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Cody Wickline and Chris Gilbert scored in the first five minutes of play and Pioneer Valley Regional School knocked off Mohawk Trail Regional High School, 3-0, during a McGrath North-South boys’ crossover game Monday in Northfield.
Wickline scored on an assist from Brian Aja 2 minutes, 29 seconds into the contest and Gilbert netted his goal just over two minutes later on an assist from Anders Paulson.
Tony Dizenzo put the game out of reach in the second half on a helper from Phil Peduzzi. Drew Hastings stopped both shots he faced to register the shutout and pulled Pioneer (2-3-1) a win away from a .500 record.
“This was nice because we had a pretty disappointing loss to Greenfield Saturday,” Pioneer coach Ben Bricker said. “We want to be a .500 team this year. We want to qualify for tournament. We got some good momentum today and now we play Turners Falls on Thursday and that will be a good test to see how much we’ve improved.”
Josh Taylor had a strong game in the Mohawk net with 26 saves.
Hopkins 3, Turners Falls 0 — Tyler Szymkowicz scored on a scramble in front of the Turners Falls net for the lone goal of the first half and Hopkins Academy added two more goals in the second half to earn a 3-0 independent boys’ soccer victory Monday in Hadley.
The game remained scoreless until the 31st minute when a scramble ensued in front of the Indians’ net. Indian goalie Tenzen Khenrab found himself pinned by a Hopkins player during the scramble and Szymkowicz capitalized with the game’s first goal.
The score remained that way until Hopkins put the game out of reach with a pair of goals in the final nine minutes. Brandon Mitrolka scored on an assist from Evan Delaney. Pat Knightly scored from Mitrolka.
Ben Pitta made five saves to register the shutout, while Khenrab finished with six saves in the loss.
Greenfield 0, Gateway 0 — Greenfield High School may have taken a big step toward qualifying for the Western Mass. Tournament as well as clearing a major mental hurdle by playing Gateway Regional High School to a 0-0 draw in an independent boys’ soccer match Monday in Huntington.
“This was a good result, I’m very happy with it,” said Green Wave head coach Kurt Richardson. “We’ve never even come close to tying those guys, so for us to be able to hold the field against them in a really good match shows how far we’ve gotten.”
Greenfield had actually scored in the 53rd minute, but officials waved it off because of a dangerous play.
Nonetheless, Richardson was still happy with the draw.
“Everybody played well defensively,” he said. “I keep saying to them, ‘let’s play a little better the next game,’ and they seem to be taking that to heart. ... This makes for a nice bus ride home, that’s for sure.”
Gateway held the edge in shots, 11-7. Greenfield keeper Mike Duclos made four saves, and th e Gators’ Mike Arel turned aside three shots.
Sabis 5, Frontier 2 — Andrew Berthiaume tallied four goals to lead Sabis International Charter School over Frontier Regional School, 5-2, in a Schmid Division boys’ soccer match on Monday at Herlihy Park in Whately.
Alon Chappell added a goal and an assist for the Bulldogs (5-2-1, 2-1-1 Schmid).
Char Parent and Mike Byrne scored for the Red Hawks, while Manny Munir recorded an assist.
Adam Corey made three saves for Sabis, which outshot Fronter, 14-8.
Shawn Mazur-Garcia made five saves and allowed three goals in 55 minutes before he was injured and replaced by Dylan Husted, who finished with two stops.
Holyoke Catholic 3, Mahar 1 — John O’Hara scored twice Monday to lead Holyoke Catholic High School to a 3-1 win over Mahar Regional School in an independent boys’ soccer match Monday at Rivers Park in Chiocpee.
Trevor Lewicki added one goal for the Gaels (5-3-1), and Tom Heavren made 14 saves to pick up the victory in net.
Tim LeBlanc scored for Mahar, which trailed 2-0 at halftime. Matt Simmington stopped 10 shots in the Mahar net.
FC Tech 1, Greenfield 0 — Mykayla Coburn’s goal with 18 minutes left in the second half snapped a scoreless tie and lifted Franklin County Technical School to a 1-0 victory over Greenfield in an independent girls’ soccer game Monday in Turners Falls.
Brooke Meuse backstopped the victory with four saves and helped the Eagles improve to 6-0-1 on the season.
Allie Roe made seven saves for the Green Wave.
Mahar 1, Hopkins 0 — Mackenzie Tenney broke a scoreless tie with 25 minutes remaining in the game to lift Mahar to a 1-0 victory over Hopkins Academy in an independent girls’ soccer game Monday in Orange.
Kianna Foster set up the play when she beat a Golden Hawks’ player at midfield and sent a through-ball that split the Hopkins fullback and sweeper. Tenney ran onto the ball in stride, picked it up, and sent a shot far corner past Hopkins goalie Amanda Olson for the only goal of the game.
That was all the Senators (5-4-1) needed as goalie Michaela Boatwright was aided by a strong defensive performance and was called on to make just two saves to register the shutout.
“We had a really rough week last week,” Mahar coach Chad Softic said of his team going 0-2 on the week and getting outscored 9-0. “We had a really good practice on Saturday. We wanted to focus on getting good touches and playing possession. I think a lot of the girls played their best games of the season today, it was probably our best effort as a team.”
Olson finished with five saves in the loss.
Southwick 3, Frontier 0 — Jessica Teodore scored twice on Monday and Southwick-Tolland Regional High School shutout Frontier, 3-0, in an independent girls’ soccer game in Southwick.
Izzy Burns also scored for the Rams.
Camilla Baronas finished with 20 saves in the loss.