Senator girls wrap up FCL championship
Mahar Regional School captured the Franklin County League title Tuesday by blanking Mohawk Trail Regional School High School, 2-0, in girls’ soccer action at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
The teams played to a scoreless first-half draw and it remained that way until the 50th minute when Mackenzie Tenney struck for the opening goal, assisted by Kelsie Bardsley.
Cassie Verheyen tacked on an insurance goal 10 minutes later with an assist from Keanu Foster.
Sydney Whitcomb turned aside seven shots to record the shutout for Mahar, which outshot Mohawk 34-10.
Sally Slowinski made 24 saves in the Warriors’ goal.
Mahar (12-3-1 overall, 7-0-0 FCL) travels to Greenfield High School on Friday night at 7.
Greenfield 2, FC Tech 1 — Greenfield High School scored once in each half and Allie Roe stopped a second-half penalty kick to help the Green Wave defeat Franklin County Technical School, 2-1, in an independent girls’ soccer match Tuesday at Veterans Memorial Field in Greenfield.
Kylee Monkiewicz scored the first Greenfield goal in the 28th minute, assisted by Meghan Sullivan. Evelina Taraburca notched the other tally in the 58th minute from Monkiewicz.
Mackenzie Coburn registered the Eagles’ only goal with six minutes left.
Roe finished with nine saves for the Green Wave, which outshot Franklin Tech, 19-10.
Shayla Demers made nine saves for the Eagles.
• On Monday, McCann Technical School scored twice in the final 12 minutes to eliminate Franklin Tech from postseason contention with a 3-1 victory in Turners Falls.
Eileen Zajac, Allie Gibeau and Monique Martel all scored for the Hornets, while Coburn struck on an indirect kick that deflected off the goalie and into the net for the Eagles’ only marker.
Alyssa Andrews made nine saves for Franklin Tech before giving way to Demars, who stopped seven shots.
Athol 1, Gateway 0 — Lindsey Hamlett scored 15 minutes into the second half and Athol High School moved to within one win of qualifying for the postseason with a 1-0 independent girls’ soccer victory over Gateway Regional High School Tuesday in Huntington.
The Red Raiders (7-7-2) need two points in their final two games to qualify for the WMass Division II Tournament. Athol hosts Easthampton High School on Friday, and travels to Mahar Regional School on Tuesday at 7 in the season finale. One win or two ties will do the trick.
Hamlett helped moved the Red Raiders one win closer when she finished off a nifty play with her third goal of the season. Amber Young took a throw in for Athol from 25 yards out and found Emily Casella just inside the top of the 18-yard box. Casella quickly played the ball to Tanner Favreau, who crossed the ball in front where Hamlett finished it off for the only goal of the game.
Stephanie Putnam earned her fourth shutout of the season.
Turners 2, Pioneer 1 — Kylie Fleming’s tie-breaking goal with 16 minutes left helped carry Turners Falls High School past Pioneer Valley Regional School, 2-1, in FCL girls’ soccer play Tuesday in Northfield.
Nicole Kordana scored an unassisted goal in the 17th minute for the Indians’ first goal, her sixth of the season. The Panthers tied it in the 51st minute on Danielle Devine’s unassisted marker.
Kordana also assisted on Fleming’s game-winner.
Nicole John made five saves for Turners.
Hoosac 2, Frontier 0 — Lilly Kronick and Fallon Fields each scored once in the first half as Hoosac Valley Regional High School edged Frontier Regional School, 2-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game Monday afternoon in Whately.
Megan Richardson made seven saves to register the clean slate in the Hoosac net. Camilla Baronas stopped 15 shots for the Red Hawks.
Pioneer 0, Mohawk 0 — Pioneer Valley Regional had the best scoring opportunity midway through the second half but rang the post as the Panthers and Mohawk battled to a 0-0 draw in McGrath North Division boys’ soccer match Tuesday night in Buckland.
Josh Taylor made eight saves for the Warriors, while counterpart Josh Hill had four stops for Pioneer.
• On Monday, Mohawk had a penalty kick clang off the post as it and Turners Falls ended in a 0-0 McGrath North draw in Buckland.
Zach Demers made eight saves in the Indian net, while Josh Taylor stopped two shots for the Warriors.
’Gansett 2, Mahar 0 — Noah Castle and Ryan Laine each scored second-half goals to lead Narragansett Regional High School to a 2-0 independent boys’ soccer win over Mahar Tuesday night at the Woodward Complex in Orange.
The Warriors also hit a post on a penalty kick.
Mahar held the upper hand in shots, 18-15.
Matt Simmington made 12 saves and allowed one goal in 75 minutes of action for the Senators.
Four Rivers 3, Charlemont 0 — Ben Michel scored two goals Tuesday to lead Four Rivers Charter School to a 3-0 win over Academy at Charlemont in a River Valley Athletic League boys’ soccer game in Greenfield.
Jack Conant scored from Kai Dilorenzo to put the Otters (9-2-1) up 1-0 in the first half, and Michel added an unassisted goal before the break. Michel scored his second of the game on an assist from Isaiah Lapierre to ice the win.
Four Rivers also got a strong effort from its entire defense and goalie Jackson Reeves-Henning rejected six shots to earn the shutout.
Four Rivers closes out the regular season Thursday at home against Eagle Hill School. A win will clinch the second seed in the upcoming RVAL tournament, while a loss or tie would drop the Otters to the third seed.
Greenfield 4, Mahar 1 — Vlad Popusoi pumped home four goals as Greenfield qualified for the Western Massachusetts Division IV Tournament with a 4-1 win over Mahar in McGrath North Division boys’ soccer action Monday night at Veterans Memorial Field.
Greenfield (5-8-3, 4-1-2 North) earned the postseason berth by virtue of clinching at least second place in the North.
Poposui opened the scoring in the 21st minute, as he knocked home a pass from Ben Darmanchev. A minute later, Popusoi struck again with a helper from Darmanchev.
Pedro Matos scored unassisted in the 45th minute to get the Senators within a goal, but Popusoi completed his hat trick in the 76th minute with an assist from younger brother Silvain Popusoi.
Popusoi then netted the final tally with a minute left.
Tyler Jacques played well in net for the Green Wave, rejecting a dozen shots.
Matt Simmington made 18 saves and allowed two goals in 70 minutes before he was forced from the game with an injury.
Frontier 1, Easthampton 0 — Jamie Blinder scored on an assist from Niko Ames as Frontier Regional School kept its postseason hopes alive with a 1-0 win over Easthampton High School in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer game Monday night in Easthampton.
Dylan Husted stopped five shots for his fifth shutout of the season.
The Red Hawks (6-7-2 overall) need three points in its final two games to qualify for the tournament. They host Schmid leader Hopkins Academy on Thursday, then host Greenfield on Monday.