Mohawk girls shock Hawks, 1-0
Mohawk Trail Regional High School was looking for a spark to get its season back on track, and the Warriors got it Wednesday afternoon.
Sally Slowinski turned aside 22 shots for the shutout and Caitlyn Wilkins scored in the second half as Mohawk surprised Hopkins Academy, 1-0, in an independent girls’ soccer match in Buckland.
Warriors head coach Steve Tomi was thrilled with the performance of his young keeper, just a sophomore.
“She was absolutely one of the stars for us,” said Tomi. “She made good decisions and they threw everything at her. ... This was a good, quality win against a great opponent.”
Wilkins scored the only goal in the 51st minute, drilling a direct kick past Golden Hawks goalkeeper Kate Sullivan.
“It was a bullet,” gushed Tomi. “It was one of the best shots she’s ever taken in a long time, absolutely well-placed.”
Sullivan finished with nine saves for Hopkins, which held a 26-13 advantage in shots.
“The defense played a terrific game,”said Tomi. “I’m so proud of the girls. They played like a team, they passed well and they communicated well.”
Mohawk travels to Greenfield High School Friday at 3:30.
FC Tech 2, Pathfinder 2 — Franklin County Technical School only managed three shots but connected on two of them as the Eagles earned a 2-2 tie with Pathfinder Vocational High School in Tri-County League girls’ soccer play Wednesday in Three Rivers.
Skyler Clark-Williams scored a pair of unassisted goals a minute apart to put the Eagles ahead 2-0 by the midpoint of the first half.
Brittney Plato got one back in the 31st minute, assisted by Amber Duby, then Duby scored unassisted in the 47th minute to tie it up.
Shayla Demers made 11 saves in the Eagles’ net.
Athol 2, St. Bernard’s 2 — Olivia Smith’s second goal of the match with 15 minutes left helped Athol High School earn a 2-2 independent tie with St. Bernard’s Central Catholic High School in girls’ soccer action Wednesday in Fitchburg.
Athol (7-5-1 overall) quickly responded on each goal by the Bernardians.
Sophia Caravella struck unassisted in the 14th minute, only to have Smith counter for the Raiders in the 16th minute. Her goal was assisted by Emily Casella.
St. Bernard’s retook the lead in the 59th minute on a goal by Brittany Gibbons, but Smith booted home a pass from Molly Cleveland to pull Athol even.
St. Bernard’s held the upper hand in shots, 15-9, but Raider keeper Steph Putnam rejected 13 shots to help preserve the draw. Noel Ledoux had six saves for the Bernardians.
Cathedral 6, Turners 0 — Cathedral High School scored three times in each half to beat shorthanded Turners Falls High School, 6-0, in an independent girls’ soccer match Wednesday in Turners Falls.
Sara Rooke and Adrianna Cirelli both scored twice for the Panthers, while Emily Daly and Hannah Potter added a goal.
Olivia Neigwanger made one save for the shutout. Nicole John stopped 17 shots for the Indians.
Greenfield 3, Mohawk 2 — A five-goal flurry in a 20-minute span highlighted an otherwise uneventful contest as Greenfield High School hung on to beat Mohawk, 3-2, in a McGrath North Division boys’ soccer match Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
The teams were scoreless until the 50th minute, when Vlad Popusoi opened the scoring for the Green Wave, assisted by Oleg Cobileanschi. Popusoi converted a penalty kick two minutes later to make it 2-0 before the Warriors’ Christian Martinca scored from Eli Shearer in the 58th minute. Popusoi completed his hat trick four minutes later, assisted by younger brother Silvain Popusoi, to extend the Greenfield lead to 3-1. But Sam Slowinski’s unassisted marker in the 70th minute closed the gap to one before Tyler Jacques (17 saves) and Greenfield shut the door.
Josh Taylor made 13 saves for the Warriors.
Greenfield (3-6-3, 2-0-2 North) hosts Athol on Monday at 3:30.
Four Rivers 5, Putney 0 — Jackson Reeves-Henning made six saves to lead Four Rivers Charter School to a 5-0 River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer win over Putney (Vt.) School Wednesday in Greenfield.
Ben Michel, Chandler Thoma, Jack Conant, Aiden Belanger and Kai DeLorenzo all scored for the Otters, while Asher Kenen and Isaiah LaPierre each had an assist.