minutes left when Jailine Ruiz beat Sydney Whitcomb with an unassisted goal. Tenney nearly gave the Senators a 3-1 lead with 15 minutes remaining, but Sullivan made a diving save to rob Tenney of the potential hat trick. Sullivan finished with nine saves in the loss.
Whitcomb made four saves for the Senators.
Smith Academy 7, Greenfield 0 — Cassidy Snyder scored three goals and added one assist as Smith Academy dropped Greenfield High School, 7-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game Thursday in Hatfield.
Sabrina Sparda and Mia Ellis each added a pair of goals for Smith Academy. Hannah Rickert tallied a pair of assists, while McKenzie Wilson, Carrie Ellis and Moira Pitrat each had one helper. Brooke Pashek stopped the only shot she faced to pitch the shutout.
Allie Roe finished with 14 saves in the Green Wave net.
Granby 5, Frontier 0 — Erin Mikalchus scored three times on Thursday and Granby High School knocked off Frontier Regional School, 5-0, in a Pioneer North Division girls’ soccer game in Granby.
The two teams entered the game unbeaten on the season but the Rams (4-0-0) scored four times in the first half to take command of the game. Kate Desormier finished with four points on the day, recording one goal and three assists, while Alicia Frappier added one goal and one assist. Brittany Hauschild made three saves to record the shutout.
Camilla Baronas stopped 12 shots for Frontier, which fell to 1-1-1 on the season.
Gateway 4, Mohawk 0 — Sarah Steck, Chelsi Derrig, Ali Fisk and Caroline Booth each scored once on Thursday and Gateway Regional High School defeated Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 4-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game in Buckland.
Sally Slowinski made 21 saves for Mohawk.
Ware 6, Pioneer 1 — Taylor Green and Julianna Vadnais each scored two goals and Ware High School defeated Pioneer Valley Regional School, 6-1, in an independent girls’ soccer game Thursday in Ware.
Heather Bouchard added one goal and one assist for the Indians, and Ashley Grout made three saves for the win.
Francesca Mahaney scored the lone goal for the Panthers. Joselyn Carney-Podolski made 18 saves in the Pioneer net.
Mt. Everett 3, FC Tech 1 — Sage Angell scored twice in the first half and Mt. Everett Regional High School defeated Franklin County Technical School, 3-1, in an independent boys’ soccer game Thursday in Turners Falls.
The game was stopped early in the second half due to the severe weather.
Alec Blume added a goal in the win, and Ryan Meyen made three saves.
Anthony Chaisson netted the lone goal for the Eagles (0-4) when he unleashed a shot from long-range that beat Meyen to the upper 90 of the net. Joey Barcomb stopped 11 shots in the loss.
Four Rivers 8, White Oak 1 — Frank Christiana netted his first two career varsity goals as Four Rivers Charter School drubbed White Oak School, 8-1, in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer game Thursday in Westfield.
Jack Conant also scored twice in the win. Sam McMillan, Ben Michel, Sebastian Aruda and Chandler Thoma each added one goal apiece. Jackson Reeves-Henning registered six saves to earn the win in net.
Four Rivers (2-0) travels to the Academy at Charlemont on Tuesday at 3:30.